Media Advisory August 18

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 6-7pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. 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

First internet connection commemorated

A plaque marking New Zealand’s first connection to the internet was unveiled in Hamilton on Wednesday and, unlike that first connection, the ceremony went without a hitch. The man who made that initial connection in April 1989, John Houlker, was among the guests at the unveiling and says the University of Waikato’s innovative outlook had given him the confidence to press ahead with the ambitious plan. When he first made the connection to Hawaii, he had to dismantle and reconfigure the modem to get the system to work properly. About 50 people attended the unveiling, which was followed by the second in the University’s Winter Lecture Series, on staying safe online. The unveiling was held in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Dean Professor Geoff Holmes hoped it would be the first of many plaques on campus recognising significant events and achievements.

City plans up for discussion at Winter Lecture Series

As Hamilton City Council explores plans to better connect the city with its natural resources, the University of Waikato’s final Winter Lecture Series on August 27 will consider whether the city can also learn from the revitalisation of its Canadian namesake, Hamilton, Ontario. Hear from Canadian Neil Everson, on how he led the successful revitalisation of his city; Andrew Yeoman, Waikato alumnus and director of Yeoman Developments; and the University’s Professor Natalie Jackson, a demographer who will look at what an ageing population will mean for Hamilton in the future. 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 6-7pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. For more information, visit

University of Waikato award for adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald

Adventurer, management consultant and motivational speaker Jamie Fitzgerald will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato next month. Mr Fitzgerald is familiar to many as co-host, alongside Kevin Biggar, of popular TVNZ series First Crossings. He’s made headlines with many of his adventuring exploits, including his race across the Atlantic with Mr Biggar and their trek to the South Pole to become the first New Zealanders to reach the Pole unassisted. Mr Fitzgerald owns management consultancy Inspiring Performance, which helps individuals, groups and organisations strategise and achieve goals. Alongside Mr Fitzgerald, this year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients are economist Dr Arthur Grimes; author and inaugural director of the Pacific Island Education Resource Centre Le Mamea Taulapapa Sefulu Ioane and CEO of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Parekawhia McLean. They will be honoured at an event on 19 September at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and communities, taking into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors.

Golden award for Waikato biology student

University of Waikato Biological Sciences student Sarah Appleby has won the Spring 2014 Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award worth US$10,000. The scholarship is awarded by the Golden Key International Honour Society, of which Sarah is a member, and will go towards her research into bovine embryonic stem cells. Golden Key is the world’s premier collegiate honour society, recognising outstanding academic achievement. The University of Waikato is one of two institutions in New Zealand to be part of the Society and membership is extended to the top 15% of undergraduate degree students. In addition to the Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award, Sarah was also the recipient of a C. Alma Baker Postgraduate Scholarship worth $13,000, a University of Waikato Masters Research Scholarship and a University of Waikato Taught Postgraduate Fees Scholarship. The former Whangamata Area School student completed a Bachelor of Science (Technology) at Waikato and is half way through a Master of Science focusing on Biological Sciences, with an emphasis on physiology and genetics.

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 couple of 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

Psychology Professor recognised for outstanding contribution

Professor Michael O’Driscoll from the School of Psychology at Waikato University has been recognised for his sustained outstanding contribution in the field of industrial-organisational psychology and the excellence of his body of academic research. He was recently awarded the prestigious Jamieson Award from the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS), an award that was established in 2006 and is only offered every four years to outstanding contributions to the field of industrial and organisational psychology. Professor O’Driscoll is a leading New Zealand international and figure in industrial-organisational psychology.

Professor internationally recognised for leadership research

University of Waikato Faculty of Education Professor Chris Branson has received an international award for his academic excellence in educational leadership. Professor Branson, who lectures and writes widely on leadership, received the 2014 Willower Award of Excellence from the Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics (CSLE). CSLE is a programme centre of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Established in 1996, it is an international consortium of seven international universities whose members are devoted to promoting, recognising and carrying out exemplary scholarship on the study of values and ethics in educational leadership. The headquarters of CSLE is based in Canada’s Nipissing University. Professor Branson joins a list of world-class scholars who have received the CSLE Willower Award. This award will be presented at the CSLE 19th Annual Conference, Deerhurst, Ontario in September. The Willower Award is named after Don Willower, a United States academic who was an international luminary scholar/author/researcher in the field of educational leadership management and administration.

Measuring carbon debt

New research has the potential to break the significant political stalemate that surrounds measuring carbon debt, an issue impeding efforts to formulate global policies to reduce future carbon emissions with a view to mitigating climate change. A paper co-written by economist Professor Les Oxley from Waikato Management School looks at the long-term effects of pollutants and calculates the historical size and possible cost of the world's carbon debt. The article, which will appear in the Scandinavian Economic History Review, is already attracting considerable global attention online, as measured by Altmetrics, which puts it in the top two percentile of the two million plus articles it has ever tracked. Professor Oxley says he thinks the article’s popularity is because the work has the potential to break the stalemate in terms of measuring the carbon debt that has already accumulated by the developed economies. The researchers used the historical experiences of Britain and the USA from the onset of the industrial revolution (1760) to the present to examine how to account for the welfare effects of carbon dioxide emissions. For more information see: "Counting carbon: historic emissions from fossil fuels, long-run measures of sustainable development and carbon debt"

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 today, 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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