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Mirror on Society Selection Policy

Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programme Admission: Socioeconomic and Refugee Sub-Category Guidelines

Background

The Mirror on Society Selection Policy (MoS) is designed to ensure that the Division of Health Sciences promotes and facilitates academic equity for Māori students, and for students from other under-represented MoS category groups, who have the potential to succeed academically, and who have applied via the application process.

Two new sub-categories will be added for entry into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes for 2020 entry:

  • Socioeconomic
  • Refugee

Eligibility requirements

Socioeconomic

In order to apply under the Socioeconomic sub-category, candidates for admission must have attended a decile 1–3 secondary school during Years 11, 12, and 13.

The Socioeconomic sub-category is only available to domestic students who have completed their Years 11, 12 and 13 in New Zealand within the last 5 years and who are applying via the Health Sciences First Year category, Graduate category, Two or More Years of University Study category, One Year of University Study category or Secondary School category.

Information about the Socioeconomic Equity (EQ) Project

Refugee

In order to apply under the Refugee sub-category, candidates for admission must:

  • Have themselves or parents/primary guardian(s) been granted refugee status in New Zealand

Supporting documentation

Socioeconomic

Applicants wishing to apply under the Socioeconomic Equity sub-category must indicate this at the time of application by ticking the Socioeconomic Equity sub-category box in the online application and provide the following supporting information:

  • An official letter from your secondary school/s (decile 1-3) confirming enrolment in years 11, 12 and 13.

Using the form below, applicants must also complete and upload a personal supporting statement (500-word limit) explaining your understanding of the Socioeconomic Equity sub-category and your aspirations and commitment to make a positive contribution to your community.

Socioeconomic Equity Supporting Statement form (PDF)

It is strongly recommended that students wishing to apply under the Socioeconomic Equity sub-category attend a relevant information session held by the Division of Health Science Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori EQ Project team and/or contact the EQ team to arrange a meeting with staff or for further information:
Email eq.project@otago.ac.nz

Note: Successful applicants from the Socioeconomic Equity sub-category students are expected to maintain engagement with the Kōhatu team throughout their studies.

Refugee

Applicants wishing to apply under the Refugee sub-category must indicate this at the time of application by ticking the Refugee sub-category box in the online application.

If you are applying as a person with Refugee status you must provide the following supporting information:

  • Certified copies of your Certificate of Identity or your passport confirming refugee status and Permanent Residency.

or

  • A letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming your status as a permanent resident, obtained on the basis of being resettled in New Zealand as a refugee. This should include your full legal name, date of birth and date of residency

or

  • A letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming that you have refugee status and that you have applied for residence. This should include your full legal name and date of birth.

If you are applying from a refugee background – that is, if your parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted New Zealand Residency as refugees – you will need to provide:

  1. Documentation from your parents/primary guardian(s) confirming their status as Permanent Residents who have been granted NZ residency via their refugee status.
    and
  2. A document that confirms they are your parents/primary guardian(s), e.g. birth certificate, joint passport, adoption papers.