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The Vice-Chancellor (Acting)
Professor Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson
Professor Helen Nicholson

BSc(Hons) MB ChB MD(Brist)

Ex officio

Current term: March 2023–current

Professor Helen Nicholson was appointed the Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of the University of Otago in March 2023 after being previously appointed Vice-Chancellor (Acting) 20 March 2021–31 January 2022.

Professor Nicholson, who graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Bristol in 1979, has held a variety of leadership positions at Otago, including the Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). She came to Otago from the University of Bristol in 2000 as a full professor.

Professor Nicholson is an ex officio member of the University Council and is a member of the University Council's Finance and Budget Committee, Capital Development Committee, Strategy and Planning Committee, Treaty of Waitangi Committee and Honorary Degrees Committee. She is a Trustee (ex officio) of the University of Otago Foundation Trust.

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