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Sciences Academic

Associate Professor Janice Murray, Associate Dean (Academic)

Janice Murray

Janice supports and monitors the academic work of the Division’s departments in relation to curriculum development, quality assurance and the implementation of University policies. Janice leads and supports strategic developments relating to academic matters at both the Divisional and University levels.

Janice has been a member of the Department of Psychology at Otago since 1991. Her research investigates the mechanisms that allow for successful face perception, including the role attention plays. Current interests also include age-related changes in emotion perception and the effects of ageing on socio-cognitive function. Janice delights in teaching Otago students both in the classroom and in the lab.

Contact

Janice Murray
Associate Dean (Academic)
Tel: 64 3 479 8353
Email: janice.murray@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Sally Shaw, Deputy Associate Dean (Academic)

Sally has responsibility for the Division of Sciences Postgraduate programmes. She oversees examinations and student support, and has a role in curriculum development. Sally’s role includes strategic development of the Division’s postgraduate programmes.

Sally’s home department is the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, where she researches and teaches in Sport Management, focusing on inclusion, equity, and governance in sport organisations.

Contact

Sally Shaw
Deputy Associate Dean (Academic)
Tel: 64 3 479 5037
Email: dada.sciences@otago.ac.nz

For PhD inquiries, please contact the Graduate Research School
Email: gradresearch@otago.ac.nz

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Mark Wilesmith, Academic Manager

Mark Wilesmith

Mark manages all the student related activity for the divisional office. He provides advice to students and staff on academic matters such as degree structure, finalist status and double degree planning. He also provides advice to students regarding the exchange programme. Mark manages matters concerning new programmes and papers for the Division of Sciences.

Contact

Mark Wilesmith
Academic Manager
Tel: 64 3 479 7528
Email: mark.wilesmith@otago.ac.nz

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Susan Newlove, Student Advisor and Academic Administrator

Susan Newlove

Susan advises science students about their courses – including degree structure and deal with more general inquiries about programmes within the Sciences Division. She co-ordinates applications for admission to postgraduate programmes (but not PhDs) and approves courses on-line and changes of course.

Susan is also the designated adviser for Science students on Conditional Enrolment, she arranges transfer of credit for students transferring to Otago from other tertiary institutions (usually other NZ universities).

Susan liaises with administrators and academics in departments within the Sciences Division over various student issues (e.g., credit transfer, course variations, postgraduate applications, eVision processes), and is a general trouble-shooter.

Contact

Susan Newlove
Student Advisor and Academic Administrator
Tel: 64 3 479 5982
Email: susan.newlove@otago.ac.nz

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Rebecca Connaughton, Academic Administrator and Student Advisor

Rebecca Connaughton

Rebecca provides academic administrative support for the Division of Sciences Academic Board and the Applied Science Board of Studies, which includes compiling and distributing agendas, relevant information and minutes.

As a Student Advisor, Rebecca provides advice to students on academic matters such as degree planning, finalist status, conditional enrolment and heavy workloads. She also processes postgraduate applications for study within Science departments and programmes.

Contact

Rebecca Connaughton
Academic Administrator and Student Advisor
Tel: 64 3 479 7532
Email: rebecca.connaughton@otago.ac.nz

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