Media Advisory 12 September

World rankings keep getting better for Waikato
The University of Waikato has gone up again in world university rankings, climbing 14 places from 2015 and more than 80 places since 2014. Data released by the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings show the university is now ranked 324 in the world – up from 338 in 2015. QS ranks universities across a range of areas including reputation, research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. The announcement comes after another recent rankings boost for Waikato, which recently received a full five-star rating from QS.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

A magic bullet for health and wellness?
Rather than taking pills as the first option to fix the body and mind, sport and exercise are now considered to be an important intervention for creating and maintaining good health and wellbeing in both the individual and community context. At his inaugural professorial lecture University of Waikato Dean of Health, Sport and Human Performance Professor Alan St Clair Gibson will discuss the health challenges facing populations in the 21st century. His belief is that we need more integration between sport, exercise science, the social sciences and medicine. Professor St Clair Gibson’s lecture is at 5.15pm on September 20 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the University of Waikato’s way of introducing new professors to the community. Lectures are free and open to the public.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

University hosts Applicant Day in Hamilton
The University of Waikato will host its second annual Applicant Day on the Hamilton campus on Saturday September 17 from 9am-2pm. Applicant Day is a chance for applicants and their families to visit the University of Waikato, speak one-to-one with faculty staff and students about study options and paper selections, and receive information necessary to complete an application to study. Applicants can also learn about scholarships, student support, the Halls of Residence, careers, and sports and cultural clubs on campus. Students can register attendance to go in the draw to win an Apple iPad Air 2
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, or

Transgender youth as likely to get pregnant as other adolescents
Sexually active transgender youth have pregnancy rates similar to their non-transgender peers ‒ dispelling the notion that trans youth aren’t at risk for pregnancy, according to new research led by Dr Jaimie Veale from the University of Waikato. The research was conducted as part of Dr Veale’s postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada and used data from the 2014 Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey, focusing on a subset of 540 youth aged 14-25 who had previously had sex. They found that 5% (26) had been involved in a pregnancy at least once – comparable to British Columbia’s pregnancy rate of about 5% among sexually active young people. Dr Veale, who is transgender, says it’s often assumed that trans youth don’t get pregnant or get someone pregnant, perhaps because they’re receiving hormones that tend to reduce fertility, or because people assume they aren’t sexually active, but this study shows otherwise. For a copy of the article, email
Contact: Dr Jaimie Veale, 07 838 4466 ext 9216, 027 422 3988, or

Dame gets behind new opera studies qualification
A host of New Zealand’s opera stars will be guest teachers in a new intensive opera qualification being offered at the University of Waikato next year. Led by Dame Malvina Major, the 12-week Postgraduate Certificate in Opera studies will run March to June has been designed to engage students who are interested in developing a career on the international opera circuit to prepare them for competitions and auditions, emerging artists’ programmes and performance. Some of the visiting teachers are Stuart Maunder, head of Opera New Zealand, tenor Simon O’Neill, mezzo sopranos Helen Medlyn and Isabel Cunningham, sopranos Catrin Johnsson and Anna Pierard, musical director Jose Aparicio and vocal health coach and psychologist Michael Blake. The University recently appointed a new head of voice, soprano Stephanie Acraman who will also be teaching on the programme.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Action sports in new-look Olympics
A one-day symposium funded by the International Olympic Studies Centre is taking place at the University of Waikato next week. Its main focus will be on the significant changes at the Olympic Games, including the inclusion of action sports, and what this means for New Zealand sports federations, organisations, industry and athletes. Symposium co-organiser Associate Professor Holly Thorpe says Agenda 2020 is likely to radically change the landscape of the Olympic Games and the symposium is therefore relevant for all people interested in the growth and development of high performance sport in New Zealand. Dr Thorpe says the event is a world-first and aims to ensure New Zealand is well-prepared to make the most of new opportunities on offer for emerging and elite athletes. The symposium is in MSB.1.37 on September 21 from 10am-5pm. To register, contact
Contact: Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, 021 311 143, or

Dr Ryan Ko appointed Research Fellow by Cloud Security Alliance
Head of the University of Waikato’s Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko is one of 22 people who have been made Research Fellows by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The designation is the highest honour given to a CSA research volunteer. With headquarters in the US, CSA is the world’s leading organisation dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. Dr Ko is the co-founder and chair of the Cloud Vulnerabilities and the CSA Cloud Data Governance Working Groups. He spearheaded the formation of the CSA APAC Education Council and contributed to several key research papers. He is a subject-matter expert representing CSA in the creation of the Certified Cloud Security Professional certification, and recipient of the 2012 Ron Knode Service Award.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Information sessions in Hamilton, Rotorua and Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting several events in the coming months to help prospective students and their parents learn more about applying for university. At these events, students and parents can talk to university staff for advice on study options, help with paper selections and guidance on the enrolment process. Check the information session website for upcoming dates, times and locations:
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, or

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