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(Ful)bright future for award recipients

Monday, 24 July 2017 1:49pm

The University of Otago has received a number of honours in the latest round of Fulbright New Zealand awards given this month.

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Research to help patients with acute abdominal pain

Monday, 17 July 2017 9:13pm

A PhD candidate at the University’s Wellington campus believes the way acute abdominal pain is diagnosed can be improved, and that the process for patients who need surgery can be sped up.

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Wellington’s new direction in postgraduate support

Thursday, 13 July 2017 9:49am

A multi-skilled team of Wellington staff has worked together to produce a fantastic new Study Skills programme for distance taught postgraduate students.

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Christchurch cancer researcher runs for ‘awesome’ charity

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:03pm

A PhD student at the University’s Christchurch campus is not only researching the grading system for the stages of cancer, but has also raised almost $3000 for Bowel Cancer NZ – all inspired by her father’s battle with the disease.

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Diverse postgraduates welcomed to Otago

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 12:16pm

The diversity of Otago’s postgraduate cohort was on display at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Garden Party this week.

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Lecturing skills taught in unique Humanities course

Monday, 27 February 2017 3:27pm

Otago’s Division of Humanities is running an innovative programme to help doctoral candidates hone the teaching skills they will need if they pursue an academic career.

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Christchurch graduate entry students working towards great career in nursing.

Monday, 16 May 2016 9:06am

The first intake of nursing students in Christchurch’s new two-year graduate-entry Master of Nursing degree have begun their study.

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Making sensible climate predictions a reality

Thursday, 7 April 2016 12:44pm

The climate modelling systems needed to create sound predictions about climate change are crucially in need of improvement, particularly for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, Otago Physics Master's student Andrew Pauling says.

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Master of Planning internship broadens thinking

Monday, 21 March 2016 11:54am

Otago's Nathan Harris is the first student from the Master of Planning course to be an intern with the University's Property Services.

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Postgraduates welcomed at annual Garden Party

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 9:08pm

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has spent the past couple of weeks welcoming new and returning students, but saved “one of the most special” welcomes until last, she said yesterday.

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Books and journals sought for African university

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 11:16am

A PhD student who will graduate from Otago this month is collecting books and journals to be donated to his university back home in Malawi, Africa.

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Swedish Master’s student brings bonus visitor

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 10:28am

While Otago always values its international students, sometimes they come with an added bonus. This is the case for Tove Hultman, a Swedish veterinarian student spending four months researching and writing up her Master’s thesis in the Department of Pathology’s Braithwaite Laboratory.

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Centre for Science Communication showcases work

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 8:54pm

Resources designed to educate adolescents about the effects of alcohol on the brain, art works showing the threatened flora and fauna of Stewart Island and drone footage of the stunning Catlins Coast. These are just some of the projects that will be on display at the Centre for Science Communication’s Red Carpet Gala Event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this Saturday from 4pm to 7pm.

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Hot competition in 3MT finals

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:38am

Accounting and sharks ruled the day at the Otago Three Minute Thesis Finals last night.

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Postgraduate posters showcase breadth of research

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 1:49pm

A poster which outlined research into an intervention aimed at reducing Orientation Week drinking took the top prize in this year’s Postgraduate Research Poster Competition.

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Group providing support to staff postgraduates

Monday, 20 July 2015 8:02pm

Staff members who are also completing postgraduate study are invited to join Occupatus – a new support group for those trying to juggle a Master’s or PhD and a more-than-part-time University role

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Coursework study highlighted in the Otago Post

Thursday, 9 July 2015 3:57pm

About the only thing those profiled in the latest edition of the Otago Post email newsletter have in common is their decision to study for a coursework postgraduate degree.

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Good Fortune for Otago Theatre students

Friday, 19 June 2015 12:02pm

A long-term relationship between the Fortune Theatre and the Theatre Studies department at Otago is taking centre stage in the Fortune’s latest production.

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Three Minute Thesis competition opens for entries

Thursday, 18 June 2015 1:24pm

Entries for this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition are now open – with an exciting development in store for Masters’ students.

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Match-fixing research earns international award

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 1:32pm

Otago PhD candidate Minhyeok Tak has received international recognition in his field, recently winning a European award for his paper, titled 'The Politics of Countermeasures against Match-fixing in Sport'.

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Welcome to Otago, says the Dunedin School of Medicine

Thursday, 26 March 2015 9:44pm

The Dunedin School of Medicine rolled out the red carpet for its postgraduate students at a new event this week. The School held its first official welcome for postgraduate students from across all its departments, aiming to raise collegiality levels.

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Lighting up historic theatre

Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:02pm

Postgraduate student Neil Vallelly is investigating the effect of candlelight on 16th Century theatregoers.

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Profiling postgraduates at Otago

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:00pm

The 19th issue of Otago’s postgraduate e-newsletter has hit inboxes today, featuring sharks, 3D augmented reality and Alaska.

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Postgraduate teaching course doubles in size

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 1:31pm

The recently introduced postgraduate Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) programme has doubled in size because it meets the demands of graduate students and the education sector, staff say.

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Otago’s newest postgraduates welcomed in style

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 1:41pm

Cooler weather did not deter new postgraduates from attending an official welcome this week - the Vice-Chancellor’s Garden Party.

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Postgraduate programme in Public Health enters new era

Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:25am

The Wellington campus recently celebrated University of Otago’s restructured postgraduate Public Health programmes with a colourful and well-attended launch event on the Capital’s waterfront.

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Science Communication films make their debut

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 1:39pm

From an examination of the ever-industrious dung beetle to one woman’s quest to understand her genomic make up, this year’s crop of Master of Science Communication student documentaries promises to be both entertaining and informative. Eight films are set to have their world premiere at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre on Saturday 1 November.

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Carrying on a legacy of peace

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 2:18pm

The Bulletin meets Kelli Te Maihāroa, a College of Education Professional Practice Fellow, who is upholding the peace legacy of her whānau through her PhD research and her new roles as the Australasian representative on the Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) and International Peace Research Council (IPRA).

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Top tips from the Thesis Whisperer

Thursday, 16 October 2014 9:36pm

In Dunedin as part of the Graduate Research Festival, the Thesis Whisperer, a.k.a Dr Inger Mewburn, told graduate students it is OK to "make a mess and then clean it up" when drafting their PhD.

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From adzes to zombies

Thursday, 9 October 2014 9:02am

The latest issue of the Otago Post – a newsletter covering postgraduate happenings at Otago – is out now.

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Top supervisors celebrated at awards

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 9:05am

Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald, of Social Anthropology, was last night named the OUSA Supervisor of the Year for 2014.

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From designer to dietitian

Monday, 29 September 2014 3:58pm

Lying in a hammock in India, Michelle Jospe had a moment of clarity that refocused her rock-climbing, travelling and graphic design-oriented life onto an Otago nutrition research adventure.

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The role of social media in politics

Thursday, 18 September 2014 1:56pm

Are governments using social media to enrich their diplomatic dialogue with foreign publics, Otago PhD student Tony Deos asks, or is it all just ‘poppycock’?

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It’s a postgraduate time of year

Friday, 8 August 2014 8:08am

Following on from this week’s successful Postgraduate Open Day, Otago is holding postgraduate information evenings in Christchurch and Wellington next week.

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Postgraduate Open Day showcasing future study

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 8:08am

Postgraduate study will be the focus of a large expo in the University Link early next month.

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New structure rounds out new name

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 8:07am

The Graduate Research School now has a new structure to go with its new name. The services department became a School last year and has now taken the opportunity provided by staff changes to restructure.

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Profiling postgraduate study

Monday, 16 June 2014 8:07am

The latest edition of the Otago Post has been sent out, with articles ranging from kakapo to spirituality.

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Boot-camp teaches "three p’s" of research

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 8:07am

A “boot-camp” to train and inspire PhD students to translate their research into something that benefits the community was held for the first time last week.

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New recruitment campaign flies high

Thursday, 1 May 2014 8:07am

A national campaign offering free flights to Dunedin for potential Otago PhD candidates is being launched today.

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A new look for postgraduate web searchers

Monday, 28 April 2014 8:07am

Students who are thinking about postgraduate study will now find it easier to check out their options at Otago.

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Dr Isobel Maxwell-Cameron – a tribute

Friday, 11 April 2014 11:16am

Science lost a good chemist when Dr Isobel Maxwell-Cameron died earlier this year. She is remembered fondly by family, friends and colleagues.

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Sports marketing offered new view of fans

Friday, 4 April 2014 11:16am

Sports fans’ psychological ownership of ‘their team’ is vastly undervalued PhD study argues.

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Putting their money where their mouth is

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 11:16am

Four Otago MBA students turned words into actions during an elective paper earlier this year.

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NZ political advertising – are we different?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:16am

While examining emotional appeals in election advertising, an Otago PhD student has found NZers may not react as expected.

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Religions in NZ schools study reveals divisions

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:16am

Why isn’t New Zealand following the western world trend of teaching general religious studies in schools?

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Life coach offers guidance to students

Thursday, 6 March 2014 11:16am

Helping students manage their time and studies before they get into real difficulties is Brian Johnston’s job at Otago. The experienced life coach offers assistance to postgraduate and undergraduate students involved particularly in research.

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Thinking outside the box to produce ‘think.’

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:16am

A group of postgraduate students in the Department of Psychology has produced a new magazine they hope will become a valued communication tool within their own department and beyond.

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Making music work for her

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 8:06am

Irene Hundleby is putting her honours degree in music to immediate and practical use – in her own music store.

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Return from Cambridge

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 8:06am

Three months in Cambridge on a Fellowship was nowhere near long enough for Maria Pozza to achieve all she wished to, but she still managed to squeeze in some amazing accomplishments.

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Otago student sheds light on effects of ocean acidification

Thursday, 7 November 2013 8:06am

MSc in Zoology and Marine Science student Emily Frost is studying the effect of carbon dioxide in the ocean by looking at the effect on sea urchins and sea stars, and was recently declared the Top International Graduate Scholar at an international conference on climate change.

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Otago student gains Woolf Fisher Scholarship to Cambridge

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 8:06am

A University of Otago student has gained a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship for University of Cambridge doctoral study into the impact that changes in water availability caused by climate change will have on people’s livelihoods.

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Philosopher Wins Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Tuesday, 3 September 2013 8:05am

PhD candidate Daniel Wee won the annual Three-Minute Thesis competition last week with his presentation on the main question of his Philosophy thesis: Is it conceptually possible for a lifelong solitary individual to follow rules and have a language?

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Supervisor of the Year announced

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 8:05am

Dr Roslyn Kemp, a lecturer and supervisor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was yesterday announced as Otago’s Supervisor of the Year.

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Applied Sciences opens its doors

Monday, 19 August 2013 8:05am

Department of Applied Sciences postgraduates and their partnered businesses are to be celebrated and thanked this week at the Department’s second annual Postgraduate Student Day.

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Drugs alter tadpole tail regeneration

Thursday, 18 July 2013 8:05am

Existing approved drugs have been shown to be able to turn on or off the ability of tadpoles to regenerate their tails in new research by an Otago Genetics doctoral candidate.

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NZ's first Master of Dietetics graduates

Monday, 6 May 2013 8:04am

New Zealand’s first Master of Dietetics graduates crossed the stage in Dunedin on Saturday as part of the University's first graduation ceremony of the year.

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Outreach Certificates recognise student community work

Monday, 15 April 2013 8:04am

Acknowledging the work of students in the community is behind a new initiative in the Science Division – Outreach Certificates.

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Science show fills radio gap

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 8:04am

"Science Notes" helps remedy a lack of science shows on public radio.

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Otago MBA student meets English cricketer

Thursday, 7 March 2013 8:04am

They are studying on opposite sides of the world, but international cricketer Monty Panesar and Otago University student Kannan Jagannathan found they had a lot in common when they met this week.

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Tracking food origins from rainwater

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 8:04am

The amount of national and international publicity PhD candidate Emad Ehtesham Rad has received for his work is a welcome repayment for all the help Otago has given him, he says.