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Student leadership - in Sciences and across the University

Community engagement / outreach activities


Across the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences, as across the rest of the university, departments engage with the local and national community in a range of ways, and students are often involved in these endeavours.

Some activities are directly course-related and required, many are voluntary; some are paid short-term positions.

The thing they have in common is that the students who participate develop skills in teamwork, communication, time management, and personal organisation  that are very appealing to employers.

In recognition of these extra skills, the Division of Sciences offers an Outreach Certificate for those students who have completed at least 60 hours of community engagement - the Certificate is for work that is not course-related or credit-bearing.

The section of this website that outlines the requirements and logistics of the certificate allows students to log in and record outreach activity progressively, accumulating their hours and different activities as they go. 

The Outreach webpage also provides opportunities for Outreach activity, if you are keen but not sure where to start.

Sign up for the Outreach certificate


Student Leadership programme

The Career Development Centre and the Student Learning Centre have developed a student leadership programme.

Further information on the Student Leadership programme

University Volunteering Centre

This a new development for Otago. The initiative comes from the Vice Chancellor, and the co-ordinator for the University Volunteering Centre will pull together willing volunteers from the student body, and work needing to be done.