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Opening the door to university study

The University of Waikato has launched a new initiative in partnership with the secondary schools and communities of Tokoroa and Putaruru. Te Ara Ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence is a new programme to widen the pathway to university study by allieviating the barriers of affordability and transport, and installing good quality support to guide students through the transition to university. Read more...

South Waikato secondary school principals sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Waikato.

New Dean for Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Cyber law specialist Associate Professor Wayne Rumbles is the University of Waikato's new dean of law. He has a long association with the university and focuses his teaching and research on cyber law, a complex area he says is vital for lawyers to understand. Read more...

American honour for Distinguished Alumnus

Distinguished Alumnus Dr Craig Nevill-Manning has been honoured by the United States' Carnegie Institute as being one of America's "great immigrants". America's Great Immigrants list is named every July 4 - America's Independence Day - and honourees are chosen for their "notable contributions" to the progress of American soceity. Dr Nevill-Manning graduated from the University of Waikato in 1996 with a PhD in computer science and joined Google in 2001 where he later set up their software engineering centre in New York. He led the development of Froogle (Google Shopping) and played a key role in developing Google Maps. Read more...

Alumna on the road to curing cancer

After finishing her Master of Science in biological sciences, Alice Chibnall made the move to Wellington for a job. A pretty good job at that - as a researcher at the prestigious Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, where she researches stem cells to find a cure for cancer. Read more...

Safer driving with engineering know-how

Visits to automotive manufacturing sites McLaren Formula 1, Volkswagen and Bentley are a regular occurence for Leon Henderson at the moment. It's all part of the job for the mechanical engineering graduate who works as a research associate at Cambridge University and the UK. Read more...

Around the Faculties


Arts and Social Sciences: Sir Edmund Hillary scholars Gwen Lyon and Conor Gyde performed in the hugely successful Hamilton Operatic Society's production of Mamma Mia. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: Faculty Dean Professor Geoff Holmes and Associate Professor David Bainbridge have created software that allows users to create virtual designs of a new flag for New Zealand. 

Education: Hillary Scholar Hana-Rae Seifert has been London on a nine-week internship with international sports management giant IMG. Hana-Rae is in her sixth year of studying a conjoint law and sport and leisure degree. 

Law: LLB alumna Eloise Gibson has landed two significant scholarships that will take her to the US to study journalism - a William Georgetti Scholarship and a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award. 

Māori and Pacific Development: Associate Professor Sandy Morrison has been elected to head the International Council for Adult Education - the first New Zealander to head the organisation and only the second woman. 

Management: BMS student Jakob Skeen was part of the Māori All Blacks squad selected to play in Fiji and New Zealand in their 2015 campaign. 

Science and Engineering: PhD alumnus Benjamin Simons is off to the University of Hawaii on a Fulbright Scholarship to research persistently active volcanic systems. 

On campus lately

The University of Waikato featured at Fieldays (pictured), this year winning Best Premier Feature Stand for best highlighting the theme of "Gowing our Capability in Agribusiness". The Univeristy's Te Kotahi Research Institute again hosted He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference with attendees from Hawaii, Australia, Canada and the US. Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford has been appointed President of the Royal Society of New Zealand. A letter of intent was signed with the Penang state government in Malaysia to pursue future collaborations. 

Happening soon

The University of Waikato annual Winter Lecture Series takes place every Wednesday in August, and will feature hosts Te Radar (pictured), Raybon Kan and Jan Maree. Art on campus: one of New Zealand's most prominent artists, Reuben Paterson, is displaying his latest exhibition Tougher Than Diamonds at the Calder and Lawson Gallery, 10 August to 2 October. World Vision CEO Chris Clarke will speak on 'leadership in crisis' at Waikato Management School's free Excellence in Practice Series on 14 August. 

Quick links


Waikato Management School information session
If you're thinking of changing or enhancing your career, RSVP for the Waikato Management School's information session on August 26 at 5pm - level one of the management school building, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. 

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