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Department support for specific groups

Disability information and support

You can contact the Department's Disability Support person at

The University's Disability Information and Support provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to students with permanent, recurring or temporary impairments.

Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori support

The Department's Kaiāwhina Māori / Māori Support role is shared by Dr Rebecca Bird, Dr Charlotte King, and Tim McLennan.

Kōrero with Dr Rebecca Bird


Kia ora koutou katoa. I whānau mai au i Te Whanganui-a-Tara, kei Ōtepoti tōku kāinga ināianei. Ko Rebecca Bird tōku ingoa. Hi! My name is Rebecca and I was born and raised in Wellington. I studied biology and biochemistry in the UK and eventually completed a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Glasgow. I moved to Dunedin in 2011 for my current role as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy. Since then, I've also done a Masters in Higher Education, and recently began also working at Office of Student Success.

Although originally my research focused on cellular signalling, I discovered a love for learning about the entire body, from cellular to gross structures, and I enjoy helping students learn how the human body works! My current research focus is student-centric, looking at first year experience, student belonging, retention of knowledge, and educational technology.

Rebecca is a Teaching Fellow / Kaiāwhina Māori (Anatomy) & Research Fellow (Office of Student Success). She teaches in HUBS191/192 & 100- & 200-level Anatomy papers.


Dr Charlotte King


Charlotte's research focuses on the use of bone and tooth chemistry to solve forensic and archaeological problems. She uses isotopic systems and trace elements relating to place of origin, dietary intake, exposure to toxins, and stress experiences to reconstruct the lives of unknown individuals.

At the moment her main research focuses on using these techniques to help us to understand the everyday lives of historic New Zealanders living during Otago’s goldrush era.

She is also involved in repatriation research, exploring the use of these techniques to identify and return peoples to their places of origin.

Charlotte is a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy.


Kōrero with Tim McLennan


Tēnā koutou katoa, I whānau mai ahau i Te Maruawai, kei Ōtepoti tōku kāinga ināianei. Ko Tim McLennan tōku ingoa.

Hi, my name is Tim! I was born in Gore, but I consider Dunedin to be my home as I have lived here for most of my life. In my first year at Otago University, I discovered a passion for learning about the human body while studying Physical Education. I particularly enjoyed learning about different anatomical structures and their function, so in my second year I changed into a Physiology degree - eventually completing a postgraduate honours year in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology.

I am now lucky enough to teach about the subject I am passionate about as an Anatomy Teaching Fellow, while also undertaking a Masters of Higher Education. I greatly enjoy working with students and being a part of their educational journey, so please, feel free to reach out if you need anything.

Tim is a Teaching Fellow / Kaiāwhina Māori (Anatomy). He teaches in HUBS191/192 & 100- & 200-level Anatomy papers.


The University's Māori Centre encourages Iwi Māori to participate and succeed in tertiary education. The Centre offers support for academic, cultural and social needs from a kaupapa Māori base.

Pacific Islands support

The Department's Pacific Island Support role is shared by Dr Latika Samalia and Dr Erik Wibowo.

Dr Latika Samalia


Latika, who comes from the island of Fiji, is a Professional Practice Fellow, teaching into 2nd, 3rd and 5th year Medicine; 2nd year Dentistry, and 2nd year Physiotherapy. She also teachers into the Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy. Her passion for teaching is evident in everything she does and she is well loved by all her students. Latika is part of the BMS Pacific Strategic Framework Group and the University of Otago Pacific Students' Liaison Group.

You can contact Latika at

Dr Erik Wibowo

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Erik is a member of the Pacific Strategic Framework Group in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and a Pacific Islands students liaison in the Department of Anatomy. Erik is originally from Indonesia, and has been in New Zealand since 2018. Erik is teaching various papers including 200 and 300 level anatomy papers as well as gross anatomy for the medical students. He has a broad research interests ranging from male sexual behaviour in rodents, to how to improve quality of life of prostate cancer patients.

You can reach Erik at

The University's Pacific Islands Centre and The Pacific Islands Research & Student Support Unit (PIRSSU) helps students of Pacific descent to make the most of their time at the University of Otago.

Links to University student support information

Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre can help you to explore career ideas and give related course advice. They also provide information about specific jobs, employers and further study.


Information about all scholarships available to students at the University of Otago.

Student exchange

You can study overseas and count the credit towards your Otago degree.

Student Learning Centre

The Student Learning Centre can help you take control of your learning. If it all seems too hard, too much or you just don't know where to start, Student Learning Advisors are ready to help. If you're an enrolled student, it's free!

Thesis information guide

The Thesis Information Guide offers useful advice and support for your research thesis journey.

International Office

The International Office assists international students with any issues or questions that may arise during their time at Otago.

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