The late John Angus Erskine was a student at Canterbury College in the 1890s. He went on to become an engineer and was involved in mining activities in Australia. Following his death in 1960, Erskine left a generous bequest to the University of Canterbury to provide for overseas travel by teachers in science, engineering and commerce and to bring English-speaking visitors in these fields to Canterbury.
The Erskine Programme enables academics from the College of Business Law to travel overseas in order to advance their knowledge in their chosen field. The fund is also available to bring overseas experts to assist with teaching and research at UC, mainly at graduate level.