Undergraduate Students - Geography - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Geography's new home

With construction of the new Regional Science andInnovation Centre (RSIC) on schedule, the Deapartment of Geography will begin it's move to this new home in 2017.

With a total project budget of $216 million, the RSIC will provide 25,000 square metres of new accommodation for the College of Science across two buildings. The first building, due for completion in 2017, includes specialist teaching and research laboratories for physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, geography and biological sciences. The design includes extensive informal areas for learning and study, and social spaces that provide ideal venues for events and encourage interactions between staff, students and faculties.

The central Atrium contains a large social stair that links levels one and two and can be used for presentations, lectures and other gatherings. An innovation hub will be established to enable close collaboration with industry and open up opportunities to connect basic research with applied. Co‐location of researchers from industry partners in RSIC laboratories will be an effective tool in creating a one‐stop‐shop for science and innovation solutions and discoveries. The innovation hub also offers students a forum for frequent interactions with industry, giving them unique opportunities and experiences that will increase their employability upon graduation.

The new facilities will give Geography the ability to deliver cutting‐edge science teaching, supported by state‐of‐the‐art audio visual and laboratory equipment in a modern teaching environment. Such an environment includes a blend of face‐to‐ face teaching methods, individual and small group investigative laboratory work, online research and independent learning through individual effort and group work.

Communal spaces promote interaction, and hospitable entrances accommodate events and welcome in new students, staff and visitors.   The RSIC is one aspect of a larger UC Futures programme that includes the transformation of both the built environment, and how teaching and learning takes place at the University. It will ensure that Geography graduates from UC enter the workforce armed with the finest modern science education available.