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Drama at Otago paves way for career as voice coach to the stars

Thursday, 5 January 2023 11:32am

Cinderella, Britain’s Got Talent, TV drama Cilla, Doc Martin - chances are one of the actors or singers you’ve heard on film, TV or stage has been trained by Otago alumna and voice coach to the stars, Anne-Marie Speed.

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Siblings reach a “pinnacle” together

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 4:03pm

Siblings Eilish and Heath Lie-Olesen celebrated together on Wednesday, 14 December as both graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

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Bringing the heart online

Monday, 19 December 2022 12:37pm

Dr Susan Wardell (Social Anthropology) has been researching moral and social aspects of the digital world and suggests that the internet is a far more human space than we might realise.

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Otago announces 39 new professors

Friday, 16 December 2022 10:10am

Thirty-nine University of Otago academics are being promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Pacific Alliance condemns radioactive discharge from Fukushima Daiichi – calls for NZ action

Thursday, 15 December 2022 10:28am

Plans to discharge tonnes of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean for around thirty years have been condemned in a statement issued today by a Pacific-wide alliance.

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Teaching graduation a family affair

Thursday, 15 December 2022 2:35pm

Children often follow in their parents’ footsteps, but one mother and daughter duo will be walking side by side this weekend.

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From Central Otago to Silicon Valley – Substack’s Hamish McKenzie on supporting writers and creating a new publishing ecosystem

Thursday, 15 December 2022 2:10pm

From editor of Critic to co-founder of subscription publishing start-up Substack, Otago English graduate Hamish McKenzie talks about his time at the University and the writing career that took him to San Francisco, leading to the creation of Substack in 2017.

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Law Faculty focused on future as it celebrates 150 years

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 2:51pm

A new Law Dean’s Innovation Fund, set to support and improve student experience, will be launched at the 150th anniversary of Otago’s Faculty of Law next year.

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Law Faculty focused on future as it celebrates 150 years

Monday, 12 December 2022 10:00am

A new Law Dean’s Innovation Fund, set to support and improve student experience, will be launched at the 150th anniversary of Otago’s Faculty of Law next year.

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Masters alumni Margaret Courtney and the role of the Māori Land Court in contemporary Aotearoa

Tuesday, 6 December 2022 8:51am

The Māori Land Court of New Zealand has and continues to play a unique role within the justice system.

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Geography celebrates 75 years

Friday, 2 December 2022 9:08am

The School of Geography, Te Iho Whēnua was established in 1946.

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Neuroscientist’s dedication to community and science recognised

Thursday, 1 December 2022 2:10pm

Internationally recognised neuroscientist Professor Cliff Abraham has been awarded the 2022 Marsden Medal.

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Otago deepens connection with the University of Wuhan

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 2:32pm

Otago has signed an articulation agreement with the University of Wuhan, in Hubei Province China, for English and Linguistics.

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Fascinating talk on just sustainabilities for Ron Lister memorial lecture

Friday, 25 November 2022 10:50am

The Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Boston spoke on the topic of: Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice.

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Continuous learner Dr Tessa Romano wins Division of Humanities Teaching Award

Friday, 25 November 2022 2:50pm

Dr Tessa Romano, Pūkenga, Te Kāhui Tau/Lecturer of Voice, School of Performing Arts, is the winner of the Division of Humanities Teaching Award for 2022.

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Royal Society Awards for early career researchers

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:30am

Two researchers from the Division of Humanities with a focus on the rights of young people have been awarded prestigious Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Awards.

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Researcher wants equitable access to improved diabetes treatment

Monday, 21 November 2022 9:59am

When Dr Alisa Boucsein advocates for better access to “life-changing technology for diabetes patients, she really knows what she’s talking about. 

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Prestigious award for daylight research pioneer Professor Anna Wirz-Justice

Monday, 21 November 2022 10:01am

World authority on sleep and depression research, psychiatric neurobiologist Professor Anna Wirz-Justice has been awarded the prestigious Daylight Research Award 2022.

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Renowned Dunedin Study wins Rutherford Medal

Thursday, 17 November 2022 11:11am

The University of Otago’s Dunedin Study – touted as the world’s most successful longitudinal study of a general community – has been awarded this year’s prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal.

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Leadership and collaboration key to strengthening legal advice sector

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 11:07am

Coherent online legal information and tools, paired with access to one-to-one services are needed to help alleviate the negative impacts of unresolved legal problems on people’s lives, a new University of Otago report argues.

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Associate Professor Patrick Vakaoti Decolonising global health

Friday, 11 November 2022 10:50am

Associate Professor Vakaoti will chair a panel of prominent speakers at an upcoming conference on the importance of decolonising global health.

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Nuclear Connections Across Oceania conference set to build strategic relationships

Tuesday, 8 November 2022 11:30am

As war and climate change bring nuclear issues back to the forefront of global conversations, a group of activists, artists and researchers are set to discuss how to achieve a nuclear-free future at a conference this month.

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Almost $20m for Otago researchers in Marsden grants

Thursday, 3 November 2022 11:52am

Twenty-four Otago academics were today announced as successful in their bid for a 2022 Marsden grant, worth a total of about $19.8 million.

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Otago Alumnus Gives Back

Friday, 28 October 2022 9:43am

Twenty-five years after graduating from Otago esteemed Pacific judge Michael Mika returned to the University to inspire a new generation of law students.

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The “accidental academic” recognised with prestigious teaching award

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 9:53am

Associate Professor Patrick Vakaoti has been awarded a national Te Whatu Kairangi – Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Award 2022, with an endorsement in Enhancing Pacific Learners’ Success.

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Law student making politics ‘cool’ again

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 8:43am

A member of the Young Nats and a member of Young Labour walk into a bar.

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Prestigious teaching award for Associate Professor Patrick Vakaoti

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 1:01pm

Associate Professor Patrick Vakaoti has been awarded a national Te Whatu Kairangi – Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Award 2022, with an endorsement in Enhancing Pacific Learners’ Success.

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Law student making politics ‘cool’ again

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 4:09pm

A member of the Young Nats and a member of Young Labour walk into a bar.

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Bowie passion brings drummer back to Dunedin

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 11:50am

A passion for music icon David Bowie has brought Otago alumna and professional drummer Rachel Trainor back to Dunedin after more than a decade.

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Writer 2022 winners announced

Thursday, 13 October 2022 3:21pm

Two of the winners of Writer 2022, the University of Otago’s annual creative writing competition, set their entries in the supermarket – but their interpretations of the theme “Brave New World” couldn’t be more different.

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Award winner plans on improving opera’s appeal

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 8:39am

Keeping opera relevant in today’s world is one of the main goals of an Otago music student recently named one of the best in her field.

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A different kind of Dunedin sound

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 8:38am

Most people are aware of the indie rock style of music called the Dunedin Sound, but it seems there could be another category of music the city is renowned for – classical singing.

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Dalziel Lecture defies disciplines

Tuesday, 4 October 2022 1:16pm

The most traditional event in the University of Otago English and Linguistics annual calendar will take a somewhat less traditional approach this year.