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Richard Higham: An Otago legend

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Tuesday 21 December 2021

Originally planning to spend a couple of years in Dunedin, current MBA Director New Ventures Programme Richard Higham has had more than 40 years off and on involved with the University of Otago.

Otago alumnus recognised for improving sailing safety

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Sailing since he was four, University of Otago alumnus Associate Professor David Austin is about to be honoured by Yachting New Zealand for many years of service to the sport he loves.

Supporting Otago

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Commerce alumnus Grant Bowie is funding a doctoral scholarship in the field of Artificial Intelligence as part of his philosophy of giving back to Otago, which laid the foundations of his career managing multinational corporations.

Making a difference

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Thursday 16 December 2021

The John Clark Memorial Prize for postgraduate mathematics has been created to honour the contribution and memory of Associate Professor John Clark, who taught at Otago from 1970 until his retirement in 2013.

Opportunity of a lifetime for SIX60 Scholarship recipients

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Four Otago students with a passion for music have been selected for the inaugural SIX60 Scholarships. Read about the new partnership with the famous band and see the students’ reactions to hearing about their success.

Alumni in the news


Thursday 16 December 2021

Alumni in the news: Astrophysicist Tan Sri Professor Emeritus Dr Mazlan Othman receives prestigious honour. Emeritus Professor Alastair Goss honoured by University of Adelaide. Emma Gilmour first woman to drive for McLaren Racing.

Podcast and interview "Hot Picks"

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Your Story – Young alumni behind the scenes of the COVID response

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Youth lead; booking system and immunisation register adviser; vaccinator - Grace Davies (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa) and Vince Costa talk about their varied roles in Wellington’s COVID-19 response and their motivation to make a difference in their communities.

Creating a world-leading distillery

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Wednesday 1 December 2021

Regular chats with his brother-in-law Daniel McLachlin at family gatherings led Otago alumnus Mark Neal to take a punt and set up a gin distillery with Daniel in Canterbury.

SIX60 scholars revealed

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Monday 15 November 2021

Four University of Otago students will be living in harmony next year thanks to an exciting opportunity in partnership with one of the country’s most successful bands.

Keeping an eye on the University’s energy use

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Thursday 7 October 2021

Property Services are using innovative technology solutions to improve energy use in some of the University’s key buildings. The need to make the most of our current building stock, while reducing our energy use, gave Otago alumna Kelly Li a chance to join the staff of her former university.

Otago Images - Magnificent magnolia!

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Otago Images - From bud to bloom –  photos of our much-loved magnolia tree in the Quad, as it emerges from winter greenery into promising buds, and finally full-blown flowers!

Networks and Events galleries

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Galleries from recent alumni events including an event at the Grand Hall in Parliament with Hon Grant Robertson, an event in Greymouth with Robert Burns Fellow, Becky Manawatu, and events in Christchurch and Auckland.

Supporting Otago

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Iconic music group SIX60 have bought their old flat in Castle Street and partnered with the University, signing an agreement at the end of July at Te Korokoro o te Tūī, Otago's new Performing Arts centre, under which both SIX60 and the University will provide two $10,000-a-year scholarships each, for a total of four aspiring Performing Arts students to live at the flat.

Alumni in the news

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Alumni in the news: Anna Campbell wins Young Enterprise Contributor of the Year award; Mary Devine takes over as CEO of Foodstuffs; Retiring GP Dr John Almond talks about 40 years in general practice in Te Puke; and Katrina Darry has been the All Blacks’ nutritionist since 2008.

Why We Heart Otago 

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Thursday 23 September 2021

The University of Otago’s staff and students continue to serve on the front lines of New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.

Alumni awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships

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Thursday 23 September 2021

University of Otago PhD candidate and two Otago alumni have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships, including two annual Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga awards.

Future entrepreneurs showcase their skills

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Friday 17 September 2021

The latest Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) class recently handed in their final project to complete their programme studies. MEntr Course Director Associate Professor Conor O’Kane says he’s thrilled with the highly innovative projects that the students have completed.