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Book on speeches by Irish women a best seller

Thursday, 23 December 2021 1:39pm

The balanced, alternative view of history found in Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies Professor Sonja Tiernan’s new book Irish Women’s Speeches: Voices that rocked the system has resonated with readers in Ireland, with the book already reprinted four times.

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Out of Africa(n Studies): Professor Tony Binns retires

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 3:50pm

In retirement Geography Professor Tony Binns will maintain links with the African communities and institutions he has worked with for almost 50 years.

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Praises sung for Te Korokoro o te Tūī Performing Arts centre

Monday, 20 December 2021 1:51pm

Already a star attraction, the University of Otago’s recently completed Te Korokoro o te Tūī Performing Arts centre was officially opened on 8 December.

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Love of education drives new Dean

Thursday, 16 December 2021 3:53pm

A love for the “deep and rich” discipline of Education and a belief in the power of great teaching to change lives drives recently appointed College of Education Dean Associate Professor Vivienne Anderson.

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Otago media engagement successful in a turbulent year

Thursday, 16 December 2021 8:35am

2021 has been a bumpy year for everyone, but researchers have once again stepped up to engage with media, demonstrating the critical importance of Otago’s academic expertise.

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Service and social event celebrate Theology 75th

Monday, 29 November 2021 10:58pm

In mid-November the Theology programme celebrated its 75th year with a special church service and social event.


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The potential to be the next generation of leaders

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 4:52pm

Every year the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) brings together students from across the country who have potential to be the next generation of leaders for the Voices of the Future (VOTF) conference.

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Otago announces 28 new professors

Monday, 22 November 2021 9:51am

Twenty-eight University of Otago academics are being promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Afghan Refugee Women Find Means of Expression in Art

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 8:12am

The Otago Daily Times features our member Dr Pooneh Torabian's collaborative arts project with Afghan refugee women.

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Refugee Transition from Secondary School to Tertiary Education Project

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 8:00am

The Otago Daily Times reports on our Associate Director's project on refugee transition from secondary school to tertiary education.

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Our member Dr Neil Vallelly awarded prestigious Rutherford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 8:20am

The Otago Daily Times features our member Dr Neil Vallelly who has been awarded a prestigious Rutherford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship for his research on migrant detention.

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SIX60 scholars revealed

Monday, 15 November 2021 12:23pm

Four University of Otago students will be living in harmony next year thanks to an exciting opportunity in partnership with one of the country’s most successful bands.

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Students shine in FAME awards

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 3:05pm

The high calibre of entries from the University of Otago has led to two School of Performing Arts students being awarded $10,000 FAME Emerging Practitioner Awards.

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Award-winning essay leads to deeper appreciation of fieldwork

Monday, 8 November 2021 5:42pm

Social Anthropology Lecturer Dr Susan Wardell is the inaugural recipient of the Headland literary journal’s Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne short form nonfiction essay prize.

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Marsden and Rutherford funding success for Humanities

Friday, 5 November 2021 4:36pm

The Division of Humanities celebrates the news that Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi (Centre for Sustainability) and Associate Professor Zach Weber (Philosophy) have received Marsden Fund grants, and Dr Neil Vallelly a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Marsden funding helps Otago researchers unlock secrets of ageing

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 11:41am

A University of Otago researcher is one step closer to unlocking the secrets of the ageing process after receiving Marsden funding.

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Prestigious fellowship for Otago academic

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 12:07pm

The University of Otago’s Neil Vallelly has been awarded a prestigious Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Otago researchers secure $17.2 million Marsden funding

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 2:43pm

The secrets behind people’s food choices, ageing, and why some fish change sex, are set to be unlocked after Otago researchers secured $17.2 million in Marsden funding.

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Charities and lockdown

Friday, 29 October 2021 12:51pm

Charities and small organisations can face challenges at the best of times but during a pandemic further obstacles can present in a multitude of ways.

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Students shave for a cause

Friday, 29 October 2021 12:54pm

This year, ten students took on the Shave for a Cure campaign, saying goodbye to their locks and raising more than $18,000.

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Ones to Watch: Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe

Friday, 29 October 2021 12:55pm

“Sleep doesn’t happen often” laughs third-year student Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe as he reflects on what has been a busy year so far with many achievements.

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UOPISA awards recognise Humanities Moana Pacific role "uplifting community"

Thursday, 28 October 2021 7:07pm

The outstanding abilities of Humanities Moana Pacific staff and students in caring for others, uplifting their community and providing leadership has been recognised at this year’s University of Otago Pacific Island Student Association (UOPISA) Pacific Awards.

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Law scoops Legal Research Foundation awards

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 11:32am

Otago Faculty of Law students and staff have scooped three of four 2020 Legal Research Foundation Awards. 

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University of Otago 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards announced   

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 10:49am

An inspirational group of 20 young Otago alumni have been recognised in this year’s 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards.

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Celebrating a life of music, service and family

Friday, 22 October 2021 11:15am

A life of music, service, hard work and family will be honoured at a special concert being held at Marama Hall on 1 December.

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NZ Scholarships students celebrate completion

Thursday, 21 October 2021 10:05am

When Myo Eindray Cho came to New Zealand she knew she was going to take back new skills to her home country of Myanmar.

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Dracula a Dubliner? Radio play to celebrate Count's Celtic links

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 5:47pm

The seemingly obscure links between the ancient Celtic festival Samhain and Bram Stoker’s Dracula will be celebrated later this month when a play based on the 19th-century gothic classic is read on Dunedin’s Otago Access Radio.

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A new tradition, a new taoka

Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:08pm

A new tradition celebrating tauira handing in their PhD theses or graduating with a Bachelor of Theology gives them a special gift as they prepare to depart Otago.  

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Invisible farms? transparent tractors? Sociologist's book looks at consequences of modernist farming

Thursday, 7 October 2021 3:23pm

In Farming Inside Invisible Worlds: Modernist Agriculture and its Consequences, Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology Professor of Hugh Campbell shows farms have in fact been a key player in the creation and stabilisation of political, economic and ecological power in colonised landscapes like New Zealand, America and Australia.

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Dame Fiona Kidman shares literary wisdom

Tuesday, 5 October 2021 7:01pm

Inaugural Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies Irish Writing Fellowship recipient and one of New Zealand’s most accomplished authors and supporters of literature, Dame Fiona, will be at Otago’s Dunedin campus between 4 and 8 October. 

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Research must make a difference says new Centre for Sustainability Director

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 9:10am

Newly appointed Centre for Sustainability Director Associate Professor Caroline Orchiston wants to bring her “passion for applied research that makes a difference to our society” to the role.

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Diversity key theme for 2022 Arts Fellows

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 5:17pm

The University of Otago’s 2022 Arts Fellows’ projects will explore a wide range of topics with a common thread; understanding and embracing diversity.

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Book prize highlights Pacific student achievement

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 11:26am

Since 2017, the family of Dr Claire Matthewson have presented the prize to the highest-achieving Pacific woman studying 200-level Division of Humanities papers.

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Book prize highlights Pacific student achievement

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 3:21pm

An award celebrating Pacific women’s academic achievement – the Heilala Book Prize in Humanities – was presented to students Maya Kiddle and Kiana Raeli today.

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Syria's cycle of violence subject of international webinar

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 3:57pm

Syria’s seemingly endless cycle of catastrophic violence will be the subject of a webinar hosted by Middle East and Islamic Studies Aotearoa (MEISA) on 14 September.

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From humanities event to nationwide lockdown

Thursday, 2 September 2021 12:21pm

A careers presentation evening for humanities students was off to a positive start, right as the Government announced a second nationwide lockdown.

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Top teaching award for School of Arts Head

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 4:13pm

School of Arts Head Professor Tim Cooper’s desire to see students “fall in love with history” has led to a prestigious Ako Aotearoa Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.

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Challenges and rewards interwoven for Peace and Conflict PhD grad

Thursday, 26 August 2021 1:10pm

Peace and conflict studies can take researchers to interesting and challenging places, but the reward is more than worth it, says August PhD graduate Alejandra Ortiz Ayala.

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Award winners praised for ‘outstanding’ teaching

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 9:56am

Four Otago teachers have secured prestigious honours at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

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Otago tops Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards podium

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 4:39pm

The University of Otago has underlined its credentials as having some of the best tertiary teachers in the country with huge success at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

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Indigenous identity journey leads to Fulbright Scholarship

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 9:34am

Te Tumu PhD candidate Jenni Tupu has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

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Wellingtonians experience Humanities at Otago

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 9:46am

Ten students from lower North Island schools have gained an early insight into University life during a recent trip to the Dunedin campus.

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New book highlights James Courage's courageous writing

Friday, 6 August 2021 10:03am

A new book edited by Gender Studies Professor Chris Brickell, James Courage Diaries, will be launched by publisher Otago University Press on August 25. Professor Brickell edited selections from diary entries made by the UK-based New Zealand writer between 1920 and 1963.

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Student steps up in local state of emergency

Friday, 6 August 2021 12:59pm

One student stepped in to help her community when a local state of emergency was declared in Westport last month.

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Classics quiz returns after COVID cancellation

Thursday, 5 August 2021 5:35pm

On Tuesday 10 and 17 August, about 130 pupils from Dunedin schools will gather at Otago’s St David Lecture Theatres for the popular Otago Classics quiz.

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Fellow's exhibition links land, sea and people across time

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 5:36pm

Frances Hodgkins Fellow Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) opens her new exhibition Pōkai Whenua, Pōkai Moana on 16 August at Te Uare Taoka o Hākena, Hocken Collections.

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Emer Lyons interviewed on Quilted Bananas Radio

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 1:01pm

Irish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Emer Lyons was interviewed on Wellington access radio's “Quilted Bananas Radio Programme”.

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Agreement deepens relations between Otago and Dalian University of Foreign Languages

Tuesday, 3 August 2021 9:26am

The University of Otago and Dalian University of Foreign Languages have once again strengthened the relationship between the two through the signing of an articulation agreement.

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Potential and pitfalls of menstrual apps to be investigated

Monday, 2 August 2021 9:59am

Menstrual tracking apps are widely used to monitor menstruation and record its characteristics, but they routinely promise more than they can deliver, a University of Otago academic argues.

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SIX60 returns to its roots

Thursday, 29 July 2021 1:05pm

Iconic music group SIX60 have bought their old flat and teamed up with the University, signing an agreement today at Te Korokoro o te Tūī, Otago's new Performing Arts centre.

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Special performing ecologies edition tackles environmental issues

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 8:37am

A special edition of the 'Performance of the Real Journal' explores how performance adds to understandings of our increasingly bleak ecological future.

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Très bien - award recognises contribution to French language and culture

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 5:16pm

Languages and Cultures French Programme Teaching Fellow Dr Christiane Leurquin has become the first Pacific person to receive the Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande’s John Dunmore Medal.

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Liam McIlvanney interviewed on The Rest is History

Monday, 12 July 2021 10:44am

The Chair of Scottish Studies, Professor Liam McIlvanney, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand's programme “The Rest is History”.

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Study BEATS back pupils' active transport barriers 

Friday, 9 July 2021 5:36pm

On July 13 University of Otago Centre for Sustainability research affiliate Sandra Mandic will present the latest findings from a large-scale, eight-year transport research on how pupils get to school across Otago.

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Otago recognises promising early career researchers

Thursday, 8 July 2021 1:18pm

Six researchers whose work ranges from investigating pre-schoolers urban experiences to how reproduction influences life-history, health and ageing have been honoured with Early Career Researcher Awards.

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In search of Cromwell in Cromwell

Tuesday, 6 July 2021 6:18pm

English and Linguistics programme Associate Professor Thomas McLean went in search of Oliver Cromwell last month in the Central Otago town which bears the 17th century statesman’s name.

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Matariki Hunga Nui (Matariki the gatherer of people)

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 11:03am

The beginning of the Māori New Year has culminated in a new beginning for two Te Tumu lecturers starting out at the University of Otago.

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New Year, new beginning for two Te Tumu academics

Monday, 28 June 2021 11:05am

The beginning of the Māori New Year also signalled a new beginning for new Te Tumu lecturers Kare Tipa and Emma Powell.

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Appropriate foundation key to building successful online court system

Monday, 28 June 2021 10:17am

Online courts may hold the key to breaking barriers to justice, but the basics need to be right first, a University of Otago academic argues.

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Historian's history with History added to appeal

Thursday, 24 June 2021 11:52am

New History lecturer Dr Frances Steel says undergraduate experiences studying history and the programme’s enduring reputation for strong regional research - combined with ready access to facilities such as the Hocken Collections - made returning to Otago an easy decision.

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Prestigious Peace Studies award for retired Professor

Thursday, 24 June 2021 2:01pm

Retired Foundation Director of Otago’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Kevin Clements has been awarded the prestigious International Studies Association’s (ISA) 2022 Distinguished Scholar Award in its Peace Studies Section.

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2021 Arts Fellows welcomed to University of Otago

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 5:37pm

A welcome event at the Hocken Collections on 2 June celebrated the 2021 University of Otago Arts Fellows’ wide-ranging contribution to culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

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Australian Queen's Birthday honour surprising, gratifying

Monday, 21 June 2021 4:41pm

Archaeology Professor Glenn Summerhayes says receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to tertiary education and history was surprising and gratifying. 

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Snow’s response to climate change the focus of new project

Thursday, 17 June 2021 8:51am

Snow falling in Aotearoa/New Zealand’s mountain regions is a major source of freshwater, but how much snow is being stored and how it’s expected to contribute to future stream flows with our changing climate remains uncertain.

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Humanities academics scoop top Otago award

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 3:53pm

Religion programme Professor Ben Schonthal and Religion Head of Programme Associate Professor John Shaver are joint 2021 recipients of the University’s premier research award, the Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal. Division of Humanties academics Dr Christina Ergler (School of Geography) and Dr Anna High (Law) were recently announced as Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research recipients.

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Strong female characters

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 10:18am

What do you get when you cross the woman on the ten dollar note and punk rock? A musical of course.

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Associate Deans welcomed, farewelled

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 5:23pm

The Division of Humanities this month acknowledged the outstanding service several outgoing Associate Deans have given in recent years, and welcomed new Associate Deans International, Academic and Pacific.

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Otago scoops half of Geographical Society awards

Monday, 14 June 2021 5:12pm

As the University of Otago’s School of Geography marks its 75th year it has extra cause for celebration – its students and staff have scooped half the recently announced New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) annual awards.

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Events feature big discussion on small nations

Thursday, 10 June 2021 5:01pm

The University of Otago provided a focal point for discussion on the close bonds between Aotearoa New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland last week during a visit by Faran Foley, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ireland to New Zealand and Samoa.    

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History professionals help teachers with proposed curriculum changes

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 4:33pm

Otago academics joined history professionals to help teachers get to grips with proposed changes to the history curriculum during the Teaching Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Professional Development Hui, held at the Dunedin campus on 4 June. 

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Top honours for University of Otago alumni and staff 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 11:15am

An inspirational group of 21 University of Otago alumni and staff received Queen’s Birthday Honours at the weekend.

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Travel survey – we heard you

Thursday, 3 June 2021 8:27am

While Otago staff and students are increasingly walking, cycling, and using public transport or electric vehicles, a rising number of staff are also commuting alone in a vehicle, according to initial results from our University-wide travel survey.

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Want to teach with the latest gear next semester?

Thursday, 3 June 2021 11:36am

Most students believe teaching spaces revamped on the Dunedin campus to include the latest technology and furniture are helping their learning – and now more lecturers and tutors are being sought for those pilot spaces next semester.

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"True ambassador for impact assessment" receives international award

Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:35pm

Geography Emeritus Professor Richard Morgan has received a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), the leading international organisation promoting and supporting impact assessment for informed decision-making regarding policies, programmes, plans and projects.

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Looking at future of Antarctic through an Indigenous Māori lens

Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:29pm

It is time for the management and conservation of the Antarctic to begin focusing on responsibility, rather than rights, through an Indigenous Māori framework, a University of Otago academic argues.

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Graduate's journey shaped by father's vision

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 9:36am

Noah Kemp (23) is aware that the full extent of his achievements could take some time to come into effect.

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Languages give competitive advantage German Ambassador tells students

Thursday, 20 May 2021 1:46pm

During a visit to the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus on 18 May, German Ambassador His Excellency Stefan Krawielicki told students language skills are essential for gaining good jobs in Europe, and worldwide.

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Tools for employability

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 10:23am

Knowing where to get started when on the hunt for your dream job is not always a simple task. With a new tool available to students, some have already had success.

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NZ Scholarship students journey at Otago nearing end

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 11:47am

For the recipients of the New Zealand Scholarship, studying at Otago gives them the opportunity to return home and make a difference in their communities.

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Tools for employability

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 1:13pm

Knowing where to get started when on the hunt for your dream job is not always a simple task. With a new tool available to students, some have already had success.

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Project explores former refugees' educational pathways

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 12:47pm

University of Otago College of Education staff are leading a research project with former refugees from Dunedin and Invercargill secondary schools that explores tertiary education pathways in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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German Ambassador to bring international insights

Friday, 14 May 2021 4:40pm

The German Ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Mr Stefan Krawielicki will visit the University of Otago on 18 May.

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Cherrington completes her whāriki

Friday, 14 May 2021 11:32am

Kaiya Cherrington’s time at the University of Otago resembles a whāriki, a mat woven with different strands consisting of her academic and cultural journeys.

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Chaplaincy a "growth industry" new lecturer says

Thursday, 13 May 2021 5:08pm

New chaplaincy lecturer Dr Graham Redding is excited to join the Theology Programme at a time when chaplains for a wide-range of areas are in high demand.

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Chance encounter leads to PhD for French novelist

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 3:39pm

A chance encounter and a proposal that “made no sense” led to a PhD via Otago’s Languages and Cultures Programme, says French novelist Nicolas Fargues.

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Students excel at Dunedin Concerto Competition

Friday, 30 April 2021 9:14am

Taking to the Dunedin Town Hall stage are three young musicians with carefully crafted pieces to share.

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Scholarships for outstanding achievement

Friday, 30 April 2021 9:08am

From Sports to Music a range of talented young people are on their new journey at University with a scholarship in hand.

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New academic network to discuss Middle East and Islamic world 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 6:17pm

The recently formed Middle East and Islamic Studies Aotearoa (MEISA) network will be launched at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus on Monday, 3 May.

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A young rapper with a message to inspire

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:04pm

Tane Mercer is not just any performer. With a story of resilience and a passion for encouraging other young people he is already making waves in the world of rap music.

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New College of Education staff bring wide-ranging skills

Monday, 26 April 2021 5:59pm

From a school in Moscow to local classrooms, six new College of Education staff bring a wealth of education-sector knowledge to teaching, research and governance positions.

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Groundbreaking kūmara research marries scientific evidence with mātauraka Māori

Friday, 23 April 2021 11:19am

The discovery of ancient kumara pits just north of Dunedin dating back to the 15th century has shone a light on how scientific evidence can complement mātauraka Māori around how and where the taonga were stored hundreds of years ago.

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Social work academic to help former refugees grow businesses

Thursday, 22 April 2021 3:43pm

Social and Community Work lecturer Dr Marissa Kaloga says involvement in the Iti Rearea Collective ties in with her interest in research that benefits communities and helping migrants’ businesses reach their full potential.

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Beethoven's Big Bash – Wednesday 14 April

Thursday, 22 April 2021 12:31pm

Dunedin's town hall filled with the music of Beethoven last Wednesday evening with many of Dunedin’s amateur musicians revelling in the chance to perform alongside the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Adams.

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War trauma a shared experience

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:13pm

Many New Zealand families have stories of relatives who returned from war changed, struggling with mental illness because of their service.

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Hau Kainga studentship an ‘incredible blessing’

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:34am

A University of Otago tauira has left an incredible gift for her Kapiti Coast hapū following a studentship filled with research and reconnection.

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From cult classic to Dunedin stage

Friday, 16 April 2021 10:50am

The final curtain call is just moments away for a group of performers bringing a popular Broadway show to the local stage.

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Greenspace therapeutic for refugees

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:41am

From sweeping beaches to a neighbourhood park, therapeutic landscapes are beneficial for former refugees’ health and wellbeing, a University of Otago study has found.

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NCPACS conference - complete with PM's message - affords important insights

Thursday, 8 April 2021 2:40pm

Supported by the first of its kind partnership with Twitter in Aotearoa, the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies' (NCPACS) conference on 16 and 17 March afforded important insights into the intersection of social media and democracy.

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Two Humanities academics elected Royal Society Fellows

Thursday, 1 April 2021 11:51am

The work of two Division of Humanities academics on progressive planning by Indigenous communities and the importance of te reo Māori has been recognised by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Scholarships for outstanding achievement

Thursday, 1 April 2021 11:50am

From Sports to Music a range of talented young people are on their new journey at University with a scholarship in hand.

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Students excel at Dunedin Concerto Competition

Thursday, 1 April 2021 8:38am

Taking to the Dunedin Town Hall stage are three young musicians with carefully crafted pieces to share.

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Scholarships provide support, opportunities and motivation

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 3:51pm

The benefits of an Alumni Entrance Scholarship range from vital financial support to increased opportunities and added motivation to do well, according to this year’s scholarship recipients. 

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New centre first in Aotearoa to research law and society

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 11:35am

The new Otago Centre for Law and Society (OCLaS), Te Pokapū Ture me te Papori ki Ōtākou, will create a multi-disciplinary space to promote and lead discussions about the complex impacts that law has on people’s lives.

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Ten students from one Aiga

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 9:22am

Ten members of one Aiga (family) are currently studying at the Dunedin Campus in 2021.

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New collection highlights Archibald Baxter's poems

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 11:55am

English and Linguistics third-year student Caitlin Duff has compiled little known poems by Archibald Baxter into a handprinted collection. 

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New Kaiāwhina Māori knows value of support for tauira

Thursday, 18 March 2021 12:59pm

New Division of Humanities Kaiāwhina Māori — Māori Student Support Officer Tenaya Brown says the support she received from staff, family, friends and colleagues at Otago both reinforced the importance of whakawhānaungatanga and inspired her personal and academic success.

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Strong institutional knowledge bonus for new business development manager

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 2:04pm

Dr James Rodgers will bring strong institutional knowledge to his new role as Division of Humanities Business Development Manager.

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Second award for Space museum research 

Thursday, 11 March 2021 3:34pm

Media, Film and Communication Associate Professor Hugh Slotten is looking forward to boldly researching where he’s gone before; the Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. 

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Singers celebrate International Women's Day

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 1:27pm

On Monday a choral "flash mob" met in the Link to mark International Women's Day, celebrate Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne's service to Otago, and welcome new Humanities Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Jessica Palmer.

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Complex yet critical discussions to be had at conference

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 2:07pm

From hate speech to terrorism, regulation to misinformation, social media’s impact on democracy will take centre stage at a University of Otago conference this month.

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Outgoing Otago Vice-Chancellor receives Honorary Doctorate

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 4:40pm

Professor Harlene Hayne, the out-going Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago, will be recognised for her contribution to the institution with the conferring of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

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Strong upswing in domestic enrolments at Otago University

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 2:51pm

The University of Otago is currently on track to record solid overall enrolment growth in 2021, with a surge in domestic enrolments more than offsetting the decline in international enrolments.

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"Which science . . . whose religion?" Philospher's new book on deprovincializing science and religion

Thursday, 4 March 2021 5:51pm

Philosophy Professor Greg Dawes' new book Deprovincializing Science and Religion offers a global perspective on debates between science and religion.

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From Fukushima to (the) Wall St (Journal)

Tuesday, 2 March 2021 11:31am

The Wall St Journal has described Social Anthropology PhD candidate Dreux Richard’s new book as an eclectic collage which weaves together stories of decline, reform and survival in a post-Fukushima Japan already hobbled by economic stagnation and an aging society.

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Students gaining experience while helping charities

Tuesday, 2 March 2021 2:34pm

Bridging the gap for both charities and emerging professionals is the aim of the game for the team at Ignite.

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Migration publications launched by Centre for Global Migrations 

Monday, 1 March 2021 4:21pm

Two new publications tackling the realities of global and local migration were launched by the University of Otago’s Centre for Global Migrations on 26 February.

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New book decodes AI for citizens

Thursday, 25 February 2021 4:29pm

A new book on Artificial Intelligence (AI) looks beyond the hype of the “new algorithmic world” to decode how AI already affects everyday life, and what it will mean in future. 

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Time to break barriers to human embryo research – Otago academic

Thursday, 25 February 2021 10:40am

The law surrounding human embryo research in New Zealand is a “classic example of regulatory failure” and is in urgent need of reform, a University of Otago academic argues.

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Donor’s $3 million gift expands options for southern scholars

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 2:04pm

A distinguished neurologist and philanthropist’s generous gift of NZ$3 million will support southern students to pursue their studies in Science, Music, Health Sciences and Engineering at the University of Otago and University of Canterbury (UC).

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Dame Fiona Kidman receives inaugural Irish Writing Fellowship

Thursday, 18 February 2021 9:52am

One of New Zealand’s most accomplished authors and supporters of literature, Dame Fiona Kidman DNZM OBE, is the inaugural recipient University of Otago Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (CISS) Irish Writers Fellowship.

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Buddhism and film focus for new Religion lecturer

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 2:46pm

The links between Chinese Buddhist monasticism and filmmaking may seem obscure, but not for new Religion programme lecturer Dr Lina Verchery.

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New Pacific Islands Students' Support Officer wants to share positive experiences

Friday, 12 February 2021 9:41am

New Division of Humanities Pacific Islands Students’ Support Officer Telesia Lei-Mata’afa wants to help students have the same positive experience at Otago that she enjoyed.

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Study identifies significance of atmospheric rivers for New Zealand

Thursday, 11 February 2021 11:48am

A University of Otago study has provided the first detailed analysis of atmospheric rivers and their impact on New Zealand weather events.

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International award will enable research - when borders open

Friday, 5 February 2021 11:02am

Philosophy’s Dr Zach Weber has won the €45,000 Fredrich Wilhelm Bessel Award.

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Master's graduation a giant leap for international student

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 4:59pm

Deepa Kuttikat overcame many challenges in 2020 to gain her Master of International Studies

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Eating disorder project wins Christchurch summer studentship awards

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 1:53pm

A project summing up the financial cost of eating disorders in New Zealand took out the top prize at this year’s Christchurch Summer Studentship programme awards.

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Three Otago University Press books long-listed

Tuesday, 2 February 2021 2:06pm

Three Otago University Press books have made it on the long list for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Chair of Irish Studies delivers keynote address at New Zealand Parliament

Friday, 29 January 2021 12:28pm

Sonja Tiernan, Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies gave the inaugural keynote address for the Embassy of Ireland Summer School in New Zealand Parliament.

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Sonja Tiernan interviewed on Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Thursday, 28 January 2021 12:28pm

The Chair of Irish Studies, Professor Sonja Tiernan was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan on Afternoons RNZ national radio programme.

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Ones to Watch: Rebekah Amitrano

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:55am

“I’ve known for a long time that I want to do something that helps people and I decided law was a way of helping many people at once.”

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Jonathan Lemalu – creating his own stage

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:14am

Otago alumnus Jonathan Lemalu doesn’t hesitate when it comes to describing the impact of COVID-19 on his career, his family and his health.

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Alumni event with Irish Ambassador

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:28pm

The Ambassador for Ireland to New Zealand and Samoa, His Excellency Peter Ryan, visited the University of Otago on 26 January 2021 to speak with alumni and staff on the work of the Irish Embassy in Aotearoa.

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Law student makes international debut on the American field

Friday, 22 January 2021 2:11pm

Law student Harrison Boyle is proving that you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to choosing a lifelong career that supports following your dreams.

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Survey first to provide comprehensive view of Irish in Aotearoa New Zealand

Monday, 18 January 2021 8:54am

In addition to containing many ‘firsts’, new research from the University of Otago’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies provides comprehensive insights into the identity of Irish people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Professor Robert Patman's interview with Radio Dunedin

Thursday, 14 January 2021 11:33am

Professor Patman discusses the current political crisis in the United States.

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International award nomination for work on copying

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 1:47pm

A highlight of 2020 for English and Linguistics Professor Jacob Edmond was having his publication Make it the Same shortlisted for a major international prize in literary studies.

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Professor Jessica Palmer new PVC of Humanities

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 2:57pm

Leading a diverse and vibrant Division of Humanities is something Professor Jessica Palmer is looking forward to.

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Otago appoints Acting Vice-Chancellor

Monday, 21 December 2020 3:17pm

Professor Helen Nicholson will take up the role of Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago in 2021.

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Okay, Boomer book gets into swing of 60s

Friday, 18 December 2020 4:03pm

A title referring to a recent intergenerational spat is entirely appropriate for Dr Ian Chapman’s new book Okay, Boomer, which delves into life in 1960s New Zealand.

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Vale Professor Jim Flynn

Friday, 18 December 2020 2:35pm

Professor James Flynn FRSNZ, a University of Otago academic renowned for his intelligent approach to research and teaching, and his internationally recognised work on race and IQ, died on 11 December, aged 86.

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Grad journey guided by te reo's transformative power

Friday, 18 December 2020 4:07pm

A strong belief in the transformative power of te reo Māori for all in Aotearoa New Zealanders has guided Education graduand Will Flavell’s professional and educational journey. 

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Survey first step for voter study 60 years on

Thursday, 17 December 2020 11:02am

Politics researhers need respondents for the 2020 General Election Survey and would like 600 people – 300 from the Taieri electorate and 300 from the Dunedin electorate – to answer a 44-question survey.

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Behind the scenes: graduand explores families on set

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 4:35pm

Graduand Helen Bollinger’s behind the scenes view of intergenerational film families in New Zealand cinema provided the inspiration for her Gender Studies master’s. 

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Otago announces 26 new Professors

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 4:25pm

Twenty-six University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Video: Professor Sonja Tiernan’s seminar for the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series

Friday, 4 December 2020 12:49pm

Professor Sonja Tiernan’s seminar for the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series Commemorating controversy: Women and the shaping of Modern Ireland is now available to watch online.

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Law alumnus Latu looks forward to lecturing

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 12:23pm

Otago alumnus Alex Latu sees his recent appointment lecturing in the Faculty of Law as a continuation of a “very rewarding journey.”  

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Outstanding supervision recognised at OUSA Supervisor of the Year

Monday, 23 November 2020 11:40am

Two Māori academics who have helped postgraduate students flourish in their studies have been awarded the top awards at the OUSA Supervisor of the Year.

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Marsden grant success for three Humanities projects

Friday, 20 November 2020 12:55am

Division of Humanities researchers  Professor Claire Freeman (Geography), Dr Erica Newman (Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies) and Dr Karen Greig (Archaeology) have secured Marsden funding for research projects.

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New honorary fellow to enhance museum/iwi ties

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 9:37am

The University of Otago’s Archaeology programme has appointed Dr Gerard O’Regan as Honorary Senior Research Fellow; a move it says will greatly benefit research relationships with the Otago Museum and Ngāi Tahu.

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Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 11:18am

University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.

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Dunedin energy study shows worrying trends

Monday, 9 November 2020 4:37pm

More diesel use; less renewable energy; less energy efficiency; more carbon emissions – a new report from the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability identifies many worrying energy use trends in Dunedin.

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Professor Tiernan interviewed by Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Tuesday, 3 November 2020 12:35pm

Professor Tiernan inaugurates a new series for the Keough-Naughton Institute's website: Three Questions.

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Thirteen universities, 24 hours, one important election

Thursday, 29 October 2020 10:27am

During the Academic Live Review on Wednesday, 4 November, Otago students and academics will join counterparts from 13 universities worldwide tol debate and analyse events as they unfold in the US presidential election.

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Urgent need to decolonise urban planning: Otago researcher

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:02am

City planners need to embrace self-determination by Indigenous property developers and regard them as treaty partners with the authority to plan for themselves, an Otago researcher says.

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Otago announces 2021 Arts Fellows

Monday, 19 October 2020 10:16am

The University of Otgao's 2021 Arts Fellows continue a strong tradition of celebrating diversity and making culture accessible to many.

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University of Otago announces 2021 Arts Fellows

Friday, 16 October 2020 11:30am

Award-winning writers and artists tackling challenging social issues; composers creating soaring operas; dancers working with the community – the University of Otago’s 2021 Arts Fellows continue a strong tradition of celebrating diversity and making culture accessible to many.

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New Māori Theology lecturer excited about next steps

Thursday, 15 October 2020 1:39pm

New Māori Theology lecturer Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa is excited about his next steps at Otago

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Otago appoints new head of External Engagement

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 2:44pm

Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.

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Otago’s first female Vice-Chancellor to leave after a decade

Thursday, 8 October 2020 1:16pm

The University of Otago announced this afternoon that Professor Harlene Hayne is leaving her role as Vice-Chancellor in April 2021.  Professor Hayne has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

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Making a world of difference

Thursday, 1 October 2020 4:33pm

University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.

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Otago experts analyse potential result of End of Life Choice referendum

Monday, 28 September 2020 10:12am

University of Otago researchers are providing a cautious prediction that the majority of voters will support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 in next month’s assisted dying referendum.

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Shakespeare dodged plague, pupils' festival beats Covid

Friday, 25 September 2020 10:48pm

Between 26 September and 6 October 49 talented pupils from around New Zealand will attend the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand National Shakespeare Schools Production (SGCNZ NSSP) in Dunedin to act, rehearse and learn.

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Law forums to tackle tricky referenda issues

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 10:46am

Two events hosted by the University of Otago Faculty of Law on 29 and 30 September are aimed at making the key issues behind next month’s assisted dying and cannabis referenda accessible to the public.

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Fulbright opens door for music composition graduate

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 8:39am

Last month Nathaniel Otley was awarded with a Fulbright General Graduate Award which he will take up at Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

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Read Our Words: new poster highlights anti-racist reading list for all

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 9:33am

An inter-disciplinary group of Māori academics from the University of Otago have released the Read Our Words poster to encourage the public to engage with “the voices and experiences of Māori to help create an anti-racist Aotearoa New Zealand.”

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Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award won by Law Dean 

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 9:01am

Faculty of Law Dean Professor Jessica Palmer has been named the Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director for 2020. 

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Māori law lecturer joins Faculty of Law

Friday, 11 September 2020 9:30am

Mihiata Pirini (Tūwharetoa, Whakatōhea) has recently been appointed as a Māori lecturer in the Faculty of Law.

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Otago research reveals pre-schoolers to be holistic city planners

Thursday, 10 September 2020 9:26am

New evidence shows pre-schoolers are some of the most intuitive city planners, yet their voices are largely disregarded in city design.

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History professor first NZ humanities academic to join prestigious Academia Europaea

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 11:40am

History Professor Takashi Shogimen has become the first New Zealand-based humanities scholar to be invited to join the prestigious Academia Europaea.

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Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award won by Faculty of Law Dean

Monday, 7 September 2020 11:52am

Faculty of Law Dean Professor Jessica Palmer has been named the Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director for 2020.

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Otago student wins National Kaupapa Māori Moot competition