We have excellent facilities and technology that meet undergraduate and postgraduate student needs as well as international academic standards. Jewels in the crown include Mount John Astronomical Observatory in Tekapo and the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre in Christchurch.

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences manages Aotearoa New Zealand's largest telescopes at the University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory, near Lake Tekapo.

We also have field stations at Scott Base and Antarctica, where UC conducts meteor and atmospheric research.

Medical physics activities occur at Christchurch and St Georges Hospitals.

The new $216 million Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) gives Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Astronomy students the benefit of the most modern university science and research facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

The hub for Canterbury's science and innovation network will be dynamic and adaptable to the diverse needs of today's learners. The centre has been purposefully designed to encourage innovation and support flexible learning and teaching methods, with:

  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Built-in technologies
  • Informal social and study spaces.

It will enable easy interactions between departments, investigative laboratory research, online work, and individual or group learning. Such interconnectivity means that science education at UC will be delivered in a way that is unique in the tertiary sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It also features an Innovation Hub where students will be able to build knowledge and networks while working on industry projects.

The library provides a central resource facility for research and Canterbury carries most of the leading scientific journals in the fields of physical science. 

UC has plenty of learning locations for the scientific-minded. They can be found investigating and discovering around the globe - from the leafy suburb of Ilam in Christchurch to the largest international dark sky reserve in the world, from the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland to the extreme continent of Antarctica.

Applied learning happens in laboratory sessions and on fieldtrips, using facilities that include:

A rare scientific instrument, the Cooke 6-inch refractor telescope was made in 1864 and used by James Townsend of Christchurch before donating it to Canterbury College where it was housed in the Arts Centre Observatory Tower from 1896 onwards, introducing people of all ages to Astronomy for more than 110 years.

Then the February 2011 earthquake hit Christchurch and the Tower was damaged. The telescope was recovered from the rubble and is able to be restored.

The funds to restore the telescope have been generously donated by UC Alumnus Professor David Teece and his family, but funds are still sought for education and outreach programmes and future maintenance. Read more.

Welcome to the Glass Workshop

The Glass Workshop at Canterbury plays an important part in the high quality research that is produced within the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.

Our Main Aim

Although I operate from within the Canterbury University campus, I am committed to establishing and developing a high quality service to clients outside the University. The basis of this service is the years of experience I have gained in the technical support of top level research projects. The diverse nature of my work enables me to offer a comprehensive service to clients outside the University.

Where Can You Find Me?

The Glass Workshop is located within the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences on the campus at Ilam and has a long heritage in the life of the University. The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences is located in the West Building, with the Glass Workshop on level 6. 

For more information contact me at:

University of Canterbury Glass Workshop

Rob McGregor 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 369 4268 (Internal 94268)
Fax: +64 3 364 2110

Email: rob.mcgregor@canterbury.ac.nz

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