New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom
Proposals welcomed for future of New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck
Birkbeck and the New Zealand High Commission have welcomed a review report on the future of the Centre for New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck, presented by Professor Janet Wilson and Professor Andrew Sharp.
Professors Wilson and Sharp, who are both active and respected figures in the field, were asked by Birkbeck College and the University of London to consider and advise on the direction the continuation of New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck should take.
As part of their review, they worked with the College, the New Zealand High Commission and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Sir Graeme Davies. They also consulted scholars and academics both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as New Zealand social and professional groups.
Headline proposals from the review report are that:
New Zealand Studies should be incorporated within Birkbeck’s academic structures so that it can become embedded within the teaching and research of the College. This should be achieved through the promotion of research in the subject across the disciplines of social sciences, arts and humanities, law and science.
Funding opportunities should be sought for research projects which would help establish its financial future. Opportunities should be identified for corporate sponsorship to secure an endowment and to develop some fundraising momentum; joint research proposals should be investigated with UK and New Zealand scholars; and the showcasing of current scholarly expertise should be explored.
The report also recommended that consideration be given to the operational structure of the Centre, to determine how best to drive cross-departmental partnerships, investigate sponsorship and research opportunities, and explore activities/speaking engagements which support Birkbeck’s mission and goals.
In welcoming the report, Birkbeck reiterated its commitment to working with the University of London and the New Zealand High Commission in seeking a future for New Zealand Studies at the College that was sustainable and in line with its mandate. Consideration is now being given to the proposals put forward in the review report.