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Research Committee

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Terms of Reference

  • To submit recommendations to the Senate on matters relating to research in the University, including policies and strategies for fostering and advancing research, innovation, and the commercialization of research;
  • To allocate and monitor funds within the Senate-approved Research Committee schemes in order to provide strategic support for research within the University of Otago;
  • To advise the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), and the Senate, on the development of and subsequent revisions to the University of Otago's strategic research plan and the ongoing monitoring of any outcomes defined in the plan.

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Composition of CommitteeMemberExpiry date
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Convener)Professor Richard BlaikieEx Officio

Division of Commerce (Associate Dean Research)

Associate Professor Ben Wooliscroft

Ex Officio

Division of Health Sciences (Associate Dean Research)Professor Peter DeardenEx Officio
Division of Humanities (Associate Dean Research)Associate Professor James MaclaurinEx Officio
Division of Sciences (Associate Dean Research)Professor Jon WatersEx Officio
Māori Staff (Te Poutama Māori)Dr Moana TheodoreDec 2019
University of Otago - Wellington (Associate Dean Research)Associate Professor William LevackEx Officio
University of Otago – Christchurch (Associate Dean Research)Professor Margreet VissersEx Officio
Director, Research and EnterpriseDr Gavin ClarkEx Officio
Early Career staff (Ozone)Dr Louise BicknellDec 2020
Co-opted (Physical Sciences)Dr Ting WangDec 2021
Co-opted (Social Sciences)Professor Martin FellbornDec 2020
In attendance

Committee Secretary, Research Committee

Key contact

Dr John Milnes (Operations Manager, Research and Enterprise) ( ext 4517)

Fiona Seaton (Research Committee Administrator) (, ext 5967)


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Meetings for 2019

  • 13 February
  • 13 March
  • 10 April
  • 8 May
  • 12 June
  • 10 July
  • 14 August
  • 18 September
  • 9 October
  • 13 November
  • 11 December

eResearch Advisory Group

The eResearch Advisory Group (ERA@Otago) is a sub-committee of the Research Committee. Its purpose is to support and promote eResearch across the University.