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The Graduate Research School Team

Dean

Rachel Spronken-Smith Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Tel 64 3 479 5655
Email rachel.spronken-smith@otago.ac.nz
Room G.01, 103 St David Street

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.

For information on Rachel’s background, teaching, supervision and research, please click here.


Administrator

 Susan CraigSusan Craig profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 5737
Email susan.craig@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, 103 St David Street

Susan provides high level support to the School 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.02, 103 St David Street

Andrew is the manager at the Graduate Research School. He provides a support service to doctoral and thesis Masters’ candidates and supervisors, manages PhD admissions, and various projects and events 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.02, 103 St David Street

Peter is happy to provide assistance with postgraduate scholarship enquiries.  He oversees all aspects of awarding and 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.02, 103 St David Street

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 - Graduate Education

Dr Kim BrownKim Brown profile photo
Tel 64 3 479 8461
Email kim.brown@otago.ac.nz
Room G.08, 103 St David Street

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 G.06, 103 St David Street
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.