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Higher Education Development Centre News and Events

New NZ Scholars with their Senior Mentors

NZ Scholars and mentors 2018In February, the HEDC provided an academic orientation programme for 15 postgraduate NZ Scholars (NZ Aid and ASEAN scholarship recipients) commencing their studies at the University of Otago. The students come from Oceania and South-East Asia, and will be based in departments across the university. We wish them all the very best for their studies!

Associate Professor Ben Daniel

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Ben Daniel has been promoted to Associate Professor.  Well done Ben!

December Graduations

Congratulations to our latest students who graduated last week.  Tracy Rogers received her PhD and Carole Scott attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education.

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From left to right: Kim Brown, Professor Tony Harland, Dr Tracy Rogers, Dr Viv Anderson, Joanne Smith, Carole Scott, Farhana Abu Bakar, Raewyn Lesa, Dr Vijay Mallan, Rafaela Costa Camoes Rabello

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Carole Scott and Associate Professor Clinton Golding

Postgraduate SymposiumPostgraduate Symposium Photo

HEDC's postgraduate students and staff held an inaugural offsite research symposium at Orokonui Ecosanctuary recently.  Students and staff shared 5 minute (3 slide) presentations on an element of their current research. Each bracket of three talks was followed by 15 minutes of discussion, all chaired brilliantly by students. At lunchtime they went for a wander around the ecosanctuary, but realised they were a bit too loud for the birds – they only managed to get up close with a tui and a tuatara.

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Dr Ben Daniel and Dr Sam Asare received the 'Outstanding Paper Award' for 'Factors influencing response rates in online student evaluation systems: A systematic review approach' at the E-Learn 2017 Conference in Canada recently.  Congratulations to you both!

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Tony Harland in Spain

Head of Department, Tony Harland, finds his book, 'University Teaching - An Introductory Guide', printed in Spanish in a bookshop in Madrid during a trip to Spain.

HEDC students graduateAug 2017 Graduation Photos Sam & Nick

We have much pleasure in announcing that two of our students graduated on Saturday 19 August.  Sam Asare gained his PhD and Nick Baker his MHEd.  Congratulations to them both!

HEDC supervisor wins award

Dr Vivienne Anderson, a Senior Lecturer at HEDC, was recently a finalist at the 2017 OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award.  For the full story go to:


The winners and finalists in the 2017 OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award (back row, from left) Dr Shyamal Das of Pharmacy, Professor Mike Colombo of Psychology, Dr Sergio Biggemann of Marketing, Dr Brett Nicholls of Media, Film and Communication, Associate Professor James Crowley of Chemistry, Professor Ralph Adler of Accountancy and Finance and Dr Vivienne Anderson of HEDC (front row, from left) Supervisor of the Year Dr Tamlin Conner of Psychology and Best New Supervisor Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre of Classics. Absent: Dr Shelagh Ferguson of Marketing, Dr Tania Slatter of Pathology and Associate Professor Louise Signal of Public Health at the Wellington campus.