Annual Appeal 2017
Through game-changing discoveries, the University of Otago has been making a difference to New Zealand and the world for nearly 150 years.
Imagine if Alzheimer’s could be spotted with a quick blood test, or if relapses in child cancer patients could be discovered earlier. Consider the benefits to society when at risk youth can develop confidence and go further with education.
Every dollar donated this to this year’s appeal will work hard for the future of the University and our communities.
The Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
Every year hundreds of academically-gifted year 13 students apply for scholarships at the University of Otago with the dream of gaining a world-class education.
Donna-Rose McKay Disability Support Scholarship
Established in 2012 to celebrate 20 years of formalised support at the University of Otago for students with impairments. These scholarships are offered to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show financial need arising from a disability.
The Otago Alumni Law Scholarship
For many students the practical aspect of attending our fine university is merely a dream and one that appears to be out of their reach. This scholarship supports deserving students that may otherwise not have this opportunity.
Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship in Memory of Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave
He Maumaharatanga ki a Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave
This Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship is being established in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Jolene's whānau as a legacy to Jolene and to inspire other young Māori law students to follow their dreams.
The Women's Health Research Centre
The Women’s Health Research Centre is dedicated to saving lives. By involving local health service providers, iwi and community groups, the Centre works to help ensure our nation’s babies have the best possible start in life.
The Brain Health Centre
An ageing population means more people will be affected by neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and stroke in the future. Fortunately, brain research offers hope to individuals, families and society. Every day brings new findings that enhance our understanding of brain health and disease.
The Centre for Translational Cancer Research
Translational cancer research bridges the gap between laboratory-based science and treatment in the clinic. There is now sufficient knowledge in the fields of cancer biology, molecular biology, and immunology to make a significant impact on the treatment and management of cancer.
The Chair in Earthquake Science
For several decades prior to the devastating 2010-2012 Canterbury earthquake sequence, University of Otago researchers were undertaking world-leading investigations into crustal structure and fault zone mechanics. The establishment of a Chair in Earthquake Science will enable the University of Otago to consolidate this fundamental research.
MRI Scanner Project
The University of Otago has a healthy love affair with the brain, educating thousands of students each year. With a newly established Neurological Foundation Chair of Neurosurgery and a cutting edge Brain Health Research Centre (with more than 35 research teams spread across departments) it’s clear that Otago is at the forefront of brain research.
The Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research
Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research aims to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and obesity by finding new ways to prevent and manage these conditions.
The Carrell-Espiner Fellowships
Medical research is critical to a healthier community but funding is often all too scarce. Fellowships provide money at crucial times in the development of future research leaders.
Christchurch Heart Institute
The Christchurch Heart Institute saves lives every day through the development of cutting edge advances in the diagnosis, prediction and treatment of serious cardiovascular disease; from bench to bedside to community.
The Clinical Simulation Unit
The UOC Simulation Centre has been developed as part of a Faculty of Medicine initiative to expand clinical skills programmes and facilities at all three campuses of the University of Otago, Division of Health Sciences.
The Centre for Free Radical Research
This Centre is an internationally recognised leader in the field of free radicals and antioxidants in human health and disease.
The Jules Kieser Memorial Fund
This fund will provide an enduring tribute to Professor Jules Kieser who died suddenly and unexpectedly in June 2014. Jules was a dynamic academic who made outstanding contributions to teaching and research at the University of Otago and to forensic services in New Zealand and abroad.
Albert C. Moore pioneered the academic study of religion at the University of Otago and in New Zealand. After taking an MA in History at Victoria University Wellington, and a BD at Otago, he completed his doctorate in Biblical Studies at Manchester University, where he also took courses in Comparative Religion.
The Barbara and John Heslop Memorial Fund
Barbara and John were both long time Otago faculty members who made major contributions not only to medical research and clinical practice but also to undergraduate and particularly postgraduate education through their long term involvement with the Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course. Barbara frequently emphasized the importance of having flexible funds to support career development for young investigators and enrichment activities for researchers.
The Brian Hardy Memorial Fund
Brian Eric Hardy graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 1964. He completed his surgical training in Dunedin, spending considerable time in immunological research.
The Charles Farthing Memorial Scholarship Fund
Charles Farthing had a remarkable international career, devoting his life to researching, treating; and raising the profile of HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases. The campaign to raise funds was launched at the medical class of 1976 reunion, marking 40 years since Charles’ graduation. Charles Farthing was an inspiring, passionate and unique individual.
Other Fundraising Projects
The School of Physical Education Wall of Fame
Since its inception in 1948, graduates of the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago have excelled in sport, education, recreation, outdoor education, research, dance and business. Those achievements are deserving of celebration and recognition, with a permanent display gracing the School walls.
The Aquinas College Development Project
Aquinas College has been accommodating and supporting Otago students since 1954. The College has a proud history of combining academic success with a great sense of community that allows students to achieve to the best of their abilities across a broad range of fronts. Aquinas College welcomes donations and is grateful for any other non-monetary support.
The Brian Merrilees Canadian Alumni Exchange Award
Each year some 30-40 young Otago students travel to Canada for further study under an Exchange Programme set up with a number of Canadian universities.
The University of Otago General Fund
You may want to direct your donation to specific areas of the University: the Library, Pharmacy, the Faculty of Dentistry, the possibilities are endless. Please choose the General Fund on the donation page and indicate your preference.