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Canterbury students win spatial excellence award

1/12/14 University of Canterbury students Nick Brunsdon and Jayden MacRae are the winners of the inaugural New Zealand student spatial excellence awards...more

What is Geography all about?

What is Geography all about?

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‘Reaching honours has been great as I can focus more on health and urban geography...’

Kirsty Curry Studying towards a BA(Hons) in Geography
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The Department of Geography has regular seminars that are open to all. Please click here to see details of upcoming seminars.

Tutor Applications for 2015 - Apply Online Now

Job description and postions available for 2015

Teaching Assistant (TA)
Senior Teaching Assistant (STA) – formally Teaching Fellow

If you are unsure whether a position is at TA or STA level please use the TA link as this can be sorted later. Aplpications must be in by 8th Feb 2015.

Australasian Hydrographic Society is offering an Education Award

Australasian Hydrographic Society is offering an Education Award of AUD$3,500.00 this year. The award is open to students studying, or proposing to study, within the following disciplines:

Hydrography - Nautical Charting - Surveying at Sea Law of the Sea
Coastal Studies - Coastal Zone Management Marine Cartography
Offshore Resource Surveys and Management Environmental Studies
Port Development and Maritime Engineering Marine Geology and Geophysics

Applications close 10 April 2015. More details can be found at their website and in the letter attached. This is an annual award, so your department and students may wish to consider this for future years as well.

NZ Esri Young Scholar of the Year (2015) Award

The NZ Esri Young Scholar Award will provide one outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a New Zealand University (or recent graduate) with the chance to showcase their GIS work at the 2015 Esri International User Conference and Esri Education User Conference in San Diego this July while attending these conferences utilising their complimentary passes.
The winner will also have the opportunity to meet Esri Founder, President and ‘Father of GIS’ – Jack Dangermond – when he presents the winner their international award. Submissions close for the Esri Young Scholar of the Year (2015) Award at 5pm on 2 April 2015.
More information about this award can be found here.

Postgraduate Study Award

The Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand is currently seeking applicants for the 2015The purpose of this award is to provide funds to assist with an individual's post graduate level research to improve knowledge in the field of coastal dune restoration. The award tenure is $2,000 plus expenses to travel and present at the Dunes Trust Conference. 2015 Study award applications are now open Download the information for applicants here. The deadline for applications is 27 March 2015. Please send enquiries and applications to click here

Geography related videos

Don't forget to scroll down this page and watch some great geography related videos showing research and teaching going on at the University of Canterburies Department of Geography

GeoCart' 2014

GeoCart'2014 brought together a wide cross section of professionals, researchers and enthusiasts engaged in cartography, map curatorship and research, geovisualisation and GIScience, to promote new techniques in, and a greater understanding of cartography and mapping. See the video here.

University of Canterbury researchers use hi-tech jetboat to research Tasman Glacier

Dr Heather Purdie and colleagues have been doing extensive work in Lake Tasman. See news article for more...

Tribute to world-class UC Geography graduate

Dr Pete Lamb “…exemplified the tradition of world-class geographer-climatologists out of New Zealand…”...more

Canterbury students win spatial excellence award

University of Canterbury students Nick Brunsdon and Jayden MacRae are the winners of the inaugural New Zealand student spatial excellence awards...more

UC Geography rated as one of the top 100 Geography departments in the world!

In the latest QS World University Rankings released recently, Canterbury is listed as the 242nd ranked university in the world. There are about 17,000 universities worldwide. The university was ranked 333rd in the world in 2006 and has begun growing again as it rapidly rebuilds its facilities. The University of Canterbury was New Zealand’s first university to achieve a QS five-star rating and this has been retained. The University features among the world’s elite (top 200) universities in 16 subjects in the latest QS world university rankings by subject. Out of 3000 universities, UC is rated in the top 100 in History, Geography, Law and Education, and Civil and Structural Engineering.

Why Geography is the best subject to study at University... ever!

Recent articles that are worth a read if you are contemplating doing Geography.

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