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Students and staff at the University of Otago are well supported by a wide range of academic, electronic, recreational and welfare services. This page offers some information on resources for students studying with the Department of Food Science. A comprehensive list of all the support and resource services offered by the University can be found on the Otago University Student Services webpage.

International Student Support

For information, advice and assistance for International students please contact an International Student Adviser at the International Office.

Disability Information and Support

Information, advice and assistance on disability-related study support.
If you have a disability, impairment, injury or medical condition that affects your ability to study, Disability Information and Support can help you.


Contact the Food Science Department 'Disability Information and Support' contact person:

Khazima Tahir
Tel +64 3 479 7562

Otago University Students Association - OUSA

For services ranging from advocacy to lost property OUSA's Student Support Centre exists to make your student experience as trouble-free as possible. It is a free, confidential, friendly service. Even when they cannot assist you, they will know who can!

Visit the OUSA website at

Māori student support

The Māori Centre, Te Huka Mātauraka offers a home away from home for students of Māori descent, from pre-enrolment, Turāka Hou – Māori Orientation – through to pre-graduation celebrations, graduation and beyond.


Contact the Food Science Department Kaiawhina:

Miranda Mirosa
Tel +64 3 479 7953

Māori and Indigenous Pacific Peoples Student  Conference Assistance

Each year the Graduate Research School administers special funding to assist a number of Māori and indigenous Pacific candidates to attend, or to attend and present papers, at a local, national or international conference.

View further information on this grant

Class reps

The class representative system is an avenue for encouraging communication and consultation between staff and students. Class Reps help to resolve issues that affect the entire class (or many students) and give students the chance to give both positive and negative feedback on their courses. A class rep will be chosen from each course class, organised by the Course leader.

Find out how to become a class rep or who your class rep is on the OUSA class rep information page, or in your paper information on blackboard.

Locals Programme

The Locals Programme provides support to first year students who do not reside in a residential college.  This includes school leavers, gap year students, international and mature students whether living at home  or flatting.

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