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Town comes to gown for the anniversary picnic

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:05pm

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 the music on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University’s 150th anniversary.

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Hundreds turn out for tauira Māori powhiri

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 9:27pm

A record-breaking powhiri for Māori students has kickstarted the University of Otago’s Orientation Week in style.

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Christchurch campus hangs a rainbow flag

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:26pm

The University of Otago, Christchurch, has hung a rainbow flag in its foyer in a ceremony involving staff, students and members of the Canterbury rainbow community.

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Hayward College unveils massive refurbishment

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 7:52pm

Strains of Te Aroha echoed though the refurbished halls of Hayward College as the new-look building was blessed on Friday morning.

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Surprise te reo Māori finding in pre-diabetes research

Monday, 18 February 2019 2:27pm

New research from the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge has found people who speak te reo Māori have a reduced risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

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2019 OUSA President prioritises mental health

Monday, 18 February 2019 10:09pm

Student mental health is a priority for the 2019 President of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) James Heath. The Otago Bulletin Board caught up with him as 0'Week gets under way.

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Student app provides info via phones

Monday, 18 February 2019 10:11pm

A free mobile app designed to make students’ lives easier has been launched today – aiming to provide information where students normally get it: on their phones.

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Appointment timely new Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies says

Monday, 18 February 2019 10:12pm

Dubliner Professor Sonja Tiernan says the growing relationship between New Zealand and Ireland means her appointment as the Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies could not have come at a better time.

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Clues in Otago research as to changes in babies’ brain formation in obese mothers

Monday, 18 February 2019 9:54am

University of Otago researchers have discovered a clue as to why there are changes in the way babies’ brains are formed in mothers who are obese during pregnancy, which can potentially lead to an elevated risk of mental illness, including autism spectrum disorders.

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Sustained University efforts lead to fewer student offences in 2018

Monday, 18 February 2019 12:23pm

The University has released the 2018 discipline statistics showing a significant and steady downward trend in student offences.  For the first time in many years, no discipline cases were referred to the Vice-Chancellor by the Provost during 2018.  There was also a 14.2 per cent drop in recorded incidents since the previous year.

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Student well-being paramount as year begins – Vice-Chancellor

Friday, 15 February 2019 3:04pm

As the University of Otago welcomes students back for the 2019 academic year, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has some advice to ensure their experiences are both fun and safe.

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New College of Education staff mean key areas well-covered

Friday, 15 February 2019 10:42am

Two new appointments at the College of Education mean vital areas of learning for Otago’s education tauira will be well-covered in future. 

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2019 Bulletin Board photo competition opens

Friday, 15 February 2019 10:04am

The Otago Bulletin Board team is thrilled to announce the launch of our seventh annual photo competition, which opens for entries today.

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Pacific 150th celebrates the old and the Niu!

Friday, 15 February 2019 3:39pm

Cake, song and prayer set the tone for the launch of Pacific at Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations last week.

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IT Advisory team ready to help

Thursday, 14 February 2019 2:22pm

Do you hope an IT solution can make work easier, need to resolve a long-standing issue or want to know who to contact about IT? Otago's newly established IT Advisory team is here to help.

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Prestigious Law Chair for Otago

Thursday, 14 February 2019 1:00pm

The Faculty of Law has established a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after International scholar and Otago alumnus Professor Jeremy Waldron.

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Otago rises to cycle challenge

Thursday, 14 February 2019 2:20pm

The University of Otago is doing well half way into a month-long workplace cycling challenge which aims to get more New Zealanders onto bikes – but with two weeks to go more staff are encouraged to sign up.

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NZ taking the lead on Ocean Acidification at Otago

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:31am

Representatives from Commonwealth countries will converge on Dunedin this month as the University is the venue for the first workshop on ocean acidification.

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New heads to lead Ageing Well National Science Challenge

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:25am

Two women, both from the University of Otago, have been appointed to lead the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (AWNSC) in a year when it moves into the second phase of its allocation of funding.

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Pacific 150th celebrates the old and the Niu!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 9:42pm

Cake, song and prayer set the tone for the launch of Pacific at Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations last week.

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Improved access to greenspace for older adults needs to be considered - Otago study

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 4:39pm

Older people’s inability to engage in nature can leave them feeling sad, frustrated and angry, a University of Otago study has found.

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Historic characters, local sports stars and musicians kick-off University of Otago’s 150th anniversary

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 4:36pm

New students arriving in Dunedin are in for an extra special welcome this year, with the public launch of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations kicking-off this Friday, 15 February.

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Prestigious Law Chair for University of Otago

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:12am

The University of Otago Faculty of Law is honoured to announce the establishment of a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after International scholar and Otago alumnus Professor Jeremy Waldron.

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New Zealand leading Commonwealth into fight against ocean acidification

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 3:49pm

Major steps to harness the collective power of the Commonwealth in the fight against ocean acidification will take place at the University of Otago, Dunedin in mid-February.

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Pressing issues focus of inaugural Tourism Policy School

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 3:30pm

The impact, value and sustainability of tourism is the focus of the inaugural tourism policy school, in Queenstown, next month.