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Award-winning transgender specialist "just doing my job"

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Dr John Delahunt was "surprised and gratified" that his colleagues had put his name forward for a 2020 New Year Honour, he says "I was just going the job of an endocrinologist, and transgender came along".

Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The papers of pioneering medical researcher and Otago alumna Dr Muriel Bell have been accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Dr Bell graduated MB ChB (1922) and MD (1926) from Otago and was awarded an HonDSc from the university in 1968.

Holly Mathieson on taking music to refugees, mountain tops and the Royal Family

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Otago alumna and award-winning conductor Holly Mathieson takes music to audiences in every corner of society. One week she might be taking the stage in an opera house or for a ballet company or an orchestra, and the next performing on mountain summit, in far flung islands, or in a supermarket

Otago graduate thriving in emergency pharmacy role

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Rwanda or Columbia is a far cry from Dunedin for Petra Straight, Save the Children's Emergency Health Unit's (EHU) Pharmacy Advisor.

Otago alumna awarded top honour for heritage

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

"Dumbfounded and speechless" is how Otago alumna Dr Anna Crighton QSO JP described her reaction to the news she had been made a Dame in the New Year honours list.

Uplifting return to business school for alumni

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

It was with a sense of pride and a tinge of envy that five former commerce students and staff visited Otago Business School in December; most having graduated more than 50 years ago

New exhibition celebrates Otago staff

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

An exhibition celebrating the staff of the University of Otago opened in November in the Link. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata! features stunning portraits of 150 current staff of the University.

Alumni scoop top NZ and Australian awards

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Otago alumnae Professor Diana Sarfati and Dr Zhiyan Basharati took top honours in the NEXT magazine 2019 Woman of the Year awards, while Otago Zoology graduate Tony Vallance has been named Australian Teacher of the Year.

U3A funds new scholarship for mature students

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

As part of the University of Otago's 150th celebrations, U3A Dunedin has made a donation of $50,000 to the University to establish a scholarship fund for mature (35 years plus) researchers.

Networks and Events galleries

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place during 2019, including the 1869 Conference and Heritage festival

Why we heart Otago - UniCol reunion

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

About 100 former students came from around New Zealand to attend the 50th anniversary reunion of University College (UniCol), which was a University of Otago centenary project in 1969.

Five generations of the Glenny family at Otago

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

In response to our call for memories as part of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations, Malcolm Glenny got in touch to tell us about his research into his family's links with the University.

Alumni in the news

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

150th anniversary a unique celebration

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

In 1869, an extraordinary leap of faith by a determined group of settlers led to the creation of the University of Otago. Today Otago is a university with an international reputation for research and outstanding student achievement.

Lecture hot picks - @Otago issue 21

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

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

Giving back

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

After a highly distinguished career, University of Otago alumnus Dr Stanley Paris and his wife Dr Catherine Patla are funding a huge boost to the Otago School of Physiotherapy.

Annual giving update and EXPINKT™ success

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Thank you to everyone who has recently donated to the University, especially supporters of our Scholarships, EXPINKT™, and Alzheimer's research appeals.

Vancouver alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

The Terminal Club in Vancouver provided a grand setting for our alumni and friends to gather and was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Toronto alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Toronto-based alumni celebrated the University's 150th anniversary in style at the University Club in Toronto.

Rhodes Scholarship for Otago Chemistry graduate

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Friday, 22 November 2019

University of Otago graduate Oliver Pooke has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to carry out postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Global accolade for young law graduate

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Law and arts graduate Maria Clezy credits her firm understanding of how the legal system works, along with the critical thinking skills she honed during her double degree at Otago, as laying the groundwork for her current recognition in the international legal directory World Tax.

University of Otago alumna behind major HIV discovery

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

US-based scientist and distinguished Otago alumna, Professor Carole McArthur and her team of researchers, are behind the recently-announced discovery and identification of a new HIV subtype, which has been characterised by US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories.

Giving a voice to the voiceless

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

At the age of 11, Zhiyan Basharati arrived in New Zealand with her family, having spent her childhood in a Kurdish refugee camp. Fear and violence were part of her everyday life.

Central Otago alumni events 2019

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

A lively group of alumni and friends from across the decades gathered at Edgewater Resort on October 15th and at Millbrook Resort on October 16th to connect with each other and reconnect with the University.

Equity and justice motivate NEXT Woman of the Year winners


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Two Otago alumnae took top honours at the recently-announced NEXT magazine’s Woman of the Year awards. Professor Diana Sarfati won both the Supreme award and the Health and Science category and Dr Zhiyan Basharati received the Community category award.

Court of Benefactors celebrates 150th anniversary

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Monday, 14 October 2019

A function to recognise the contribution of significant donors to the University was held at the staff club earlier this month. Known as the Court of Benefactors, members of the group came from around New Zealand.

Milestones celebrated at 1869 Heritage Festival


Thursday, 3 October 2019

The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago were celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which was held in Dunedin between 25 and 29 September.

Celebrating University scholarships

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Around 40 of the University's undergraduate scholarship recipients had a fun afternoon of pizza, games and celebration on Wednesday.

Ten questions for the Templeton twins

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Two of Otago's most illustrious and hard-working alumni also happen to be twins. Ian and Hugh Templeton have each amassed a lifetime of fascinating experiences, along with some cricket and not a little wisdom. And they're still going strong.

Stitching together the fabric of the University


Monday, 30 September 2019

Care, skill, humour and attention to detail are woven into the tapestry created by the Otago Embroiderers' Guild which tells the story of the University of Otago

Networks and Events galleries

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Monday, 30 September 2019

View galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place between May – Sep 2019. We love keeping in touch with all our alumni, so keep an eye out for future alumni events near you.