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Friends of the Locals

The Locals Programme would not be where it is today without the staff of the university who support it. At the very beginning of the programme there were many university staff members that supported the development of the locals, this page highlights some of our biggest supporters. 

Schools Liaison

Sandra Spence has been on the Advisory group from the very beginning of Locals and in 2017 Greg Heller joined as the second Schools Liaison officer for Otago, Southland, Canterbury, and West Coast area. Greg and Sandra help to promote locals to the high schools that they visit, and also help with marketing the programme to secondary school students.

Learn more about Schools Liaison

Student Learning Development 

Since the inception of the Locals Programme Student Learning Development (SLD) staff have played a pivotal role in providing academic support in the form of workshops, and peer learning support (PASS) to Locals students. SLD staff have also contributed to the training of the Locals mentors and leaders and provide administration support to the programme. SLD staff are also members of the Locals operations committee and advisory board.

Carole Scott (Administrative Coordinator SLD Programmes) has been a member of the Locals Working Committee since the beginning of Locals, helping with planning, the strategic direction of locals, and offering administrative support. 

Learn more about Student Learning Development

Academic Staff 

Locals relies on the generosity of academic staff to be able to offer our students extra academic support. We are always looking for more staff to help with different papers if you are interested contact the Locals Coordinator.

Tony Zaharic 

Tony has supported locals from the start. He has helped out during orientation weeks in the past on BBQ duty, and was the MC at locals past Study Smart event. Tony also runs Q&A sessions for two Health Science First Year papers CELS191 and BIOC192. 

Dr Brad Hurren and Tim McLennan

Brad is from the Department of Anatomy, and Tim is from the Department of Physiology. Together Brad and Tim run Q&A sessions for HUBS191 and HUBS192 two Health Science First Year Papers. 

Previous Coordinators

The contribution of each of the previous coordinators has made the programme what it is today, you can still see their influence in the way the programme continues to operate. 

Hayley Knight 

Hayley was with Locals from the beginning. In 2013 she was officially hired as the first Locals Coordinator after performing the role in a volunteer capacity. Hayley lay the administrative ground work that allows the programme to run to this day. 

Kitty Brown 

Kitty started out in locals on the working committee as an OUSA representative. In 2015 she took over from Hayley as the coordinator. Kitty injected new ideas and energy into the programme. Kitty introduced two new committees one of which, the schools committee, is still part of the programme. The locals intern, a staff member to help manage communications and staff training, was also established because of Kitty's recommendations. 

Sarah Macdonald 

Sarah was the coordinator in 2016. Sarah had previously been a residential college assistant at Cumberland College so had experience in working with first year students, she used this knowledge to help locals improve the support we were providing students.   

Supporting Staff

There are many other staff members who have been very supportive of the Locals Programme

Professor Harlene Hayne - Vice Chancellor 

Harlene has always been supportive of the locals programme and plays an active role in promoting locals across the wider university community. 

James Lindsay - Director of Campus and Collegiate Life Services

James has helped locals become a part of the collegiate community at the University of Otago.

Heads of Colleges

The heads of colleges have welcomed locals into the collegiate community. They also assist in training Locals staff by inviting us to participate in Residential Assistant trainings.