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The role of Research & Innovation is to provide end-to-end services which facilitate and support all stages of research and innovation development conducted at the University of Canterbury, from initial funding of the research through to commercialisation of the outcomes, where appropriate. Research & Innovation provides support and assistance to the University's academic staff in their quest for research funding and other support. The unit is the University's liaison with funding bodies, industry and business, and oversees all contracts relating to research, consultancy and commercialisation.

Research & Innovation staff are your initial point of contact at UC if you are interested in research, commercialisation of the University’s intellectual property, consultancy services or business opportunities.

UC Innovators' winning ideas announced

5 February 2016 UC Innovators' Summer Start-Up Programme has announced the winning student ventures, coinciding with the official opening of the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. (read article)

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UC awards 2015 Research Medal

Professor Jennifer Hay who specialises in the analysis of words and sounds has been awarded the University’s 2015 Research Medal.

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Awards for Canterbury power research

Researchers from Christchurch’s Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) at the University of Canterbury (UC) have received two coveted awards at the Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA) Conference for the second year in a row.

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Professor Keith Alexander – UC Innovation Medal Winner

Professor Keith Alexander – UC Innovation Medal Winner 2010

“I made a pump system for getting gold out of rivers. I liked doing that stuff — although I only found enough gold for a filling, I think.”

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Professor Tim Bell – UC Innovation Medal Winner

Professor Tim Bell – UC Innovation Medal Winner 2011

“When people think about computer science they often equate it with programming, but it’s a lot more than that, and it’s how to communicate this that got me thinking...”

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UC Innovation Medal Winners 2013

UC Innovation Medal Winners 2013

Dr Alessandro Palermo and Professors Andy Buchanan and Stefano Pampanin, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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UC Innovation Medal Winners 2013

Associate Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee - UC Innovation Medal Winner 2014

“It is an honour to receive this award but I see it not so much as an award for me, but for me and all the clinicians and hospitals who I have worked with, including postgraduate students. The research programme was a group effort.”

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Professor Jim Cole (Geological Sciences) – UC Research Medal Winner

Professor Jim Cole – UC Research Medal Winner 2006

“I strongly believe in collaborative research, particularly with graduate students, and I think the award recognises the contribution of a large number of people to our understanding of volcanic processes and hazards within the Taupo Volcanic Zone.”

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Professor John Blunt – UC Research Medal Winner

Professor John Blunt – UC Research Joint Medal Winner 2007

“Our achievements have also been greatly assisted by a very supportive environment within the Department of Chemistry, through interactions with academic and technical staff colleagues, and the provision of excellent instrumental facilities,”

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Professors Murray Munro – UC Research Medal Winner

Professor Murray Munro – UC Research Joint Medal Winner 2007

...very honoured to be awarded the Research Medal and it should be seen as recognition of the contributions made by “many talented graduate students and post-doctoral fellows”.

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Professor Peter Steel – UC Research Medal Winner

Professor Peter Steel – UC Research Medal Winner 2008

“I have been really lucky to have had a number of highly skilled and astonishingly productive co-workers, with whom I have a lot of fun exploring new areas of chemistry.”

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Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland – UC Research Medal Winner

Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland – UC Research Medal Winner 2009

Professor Jack Copeland’s work is considered remarkable not only for its success but also its breadth.

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Professor Douglas Bridges – UC Research Medal Winner

Professor Douglas Bridges – UC Research Medal Winner 2011

“This theory is absolutely our baby and I think it is the most significant thing I’ve done in the last 10 years.”

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Professor Philip Joseph - UC Research Medal winner

Professor Philip Joseph - UC Research Medal Winner 2012

“I was naturally delighted to be awarded the Research Medal. It reflects positively on the research depth of the Law School, so I am very pleased. It is certainly one of the highlights of my career.”

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Research Medal Winners 2013, Professors Angus Macfarlane and Dave Kelly

UC Research Medal Winners 2013

Professor Angus Macfarlane, Professor of Māori Research at UC, and Professor Dave Kelly, School of Biological Sciences.

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Research Medal Winner 2014, Distinguished Professor Mike Steel

UC Research Medal Winners 2014

Distinguished Professor Mike Steel, Mathematics and Statistics, and Professor C. Michael Hall, Mangaement, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

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