Media Advisory August 11

Future of cyber security featured at Waikato Winter Lecture Series

With the cyber security market expected to grow to US$94 billion by 2017, the second lecture of the University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series, on August 13, will examine just how safe our information is online. With an increased reliance on computing devices and cloud computing environments, three cyber security experts will discuss the risks involved with living our lives online. Hear from NetSafe Chief Executive and digital safety expert Martin Cocker, Computing and Mathematical Sciences’ Senior Lecturer and Head of the University’s Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko, and Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer and online legal expert Wayne Rumbles on how we can enhance our digital safety. The Winter Lecture Series is a free public lecture series designed to inspire critical thought and debate on issues affecting the community. Lectures are free and open to the public and are held each Wednesday throughout August, on campus at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6-7pm. For more information, visit 

$1million scholarship fund launched

A $1 million international scholarship fund has been launched by the University of Waikato. The University of Waikato Excellence Scholarship for Asia will provide financial aid for pre-degree (foundation), undergraduate and postgraduate students with scholarships of up to $10,000 on offer to nearly 200 students from 12 Asian countries. The scholarships will be awarded to students who can demonstrate academic excellence, have an average result of 80% or equivalent in their previous studies and who intend beginning their studies at the University of Waikato in 2015. The international scholarships are available for study in any subject and any faculty and students from the following countries are eligible to apply: India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. For more information about the scholarships, visit

Winter Lecture Series to discover what’s next for entertainment

University of Waikato alumnus and television presenter Jesse Mulligan will host a panel of entertainment experts to discover what’s next for the world of entertainment at the third lecture in the University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series on August 20. Screen and Media Department’s Associate Professor Geoff Lealand will outline his research into film and film-going; author Julie Thomas discusses her experience self-publishing her first novel; and Megan Whelan, senior producer from The Wireless, talks about where news culture is headed. The University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series is an annual series held on Wednesdays in August. It is a focused and relevant seminar series designed to provide an opportunity for robust discussion on topical issues affecting the community. All lectures are free and open to the public, and take place from 6pm-7pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. For more information, visit

New law internship is one of a kind

Law students at the University of Waikato will have the chance to work on real cases as part of a new law internship programme – the first of its kind in New Zealand – established between the University’s Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, and the Police Prosecution Service (PPS). Third- and fourth-year law students, who have completed the third-year Crimes paper, are eligible to undertake the internship programme which runs during the university’s summer school period (November to February). Students in the programme spend six weeks working on a number of cases, under the guidance of a mentor, in a town or city within the central North Island. They then spend another six weeks writing a research paper following on from their case work.

Ten scholarships on offer worth $40,000 each

Students wanting to apply for a scholarship worth up to $40,000 at the University of Waikato have only a few weeks left to do so. As part of this year’s 50th celebrations, the University of Waikato is offering 10 Golden Jubilee School Leaver Scholarships valued at $40,000 for up to four years. The scholarships will be awarded to school leavers intending to study at the University of Waikato in 2015, and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential and community citizenship. The scholarships will provide support for students to achieve academic excellence in a programme of study at the University of Waikato, to develop leadership skills through a tailored leadership and personal development programme, and to foster community involvement and participation. Applications close September 1. For more information visit

The White Lady Sings again

Waikato University Senior Lecturer in Music David Griffiths is putting on his memorable opera The White Lady for the second time. This opera, with libretto by Lynn John, tells the story of two star-struck students amidst the turmoil and intrigue of downtown Auckland, centred round the iconic White Lady takeaway caravan. A fully-staged spectacle, the opera features university vocal students and the University Orchestra conducted by James Tennant. The White Lady runs from August 15, with performances at 8pm on August 15 and 16 and 2pm on Sunday, August 17. Tickets are $35 Adults, $20 Concessions, $15 students with valid student ID and are available from Ticketek.

Waikato University recruiters at career expos and information evenings

Student Recruitment Advisers from the University of Waikato will be at the Taranaki Careers Expo at TSB Stadium, New Plymouth on Sunday, August 17 from 10am-3pm, and Monday, August 18 from 8.40am-3.30pm. They will also be at the Hawke’s Bay regional information evening on August 27 at Portmans Motor Lodge, Hastings from 3.30pm-6pm, the Whangarei regional information evening on August 28 at the Kingsgate Hotel from 3.30pm-6.30pm and the Rotorua regional information evening on August 28 at the Millennium Hotel from 3.30pm-6pm. The advisers talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, student life and academic choices.

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