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Our people in the Department of the Dean

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Dean's Office

The Dean has overall responsibility for all academic and administrative activities in the University of Otago, Christchurch and is accountable in all management matters to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

The Dean's responsibilities include:

  • oversight of the administration of all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • co-ordination of strategic planning for the University of Otago, Christchurch
  • liaison within the University and with other health and education sector agencies
  • oversight of the day-to-day functioning of the Dean's Department.

The Dean is assisted by staff of the Department of the Dean, and senior academic staff who hold part-time appointments in specific areas.

The Dean

Personal Assistant to the Dean

Deputy Dean

Associate Deans

Academic Programmes

Study at the University of Otago webpages


Administrative Secretary/Undergraduate Administrator

Administrator - Academic Programmes

Medical Education Unit

Medical Education Unit webpages

Biostatistics and Computational Biology

Biostatistics and Computational Biology website

Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI)

Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) website


Senior Manager Client Services 

Melissa Paton


Manager Finance

  • Shereen Naicker

Human Resources

Generalist HR advice and support for all employment-related matters in the University of Otago, Christchurch

Senior HR Advisor

  • Maggie McEvoy


Reception Manager

  • Louise Robertson


  • Josephine Wesley

Research Office

All matters relating to administering research grants and contracts including applications, closing dates, summer studentships etc.

Research Office website

Research and Development Manager

Māori Research Advisor

Research Advisors

Research Administrators

Support Services


  • Anne Vernall

Purchasing Officer

  • Aude Thierry


  • Paul Muir

Research Facilities (CARA)


  • Scott Loeffler

Senior Technician

  • Arron Dyer


  • Erin Lally
  • Ruth Owers
  • Sarah Rogers


Laboratories webpages


Glassware Technician

  • Kathryn Orlita

Technology Services

Technology Services webpages


Computer Support Staff

Media Support Officer

Communications and Publicity

New and events webpages

Senior Communications Advisor

  • Kim Thomas

Property Services

Facilities Manager

  • Murray Clarke