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Dame Margaret Sparrow and Mary Jerram AM

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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.

Otago Images

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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.

Alumni in the news

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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.

Alumni scholarships open doors for students

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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

Right Lecture Hot Picks

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

Remembering the TSS Maheno

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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

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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.

Fighting fires and building resilience

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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.

Auckland Centre BBQ 2020

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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

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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.

Award-winning transgender specialist "just doing my job"

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Alumni scoop top NZ and Australian awards

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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.

Lecture hot picks - @Otago issue 21

Right Lecture Hot Picks

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.

Five generations of the Glenny family at Otago

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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.

Giving back

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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.

U3A funds new scholarship for mature students

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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.

New exhibition celebrates Otago staff

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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.

150th anniversary a unique celebration

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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.

Annual giving update and EXPINKT™ success

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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.

Why we heart Otago - UniCol reunion

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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.

Alumni in the news

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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.

Networks and Events galleries

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place during 2019, including the 1869 Conference and Heritage festival

Toronto alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Toronto-based alumni celebrated the University's 150th anniversary in style at the University Club in Toronto.

Vancouver alumni event 2019

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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.

Rhodes Scholarship for Otago Chemistry graduate

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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

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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

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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

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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.