UC Research Awards
The Research Medal is awarded annually by the University Council. Excellence is most likely to be demonstrated by a sustained record of research of the highest quality or by research of outstanding merit produced over a more limited timeframe.
Recipients can be either a full or part-time member of staff at UC or have been a member of UC staff and who have retired no longer than 12 months.
The Research Medal is presented at a special function and recipients deliver a public lecture.
For staff wishing to view the application process for the Research Medal please click here (staff only).
Associate Professor Alex James and Professor Michael Plank have won a UC Research Medal for their work developing mathematical models that helped guide New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
UC Business School Professor Markus Milne is a winner of the UC 2021 Research Medal for his work investigating the social and environmental impacts of business.
UC Ecology Professor Jason Tylianakis has received the 2019 UC Research Medal, one of the highest awards the University Council can bestow.
University of Canterbury (UC) political sociologist Professor Steven Ratuva has received the 2019 UC Research Medal, one of the highest awards the University Council can bestow.
"Professor Chase has initiated, developed and successfully applied a novel area of Bio-Engineering research with a very strong clinical-applications focus."
"We're trying to anticipate the impact of different levels of human usage or natural forces and factors on the function of our highly diverse ecosystems."
Distinguished Professor Mike Steel, Mathematics and Statistics, and Professor C. Michael Hall, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Professor Angus Macfarlane, Professor of Māori Research at UC, and Professor Dave Kelly, School of Biological Sciences.
The Innovation Medal is for the proactive transformation of academic knowledge and ideas leading to their adoption by the wider community.
A maximum of one Innovation Medal is awarded each year. The award is open to all continuing staff or staff who have relinquished a continuing position within the past three years.
For staff wishing to view the application process for the Innovation Medal please click here (staff only).
Leaders in the field of earthquake mitigation devices, Professors Chase and Rodgers have developed their research to design a low-cost suite of energy dissipation and seismic damping devices. These devices have enabled major changes in how structures are designed and built to create economically resilient cities and communities following an earthquake.
Internationally respected Physics Professor Phil Butler has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the University of Canterbury (UC) Innovation Medal, the highest award the University can bestow to an outstanding innovator.
"I am very grateful to the University for this recognition of the applied side of my work, and to the teams at ARANZ Geo and ARANZ Medical for the opportunity to collaborate on so many fascinating real world problems."
"It is an honour to receive this award but I see it not so much as an award for me, but for me and all the clinicians and hospitals who I have worked with, including postgraduate students. The research programme was a group effort."
"When people think about computer science they often equate it with programming, but it's a lot more than that, and it's how to communicate this that got me thinking..."
Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award
The Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award is awarded annually by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation. The Award recognises emerging researchers and their contributions to research.
The nominee must hold a continuing position at UC as Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (including Senior Lecturer above the bar). Nominees must be within 8 years of academic or research employment.
Recipients are invited to deliver a public lecture.
For staff wishing to view the application process for the Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award please click here (staff only).
Dr Laura Revell is the co-recipient of the 2021 UC Early & Emerging Career Researcher Award. Dr Revell is an internationally recognised researcher on climate change and its interaction with atmospheric chemistry.
Dr Michele Bannister is the co-recipient of the 2021 UC Early & Emerging Career Researcher Award. Dr Bannister specialises in the discovery and exploration of small worlds in the Solar System and beyond.
Associate Professor Justin Morgenroth, from the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry, has won the 2019 University of Canterbury (UC) Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award. The award recognises outstanding contributions to research made by a UC academic in the first decade of their career.
University of Canterbury microbiologist Dr Mitja Remus-Emsermann from the School of Biological Sciences has won the UC Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award 2018.
Dr Laurie McLay, School of Health Sciences, won the Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award for her research on the efficacy of behavioural interventions for children and young people with autism spectrum disorder, with particular emphasis on sleep disturbance.
"We believe this multiple sensor approach and associated modelling - the missing link - will lead to significant new insights into implant mechanics and could significantly improve patient care"
"What does it mean to be resilient, through the lens of community resilience, personal resilience, and organisational resilience?"
Professor Brendon Bradley, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, and Associate Professor Daniel Stouffer, Biological Sciences.
The KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards is New Zealand’s premier event celebrating the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations actively commercialising publicly funded research.
Research commercialisation is about turning scientific discoveries made at New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes and Entities into innovative products and services that will grow our economy.
The KiwiNet awards celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of those who strive to bridge the gap between research excellence and outstanding business leadership.
KiwiNet Norman Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award Winner 2017 - Dr Geoff Rodgers, Seismic damping solutions for buildings and joint implant diagnostics
KiwiNet Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award Winner 2016 - Dr Daniel Holland, Mathematics Plus Measurements Equals Economic Benefit
KiwiNet BNZ Supreme Award Winner 2015 - Professor Andy Buchanan: Leading a Vision of Multi-story Buildings from Renewable Resources
KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur Award Winner 2015 - Professor Andy Buchanan: Leading a Vision of Multi-story Buildings from Renewable Resources
KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur Award Finalist 2015 - Professor Phil Butler, Creating a Colour CT Imaging Industry for NZ
KiwiNet BNZ Supreme Award Winner 2014 - Wireless Research Centre/Tait, Wireless Network Partnership.