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Postponements and cancellations

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As we enter Alert Level 4 the University has made the decision to cancel, postpone or reformat all non-teaching events intended to run for the foreseeable future. Below is a list of currently cancelled and postponed events, and physical events that have been moved to a digital format. We will be updating this page as the situation develops, so please check back here regularly. Our Events Team will be in touch with those affected shortly. If you have been affected by these changes, please contact the event organiser for further information.

Graduation

In light of the recent Government advice on large public gatherings, the University’s May 2020 graduation ceremonies have regrettably been cancelled.   Those who applied to graduate in person in May have been contacted and offered a range of options, including choosing to graduate at a later time, or in absentia conferral/award with a special provision to participate in later ceremonies. In absentia conferral of degrees and award of diplomas will continue in May.

Any payments to the University for the rental of academic regalia for May, will be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email graduation@otago.ac.nz

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Tertiary Open Day

Due to the uncertainty surround the global COVID-19 situation, and following on from the Government’s decision to cancel all events with more than 500 attendees, we regret to inform you that the Tertiary Open Day event scheduled for May 3 and 4 has been postponed.

Tertiary Open Day is a key event for the University and we enjoy welcoming our potential students and their whanau onto our campus to experience what the University has to offer. We are working to determine a new date later in the year.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this postponement, however the health and safety of our community must be our top priority. If you have booked your travel, please reach out to the travel providers directly to make changes.

Register your email to stay up to date with further announcements about the 2020 Dunedin Tertiary Open Days

If you have a specific question please email our events team who will be able to help you.

Email events@otago.ac.nz

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Postponed events

March

  • IPL Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Event
  • MFAT Function Samoa
  • Manila MFAT function
  • Otago Tourism Policy School
  • Pacific Entrance Scholarships event
  • School of Pharmacy’s Green Cross Awards
  • Seminar: Delivering the walkable, slow city (University of Otago, Wellington)
  • Seminar: Ethical pandemic control (University of Otago, Wellington) Postponed to 7 April via Zoom
  • Skills on the move: De-skilling, up-skilling, and re-skilling in labour migration
  • University of Otago Vice Chancellor's Garden Party
  • Welcome to the Fellows (Arts Fellows)

April

  • Careers Expo -  Gisborne (postponed to September)
  • Everything you wanted to know about COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2
  • IPL Professor Colin Gavaghan
  • Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award

May

  • Careers Expo - Auckland (postponed to 6-8 August)
  • Careers Expo - Christchurch (postponed to 23-25 July)
  • Careers Expo - Whanganui (no new date as yet)
  • Indigenous Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference
  • IPL Professor John Pickering
  • Tertiary Open Day

June

  • Careers Expo - Hamilton (postponed to 23-24 August)
  • Careers Expo - Wellington (postponed to 10-11 November)
  • Foreign Policy School (postponed to 2021)
  • Otago Arts Fellowship applications on hold
  • Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa 2020

July

  • FW Guest Memorial Lecture, Faculty of Law

August

  • Mozart Fellows Reunion (postponed to 2021)
  • New Zealand Primary Health Care, General Practice and Rural Health Research Symposium (postponed to 2021)

September

  • Rural Generalist CME Workshop 2020

Cancelled events

March

  • Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: 'Luck of the Irish' public lecture series scheduled through to the end of semester 1
  • Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: Film Nights scheduled through to the end of semester 1
  • Conversion Therapy, Human Rights and Religious Freedom
  • Corrymeela: A Ministry of Reconciliation Amidst Fractured Communities in Northern Ireland and Beyond
  • Dental Alumni Catch-up
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics: The usefulness of useless (mathematical) knowledge
  • Dunedin 2020 Race Relations Week Forum
  • Genealogy and the history of knowledge in pre-modern Europe: William Evans Fellowship Lecture Series, Lecture 2
  • Genealogy and the history of knowledge in pre-modern Europe: William Evans Fellowship Lecture Series, Lecture 3
  • Geology, Sociology and Camel Safety: Bruce Harvey
  • Information Evenings organised by the Schools' Liaison Office, in Hamilton and Tauranga
  • 'In The Shelter: Living Well in a Troubled World'
  • Pacifica Festival
  • Rainbow Brown Bag Lunch
  • Return to the Gardies - Dunedin
  • 'Teacher self-efficacy: Teacher profile and frequency of pedagogical practices' research seminar
  • Tenx9: Courage
  • Tourism Policy School
  • University of Otago, Christchurch Academic Welcome
  • William Evans Fellowship Lecture Series, Lectures 2 and 3

April

  • Alumni event - Brisbane
  • Alumni event  - Sydney
  • Alumni function - Melbourne
  • Breakfast with the coaches - Brisbane
  • Careers Advisers' Update Day - Auckland
  • Do unto Others: The 16th Century Debate between Las Casas and Sepúlveda on the Use of Force in Bringing the Gospel to the Americas
  • Irish and Scottish Film Night (4) - Rob Roy
  • Refuge Reimagined: A Biblical Ethic for the Nation and the World
  • The Luck of the Irish: Associate Professor John Stenhouse on Reverend Rutherford Waddell, a most notable preacher
  • The Luck of The Irish: Dame Fiona Kidman on Albert Black known as the ‘jukebox killer’

May

  • Do unto Others: The 16th Century Debate between Las Casas and Sepúlveda on the Use of Force in Bringing the Gospel to the Americas
  • Graduation Brunch
  • Graduation Ceremonies (9 and 16 May)
  • Graduation - Law function at Toitu
  • Graduation - Te Heika Pounamu graduation ceremony
  • Irish and Scottish Film Night (5) - Philomena
  • Refuge Reimagined: A Biblical Ethic for the Nation and the World
  • Rotorua Careers Expo
  • Tourism Policy School

June

  • Careers Expo - Dunedin
  • The Luck of The Irish: Majella Cullinane on Irish emigrant women in New Zealand: fact and fiction
  • The University of Otago Senior Science Quiz
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Events now being held in a digital format

  • Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s regional and national festivals
  • Seminar: Ethical pandemic control (University of Otago, Wellington) Rescheduled to 7 April via Zoom