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Course advice services

Otago has a great range of course advice services to help you.

University Course Advice Service

Staff at the University Course Advice Service are your first point of contact regarding course advice at Otago. The dedicated team are here to help you plan your course. They can also get you in touch with expert staff from around the University who can help you with your course.

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Course advice services:

  • ensure enrolment processes are in accord with University regulations
  • assist with enquiries concerning enrolment
  • process applications for late withdrawal and for the waiver of late fees

The University Course Advice Service is available all year round for appointments by phone, video call (through Zoom) or in person.

Drop in appointments will be accommodated where possible.

The University Course Advice Service is based on the ground floor of the Arts Building.

Course Advice Service, ground floor, Arts Building

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Make an appointment with the University Course Advice Service.

Course Advice Staff

View the list of Otago course advisers

Jennifer Haugh

Group Leader

Jennifer Haugh

Jennifer supervises and co-ordinates the activities of the University Course Advice Service. Jennifer also approves courses and changes to courses for students completing undergraduate study. Jennifer provides course advice to students completing undergraduate study.

Tel 64 3 479 7000

Email university@otago.ac.nz

Damian Mallon

Senior Course Adviser/Course Approver

Damian Mallon

Damian co-ordinates the day-to-day operations of the University Course Advice Service. Damian also approves courses, and changes to courses, and provides course advice to students completing undergraduate study.

Tel 64 3 479 7000

Email university@otago.ac.nz

Tony Cooper

Senior Course Adviser/Course Approver

Tony Cooper

Tony co-ordinates the day-to-day operations of the University Course Advice Service. Tony also approves courses, and changes to courses, and provides course advice to students completing undergraduate study.

Tel 64 3 479 7000

Email university@otago.ac.nz

Customer Services Representatives

The Customer Services Representatives provide assistance to students with course enrolment enquiries. They also approve courses and changes to courses for students completing undergraduate study, and course advice to students completing undergraduate study.

Tel 64 3 479 7000

Email university@otago.ac.nz

Alethea Chittenden

Customer Services Representative

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Anne Hughes

Customer Services Representative

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Ashleigh Gray

Customer Services Representative

Ashleigh Gray

Ashley Tvrdeic

Customer Services Representative

Ashley Tvrdeic

Beth Henderson

Customer Services Representative

Beth Henderson

Hannah Steiner Mitchell

Customer Services Representative

Hannah Steiner Mitchell

Hannah Wightman

Customer Services Representative

Hannah Wightman

Melissa Carey

Customer Services Representative

Melissa Carey

Rebecca Stewart

Customer Services Representative

Rebecca Stewart

Divisional Course Advisers

Otago Business School

Here is the list of course advisers for the Otago Business School

Diploma for Graduates

Here is the list of course advisers for the Diploma for Graduates

Otago Business School

Here is the list of course advisers for the Otago Business School

Bronwen Stephens

Academic Manager

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Bronwen provides course advice for staff and undergraduate students on qualifications and academic requirements, especially regarding double degrees and finalist status. Assesses and grants academic credits including transfer, ad eundem and exchange credit. Advises, liaises and administers all aspects of the Student Exchange learning agreements as the Business School representative for the Student Exchange programme.

Tel 64 3 479 5635

Email bronwen.stephens@otago.ac.nz

Theresa Forbes

Information and Special Projects Officer

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Divisional assistance with Postgraduate Programme applications and course approval.

Tel 64 3 479 6822

Email theresa.forbes@otago.ac.nz

Jenni Wright

Operations Co-ordinator

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Jenni provides advice to undergraduate students as they plan their degrees including degree and double degree planning. She assists students changing course and advises on the options available to them. She also will advise on student’s finalist status. Jenni also provides advice to students going on exchange.

Tel 64 3 479 8149

Email jenni.wright@otago.ac.nz

Academic Subject Advisers

Division of Commerce

Tel 64 3 479 5197

Email business@otago.ac.nz

 

Diploma for Graduates

Here is the list of course advisers for the Diploma for Graduates

Diploma for Graduates

 

Humanities

Here is the list of course advisers for the Division of Humanities

Health Sciences undergraduate

Here is the list of course advisers for the Health Sciences undergraduate programmes

Humanities

Here is the list of course advisers for the Division of Humanities

Ange Waddell

Student Adviser

Responsible for providing course advice for undergraduate students on qualifications and academic requirements. Provides advice and liaises with students and departments about the Student Exchange programme.

Tel 64 3 479 9769

Email humanities.advising@otago.ac.nz

Carol Forbes

Academic Manager

Responsible for assisting with issues relating to academic processes, proposals and regulations. Processes applications for BA (Hons), PGDipArts, and MA programmes. Provides course advice to students, especially double degrees and course study plans, and assesses ad eundem credit.

Tel 64 3 479 8792

Email humanities.advising@otago.ac.nz

Academic Subject Advisers

Division of Humanities

Tel 64 3 479 8671

Email humanities@otago.ac.nz

Faculty of Law

Marie-Louise Neilsen

Faculty Administrator

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Marie-Louise’s responsibilities include finance, human resources, recruitment and supervision of general and casual staff, co-ordination of academic processes (including course advice to Law students), strategic policy and planning advice to the Dean of Law and general operations management of the Faculty.

Tel 64 3 479 8149

Email marie-louise.neilsen@otago.ac.nz

 

Health Sciences undergraduate

Here is the list of course advisers for Health Sciences undergraduate programmes

Joanne Fitzgibbons

Receptionist

Joanne is the first point of contact to the Admissions Office. Joanne handles a range of telephone queries and provides admissions advice and information to both prospective and current Health Sciences students.

Tel 64 3 479 7428

Email health-sciences@otago.ac.nz

Nicola Hoodless

Admissions Officer

Nicola is the first point of call for those seeking course advice for entry to the Health Sciences Professional Programmes.

Tel 64 3 479 7428

Email health-sciences@otago.ac.nz

Beth Stephenson

Manager, Health Sciences Admissions

Beth oversees the undergraduate Health Sciences Admissions process and provides course advice for those looking to apply to the Health Sciences Professional Programmes.

Tel 64 3 479 7428

Email health-sciences@otago.ac.nz

Biomedical Science

Susan Butt

Course Adviser/Programme Administrator, BBiomedSc

Sue is the programme administrator and main course adviser for the BBiomedSc and BBiomedSc Honours programmes. She is the first point of contact for all enquiries about these programmes and has ‘course approver’ status for BBiomedSc.

Tel 64 3 479 4205

Email susan.butt@otago.ac.nz

Sally McCormick

Academic Director, BBiomedSc

Sally is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and is the Academic Director for the BBiomedSc and BBiomedSc Honours programmes. She is responsible for all academic aspects of the programmes and directs the coursework component of the Honours programme. Sally has ‘course approver’ status for BBiomedSc.

Tel 64 3 479 7840

Email sally.mccormick@otago.ac.nz

Pat Cragg

Associate Dean Academic, Otago School of Medical Sciences

Pat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and is the Associate Dean Academic for the OSMS. She is able to provide advice on all academic issues and is an expert on regulations (and how these should be interpreted). Pat has ‘course approver’ status for the BBiomedSc programme.

Tel 64 3 479 7334

Email pat.cragg@otago.ac.nz

Academic Subject Advisers

Division of Health Sciences

 

Health Sciences postgraduate

Here is the list of course advisers for the Health Sciences postgraduate programmes

Sciences

Here is the list of course advisers for the Division of Sciences

Health Sciences postgraduate

Here is the list of course advisers for the Health Sciences postgraduate programmes

K.C. Worden

Postgraduate Adviser

K.C. is the administrator for the Health Sciences suite of postgraduate programmes. She assists the Division with strategic direction for postgraduate programmes across the Division. K.C. can also advise staff and students on postgraduate admissions, research proposals, thesis examination, and other administrative procedures.

Tel 64 3 479 7421

Email postgrad-health-sciences@otago.ac.nz

Academic Subject Advisers

Division of Health Sciences

University of Otago, Christchurch

Ruth Helms

Manager, Academic Programmes, University of Otago, Christchurch

Based in Christchurch, Ruth is the Manager of Academic Programmes, and is able to provide information and course advice to students on postgraduate opportunities at the University’s Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Tel 64 3 364 0527

Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz

University of Otago, Wellington

Trevor Williams

Postgraduate Liaison Officer, University of Otago, Wellington

Based in Wellington, Trevor is the Postgraduate Liaison Officer, and is able to provide information and course advice to students on postgraduate opportunities at the University’s Wellington School of Medicine.

Tel 64 4 385 5543

Email trevor.williams@otago.ac.nz

Faculty of Dentistry

Claire Gallop

Academic Administration Manager

Claire is the Academic Administration Manager at the Faculty of Dentistry as well as a departmental disability contact. She can provide course advice for programmes available through the Dental School.

Tel 64 3 479 7037

Email claire.gallop@otago.ac.nz

School of Physiotherapy

Nicola Clarke

Student Administrator

Nicola is an Academic Administrator and can provide course advice for the School of Physiotherapy.

Tel 64 3 479 6821

Email nicola.clarke@otago.ac.nz

 
 

Sciences

Here is the list of course advisers for the Division of Sciences

Mark Wilesmith

Academic Manager / Student Adviser

Mark manages all aspects of course advice, enrolment and student support for the Division of Sciences. He is also involved with the development and management of academic papers and programmes for the Division.

Tel 64 3 479 7528

Email mark.wilesmith@otago.ac.nz

Susan Newlove

Academic Administrator / Student Adviser

Susan is a Student Adviser and can provide course advice for the Division of Sciences.
 

Rebecca Connaughton

Academic Administrator / Student Adviser

Rebecca is a Student Adviser and can provide course advice for the Division of Sciences.
 

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