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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

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Academic Programmes

Study at the University of Otago, Christchurch

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Medical Education Unit

Medical Education Unit webpages

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Biostatistics and Computational Biology

Biostatistics and Computational Biology website

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Senior Manager Client Services 

  • Melissa Paton

Manager Client Services

  • Katrina Hogg

Lead Administrators

  • Cathy Mulligan
  • Rebekah Higgs
  • Diane Taylor

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Manager Finance

  • Shereen Naicker

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Human Resources

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

Senior HR Adviser

  • Maggie McEvoy

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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

Kaitohutohu Rangahau Hauora Māori, Māori Health Research Adviser

Research Advisers

Senior Research Administrator

  • Jen Dreaver

Research Administrator

  • Bridget Kinnersley

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Support Services

Purchasing Officer

  • Kirsten Taylor
  • Tanya Pawsey


  • Todd Moore

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Research Facilities (CARA)


  • Scott Loeffler

Senior Technician

  • Arron Dyer


  • Erin Lally
  • Ruth Owers
  • Sarah Rogers

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Laboratories webpages


Glassware Technician

  • Kathryn Orlita

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IT Support Services

IT Support Services webpages

Team Leader

Computer Support

Media Support

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External Engagement

Senior Communications Adviser

  • Lorelei Mason

Marketing Adviser

  • Nina Lamb

Events Coordinator

  • Paula de Roeper

Development Manager

  • John Godfrey

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Property Services

Facilities Manager

  • Jack Stewart

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