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Latest Alumni & Friends news

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Top teaching award for Otago academic and alumna
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.

Scholarship giving mature students a boost
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

University marks 125 years of suffrage
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

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 16
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.

Why we heart Otago: Magnolia Tree
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Otago's beloved Magnolia tree is in full bloom – heralding the arrival of spring to the University community.

Scholarships easing transition from school to University
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
First year scholarship winners had a get together on Wednesday 26 September at the Dunedin Union Lounge

Donors recognised at Court of Benefactors dinner
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

Ash Singh – being Highlanders' doctor is "dream job"
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
When describing his career trajectory, medical alumnus and Pulse Energy Highlanders doctor Ash Singh hardly gets through a sentence with the word "Otago" cropping up.

From the Archives: Clocktower
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.

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.

Why we heart Otago: Scarfie Flats
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Sarah Gallagher and Dr Ian Chapman’s book Scarfie Flats will explore the history of Dunedin flat names.

Nessie hunt highlights important science 
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Department of Anatomy Professor Neil Gemmell says there is serious science behind his project analysing environmental DNA in Scotland's Loch Ness.

Poignant gift helps others
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Personal tragedy motivated Paris-based Julie Vandingenen to donate NZ$34,000 towards Otago's Centre for Translational Cancer Research

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 15
Wednesday, 27 June 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.

Medical scholarship links past and future 
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Almost every year since 2009 Toronto-based octogenarian Peter Grant has made a pilgrimage back to the University of Otago to mark two special events.

Supporting Otago: Cheers for the chairs
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Dean Professor Paul Brunton thanks alumni for supporting a Faculty of Dentistry lecture theatre redevelopment by “buying” auditorium seats, and encourages them to get behind a similar teaching-chair project.

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