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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.

Susan CraigExecutive Administrator

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.

Claire Gallop profile photoManager

Claire Gallop
Tel 64 3 470 3447
Email claire.gallop@otago.ac.nz
Room G.06, Clocktower North

Claire provides a support service to thesis Masters’ candidates and supervisors, and manages various other projects pertaining to thesis candidates including the Postgraduate Publishing Bursary scheme. She is happy to assist with queries or concerns.

Graduate Research Administrator

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

In addition to providing personal assistance and support to the managers in the Graduate Research School, Katherine administers various graduate research activities and processes. She also maintains a plentiful store of chocolate fish for doctoral candidates submitting their theses.

Māori Postgraduate Support Adviser Anaru Eketone profile photo

Anaru Eketone
Tel 64 3 479 8082
Email maori.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Room G.04, Clocktower North

Anaru provides a support service to all Māori postgraduate students and co-ordinates the MAI programme (CoRE Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga).

For more information on the work Anaru does, please follow this link to the Māori Postgraduate Support Adviser web page.

Personal Performance and Development Coach

Brian JohnstonBrian Johnston profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 8461
Email brian.johnston@otago.ac.nz
Room GE5a, Centre for Innovation

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 and Development web page or download the PPDC Information Sheet (PDF format).

Information Systems Analyst

Gregory ScottGregory Scott profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 5698
Email gregoryscott@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

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

Doctoral AdministratorSarah McGregor profile photo

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.

Doctoral Administrator

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.

Andy McCready profile photoDoctoral Administrator

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

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

Rebecca Guest profile photoScholarships Administrator

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.  

Mel Adams profile photoScholarships Administrator

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 Sam Dolan profile photo

Sam Dolan
Tel 64 3 479 9018
Email sam.dolan@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Sam primarily deals with the financial aspects of scholarship operations, including payment of recipients. Sam is also the main point of contact for summer studentships.


Scholarships AdministratorLeane Turnbull profile photo

Leane Turnbull
Tel 64 3 479 4132
Email leane.turnbull@otago.ac.nz
Room G.05, Clocktower North

Leane is primarily responsible for the administration of undergraduate prizes and scholarships at the University, and is happy to assist with any enquiries.