Professor Bruce McKenzie returns to teaching role at Lincoln University in 2022

Professor Bruce McKenzie is spending his last days in the job as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University before he returns to a teaching role at the University in the New Year.

As a Professor of Agronomy, he will re-join his former faculty to teach plant science to a new cohort of Lincoln University students, and is excited to start the new phase of his career.  He says:

“Teaching is one of my great passions, and I’m really looking forward to taking up the mantle again, as well as easing myself back into doing some research.

“It has been an honour to serve as Acting Vice-Chancellor, and I’m very grateful for being given the opportunity.

“I’m stepping aside at the right time. The University is in a good space, and we’ve been financially stable for an extended period.

“Our Lincoln University Strategy 2019-2028 remains the key driver for our growth, financial sustainability and ultimate realisation of becoming a globally-ranked, top-five land-based university.

“We have also created a vibrant and inspiring campus for our students through the launch of our campus development programme, and have successfully completed a number of our key projects – on time and on budget.” Continue reading

Megan Woods opens new science building at Lincoln University

The first of two new science buildings at Lincoln University has been officially opened by the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Dr Megan Woods.

The new building will be home to over 50 staff and postgraduate students from Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Sciences, responsible for teaching and research in the animal sciences.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie said the new science facility will strengthen Lincoln’s commitment to help drive New Zealand’s transition to a more productive, low-emissions economy.

“Lincoln University has always been a chief driver of innovation in agriculture, particularly in the food and fibre sectors, and our new facilities will position us to take an even more prominent role in developing solutions for the most pressing challenges facing the land-based industries,” he said.

“Our university has been producing primary sector graduates for more than 140 years, and we remain dedicated to attracting and inspiring future generations of tauira; equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to grow a better future.

“It’s appropriate and timely that we deliver a new cutting-edge science facility as a base where our people, including our world-leading researchers, can continue their critical contribution to shaping more prosperous and sustainable communities.” Continue reading

New flagship science facility spotlights positive outlook for Lincoln University

Significant growth in domestic student numbers, clear Government support and a raised awareness of the importance of the agritech industry to New Zealand’s economic development have all been factors in Lincoln University’s increased profile as a world-ranked land-based university.

This week he University ceremonially broke the first ground on its flagship science facility at an on-campus ceremony which capped off a 10-year journey for Lincoln, beginning with the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010/11 and concluding with formal Government approval for the construction of the new facility.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie said,

“Lincoln University has been producing primary sector graduates for more than 140 years, and we remain dedicated to equipping coming generations with the knowledge and skills needed to grow a better future.

“It’s only appropriate that we deliver our world-leading education and research from a science facility built for the ages.” Continue reading

Building of Lincoln’s Science South facility gets under way after sod-turning ceremony

Construction of Lincoln University’s new science facility, known as Science South, started immediately after a sod-turning ceremony and site blessing yesterday.

Lincoln’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, welcomed audience to the event and noted that the start of construction is an important milestone for the university.

“Our journey towards our new science facilities started in September 2010, when a large earthquake hit early on a Saturday morning, beginning a very difficult and disruptive time for our people,” he said.

“Now we can look forward to a new chapter for science at Lincoln that will strike another important milestone when our teams start moving into their new premises mid next year.

“When our science facilities are fully completed, in late 2022, Lincoln University will be a modern, up to date centre for science where more students will come from all over the world to study, especially in the fields of food and fibre.”

Located at the southern end of the campus, Science South is the first of the university’s two new science facilities that when completed will deliver modern, state-of-the-art teaching, research and collaboration spaces where new generations of students will learn the skills necessary to support New Zealand’s transition to a more productive, low-emissions economy.

Due for completion in May next year, Science South will be home to more than 50 staff and students from the Department of Agriculture Sciences, which is responsible for teaching and research in the animal sciences.

The university’s construction partner for Science South is Leighs Construction.

Lincoln recently received Ministerial endorsement of its business case for the construction of its other new science facility, known as Science North. The endorsement effectively releases $5 million in Crown funding to progress that project to the next stage, allowing the University to go to market for a construction contractor.

Science North is the flagship project of a wider campus development programme for Lincoln University that has already seen the launch of new student social spaces, landscaping projects and a series of smaller general projects across campus that are designed to enhance the vibrancy of the campus and promote a positive learning, teaching and research community.

Source: Lincoln University

Business case for new science facility for Lincoln University gets ministerial approval

Lincoln University has welcomed Ministerial endorsement of its business case for the construction of a new science facility that will deliver fit-for-future learning and research spaces.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie said this would give greater impetus for the University to grow and further advance its globally recognised land-based education and research.

“The endorsement demonstrates the Government’s confidence in Lincoln University, and means we can continue our campus development programme.”

Known as Science North, the new facility will replace existing earthquake-damaged buildings.

Professor McKenzie said Science North is critical to Lincoln’s drive to innovate towards a more prosperous and sustainable future. Continue reading

COVID-19 case is confirmed at Lincoln University after Hereford conference

A Lincoln University student has tested positive for COVID-19 while another is at probable risk of having the virus.

Public health officials have advised that both cases are linked to the Hereford Queenstown conference.

The University has been closely monitoring both students since they were contacted by public health. Both students are reported to be well after entering self-isolation on Saturday 21 March.

The University is in contact with them and is offering the support required.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie said:

“We are working closely with the Ministry of Health to follow the process mandated when a case of Covid-19 is confirmed.

“We are also committed to keeping all our students and staff informed of every eventuality, so we have advised them of the Covid-19 case, along with details of what to do if they need assistance or support. We will continue to communicate every update to our students and staff across all appropriate channels.”

Lincoln University advised students earlier this week of its decision to suspend all teaching and assessment activities until 20 April.

More information is available here.


Lincoln welcomes $80m for new science facilities

Lincoln University has welcomed news that the Minister of Education has approved $80m for new science facilities as part of a wider campus development programme.Acting Vice-Chancellor Bruce McKenzie said the funding, to replace earthquake-damaged buildings, would enable a major step forward to even more valuable research outcomes for New Zealand, delivered in “fit-for-future” facilities.

He said the new science facilities would lead to many more innovations in the land-based sector, particularly associated with food and fibre production.

Ultimately, the facilities would will deliver an increased return on investment in land-based research and education in New Zealand, and contribute significantly to a sustainable and productive economy. Continue reading

Lincoln University partners with Figshare to launch research data repository

Lincoln University – reflecting its commitment to open access research – has launced its institutional research data repository, Data@Lincoln, powered by Figshare and available on a custom domain at

Among the initial datasets in Data@Lincoln is a collection of weather data recorded at Lincoln University from 1960 – 2011. Daily climatological observations have been recorded at Lincoln University since January 1881, and earlier handwritten logbooks from 1928 – 1971 have previously been scanned and made available online.

As the first open access university in New ZealandLincoln’s open access policy ensures the research produced at the university is accessible and reusable by everyone. Continue reading

New Acting Vice-Chancellor at Lincoln University will take up post in January

Professor Bruce McKenzie has been appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University, taking over from Professor James McWha in January.

The appointment of Professor McKenzie, now Lincoln’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, follows the Government’s initiative to investigate an alternative structural arrangement for the university, which has resulted in partnership discussions with the University of Canterbury.

Negotiations continue and both parties will provide a proposal to Education Minister Chris Hipkins in December.

Chancellor Steve Smith said Professor McKenzie will provide solid, stable leadership to Lincoln while its future is determined.

“Bruce is well known to Lincoln and has a proven track record of impeccable leadership after working at the university for more than 30 years,” he said.

“Staff have shown overwhelming support for his appointment, and we are thrilled that Bruce has agreed to take on the role.”

Professor McKenzie’s association with the university began in the early 1980s, when he attended Lincoln as a postgraduate student, completing a postgraduate diploma in agricultural science and then a PhD in agronomy and crop science.

For 22 years he was an Associate Professor of Agronomy, responsible for teaching a range of classes in plant science, statistics and annual crop production.

In 2008, he became Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which involved managing 150 staff members in four departments.

He worked in this role for more than seven years before becoming the university’s Chief Academic Officer, overseeing Lincoln’s academic faculties, as well as the Library, Teaching and Learning department, University Studies and English Language, and the Research Management Office.

He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor earlier this year.

Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor McWha is expected to take on the role of Provost, which will involve offering advice, guidance and support to the university.

Professor McKenzie will take over as Acting Vice-Chancellor from 1 January 2019 and remain in the position until 30 June 2020.

Source:  Lincoln University