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Scholarships and Prizes Committee

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The Scholarships and Prizes Committee is a sub-committee of Senate, with oversight of University scholarships and Prizes.

Terms of Reference

  • To provide leadership and strategic advice on matters related to scholarships and prizes;
  • To submit such recommendations as it deems necessary to the Senate on policy and rules relating to the award of scholarships and prizes in the University, including proposals for new or amended scholarships and prizes;
  • To approve the award of University scholarships and prizes as delegated;
  • To recommend the award of other such scholarships and prizes as may be entrusted to it;
  • To provide oversight of the scholarship and prize programmes at the University of Otago, including monitoring of the allocation of funds;
  • To monitor candidates awarded University of Otago scholarships and grant approvals or make other decisions as are permitted by the regulations for such scholarships;
  • To select candidates for nomination for national external scholarships;
  • To report an annual list of scholarships and prizes to Senate;
  • To delegate its functions as appropriate.


Composition of the Board Member
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) (Convenor) Professor Richard Blaikie Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Helen Nicholson Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Professor Tony Ballantyne Ex officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of Commerce Professor Robin Gauld Ex officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of Health Sciences Professor Patricia Priest (Acting PVC)
Alternate: Associate Professor Chrys Jaye
Ex officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of Humanities Professor Jessica Palmer Ex officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of Sciences Professor Richard Barker
Alternate: Professor Brendan McCane
Ex officio

In Attendance

Dean, Graduate Research School Professor David Baxter Ex officio
Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships,
Division of External Engagement
Ben Rickerby Ex officio
Peter Boston Manager Postgraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Awards
Research Division
Peter Boston Ex officio
Committee Secretary, Academic Committees and Services Michelle Bennie

The University of Otago's representative on the Universities New Zealand Scholarships Committee is Professor David Baxter.

Meeting dates

The Scholarships Committee normally meets three times per year, as required.