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Get the support you need for successful postgraduate study, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships

Receive assistance with applying for a bursary or scholarship, get advice on how to manage your research or approach writing your thesis, or have a query about your Master’s or PhD thesis answered. The Dean’s office provides support and guidance to graduate research candidates and their supervisors, while our Doctoral and Scholarships Office manages and administers the doctoral and scholarships programme.

Dean

Rachel Spronken-Smith Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Tel 64 3 479 5655
Email rachel.spronken-smith@otago.ac.nz
Room G.02, Clocktower North

Rachel leads the Graduate Research School team and oversees all thesis-related matters at the University, including scholarships. She is available to assist with queries or concerns.


Executive Administrator

 Susan CraigSusan Craig profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 5737
Email susan.craig@otago.ac.nz
Room G.02, ground floor, Clocktower Building

Susan provides high level support to the Dean and has responsibility for the administrative and financial tasks within the school. She also manages the social events and workshops provided by the Graduate Research School.


Manager

Andrew Lonie Profile Photo Low Res Andrew Lonie
Tel 64 3 470 3447
Email andrew.lonie@otago.ac.nz
Room G.06, Clocktower North

Andrew is the manager of the Doctoral Office. He provides a support service to doctoral and thesis Masters’ candidates and supervisors, and manages various other projects pertaining to thesis candidates. He is happy to assist with queries or concerns.


Graduate Research Administrator

Katherine van der Vliet profile photo Katherine van der Vliet
Tel 64 3 479 3077
Email katherine.van-der-vliet@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Katherine manages the day to day running of reception. She administers the Postgraduate Publishing Bursary scheme and various other graduate research activities, as well as providing personal assistance and support to the Managers in the Graduate Research School. Most importantly, Katherine maintains a plentiful supply of chocolate fish for doctoral candidates submitting their theses.


Māori Postgraduate Support Adviser

Pete Russell profile photo Low Res Dr Pete Russell
Tel 64 3 479 8082
Email maori.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Room G.05, ground floor, north end, Clocktower Building

Pete is in the office at the Graduate Research School on Wednesday mornings and all day on Thursdays and Fridays.

To find out more about Pete's role in the Graduate Research School, please click on this link to his dedicated web page.


Personal Performance Coach

Brian Johnston profile photo Brian Johnston
Tel 64 3 479 8461
Email brian.johnston@otago.ac.nz
Room G.04, ground floor, north end, Clocktower Building

Brian provides a coaching service to thesis Masters' and PhD candidates.  To book an appointment please click here. Please note, this is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service.


Doctoral Administrator

Tina Shaw profile photo low res Tina Shaw
Tel 64 3 4795434
Email tina.shaw@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Alongside Andy and Kimberley, Tina is responsible for administration of the PhD programme and other supervised doctorates.


Doctoral Administrator

Andy McCready profile photo low res Andy McCready
Tel 64 3 479 8464
Email andy.mccready@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Alongside Tina and Kimberley, Andy is responsible for administration of the PhD programme and other supervised doctorates.


Manager, Postgraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

Peter Boston profile photo Peter Boston
Tel 64 3 479 9779
Email peter.boston@otago.ac.nz
Room G.07, Clocktower North

Peter is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries. He oversees the Scholarships Office and all aspects of awarding and payment of postgraduate scholarships, prizes and awards.


Scholarships Administrator

Rebecca Guest profile photo Rebecca Guest
Tel 64 3 479 5292
Email rebecca.guest@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Rebecca is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries. She is the main point of contact in the Office for NZAID scholarship recipients and for information related to amending or creating new scholarship regulations.


Scholarships Administrator

Mel Adams profile photo low res Mel Adams
Tel 64 3 479 5291
Email mel.adams@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Mel can help with postgraduate scholarship enquiries and enquiries related to Universities New Zealand scholarships.


Scholarships Administrator

 Roberta McFelinRoberta profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 9018
Email roberta.mcfelin@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Roberta is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries, She is the main point of contact in the office for the financial aspects of scholarship operations including payment of recipients, Departmental Awards, Research Grants and Summer Scholarships.


Scholarships Administrator

Karl Bartleet profile photo Low Res Karl Bartleet
Tel 64 3 479 8236
Email karl.bartleet@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Karl works on the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate prizes; and undergraduate scholarships at the University.


Scholarships Administrator

Dianne Hanson
Tel 64 3 479 9246
Email dianne.hanson@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Dianne is the main point of contact for named Masters Scholarships, Exchange Travel Grants, Postgraduate Travel Grants and Thesis Costs Reimbursements.