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London alumni event July 2018

Tuesday 3 July 2018 3:57pm

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


Guests were welcomed by University of Otago Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Professor Helen Nicholson who outlined recent developments at the University and highlights of next year’s 150th anniversary celebrations.


Dr Somerville discussed a range of 150th celebration events, particularly those over Queen’s Birthday weekend in early June 2019. He acknowledged the importance of University alumni and thanked them for their ongoing support and enthusiasm for their alma mater.

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Dr Jones demonstrating a real time ECG


Professor Nicholson updated guests on current developments at the University and noted while many had been completed, still more were planned. She also outlined Otago’s steady increase in teaching and research outputs before introducing Dr Pete Jones to speak about his cardiac disease research.


Dr Jones’ looks at the role calcium release plays in heart disease. Using a phone app he demonstrated a real time ECG to show the process, and that a guest who volunteered for an impromptu check-up had a healthy heart.


Another highlight was the England vs Colombia Football World Cup quarter-final. Guests were enthralled until the very final penalty goal and thankfully a win to England ensured the evening ended on a high note.


A huge thanks to our London team for organising the event. We are very grateful for the time they, and all our volunteers, dedicate to promoting the University and strengthening engagement.