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Robert Webster - flu hunter, fisherman, family man

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Sixty years, three children, eight grandchildren, and a distinguished international career as a virologist later, Dr Robert Webster has just published his personal account of a lifetime's work figuring out where the pandemic influenza viruses come from and how they spread to humans.

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 16

Right Lecture Hot Picks

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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

University marks 125 years of suffrage

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

To mark the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne planted a white camellia, in the Marama Hall garden

Scholarship giving mature students a boost

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A desire to give those who haven't followed the usual academic path to post-graduate studies a second chance was behind the development of the Robinson Dorsey Scholarship

Why we heart Otago: Magnolia Tree

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Otago's beloved Magnolia tree is in full bloom – heralding the arrival of spring to the University community.

Top teaching award for Otago academic and alumna

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Faumuina Associate Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga, Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Health Sciences, received the Prime Minister's Supreme award at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

From the Archives: Clocktower

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Built in 1879, the tower was without a clock until the early 1930s, when then Chancellor Sir Thomas Sidey took the matter into his own hands.

Donors recognised at Court of Benefactors dinner

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A Court of Benefactors dinner held at the Staff Club last month enabled the University to thank its major donors for their ongoing support and to brief them on new developments

UN fellowship opens eyes to global indigenous issues

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Interacting with people from 35 different indigenous communities was the highlight of Otago graduate Jacob Ashdown's participation at the United Nations Fellowship programme in Geneva.

Otago "best decision ever" for Bangkok alumnus

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Monday, 24 September 2018

Otago graduate and recent New Zealand Embassy in Thailand Alumni Hall of Fame inductee Ayudh Nakaprasit credits his time at the University as key to his academic and business success.

Director's direct link to play


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Otago History and Theatre Studies alumna Cindy Diver has strong family connections with a WW1-themed play she co-directed, which will be performed at Otago’s Dunedin campus this week. 


Music alumnus tops Lexus 


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Otago music alumnus Joel Amosa took top honours at the 2018 Lexus Song Quest last month 

New Plymouth alumni event Aug 2018

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

New Plymouth’s iconic Govett Brewster Art Gallery was the venue for the University of Otago’s well-attended alumni function on Thursday, 2 August.

Long aid career delivers rewards


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Otago alumna Dr Jennifer McMahon's contribution to nutrition research and humanitarian aid has been recognised by the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Aparangi

Tauranga alumni event July 2018

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Alumni and guests visited exhibitions at the Tauranga Art Gallery before reconnecting with other Otago graduates and partners in the main reception area on Tuesday, 31 July.

Hamilton alumni issued two per cent challenge

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Monday, 30 July 2018

Professor Gary Wilson, a world-renowned researcher whose work explores the impact of melting ice shelves, was the keynote speaker at the University of Otago’s alumni event in Hamilton on Monday 30 July.

Food company funding grows relationships


Friday, 20 July 2018

Leading Belgian food scientist visits New Zealand, hosted by Otago's Department of Food Science, thanks to $100,000 gift from Harraway and Sons Ltd.