Geological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Geology is an incredibly diverse and multidisciplinary subject. It’s about understanding Planet Earth so that we can benefit human society and sustain the environment that supports us. We have excellent and challenging courses and research programmes which prepare students for a diverse range of career options, such as in geo-exploration, volcanology, hazard management, engineering geology, environmental planning, water resources, science teaching and geoscience research.

Roy Kerr receives University's highest honour

10 May 2016 UC awards the rare honour of the title Canterbury Distinguished Professor to Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr who is also to receive the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Sweden. (read article)

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Engineering Geology Programme

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Geothermal Research Programme

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Geoscience Education Research Group

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‘I have made some awesome lifelong friends and had the chance to be taught by world leaders...’

Sam Davidson Studying towards an MSc in Geology
Transport Dispatcher, Weatherell Transport Ltd
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Professor Emeritus Ronald M. Clowes – University of British Columbia, "Monstrous Earthquakes and Tsunami on Canada’s West Coast – A Northern Hemisphere Story." Wednesday 19 October 2017, 3-4pm, Room 456, von Haast Building

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Congratulations to Travis Horton who was awarded UCSA Science Lecturer of the Year at Friday night’s ceremony. He shares the award with Ian Shaw from Chemistry. Chris Grimshaw was nominated for a Technical Staff award, and Paul Ashwell for Great Character of the year. Well done!

Congratulations to Josh Borella for his paper in Science Advances with Mark Quigley and Louise Vick, published over the weekend! Check it out:
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Outreach Presentation - Gabby Watson and Andrea Barrier held an outreach presentation yesterday, Thursday 23rd June, at St Joseph’s school (Ashburton).  They spent the day at the school making a presentation to different class levels on the topic of Earthquakes entitled: Earthquakes, when the earth Shakes…. !   A follow up will be in the next newsletter!

Congratulations – UC Teaching Awards Congratulations to Ben Kennedy and Tom Wilson in their recent UC Teaching Awards. Ben Kennedy taking out a UC Teaching Award, and Tom, with Erik Brogt and Tara Ross a Teaching Innovation Award for their DRRE Disaster Reporting Workshop. These awards will be presented at a ceremony to mark the opening of this year’s UC Teaching Week on 7 June.

Curriculum restructuring overnight: Teaching large first-year classes after a major earthquake - On 22 February 2011, the second day of the first semester, a devastating magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the city of Christchurch forcing the campus of the University of Canterbury to close for several weeks. Here, we report on the sudden curriculum and assessment overhaul that needed to be implemented using two large, first-year introductory courses as case studies. We discuss the reasoning and justifications behind these changes, as well as the logistics of this process. We draw conclusions based on student feedback and assessments and formulate lessons learnt. (read the full article here)

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