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The Graduate Research School Team

Receive assistance with applying for a bursary or scholarship, get advice on how to manage your research or approach writing your thesis, or have a query about your Master’s or PhD thesis answered. The Dean’s office provides support and guidance to graduate research candidates and their supervisors, while the Doctoral and Scholarships administrators located with Student Experience in St David II manage and administer the doctoral and scholarships programme.

Dean

Rachel Spronken-Smith Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Tel 64 3 479 5655
Email rachel.spronken-smith@otago.ac.nz
Room G.02, ground floor, Clocktower Building

Rachel leads the Graduate Research School team and oversees all thesis-related matters at the University, including scholarships. She is available to assist with queries or concerns.


Executive Administrator

 Susan CraigSusan Craig profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 5737
Email susan.craig@otago.ac.nz
Room G.02, ground floor, Clocktower Building

Susan provides high level support to the Dean and has responsibility for the administrative and financial tasks within the school. She also manages the social events and workshops provided by the Graduate Research School.


Manager

Andrew Lonie Profile Photo Low Res Andrew Lonie
Tel 64 3 470 3447
Email andrew.lonie@otago.ac.nz
Room G.06, Clocktower North

Andrew is the manager of the Doctoral Office. He provides a support service to doctoral and thesis Masters’ candidates and supervisors, and manages various other projects pertaining to thesis candidates. He is happy to assist with queries or concerns.


Manager, Postgraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

Peter BostonPeter Boston profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 9779
Email peter.boston@otago.ac.nz
Room G.07, Clocktower North

Peter is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries.  He oversees all aspects of awarding payment of postgraduate scholarships, prizes and awards.


Māori Postgraduate Support Adviser

Pete Russell profile photo Low Res Dr Pete Russell
Tel 64 3 479 8082
Email maori.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Room G.05, ground floor, north end, Clocktower Building

Pete is in the office at the Graduate Research School on Wednesday mornings and all day on Thursdays and Fridays.

To find out more about Pete's role in the Graduate Research School, please click on this link to his dedicated web page.


Professional Practice Fellow

Kim BrownKim Brown profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 8461
Email kim.brown@otago.ac.nz
Room G.04, ground floor, north end, Clocktower Building

Kim's role within the Graduate Research School is to deliver a range of workshops to Master's Thesis and Doctoral candidates. Information about these workshops can be found on the Graduate Research School workshop and events page.


Graduate Well-being Coach

Nikki FaheyNikki Fahey profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 4327
Email graduate.wellbeing.coach@otago.ac.nz
Zoom address https://otago.zoom.us/j/8570729139
Nikki's office is located in room 101b of the Link Building.  You can find her by entering the University Union Building via the green door that you would use to go to the U bar (previously Refuel) but you go up the stairs instead of down.
Nikki works Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5.00pm.

Nikki’s role bridges Student Health Services and the Graduate Research School supporting graduate students to maintain their well-being while achieving their goal of successfully completing their Postgraduate studies.
To find out more about how the Graduate Well-being Coach can help you, click on this link to her dedicated web page.


Information Systems Analyst

Jill MirandillaJill Mirandilla
Tel 64 3 479 5698
Email jill.mirandilla@otago.ac.nz
Room G.04, Clocktower North

Jill is the Information Systems Analyst for the Graduate Research School. Her role is to provide information analysis and technology support to the School team.


Support Staff located with the Student Experience Team

Doctoral Administrator

Tina Shaw profile photo low res Tina Shaw
Tel 64 3 4795434
Email tina.shaw@otago.ac.nz
Student Experience, St David II building

Alongside Andy, Anne and Marianne, Tina is responsible for administration of the PhD programme and other supervised doctorates.


Doctoral Administrator

Andy McCready profile photo low res Andy McCready
Tel 64 3 479 8464
Email andy.mccready@otago.ac.nz
Student Experience, St David II

Alongside Tina, Anne and Marianne, Andy is responsible for administration of the PhD programme and other supervised doctorates.


Doctoral Administrator

Anne Stansfield

Anne Stansfield
Tel 64 3 471 6376
Email anne.stansfield@otago.ac.nz
Student Experience, St David II

Alongside Tina, Andy and Marianne, Anne is responsible for administration of the PhD programme and other supervised doctorates.


Doctoral Administrator

Marianne NegriniMarianne Negrini
Email marianne.negrini@otago.ac.nz
Student Experience, St David II

Marianne provides administrative assistance in the Doctoral administrators.
Marianne works part-time and is in the office Monday to Friday from 2pm to 5pm.


Scholarships Administrator

Rebecca Guest profile photo Rebecca Guest
Tel 64 3 479 5292
Email rebecca.guest@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Rebecca is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries. She is the main point of contact in the Office for NZAID scholarship recipients and for information related to amending or creating new scholarship regulations.


Scholarships Administrator

Mel Adams profile photo low res Mel Adams
Tel 64 3 479 5291
Email mel.adams@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Mel can help with postgraduate scholarship enquiries and enquiries related to Universities New Zealand scholarships.


Scholarships Administrator

Roberta McFelinRoberta profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 9018
Email roberta.mcfelin@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Roberta is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries. She is the main point of contact in the office for the financial aspects of scholarship operations including payment of recipients, Departmental Awards, Research Grants and Summer Scholarships.


Scholarships Administrator

Karl Bartleet profile photo Low Res Karl Bartleet
Tel 64 3 479 8236
Email karl.bartleet@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Karl works on the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate prizes; and undergraduate scholarships at the University.


Scholarships Administrator

Dianne HansonDianne Hanson
Tel 64 3 479 9246
Email dianne.hanson@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, Clocktower North

Dianne is the main point of contact for named Masters Scholarships, Exchange Travel Grants, Postgraduate Travel Grants and Thesis Costs Reimbursements.