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Alumni Global Lens photography competition 2022

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Monday 8 August 2022

We would like to invite you as a member of the University of Otago alumni community to connect with us and share your experience of the world via the medium of photography in our 2022 competition.

London and Dublin Alumni events 2022 

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Friday 15 July 2022

June and July 2022 saw the return to in-person alumni events in London and Dublin. After a break of nearly three years, it was fabulous to be able to introduce newly-appointed Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Murdoch to alumni and to once again provide an opportunity for the Otago spirit to flourish in the northern hemisphere.

Health research another way to contribute for new doctor

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Tuesday 5 July 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the door to placements overseas for students in their final year of medical school, it opened another door for Dr Aqeeda Singh, who made the most of the chance to pursue her love of research.

Hot Picks

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Friday 17 June 2022

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of podcasts, interviews, and lectures from Otago academics, visiting lecturers, and alumni.

Honorary degree for outgoing Chancellor

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Friday 17 June 2022

Dr Royden Somerville QC, a Dunedin-based barrister and the former Chancellor of the University of Otago, will be recognised for his contribution to the institution with the conferring of an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Alumni in the News

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Friday 17 June 2022

Alumnus Ridge Ponini and student Sarah Hubbard named as Lexus Song Quest semi-finalists. Emerita Professor Alison Mercer receives top US science honour. Anthonie Tonnon wins Taite Music Prize. BBC names Auē by Burns Fellow Becky Manawatu one of best books of 2022 so far. Dr Jemma Geoghegan wins Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea PM’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

Visionary leader and innovator Sir Ian Taylor honoured

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Friday 17 June 2022

Being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Otago is both an honour and a surprise for business leader, innovator and storyteller Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) KNZM, CNZM.

Diving into a rewarding career

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Monday 23 May 2022

Learning about study options in the mid-nineties after a chat at Dunedin’s Captain Cook Tavern helped kickstart the future career of Otago alumnus – marine biologist Dr Richard (Rick) Hamilton.

Otago takes centre stage for Lexus Song Quest semi-finals

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Monday 23 May 2022

Congratulations to Otago alumnus Ridge Ponini and current student Sarah Hubbard for reaching the semi-finals of the Lexus Song Quest. Ridge, a proud Cook Islander, has an honour’s degree in Music and Sarah is studying for a Bachelor of Music.

Visionary leader and innovator Sir Ian Taylor honoured

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Tuesday 17 May 2022

Being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Otago is both an honour and a surprise for business leader, innovator and storyteller Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) KNZM, CNZM.

2022 New Zealand Alumni Events

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Thursday 12 May 2022

After a break of more than 12 months the Development and Alumni Relations Office was thrilled to be able to host in-person events once again.

Delight as graduations return

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Thursday 5 May 2022

Excitement is building as the University prepares to return to in-person graduations this weekend.

Janet Hoek wins Critic and Conscience award

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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Regulatory loopholes are contributing to increases in the number of young New Zealanders exposed to nicotine through vaping, warns the winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

Making his mark in the banking world

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Monday 28 March 2022

A marketing career that began at Otago in the mid-nineties, has gone all the way for Shane Evans, who was recently awarded New Zealand Marketer of the Year.