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Child Healthcare gets a major boost from Freemasons Fellowship
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Receiving two Freemasons study awards on the same day was a real surprise for University of Otago Department of Paediatrics and Child Health researcher Dr Mona Elbalshy.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Sophie Mathiesen, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner for her contribution to science communication.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Monday, 19 October 2020
Emily Fry, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award recipient for her contribution to the field of digital technologies and their privacy and security implications.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Fox Meyer, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of scientific curiosity for the betterment of the community.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Monday, 12 October 2020
Lisa Blakie, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award recipient for her contribution to creative and ethical video game development.

One tiny piece of distraction
Monday, 12 October 2020
When Gavin Kerr's wife Elizabeth (Liz) died shortly before lockdown in March this year, he wrote a poem for the small family group gathered for her farewell. He wrote about what he hoped "might have been her thoughts on leaving us".

Christmas cards, pizza and COVID-19
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Christmas cards, pizza and talk about COVID-19 were on the menu on Wednesday when around 35 Alumni Entrance Scholars gathered for the pre-exam get together.

Helping cancer survivors on the road to recovery
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Like many who pursue a career as a sports trainer, Grant Harris had dreams of working with elite athletes or being the next All Blacks strength and conditioning coach, but he's found his niche somewhere completely different.

Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark, a lifelong devotion
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark have donated $150,000 to the University of Otago’s Ecology Fund and $100,000 to Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Students centre stage at Shakespeare week at Otago
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
On Saturday 26 September, 49 students from around New Zealand gathered at the University of Otago to begin the week-long Sharespeare Globe Centre New Zealand's National Shakespeare Schools Production (SGCNZ NSSP)

Inaugural 20Twenties alumni awards celebrate young Otago graduates
Monday, 28 September 2020
The University of Otago is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural 20Twenties young alumni awards. 

Doing her bit for student hardship
Friday, 18 September 2020
With many students struggling and an office full of art that she needed to empty, Dr Elaine Webster had a great idea on how to raise funds for Pūtea Tautoko, the student hardship fund, while leaving a wee piece of herself on campus.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago Issue 24
Friday, 18 September 2020
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures  – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Making your dreams a reality
Friday, 18 September 2020
Otago alumnus Mark Barnett has followed his motor racing dreams and spent more than 13 years working for some of the world's leading motorsports companies. He is currently the Director of Research and Innovation at McLaren Racing in the United Kingdom.

Christchurch Dean awarded University's highest research honour
Friday, 18 September 2020
Friendships and values-driven collaborations have been important to the success of infectious diseases researcher Professor David Murdoch – this year's Distinguished Research Medal recipient.

Class of '79 supporting next generation of doctors
Friday, 18 September 2020
A desire to give back, and help those pursuing a career in medicine, has spurred a group of senior medical graduates to provide a scholarship for the last 15 years.

Alumni scholarship a shining star on CV
Friday, 18 September 2020
Young graduate Chelsea Steen-Jones credits her first-year alumni scholarship with helping her expand her horizons and her friendships at university, and says it holds pride of place on her CV.

Supporting Otago
Friday, 18 September 2020
The Priscilla Sandys Wunch Trust has spent 20 years helping Taranaki students attend Otago, while businessman Mark Brosnan worked with his son, and the Dunedin Medical School to provide surplus surgical masks.

Networks and events
Friday, 18 September 2020
We were thrilled to be able to host alumni in person for events with the Highlanders and to be able to welcome new graduates to the community. Online, our book club continues with its second book, and our American Board (AUOA) are hosting webinars for those based in North America.

20Twenties Awards 2020
Friday, 18 September 2020
Congratulations to all the recipients of the University of Otago's inaugural Young Alumni Awards; 20Twenties. The 20Twenties recognise the outstanding achievements of some of our newest graduates, and highlight their exceptional successes and qualities.

Fulbright honours set to open doors
Friday, 18 September 2020
Eight Otago graduates received Fulbright New Zealand awards in August. We catch up with what this means for Science and Innovation award recipient Anezka Hoskin and General Graduate award winner Nathaniel Otley.

Alumni and Otago appeal projects in the news
Friday, 18 September 2020
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Student Leadership Award programme boosted by Canon Sponsorship
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
The University of Otago's Student Leadership Award programme will be able to increase its profile in the student community and enhance the experiences it offers due to a new sponsorship agreement with Canon.

Fulbright honours to eight University of Otago graduates
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.

Pūtea Tautoko saves master's degree and helps pay mid-winter bills
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
As of today, 694 alumni, friends, staff, parents and students have donated an extremely generous $357,000 to the Pūtea Tautoko student financial relief fund. For Duncan Coutts and Victoria Sugrue this meant a vital scholarship extension and help with paying the bills over winter.

Robotic total stations donated to School of Surveying
Friday, 31 July 2020
International surveying technology company Trimble has generously donated five robotic total stations to the University of Otago School of Surveying Te Kura Kairūri

Blackbaud data incident -
Important information

Thursday, 30 July 2020
We have been informed by Blackbaud, the world's largest provider of not-for-profit database management software, of a recent data security breach involving information on alumni, donors and related groups from universities and charities around the world.

He Maimai Aroha:
Honouring Piri Sciascia

Thursday, 23 July 2020
Professor Piri Sciascia ONZM (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa) was an alumnus of the University of Otago. He was a staunch Māori leader, he kuru tokarerewa, a treasured member of Māori society and he will be dearly missed. He kura takihia, he maimai aroha.

One family; generations of discovery
Thursday, 23 July 2020
What are the odds? Two Beverly Scholarships in one family, one hundred years apart. That's a question that statistics honours student Conor Hassan might be able to solve, along with his great-grandfather, distinguished Otago physics and maths alumnus Miles (MAF) Barnett OBE.

Former OUSA president receives inaugural prize in politics
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Otago University Students' Association president in 2019, James Heath, has received the inaugural NZ Business and Parliamentary Trust Prize in Politics.

Highlanders fans enjoy meeting the team and coaches
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Alumni and their families attended two Highlanders' events which coincided with the team playing their southern rivals, the Crusaders, at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 4 July.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 23
Friday, 26 June 2020
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online

Networks and events
Friday, 26 June 2020
Now that New Zealand has moved down to level one lockdown we are thrilled to be able to host the Highlanders' Breakfast with the Coaches. Our first online book club has also started and has had an incredible uptake by alumni.

Alumni in the news
Friday, 26 June 2020
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Dental reunion film 'bittersweet'
Friday, 26 June 2020
Here's a gem – the short documentary film 'The Dental Reunion', featuring Otago dental graduates from the class of 1950, received its world premiere on 12 June at the Documentary Edge Festival 2020.

A long and wonderful journey
Friday, 26 June 2020
From North Otago to North Carolina, Winsome Wallace Leadbetter's life has travelled many different paths, but perhaps none quite so special as the trail which follows alongside the Leith River in North Dunedin.

Links unearthed to one of our leading lights
Friday, 26 June 2020
A chance discussion during lockdown led to the discovery of strong family ties to the University. Otago Business School Development Manager Graeme Mullin was Skyping an old friend in the UK, only to discover that his friend's great-grandfather was one of the founding Geology professors at Otago, Professor Patrick Marshall.

Otago alumni central to Fiji's pandemic response
Friday, 26 June 2020
Fiji's COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) represents Fiji's whole-of-government response to the pandemic and implements the Fiji Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.

New Otago Foundation Trust chair and generous Sargood Bequest grant
Friday, 26 June 2020
A generous grant of $50,000 has been made to Professor Michael Baker of the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, by the Trustees of the Sargood Bequest.

Top Queen's Birthday Honours for alumni
Friday, 26 June 2020
We catch up with Dr Karen Poutasi CNZM, who was appointed Dame Companion, and Mr George Ngaei ONZM who along with Dr John Nacey was awarded CNZM.

University community boosts Pūtea Tautoko support fund
Friday, 26 June 2020
Since it was launched last month, the financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has allocated grants with a total value of $659,156 and has received a major boost from alumni, friends, staff, current students and parents.

20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards
Friday, 26 June 2020
Do you know an outstanding young alumna or alumnus? You still have time to nominate them for the Otago's inaugural 20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards which close at the end of June.

Top women's leadership award for transformational change
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Otago's first Centre for International Health doctoral graduate is being recognised globally as a leader in her field and as one of Africa's most influential women.

See the world from your armchair!
Friday, 15 May 2020
Otago alumnus Steve Wilson is doing all he can to keep his team of worldwide tour guides working by employing them as virtual guides in their home countries.

Helping meet hunger in the community
Friday, 15 May 2020
Otago alumna and current PhD student Heather Tribe has been multi-tasking as social media adviser, relief driver and board member for Auckland food rescue NGO Fair Food, as it responds to increased need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Epic firsts for alumni!
Thursday, 14 May 2020
We love hearing about interesting things our alumni have been up to, and we've gathered up some impressive achievements that have come to our notice recently.

Our Career Development Centre shows why it's the best in the country
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Whether you're a current student, staff member looking to support your students, or you recently graduated, the University of Otago Career Development Centre is always there to help and offer independent, knowledgeable career advice.

Charlotte's story – how Pūtea Tautoko hardship fund saved her master's
Thursday, 14 May 2020
For master's student Charlotte Bruce Kells, the recent launch of Pūtea Tautoko, the student hardship fund, comes just in time, providing her with the vital financial support she needs to be able to continue her studies.

Top Cambridge scholarship for Otago History and Law alumna
Friday, 8 May 2020
Otago alumna Emma Gattey has been selected as one of 77 top international postgraduate students to be awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge.

Special guest appearance at Highlanders' afternoon tea
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Along with members of the Highlanders rugby team, another special guest at last week's alumni virtual afternoon tea was an official 1920s University of Otago tea set.

Taking Otago's student-centered approach to universities in the USA
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Despite it being a challenging time to change jobs, distinguished Otago Business School (OBS) alumna Dr Jenny Darroch is excited about taking up her new position as Dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Ohio, USA.

Coronavirus Project - Call for documentary subjects
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Medical practitioner and documentary maker Paul Trotman plans to make a feature documentary telling the story of the COVID-19 outbreak from start to finish, using the words and experiences of doctors, nurses and allied staff.

Delivering a message from the world to the world
Monday, 6 April 2020
Concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic University of Otago medical school alumnus Dr Zeid Abussuud decided to spread the word on staying safe.

Facing COVID-19 with compassion and connection
Monday, 6 April 2020
Dr Desiree Dickerson, her husband and their two small children, aged three and five, are starting another day of their "new normal" life in the COVID-19 lockdown in Spain. Here are some of her tips for coping with the lockdown.

Message to alumni and friends from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne
Friday, 27 March 2020
An update from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne on Otago's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we work to provide the best possible care for our students and staff during these unprecedented times, our thoughts are with our global community of alumni, donors, friends and families.

Alumni in the news
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

UK alumni feature in Dream Catchers series
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Inspirational Otago alumni feature in a new video series about Kiwis who have achieved success in their fields in the UK.

Fighting fires and building resilience
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Otago alumna and Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) Deputy Chief Officer Dr Stephanie Rotarangi has been flat out recently helping lead the firefighting effort during one of the busies bushfire seasons in Australian history.

Remembering the TSS Maheno
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Our new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Otago alumnus Professor Mike Morgan, has been involved with efforts to commemorate the New Zealand WW1 hospital ship the TSS Maheno.

New Performing Arts Centre opens its doors
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Take a fly-through to see what our fantastic new Music Theatre and Performing Arts Centre will look like from the inside out and read about its wonderful new facilities.

Alumni scholarships open doors for students
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
A warm welcome was extended to all our new alumni scholarship students by senior academic and professional staff at a function at the beginning of March.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 22
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online

Otago Images
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
The second Clocktower lawn picnic took place on a sunny January afternoon. Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier celebrated his 100th birthday at the University Staff Club in March.

Networks and Events galleries
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place during 2020.

Dame Margaret Sparrow and Mary Jerram AM
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
We talk with Dame Margaret Sparrow, who was recently named the Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year, and Mary Jerram, the first woman to hold the post of State Coroner for New South Wales, Australia.

Auckland Centre BBQ 2020
Friday, 13 March 2020
With the backdrop of live music, 80 people enjoyed the late afternoon sun at the University's Auckland Centre on 27 February 2020.

Christchurch alumni event 2020
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
A warm summery Christchurch evening greeted 100 alumni and guests to the Ilex Function Centre on February 20. This was the first of Otago's alumni events for 2020.

Helping NZ's early international students find their feet
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
During a recent visit to Dunedin Home Science alumna Margaret Wallace took the time to come along and talk to us about her work as an international student adviser in the 1960s and 70s.

Award-winning transgender specialist "just doing my job"
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
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
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
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
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
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

Claire Clements is following her dreams
Thursday, 19 December 2019
Watching a film crew in China, gave Claire Clements the idea for her current career as a wildlife documentary film-maker.

Giving back
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
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.

Lecture hot picks - @Otago issue 21
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.

150th anniversary a unique celebration
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.

Five generations of the Glenny family at Otago
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.

Why we heart Otago - UniCol reunion
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.

From Otago Zoology graduate to Australian Teacher of the Year
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Earlier this year Otago Zoology graduate Tony Vallance was recognised for his commitment to his work and his innovative teaching methods when he was named Australian Teacher of the year.

Alumni in the news
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.

Colin McCahon's The Wake on display in Auckland
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
University of Otago connections play a special part in the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki exhibition A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland.

New exhibition celebrates Otago staff
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
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
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
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place during 2019, including the 1869 Conference and Heritage festival

Career Development Centre voted New Zealand's best two years in a row
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
The University's Career Development Centre has done it again, beating the others around the country to be named New Zealand's best.

Vancouver alumni event 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Otago alumnus at forefront of cancer breakthrough
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Otago Microbiology alumnus Professor Nigel McMillan is at the forefront of a major breakthrough in the battle against cancer.

Court of Benefactors celebrates 150th anniversary
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.

From enrolment day to 90th birthday – staff club marks special events for Emeritus Professor Richard Seddon
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Friends and family gathered at the University Staff Club Billiard Room on Thursday to celebrate the 90th birthday of distinguished Otago alumnus and staff member Emeritus Professor Richard Seddon

Celebrating University scholarships
Thursday, 3 October 2019
Around 40 of the University's undergraduate scholarship recipients had a fun afternoon of pizza, games and celebration on Wednesday.

Making a difference through funding
Monday, 30 September 2019
Philanthropy in higher education is not new. Many educational institutions were founded on philanthropy, whether this was by royal patronage, civic leaders or individual and public support.

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

Otago images – 150th anniversary rose
Monday, 30 September 2019
A ray of sunshine landed in Dunedin in August with the arrival of the newly-released Otago University 150th anniversary rose.

Otago mentor match – a great chance to pay it forward
Monday, 30 September 2019
Do you want a chance to help Otago students find their place in the world? The University of Otago has recently launched a new programme called "Otago Mentor Match".

Supporting Otago: Spring marks special month for Alzheimer's and rowing club appeals
Monday, 30 September 2019
The Otago University Rowing Club will celebrate the club's 90th anniversary. September also marks Alzheimer's awareness month, a time to support all those affected by this disease.

Milestone celebration as Pacific Office opens at Wellington campus
Monday, 30 September 2019
A formal ceremonial and multicultural celebration was held at the University of Otago, Wellington in July, to mark the official opening of the school's first Pacific Office.

Ten questions for the Templeton twins
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.

Why we heart Otago: PhD bell
Monday, 30 September 2019
The University of Otago has created a new tradition – inviting doctoral students to ring the University bell when they submit the hard copy of their PhD.

Messages from Myanmar
Monday, 30 September 2019
The University's 150th anniversary has rekindled memories for Otago alumni from around the world. Recollections sent to the alumni office include a first-hand account from mining graduates from Burma (now Myanmar) who were students at the School of Mines in the 1950s.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago issue 20
Monday, 30 September 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.

Networks and Events galleries
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.

Special treatment for new Performing Arts building
Monday, 23 September 2019
Work is gathering pace on the University's School of Performing Arts facility, which will include about 780 specially-crafted acoustic boxes.

Singapore alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Over 100 Singapore-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th anniversary on 27 August at the Official Residence of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Singapore, H.E. Jo Tyndall.

Kuala Lumpur alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Nearly 100 Malaysia-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th on 26 August at the Official Residence of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Hunter Nottage.

Hong Kong alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
The 65th floor setting of the New Zealand Consulate-General Office in central Hong Kong provided the perfect setting for our alumni and friends to gather to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Three PhD students will be winging their way to the United States next year to study and collaborate, thanks to a University of Otago fellowship.

Distinguished alumna at the forefront of cell therapy cancer treatment
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Escaping the Houston heat just in time for an Otago cold snap, distinguished Otago alumna Professor Helen Heslop recently spent a few days in Dunedin as the John Borrie Professorial Fellow.

Gold Ball a glittering town-and-gown success
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
A golden chandelier, strings of sparkly fairy lights and plumes of gorgeous feathers greeted ball-goers when they ran in from the rain on Saturday 10 August for the 150th Anniversary Gold Ball at the Dunedin Town Hall.

Christchurch alumni event 2019
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Over 200 Canterbury-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th on 1 August at the stunning Great Hall in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

Blenheim alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
A lively contingent of alumni and friends gathered at Wither Hills Winery at the end of July to connect with each other and reconnect with the University, and celebrate mutual achievements.

Alumni events in China 2019
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
The University of Otago was honoured to be able to host two alumni events in China; one in Shanghai on 18 July held at New Zealand Central and the other on 19 July in Beijing held at the New Zealand Embassy

Messages from Myanmar
Thursday, 25 July 2019
The University's 150th anniversary has rekindled memories for Otago alumni from around the world. Recollections sent to the alumni office include a first-hand account from mining graduates from Burma (now Myanmar) who were students at the School of Mines in the 1950s.

Edinburgh alumni event 2019
Monday, 22 July 2019
The University of Otago's Edinburgh alumni function, held in the beautiful Lady Provost's Room at the City Chambers was a return to Scotland after many years.

Oxford alumni event 2019
Monday, 22 July 2019
The University of Otago was delighted to be able to hold an alumni event at Merton College on Tuesday 2nd July, one of the University of Oxford's oldest colleges dating back to the 1200's.

Cambridge alumni event 2019
Monday, 22 July 2019
The University of Otago was privileged to be able to hold an alumni event at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge on Thursday 27th June.

Invercargill alumni event 2019
Friday, 19 July 2019
The University of Otago's Invercargill alumni function was held in the vibrant library at the University's Southland campus, and was an occasion to celebrate the link between the University and its alumni.

Profile: Carrie Falling
Monday, 15 July 2019
Carrie Falling was a recipient of the Macgibbon PhD Travel Fellowship (Division of Health Sciences), which is funded by the Alumni of Otago in America Inc.

Speeches the hidden gems of the 150th anniversary weekend
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
The hidden gems amongst the 150th celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend were the speeches given at the Convocation Ceremony, the church service and by the honorary doctorate recipients at the Anniversary Dinner.

Pioneer podcasts tell the stories of our early alumni
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Just in time for our 150th birthday, a new Pioneer Podcasts page has been launched on our 150th website. The podcasts feature pioneering alumni talking about their time at University, their careers and the early days of Dunedin.

OUSA Exec Reunion - 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
OUSA Exec Reunion 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Fri 25 – Mon 28 October 2019 in Dunedin. We'll celebrate our OUSA's achievements, and those of the University

One family's musical talent spans three anniversaries
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
The musical talent of the Wallace family has featured at three of Otago's significant anniversaries. Family members joined together in Dunedin at Queen's Birthday weekend to enjoy the family's latest contribution to the University's milestone celebrations.

Major Donation supports research into early-stage cancer detection
Friday, 21 June 2019
The work of Professor Parry Guilford and his team at the University of Otago has received a major funding boost with a $50,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust to support their work on circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and cancer research.

Melbourne Alumni event 2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
Blue and yellow table flowers and the glittering lights of Melbourne greeted guests to the Woodward Conference Centre for the Melbourne Alumni dinner on May 9.

A colourful, joyful tribute to 150 years
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
The photos tell the story – The 150th celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend were a colourful, joyful tribute to the past 150 years and a window to the hope and promise of Otago's future

Making dreams a reality
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Owning a home in the south of France sounds an unlikely dream, but Otago alumna Jennifer Andrewes and her family have made that dream a reality.

Governor-General to attend Otago's 150th celebrations
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
The Governor-General of New Zealand, Her Excellency the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, is to attend the celebrations at Queen's Birthday, delivering the 150th Anniversary address at the Convocation Ceremony on Saturday 1 June.

Sydney alumni event 2019
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Speaker, alumnus David Kirk entertained guests at the 2019 Sydney alumni event with the thought that our university years are the free-est time of our lives while highlighting the experiences that helped him find and define his 'authentic self'.

Auckland Gala 2019
Friday, 17 May 2019
The spectacular and stately Grand Foyer of the Auckland War Memorial Museum was the setting for the Auckland Gala event held to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Four Honorary Doctorates to mark sesquicentennial
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Four University of Otago Alumni will be recognised for their life’s work and their contribution to the University, New Zealand and the world during a special graduation ceremony on 1 June.

Otago alumna behind UK Government’s move to help cerebral palsy children walk
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
An Otago alumna has led a study into spinal surgery for children with cerebral palsy in the UK, which has proven it helps them walk and reduces pain, triggering the UK Government to fund the procedure.

Doing amazing things with clay
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
You've probably seen stop-motion animation or claymation in TV shows such as Shaun the Sheep, Pingu or Wes Anderson's film Fantastic Mr Fox, and now Science Communications alumna Rachel Anson has used it to help connect with the complex audience of teenage women.

Samoa alumni event 2019
Thursday, 18 April 2019
140 alumni, friends and distinguished guests gathered at Apia's Aggie Greys for a dinner to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Brisbane alumni event 2019
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Around 30 alumni from Brisbane and the surrounding area joined for a casual get together with Shelagh Murray, Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the Hilton Brisbane on 11 April 2019.

Fiji alumni event 2019
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
To celebrate the University's 150th anniversary alumni and friends gathered at the New Zealand High Commission Residence in early April. This was the Vice-Chancellor's Professor Harlene Hayne's first visit to Fiji and she was welcomed to the event with a cultural performance by Kabu ni Vanua.

Tackling all the BS – Otago alumna faces down Bombardment Stress
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
With her brave new book Smart Mothering, Otago alumna Dr Natalie Flynn has directly taken up the challenge set down by the University's own motto – Dare to be Wise.

Stroke of luck brings bell home
Friday, 15 March 2019
It's taken 142 years, but finally the clocktower bell from the original University premises in Princes Street has found its way home.

New Alumni Scholarship winners welcomed to the University!
Monday, 4 March 2019
Around 30 of the first year Otago University Alumni scholarship recipients were welcomed to the University at a reception at the Staff Club on Monday 4 March.

Town comes to gown for the anniversary picnic
Friday, 15 February 2019
The sun shone and town definitely came to gown on Friday, when Dunedin residents and their families set up picnics, played games and listened to music on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University's 150th anniversary.

Pacific 150th celebrates the old and the Niu!
Friday, 15 February 2019
Cake, song and prayer set the tone for the launch of Pacific at Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations last week.

Stroke of luck brings bell home in time for anniversary picnic
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
It's taken 142 years, but finally the clocktower bell from the original University premises in Princes Street has found its way home.

Life still all about balance
Friday, 25 January 2019
Known for being "the most social group ever", the first-year physical education class of 1969 has racked up some impressive achievements in the past 50 years.

Kuala Lumpur alumni event November 2018
Monday, 14 January 2019
Alumni and friends gathered at the NZ High Commissioner's Residence in Kuala Lumpur on November 22 2018 to meet old friends and make new ones

Sit back, relax and tune in to Otago's 150th anniversary this summer
Thursday, 20 December 2018
To celebrate the start of The University of Otago's 150th anniversary, there's a great range of reading and listening coming to a radio station, a bookshop and a newspaper near you.

A Beatles goodbye to Dunedin's Albany Street studio
Monday, 17 December 2018
In a Beatles-like tribute a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the Albany Street recording studio to record an album of 22 songs over three days.

Artwork competition for 150th anniversary colouring book
Monday, 17 December 2018
If you've got time on your hands over the summer, why not get out the camera and sketch book and have a go at creating some artwork for our upcoming 150th anniversary colouring book competition?

Otago alumna back home to develop her vision
Thursday, 6 December 2018
After a year of travelling between Central Otago, London and Sydney, vineyard owner, investment banker and mother of two Philippa Fourbet is looking forward to a summer of gardening, cooking, and being at home.

Singapore alumni event November 2018
Friday, 23 November 2018
John Laxon, Regional Director of Education New Zealand welcomed guests on behalf of New Zealand's High Commission in Singapore on Friday 23 November

Hong Kong alumni event November 2018
Monday, 19 November 2018
Alumni and friends gathered at the Hong Kong Football Club in Hong Kong on Monday 19 November to rekindle their Otago connections.

Otago surgeon helps separate conjoined twins
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Otago graduate Dr Michael Nightingale was part of the team that successfully separated conjoined twins in Melbourne, November 2018

Q&A with Otago alumna Nicky Shore, beauty business entrepreneur
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Otago alumna Nicky Shore has experienced every aspect of the beauty business in her journey to establish her successful Off & On beauty bars

San Francisco alumni event November 2018
Monday, 5 November 2018
Alumni and friends gathered at the Omni Hotel in San Francisco on Monday 5 November to rekindle their Otago connections.

International award winner a proud Otago graduate
Thursday, 1 November 2018
An Otago education holds a special place for Associate Professor Sajeev Koshy OAM  and his family. He is a double Otago University graduate and both his sons completed their studies here.

Toronto alumni event November 2018
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Photo gallery from the University's alumni event in Toronto at Hemingway's Restaurant on 1 November.

New York alumni event October 2018
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Kiwi-inspired food and a very entertaining speech from Mark Simmons, chef and owner of Kiwiana restaurant in New York, set the scene for the University's New York alumni event.

From Otago Sextet to Lexus singing stardom
Friday, 19 October 2018
Describing himself as a very late bloomer in the singing world, Otago music graduate Joel Amosa says winning the Lexus Song Quest in July has taken weeks to sink in.

Wanaka Alumni event Sep 2018
Friday, 19 October 2018
University of Otago alumni and guests got together in Wanaka on 27 September to reminisce, network, and attend a talk given by Dr Susan Houge

Queenstown Alumni event Sep 2018
Friday, 19 October 2018
University of Otago alumni and guests got together in Queenstown on 26 September to attend Dr Susan Houge's talk, Beyond economics: Rethinking Tourism in Terms of Worker and Community Well-Being

Robert Webster - flu hunter, fisherman, family man
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.

UN fellowship opens eyes to global indigenous issues
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
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. 


Alumnus- academic collaboration yields sports research
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
A partnership between Otago’s Department of Human Nutrition and Otago alumnus and sports dietitian Dane Baker has yielded important collaborative opportunities

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
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
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
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.

Economics alumnus capitalises on hard work
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
2012 Alumni Disability Support Scholarship recipient Shaun Markham completed a Master of Economics (with distinction) this May.

Berlin alumni event 7 July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018
The University of Otago’s Berlin alumni function was held in the idyllic setting of the New Zealand’s Ambassador’s residence on 7 July.

London alumni event July 2018
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Alumni and guests enjoyed a warm summer’s evening – and an even warmer welcome at our central-London event on Tuesday, 3 July.

Fiji alumni event June 2018
Thursday, 28 June 2018

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr warmly welcomed about 200 alumni and guests to his residence in Suva on 28 June.

Your Story: Wayne Fairbrother
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Otago science alumnus Wayne Fairbrother has many career highlights, but says a recent meeting with a man who was cancer-free after taking a product his team helped develop was “very inspiring”.

Otago music alumnus continues winning ways
Friday, 22 June 2018
Otago music alumnus Julien Van Mellearts has again tasted success on the international stage by placing second in a prestigious singing competition 

Honours abound for Otago alumni
Friday, 8 June 2018
More than 15 Otago alumni were recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Minds stimulated at Brain Health Research Centre events
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
A public lecture by Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir on advancements in epilepsy research and treatments was a stimulating start to Brain Health Research Centre events in Dunedin this week.

Inaugural Joan Mary Anderson award recipients announced
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Miriam Hunt, Caitlin Elborough and Caitlin Harris are the inaugural recipients of the Joan Mary Anderson Award in Plant Sciences.

Brisbane alumni events May 2018
Friday, 25 May 2018
Alumni and guests joined with University staff in Brisbane on the weekend of May 25th for a range of events to celebrate the link between the University and its alumni.

Melbourne alumni event May 2018
Thursday, 24 May 2018
We would like to thank alumni and guests who joined University staff for dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 24 May. We enjoyed meeting with everyone and hearing anecdotes about your time at Otago.

Sydney alumni events May 2018
Monday, 21 May 2018
Alumni and guests joined Otago staff in Sydney for a range of events celebrating links between the University and its alumni.

Travel award to illuminate radiation therapy techniques
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduand Ellyott Rouse received the 2018 Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship at a Dunedin Campus event on 12 May.

Graduation often a family affair
Friday, 11 May 2018
University of Otago graduation ceremonies are often a family affair.

Samoan alumni reminded to RSVP for AGM!
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Otago Alumni and supporters in Samoa are reminded to register to attend the local chapter's annual general meeting by 10 May!

Alumnus captures Antarctica's warm interior
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Otago Master of Science Communication alumnus Guy Frederick's latest photographic exhibition shows other perspectives of New Zealand's Scott Base.

Irish Studies postgrads tackle wide-ranging topics
Monday, 30 April 2018
The latest cohort of Irish Studies postgraduates are researching in a broad range of fascinating topics thanks to the Eamon Cleary Trust's generosity.

Exam prep workshops stress stressing less
Friday, 20 April 2018
About 15 students who receive scholarships administered by the Development and Alumni Relations Office attended an exam preparation workshop at St Margaret's College last week.

Highlanders vs Blues
Friday, 20 April 2018
Highlanders vs Blues - An enthusiastic group of Otago alumni gathered at the Neighbourhood Bar in Kingsland prior to the game on Friday 20 April, and then went on to enjoy another Highlanders’ win.

An Evening of Celebrations: Christchurch 2018
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Alumni and guests joined University of Otago staff at the Christchurch campus on 19 April for an event outlining the highlights of next year’s University of Otago 150th anniversary celebrations.

New Otago Samoa alumni chapter president's strong vision for future
Friday, 13 April 2018
Newly elected La O Samoa Samoa Otago Alumni Chapter President To'oto'ooleaava Dr Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa has a strong vision for the alumni group's future.

Pipes recall proud traditions at commemorative centenary event 
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Benefactors and guests travelled from Canada and around New Zealand to attend David A Grant Scottish piping and drumming centenary commemorative events at Otago on 6- 7 April