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Managing Otago’s relationships

Thursday, 18 July 2019 9:42am

A new system will help manage the University’s interactions with existing and potential customers and stakeholders – including students, alumni, research funding organisations and collaborators.

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Options abound at inaugural Humanities Career Week

Thursday, 18 July 2019 8:56pm

There really is something for everyone at the inaugural Humanities Career Week, which runs at the Dunedin campus between 16 and 23 July.

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Event to mix business and great craic

Thursday, 18 July 2019 8:47pm

The first gathering of the Irish Business Network NZ in Dunedin will bring ‘town and gown’ together for a night of networking on Thursday, 25 July.

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Massive potential health gains in switching to active transport – Otago study

Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:24pm

Swapping short car trips for walking or biking could achieve as much health gain as ongoing tobacco tax increases, according to a study from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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A sparkling staff occasion for the 150th

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 9:50pm

What better way to light up winter and celebrate the 150th than a fun night of dancing, glitz and glamour?

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Students fundraise for Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women’s Refuge

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 9:11pm

The Women’s Refuge Appeals Week begins Saturday, and the Otago students behind the cause are looking forward to doing their part to help women and children in need.

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Otago Blues and Golds Awards nominations open

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 8:38pm

Nominations for the University of Otago Blues and Golds Awards are open to celebrate Otago’s top performing sportspeople and cultural stars.

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Otago researchers call for gender binary in elite sports to be abandoned to cater for trans-athletes

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:50am

Existing gender categories in sport should perhaps be abandoned in favour of a more 'nuanced' approach in the new transgender era, University of Otago researchers say.

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Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 2:56pm

Real-time decision making equals empowered students. That is the essence of SimPHARM™, a state of the art simulation tool developed at the University of Otago and now commercially licensed by a United States-based company to help pharmacy students learn via a realistic clinical experience.

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A modern-day workbench on the Dunedin campus

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 9:59pm

A new maintenance system for the Dunedin campus not only keeps people who request the work up-to-date with progress but keeps staff safer and saves printing more than 50,000 pieces of paper annually.

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Bell ringing a great new tradition

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 8:25pm

The University of Otago has created a new tradition – inviting doctoral students to ring the University bell when they submit the hard copy of their PhD - and it's proving popular.

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Dentistry building gets Ministerial stamp of approval

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 9:33pm

Education Minister Chris Hipkins declared Kiwi’s teeth to be in good hands at Otago's Faculty of Dentistry, following a tour of the new Clinical Services Building last week.

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Dancing across the street soon

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 8:32pm

Barnes Dance pedestrian crossings being installed at two intersections used heavily by University staff and students will be very similar to those operating elsewhere in central Dunedin.

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Dental research could mean big savings

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 3:29pm

A fourth-year undergraduate dental student has already made a mark in the world of dental research – and her findings could bring future savings to New Zealand’s dental practices.

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Connection to country impacts mental health – Otago study shows

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:31am

Whether you feel a strong attachment to New Zealand’s Māori culture, majestic landscapes, or the All Blacks, an Otago study has found a sense of belonging to the country is positively related to mental health.

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New Zealanders involved in global study showing genetic predisposition for anorexia

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:23pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers played a key role in new global research showing the causes of the eating disorder anorexia are likely metabolic as well as psychological.

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Otago student joins University and Tertiary Sport NZ board

Monday, 15 July 2019 5:17pm

Otago student and basketball player Darcy Knox is the newest student representative on the University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ) board.

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New data on e-cigarette use among New Zealand adults

Monday, 15 July 2019 12:59pm

Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 per cent are using them currently, a national survey has found.

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Otago takes further steps to sustainability, abandoning disposable cups at Dunedin campus

Monday, 15 July 2019 1:06pm

Three cafés on the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus going single-use disposable cup free from today will stop about 1400 cups going to landfill every week – and eventually the whole University aims to be on board.

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Otago student new AMEB Rockschool Ambassador

Monday, 15 July 2019 4:41pm

For as long as he can remember music has been part of Tyler Bailey’s life.

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Profile: Carrie Falling

Monday, 15 July 2019 11:10am

Carrie Falling was a recipient of the Macgibbon PhD Travel Fellowship (Division of Health Sciences), which is funded by the Alumni of Otago in America Inc.

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Otago experts concerned lost opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm

Friday, 12 July 2019 9:14am

University of Otago mental health experts are upset another Government has missed an opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm, by taking a recommendation from the recent Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction off the agenda.

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New virtual lab ‘game-changer’ for Otago’s School of Pharmacy

Friday, 12 July 2019 8:57am

A freshly-completed laboratory at the University of Otago’s School of Pharmacy will enable pharmacy students to practice vital skills they will need on a daily basis when dealing with patients.

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Coastal erosion challenges councils and communities

Thursday, 11 July 2019 9:55am

New research shows a “business as usual” approach will not work for New Zealand’s regional councils, and over a quarter of our local councils, who are facing extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels.

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Otago study unlocks secrets of sex change in fish

Thursday, 11 July 2019 2:11pm

A University of Otago-led study is heralding advances in our understanding of one of the most startling transformations in the natural world – the complete reversal of sex that occurs in about 500 species of fish.