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The Graduate Research School Team

Rachel Spronken-SmithDean

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Tel +64 3 479 5655
Mob +64 21 279 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.

Learn about Rachel’s background, teaching, supervision and research


Susan Craig 2020 imageAdministrator

Susan Craig
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.


Andrew Lonie Profile Photo Low ResManager

 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.


Rachel Sizemore imageMāori Postgraduate Support Adviser

Dr Rachel Sizemore
Tel +64 3 479 8082
Email maori.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Room G.02, 103 St David Street

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

Find out more about Rachel's role in the Graduate Research School


Kim Brown 2020 imageProfessional Practice Fellow – Graduate Education

Dr Kim Brown
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.

View more information about these workshops


Nikki Fahey profile photoGraduate Wellbeing Coach

Nikki Fahey
Tel +64 3 479 4327
Email nikki.fahey@otago.ac.nz
Zoom address https://otago.zoom.us/j/8570729139
Room G.06, 103 St David Street
Monday–Thursday, 8:30am–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.

Find out more about how the Graduate Well-being Coach can help you

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