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Medical School Class of ‘79 scholarships continue to support students

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The generosity of a group of Otago Medical School graduates continues to support students at Otago. This year, three Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarships have been awarded to second and third-year medical students Biruk Mengstu, Caitlyn Roberts and Gabriella Alexandra.

Celebrating Otago’s sports clubs

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Keeping with the sporty theme of Your Story, we’ve unearthed some precious photos of Otago sports clubs across the decades – from the football team of 1886 and the cricket team and cycling club of 1897, through to mid-century mixed hockey and tramping, and some of our sports clubs today. Enjoy!

Alumni in the News

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Law alumna Josie Te Rata receives Ethel Benjamin Scholarship. Co-founder of robotics company Nuro Dave Ferguson wins Kea Award. Ihlara McIndoe and Calla Knudson awarded Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Awards. Dr Hannah Stern appointed Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. Alumni receive honours from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

From $30 a day to a full-time professional cricketing career

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Otago alumna Suzie Bates (Bachelor of Physical Education, 2012), has followed her passion for a career in sport to represent not just her home province of Otago, but her country in both cricket and basketball. Suzie took time out from her busy international schedule to talk to @Otago.

Networks and Events

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Bloomberg Trading Lab officially launched. In August we officially launched Te Taura Takata, the BNZ Bloomberg Markets Lab, with the help of special guests Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson, CEO of BNZ Dan Huggins, Director of NZX Nigel Babbage and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Chair Matapura Ellison.

Hot Picks

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Thursday 22 September 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.

'Great sadness' at Queen's death

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Friday 9 September 2022

The University expresses heartfelt condolences to King Charles and the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Scholarships create connections back to rural communities

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Thursday 8 September 2022

The applications for New Zealand Rural Games Trust Scholarships were so impressive, the Trust decided to award two $1000 scholarships instead of one, to second-year Otago students Thomas Menlove and Holly Williams.

Alumni Global Lens photography competition 2022

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Thursday 1 September 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.

Otago alumni honoured at NZ Business Hall of Fame

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Wednesday 31 August 2022

Business leaders, philanthropists and Otago alumni Graeme Hart, Uluomatootua (Ulu) Aiono ONZM and Dr Jackie Mills were inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame at a gala event last week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.