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Graduate Research School

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The Graduate Research School has responsibility for leadership, oversight and policy advice in relation to doctoral degrees (including the PhD), research Masters’ degrees and University scholarships and prizes, as well as responsibility for providing appropriate support and guidance to graduate research candidates and their supervisors. The Doctoral and Scholarships Office, within the Graduate Research School, manages and administers the doctoral and scholarships programme.  The School also offers a number of workshops, seminars and social events to our candidates and relevant staff, and information can be found about these by following this link to our dedicated events page.

The Graduate Research School is located within the University’s Research Division.

The Graduate Research School team can be found on the ground floor at the north end of the Clocktower building.  Our office numbers are listed below.

The Graduate Research School Team

DeanRachel Spronken-Smith profile photo

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.

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Susan Craig
Tel 64 3 479 5737
Email susan.craig@otago.ac.nz
Room G.02, Clocktower North

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.

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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.

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Brian Johnston
Tel 64 3 479 8461
Email brian.johnston@otago.ac.nz
Room 414, 4th floor, Commerce Building, corner of Clyde Street and Union Place East

Brian provides a support service to thesis Masters' and PhD candidates.  To book an appointment or if you have an enquiry, please contact Brian via telephone or email. Please note, there is a $15.00 cash charge for Brian's service.

For more information about Brian's service please visit the Personal Performance web page or download the PPDC Information Sheet (PDF format).

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Yasir Muhammad
Tel 64 3 479 5698
Email muhammad.yasir@otago.ac.nz
Room B.09, Clocktower North

Yasir is responsible for all the information systems needs of the Graduate Research School.

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Sarah McGregor
Tel 64 3 471 6376
Email sarah.mcgregor@otago.ac.nz

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

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

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

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Belinda Kerrison
Tel 64 3 479 8464
Email belinda.kerrison@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

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


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Peter Boston
Tel 64 3 479 4132
Email entrance.scholarships@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Peter is primarily responsible for the administration of Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships at the University.

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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, and is the main point of contact in the Office for NZAID scholarship recipients.  
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Scholarships Administrator

Jemma OstenJemma Osten profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 5292
Email jemma.osten@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Jemma is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries, and is the main point of contact in the Office for NZAID scholarship recipients.

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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.


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Lisa Beckingsale
Tel 64 3 479 9018
Email lisa.beckingsale@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Lisa primarily deals with the financial aspects of scholarship operations, including payment of recipients. Lisa is also the main point of contact for Summer Scholarships, Departmental Awards and Research Grants.


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Leane Turnbull
Email leane.turnbull@otago.ac.nz
Room G.05, Clocktower North

Leane is primarily responsible for the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate prizes; and undergraduate scholarships at the University. She is happy to assist with any enquiries via email.
Leane normally works Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Scholarships Administrator

Audrey Santana
Tel 64 3 479 8390
Email audrey.santana@otago.ac.nz
Room G.04, Clocktower North

Along with Leane, Audrey works on the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate prizes; and undergraduate scholarships at the University.
Audrey is in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm.