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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

Milestones celebrated at 1869 Heritage Festival
Thursday, 3 October 2019
The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago were celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which was held in Dunedin between 25 and 29 September.

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.

Seven inaugural Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair appointments to mark 150th
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
In a new initiative, the University is celebrating its internationally acclaimed scholars by creating a prestigious new role - the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair (Poutoko Taiea).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Brigid Inder inducted to PE Wall of Fame
Friday, 27 September 2019
Dr Brigid Inder, OBE, a recognised global expert in women’s rights and gender justice issues, has this week been inducted to the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences Wall of Fame.

Otago alumnus selected for English language teaching fellowship in Azerbaijan
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Otago English graduate Richard Schlight has just arrived Azerbaijan on a 10-month fellowship to train teachers and teach English.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stitching together the fabric of the University
Monday, 2 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.

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.

Honorary Doctorate for Sir Julian Smith
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Dunedin businessman Sir Julian Smith KNZM OBE FInstD will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Otago this weekend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three books to celebrate the University
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
This year sees the launch of three books celebrating the history of Otago. A special 150th University of Otago edition of the Dunedin "Fonebook", "Otago, 150 years of New Zealand's First University", and "Scarfie Flats of Dunedin".

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.

Past students help journey to new dentistry building
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
One of the "highest tech" dental facilities in the world was officially opened earlier this month – the hospital-level patient-treatment building for New Zealand's only national centre for dentistry, at Otago.

Why We heart Otago: OUSA Executive reunion
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Sir Eion Edgar and Professor Sir Murray Brennan spent the 150th Queen's Birthday anniversary weekend reconnecting with friends and reliving university days, and took time to share some of their thoughts about Otago and their time on the OUSA executive.

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.

Networks and Events galleries
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
View galleries from a selection of Alumni events that have taken place during 2019. We love keeping in touch with all our alumni, so keep an eye out for future alumni events near you.

Annual Appeal projects receive major funding boosts at 150th weekend
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Two of the University of Otago's Annual Appeal projects, the marine research vessel and EXPINKT rehabilitation programme, received major funding boosts at Queen's Birthday weekend.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago Issue 19
Wednesday, 3 July 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.

Queen's Birthday Honours and Fulbright awards for Otago alumni and staff
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
June has been a month of honours and awards for Otago staff and graduates. Altogether 14 University of Otago alumni and two staff were included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

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

Otago online MBA one of the best in the world
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Want to study at one of the best business programmes in the world? The Otago University online Master of Business Administration (MBA) consistently ranks as one of the top programmes globally.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Otago grads shine at "New Zealander of the Year" awards
Friday, 15 March 2019
Half the winners of this year's Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards are Otago alumni. Professor Bill Glass, triple Otago graduate Kendall Flutey, and Ian Taylor were each recognised for their achievements.

Networks and events
Friday, 15 March 2019
The 2019 events calendar has kicked off. Take a look at what we have been up to so far this year.

Cheerfulness the anchor of 100 well-lived years
Friday, 15 March 2019
In 1937, Wilma McLennan, aged 17, left her home in Wellington and travelled south to Dunedin, to begin her degree in Home Science at Otago.

Summer research programme a hit
Friday, 15 March 2019
Over the summer, while many students were hitting the beach, 80 mainly second, third or fourth-year Otago students were in the lab working as summer research students.

Picnic launches year of 150th celebrations
Friday, 15 March 2019
The sun shone and town definitely came to gown in February, when Dunedin residents and their families set up picnics on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University's 150th anniversary.

Carole McArthur – on a mission
Friday, 15 March 2019
For a long time now, Carole McArthur has been on a mission. From growing up in South Otago and studying Zoology at Otago, she has taken her interest in immunology and combined it with her drive to help people with HIV.

Why we heart Otago: New books celebrate history and culture of Otago
Friday, 15 March 2019
This year sees the launch of two books, both celebrating the history of Otago. "Otago, 150 years of New Zealand's First University" by Dr Alison Clarke, and "Scarfie Flats of Dunedin" by Sarah Gallagher and Ian Chapman.

Fantastic projects in the 150th Anniversary Fundraiser
Friday, 15 March 2019
There are some very exciting projects in the new 150th Anniversary Fundraiser, including a number of 2018 Annual Appeal projects.

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.

University of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations set to go
Monday, 17 December 2018
Picnics, a regatta, concerts, parades, a rugby match, a dinner and a ball – an inclusive, colourful calendar of events is being planned for the University of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations next year.

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?

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 17
Monday, 17 December 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

Generous donation from Otago Phoenix Club on their 50th anniversary
Monday, 17 December 2018
At the Otago Phoenix Club's 50th anniversary celebrations in November, University of Otago Advancement Services Manager Louise Lawrence accepted a very generous donation on behalf of the University's Foundation Trust, for the Dr Ted Nye Studentship Fund.

Diverse initiatives for this year's Annual Appeal
Monday, 17 December 2018
Initiatives in medical research, marine studies and cancer rehabilitation join student scholarships and a new home for Music, Theatre and Performing Arts as the focus of this year's annual fundraising appeal.

Four generations of graduates beat a path to Otago's door
Monday, 17 December 2018
Starting in 1905, four generations of the Foote family have made their way to the University, from all corners of New Zealand.

Professor Sir Murray Brennan keen to give back to help develop tomorrow's leaders
Monday, 17 December 2018
After a remarkable career distinguished alumnus Professor Sir Murray Brennan is keen to give back to Otago University, which he says helped prepare him to be a future leader.

From the archives: A life worth celebrating
Monday, 17 December 2018
What started as plans to hold a small ceremony in Waimate to mark 100 years since the passing of a local legend, turned in to an all-day celebration of her remarkable if somewhat short life.

Father and son share deep Otago bonds
Monday, 17 December 2018
Centenarian Emeritus Professor Alan Horsman spent more than a quarter of a century leading the English Department at the University of Otago.

Why we heart Otago: 150th anniversary regional road trip invitation
Monday, 17 December 2018
As part of the University of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations, we're going on a road trip around the regions next year - on our Facebook page.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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  

"Be awesome" new Samoa alumni chapter board told 
Thursday, 5 April 2018
The Otago Samoan Alumni Chapter elected a President, Secretary General, Treasurer, their deputies and three executive board members at a cocktail dinner event in Apia on 5 April.

Selwynites sing reunion's praises
Thursday, 29 March 2018
More than 250 former Selwyn residents enjoyed their time at the College's 125th reunion in Dunedin on March 23-25.

All aboard for alumni in Apia
Thursday, 29 March 2018
Otago Samoan Alumni Chapter to elect board at Apia dinner on 5 April

Torch lit for Selwyn 125th celebrations
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Preparations for Selwyn College's 125th Jubilee are well underway, with more than 250 former residents set to attend this weekend's celebrations.

Plaque for medical alumnus a Jolly good idea
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
A plaque recognising the work of Otago medical alumnus and war surgeon Dr Douglas Jolly will be unveiled in Cromwell on 23 March.

Long-time supporter reflects on generosity on 98th birthday
Friday, 16 March 2018
Long-time Otago supporter and former Pharmacology Professor Fred Fastier celebrated his 98th birthday this week, and shared ideas on giving. 

Students gain insight into awards
Friday, 16 March 2018
Scholarship and award recipients attended two events in recent weeks to learn more about Otago supporters. 

Talk music to ears
Thursday, 8 March 2018
ABC with Otago Lecturers at UBS features music talk with Professor David Bilkey

Auckland Welcome BBQ 2018
Thursday, 8 March 2018
The University of Otago's Development & Alumni Relations Office and the Auckland Alumni Chapter recently hosted a Welcome BBQ open to all young Otago alumni in Auckland

Alumna's poetry PhD leads to Palgrave publication
Friday, 2 March 2018
Irish Studies PhD Ailbhe McDaid has had a work, based on her Otago thesis, published by Palgrave

Aspiring pharmacists inducted into professional programme
Friday, 2 March 2018
Over 130 aspiring pharmacists were officially welcomed into their first professional year of Otago’s Pharmacy programme at the School of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony on 24 February.

Musicophilia - sound interesting?
Friday, 23 February 2018
Alumni and supporters are warmly invited to ABC with Otago Lecturers at Dunedin's UBS on 6 March when Professor David Bilkey discusses Musicophilia.  

Alumnus applauds Aquinas changes 50 years on
Thursday, 8 February 2018
Fifty years on Otago alumnus Sze Foong applauds Aquinas changes and enjoys reunion with former residents

Alumni and staff feature in New Year Honours list
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
About 20 Otago alumni, including several current staff members, have been named in the New Year Honour list.

New development and alumni relations staff excited by opportunities
Monday, 8 January 2018
The University of Otago has made two new appointments to senior roles in its Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Inaugural Harraway's Visiting Professorship announced
Thursday, 14 December 2017
The University of Otago announces Professor Marc Hendrickx as the inaugural Harraway's Visiting Professorship recipient.

150th blogger signs off
Monday, 4 December 2017
Dr Ali Clarke signs off in her latest, and last, 150th blog post

Only Otago will ask you for . . .
Friday, 1 December 2017
Otago asks alumni and supporters to be wary of unsolicited network and services offers. 

Wave of success for Otago Pacific interns
Monday, 27 November 2017
Otago Pacific students were awarded nine of 18 places in this year's Tupu Tai government internship programme. 

International flavour to Indonesia alumni gathering
Thursday, 16 November 2017
International Office staff enjoyed catching up with Otago's Indonesia-based alumni network members in early October.

Fun and future-focus feature at Fono
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Otago Pacific Alumni Networking Fono at Auckland Centre on 18 October provided opportunity for wide-ranging discussion on Otago's future in region. 

US-based alumni back new rugby entrance scholarship
Monday, 6 November 2017
Members of the Alumni of the University of Otago in America Inc. support new rugby entrance scholarship

Resident of the year enhances Cumberland community
Friday, 3 November 2017
Inaugural Ryan Adamson Cumberland College Resident of the Year recipient Gus McPherson enjoys "giving back" to college.

Alumni and supporters have say in the Bay (Area)
Friday, 27 October 2017
A series of events in San Francisco last week were a hit with alumni and Otago staff and supporters. 

HBD Professor Horsman says OED
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
The Oxford English Dictionary has posted a blog celebrating retired Otago English Professor Alan Horsman's 99th birthday, and his contribution to the publication.

Bitter and sweet: poison and dessert a great mix for alumni book event
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Tomorrow night's ABC with Otago Lecturers at UBS alumni event will feature Dr Belinda Cridge, discussion on the dark art of poisoning and the birth of forensic medicine in the US. 

Uni a piece of pizza thanks to alumni-backed scholarships
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Students who received alumni-supported scholarships reflected on their first academic year with peers and staff at a Development and Alumni Relations Office run “pizza and catch-up event” at the Dunedin campus last week. 

Aspire programme inspirational
Thursday, 12 October 2017
The student volunteer-led Aspire programme helps make tertiary education accessible and fun for school pupils.

Latest eConnect alumni newsletter out now!
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Our latest eConnect alumni newsletter features stories on everything from faculty taking top teaching awards to how your generosity benefits students.  

Skills from Otago aid medical alumnus
Friday, 29 September 2017
Otago medical school alumnus Dr Nick Woolfield says skills he gained at Otago are invaluable in his work with children with cerebral palsy in Kyrgyzstan.

New Frances Hodgkins Fellowship book celebrates creative legacy
Thursday, 28 September 2017
New book, launched at Otago this week, celebrates 50 years of Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Alumna shares recipe for success
Friday, 22 September 2017
Celebrity chef and Otago alumna Nadia Lim returned to Otago last week to share insights into her career and ideas on healthy eating. 

Documentary to bring Chills to audiences
Friday, 22 September 2017
The production company behind a forthcoming film about Dunedin band The Chills is seeking footage from the Dunedin Sound era.  

Austen enlivens alumni event
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Excerpt's from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park were performed for alumni at this week's ABC with Otago Lecturers at UBS event. 

Q: What's better than one law award? A: Winning Two.
Friday, 8 September 2017
Law alumna Helen Davidson says winning two law awards a career highlight.

The story of English (at Otago)
Monday, 4 September 2017
Dr Ali Clarke delves into the fascinating history of English at Otago in her latest 150th blog.

Otago goes to Thailand
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Thailand New Zealand Education event provides opportunity for Otago staff to catch up with alumni

Physiotherapy alumnus receives honorary doctorate
Monday, 28 August 2017
Physiotherapy alumnus Dr Stanley Paris receives honorary doctorate for exemplifying "Otago way".

Donor-funded scholarships offer opportunities
Friday, 25 August 2017
2018 Donor-Funded Entrance Scholarship applications open on 1 November.

Otago honours physiotherapy leader

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Internationally renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago this weekend.

Alumni scholarship helps research take flight
Friday, 11 August 2017
Psychology PhD candidate Millie Johnston will study in Germany next year after receiving an alumnus-funded scholarship.

Alumna's Miss Cook Islands win a birthday bonus
Friday, 4 August 2017
Alumna Alanna Matamaru Smith was this week crowned Miss Cook Islands 2017.

Visiting GP tours probe campus history
Friday, 28 July 2017
Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners conference attendees, including Otago alumni, enjoyed Alumni Office campus tours in Dunedin this week.

Harnessing big data could help health outcomes
Monday, 24 July 2017
Professor Roger Reddel delivered the 2017 Colin Geary Professorial Lecture in Dunedin last week.

Alumna's extraordinary life celebrated in new documentary
Friday, 21 July 2017
Natural history writing and illustrations career of Otago alumna Sheila Natusch celebrated in new documentary 

Bookshop chat a cut above
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Dr Elaine Webster discussed elegance and the power of the suit at Dunedin's UBS Bookshop on 19 July.

Otago's future in Pacific focus of Suva event
Monday, 17 July 2017
Otago staff, alumni and supporters set to discuss the University's future in the region at Suva event on 20 July.

Stronger Pacific links via alumni events
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
The University of Otago's Development and Alumni Relations Office will hold Pacific alumni engagement events in Auckland and Suva, Fiji, this month.

Adventure a way of life for filmmaking alumnus
Friday, 30 June 2017
Zoology and wildlife management alumnus and documentarian Simon Lucas loves adventure and exploring remote areas - and capturing his experiences on film.

Pop-up lunchtime Shakespeare hits spot
Monday, 26 June 2017
Excerpts from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, performed by Otago students at Dunedin campus ahead of Fortune Theatre collaboration, prove popular

Pared-back Shakespeare comedy promises to pop
Friday, 23 June 2017
Pop-up excerpts from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - performed by current students - will capture essence of Bard's comedy classic at Dunedin campus next week.

Great to be on great wall, alumnus says
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Alumnus Dr Dicken Yung inducted into School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Sciences' wall of fame.

20,000km charity rally could be world of yurt for alumni
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Several Otago alumni who are about to embark on a 20,000km charity rally say the experience could put them in the yurt locker

Captain's Run fun for alumni
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Alumni enjoyed the relaxed family atmosphere at the Highlanders' Captain's Run at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on 12 June.

Otago alumni well represented in Queen's Honour's List
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Otago alumni, and former and current staff members, featured in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Distinguished alumnus shares medical knowledge
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Distinguished alumnus and Alumni of the University of Otago in America Inc. honorary advisory board member Sir Murray Brennan is in Dunedin sharing his extensive medical knowledge this week.

Otago wins big at sports awards
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Cricketing alumna and University research project win big at 2017 ASB Otago Sports Awards on 20 May.