1 August, 2013         

University of Waikato ranked in top 50 worldwide

In less than 50 years the University of Waikato has grown into a world leading institution with the potential to become a future global leader.

That's the view of Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education (THE) university ranking publication, which has confirmed Waikato is placed 46th in the world's Top 50 tertiary institutions under 50-years-old. Read more



Waikato welcomes new Dean of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Robert Hannah has joined the University of Waikato from the University of Otago, where his leadership portfolio included terms as Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Performing Arts and Associate Dean of Research for Humanities.

Professor Hannah has an impressive academic CV, boasting degrees in Greek and Philosophy in Classical Archeology from Otago and Oxford Universities. His research interests include archaeoastronomy, the Classical Collections of the Otago Museum (of which he is Honorary Curator), the iconography of Greek mythology and the Classical Tradition in art. Read more



University names Honorary Fellows

Dr Roger Briggs and Dr Ray Littler are the University of Waikato's newest Honorary Fellows, a recognition which is bestowed on long-serving senior academic or general staff members whose careers at the University have concluded.

Dr Briggs (right) started working at the University in 1975 in the Department of Earth Sciences and is a specialist in geochemistry and the mineralogy of volcanic rocks, spending time in New Caledonia studying with French researchers the mineralogy and petrology of the region. Read more

Dr Littler (left) began as a junior lecturer in mathematics and although he has had a couple of stretches away - at Monash University in 1969 to complete his PhD and to Ruakura in 1982 for practical work - Dr Littler has had close to a 50-year relationship with the University. Read more



Winter Lecture Series 2013

From Hobbits to mental health, the arts and education, there's something for everyone on campus at this year's Winter Lecture Series - every Wednesday in August.

7 August: An Unexpected Result: The Business of Hobbits; brings together tourism heads and researchers discussing the benefits to the Waikato region from the filming of the Hobbit movies.

14 August: It's All in Your Head: Understanding More About Mental Health; featuring fashion designer Denise L'Estrange Corbet (pictured) and University researchers Associate Professor Cathy Coleborne and Dr Nicola Starkey discussing mental health issues.

21 August: Class Struggles: Is Our Education on Track? Leading education experts Dr Noelene Wright, Dr Deborah Fraser and Dr Bill Ussher discuss the latest trends in education.

29 August: A Star is Born: How Hamilton's Arts Scene Has Come of Age; Creative Waikato head Sarah Nathan, arts patron Sir James Wallace and University art curator Steph Chalmers share a couch to discuss how Hamilton is finally embracing the arts.

View the full programme



Secrecy ends for alumnus with Xbox One unveil

Mark Staveley, who completed his Masters at the University of Waikato in 2000, finally got to tell his family and friends what he had been doing for the last year and a half.

Since early 2012, all Mark's family have known is that the software development engineer has been working for Microsoft somewhere in Seattle. But in May, he finally got to reveal he has been working as a senior software development test engineer on the new console. Read more



Alumni and Friends connect

The University of Waikato reached out to Alumni and Friends at home and abroad in June and July, with local events in Wellington and Auckland, and overseas in Beijing and Shanghai.

Chinese alumni got together in June to meet with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones and Pro Vice-Chancellor Associate Professor Ed Weymes at events in Beijing and Shanghai

In New Zealand, Wellington hosted the University's first-ever Young Alumni event, and Auckland alumni reconnected for the New Zealand premiere of John Psathas' 'Corybas' and 'Aegean,' performed by the renowned New Zealand Chamber Soloists.

Click on the links above to view photo galleries from each event.



Around the Faculties

A round-up of the top news and events from across the University's faculties.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: Congratulations to Setareh Zareie (pictured), this year's only Bing's Scholarship recipient researching the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury in pre-school-age children. 

Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences: PhD student Michael Walmsley recently taught at the US-based Code Camp, teaching young students the basic skills of web programming with his unique website 

Faculty of Education: Masters graduate William Flavell recently attended the US-NZ Pacific Partnership Forum in Washington DC, one of ten young New Zealanders chosen to discuss and debate important issues between the two countries.

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law: The Honourable Justice Joseph Williams delivers this year's Harkness Henry Lecture, 6 August: "Lex Aotearoa: a heroic attempt at mapping the Maori dimension in modern New Zealand law." 

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Biological sciences alumnus Stewart Robinson is the owner/operator of a successful conservation tour guide business in picturesque Abel Tasman Park.

School of Maori and Pacific Development: Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku recently co-curated the exhibition Tirohia Mai, Look at us Now in Wellington which honours the Maori women who fought for equal rights in New Zealand.

Waikato Management School: Alumna and lecturer Dr Heather Connolly has co-authored a book with her father Dr John Bircham, examining case studies of global business failures to examine the role society plays in major worldwide crises.



'Inland Empire' at Calder & Lawson Gallery 

Through 9 August, the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts is showcasing the gallery's latest exhibition, 'Inland Empire.'

Artists Ruth Cleland and Gary McMillan make drawings and paintings of uninhabited spaces, ordinary scenes and the views we fail to notice when we are preoccupied with the busy-ness of daily life. Pictured is Island #7, 2013, courtesy of Ruth Cleland and Melanie Roger Gallery. 

Gallery sponsors Calder & Lawson Tours are renowned world travel experts, with over two decades' experience in international travel. They offer over 20 tours every year to destinations across the world, all specifically geared to suit the 55-years-plus market.



Enhance your career prospects at the University of Waikato

As alumni of the University of Waikato, if you've thought about enhancing your career prospects by undertaking further studies - now is the perfect time. There are a number of options available to complement your career or get you started on the road to a new one.

If you're looking to really fast-track your career, enrol in one of our 180 point Masters programmes. The University of Waikato offers a range of Masters programmes that can be completed full-time in a year (in some cases), or part-time to fit in with your career. 

Click here to find out more about further study at the University of Waikato.



From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Kia ora and welcome to the latest issue of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter.

It is testament to the hard work of our staff that the University of Waikato's growing reputation has been further boosted with the recent announcement that we are now ranked among the very best young universities in the world. This is good news not just for our students, but for our alumni too as our rankings directly contribute to the value of your Waikato degree on an international level. The rankings, by the highly-regarded Times Higher Education, has Waikato as the 46th best university under 50 years old. The same organisation ranks us in the top 2% of universities worldwide, a great achievement in such a short time. Read more

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Waikato Management School Excellence in Practice Series: These free seminars feature industry leaders from NZ and overseas talking about their experiences and how they have navigated through the ever-changing business landscape. 9 August, 1-2pm, Sir Henry van der Heyden; Chairman Elect, Auckland International Airport and Chairman, Tainui Group Holdings discusses issues of governance. RSVP to 

The University of Waikato in Samoa, 6pm, 6 August: Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford will host Samoan alumni and friends at the Orator Hotel in Apia for networking and the local school student business case competition. To register and find out more, email 

Faculty of Education Alumni event, 13 August in New Plymouth: Join us to hear from Education Dean Professor Roger Moltzen as he discusses the exciting developments taking place in the Faculty of Education and reconnect with fellow alumni and Faculty of Education staff. Find out more  

Bay of Plenty Young Alumni event 15 August: Join us at the Mount for the second in a series of Young Alumni events being held throughout NZ. Hear WMS' Dr Heather Connolly explain the ins and outs of effective networking, then put those tips into practice for the rest of the evening. Find out more

Combined NZ Alumni event, 29 August in San Francisco: Education New Zealand are hosting alumni from New Zealand universities at the Emirates Team New Zealand cup base in San Francisco. Alumni will have the opportunity to tour the ETNZ base and hear from crew members, as well as connect with fellow ex-pats. Email to register and find out more.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013: This lecture series introduces the University's newest professors to the community. Come along to find out what our people are doing and how their work is having a real impact on the world around us. 17 September: Prof Chris Branson, Faculty of Education.

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