Media Advisory February 7

Sustainability from many angles

The University of Waikato is holding a sustainability symposium on February 24 that has drawn researchers from across campus to look at sustainability from numerous perspectives. Topics include soil, food and water, community engagement, politics and policy, indigenous practices, psychology, energy, education, human rights, transport, economics and environmental planning, to name a few.  The aim is to make researchers more aware of all the different projects taking place and about 50 academics will be presenting on the day, grouped into different streams with sessions running concurrently. The afternoon sessions will be open to a wider audience and key university stakeholders are being invited to attend. For more information and a detailed programme for the University of Waikato's Sustainability Symposium go to http://www.waikato.ac.nz/events/research/sustainability/  

Waikato University recruiters at information evenings

Student recruitment advisers from the University of Waikato will attend information sessions in Hamilton and Auckland in coming weeks. Advisers will talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, student life and academic choices. Advisers will also be available to discuss options with students who may have missed out on gaining UE in the recent NCEA exams. The Hamilton session is on campus on February 17 from 10am-6pm at the Student Centre. An information session is in Auckland on February 12 for non-school-leavers from 5.30pm-7pm at Gasket Espresso Kitchen, 23 Kalmia Street, Ellerslie. To register for a 30-minute programme planning appointment, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/go/info

Postgraduate study information sessions

Anyone interested in a career as a future business leader can attend information sessions at the University of Waikato for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and the Master of Business Administration. Both qualifications have flexible, part-time study options designed to fit around busy schedules. The Hamilton information session is on campus tomorrow, February 3, at 6pm in B Block (room BG.24), Hillcrest Road. The Postgraduate Diploma programme starts in February, while the MBA programme starts in March. To register for either session, email nwalm@waikato.ac.nz. For more information phone 0800 800 891 or see www.exec.waikato.ac.nz

More than $500k in postgraduate scholarships on offer

The University of Waikato has six flagship research institutes each offering a doctoral scholarship worth up to $85,000 to international and domestic applicants, and a masters scholarship worth $12,000 available to domestic applicants. The research institutes support world-class research in environmental science, demography and economic analysis, business and leadership, professional learning and development, education, and Māori and indigenous development. They fund programmes that span research from discovery to application and commercialisation. Sustainability in all its forms – environmental, economic, social and cultural – is a strong theme across the Institutes. The Institutes offering the scholarships are the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), the Institute for Business Research (IBR), the Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata (IPL), the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI), and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER). Awardees of both the doctoral and masters scholarships are required to study full-time. For more information about the scholarship go here.

Top 100 for international outlook

In rankings released in January 2015, the influential UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) organisation ranks the University of Waikato 61st out of 100 "most international" universities in the world. THE has used the international outlook indicators from its world rankings, and considers how many international students the university has, how many international staff teach and research there, and the proportion of research papers being generated with an international co-author.

Hobbit Audiences Sought for Review of Final Film

As the final instalment of Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit screens throughout cinemas nationwide, the University of Waikato's Audience Research Unit (ARU) invites all those who have seen the movie to share their views. The post-viewing survey for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is available online and is the third and final phase of ARU's Hobbit Audience Project. The Hobbit Audience Project uses a unique mixed-method research design to explore the complex relationships between modes of reception of spectacular blockbusters and viewers' cultural, linguistic, social and discursive affiliations. ARU invite all those who have seen the film to share their thoughts and reactions. They are particularly interested in capturing not only the views of fans, but also of those who might have quite critical perspectives on the film, for whatever reasons. The post-viewing survey of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies can be found online at: http://flashq.rcc.ryerson.ca/Hobbit3/

Tauranga Café Scientifique discusses Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary

On Monday, February 9 Anton van Helden, Forest & Bird's campaigner for the creation of a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, will host the University of Waikato's first Café Scientifique in 2015. The Kermadec region, located about 1000km northeast of New Zealand, is geologically active and is the only area in New Zealand where tropical, subtropical and temperate species are found in one place. Mr van Helden will talk about the value of the Kermadec region including the whales and dolphins that frequent these waters, and why the area is so remarkable and in need of protection. Café Scientifique is on Monday, February 9 at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5 and refreshments are provided. For more information, visit: www.waikato.ac.nz/go/cafescientifique

No nerves for Te Matatini performer

Libby Gray is relatively new to the world of kapa haka but has no qualms about performing in front of thousands of people at Te Matatini in early March. The University of Waikato Future Students Māori Liaison Adviser is part of Ngāti Raukawa group Mōtai Tangata Rau which earned the right to perform at Te Matatini by winning the regional competition last year. She has performed as an opera singer before and also competed at national level in sports, "so I'm used to being in front of a crowd," she says. Te Matatini is the national kapa haka championships and brings together the best performers from around the country over five days in Christchurch early next month. The University of Waikato is a strategic partner of Te Matatini as part of an on-going commitment to developing and enhancing its Māori distinctiveness. Mōtai Tangata Rau have been training since August for Te Matatini and Libby says they are intent on making the hapū proud. She will be among many university staff and students who will be performing at Te Matatini, which takes place in Hagley Park in Christchurch from March 4-7.

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