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Historian's history with History added to appeal

Thursday, 24 June 2021 5:37pm

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 5:53pm

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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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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Travel survey – we heard you

Thursday, 3 June 2021 3:59pm

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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"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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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 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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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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Pandemic response creates perfect storm for self-harm and domestic violence – Otago study

Monday, 1 February 2021 10:34am

Lockdowns and social distancing may be key to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but they are having other, deadly, effects too, a University of Otago study highlights.

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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

Wednesday, 2 September 2020 7:35pm

“Court-ready” was the consensus among the judges of this year’s National Kaupapa Māori Moot competition, before declaring Faculty of Law student Jacobi Kohu-Morris national winner. 

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Political education leads to political ambitions for Otago graduate

Wednesday, 2 September 2020 9:17am

Robert Griffith thinks his time at Otago will make him a better politician in the long run.

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Changes to teaching needed to integrate Māori law into legal system

Thursday, 27 August 2020 4:59pm

Systemic change in the legal studies curriculum at our universities would be an important step towards integrating Māori law into Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal system, research released this week says.

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First creative writing PhD student graduates

Thursday, 27 August 2020 8:46am

Dr Cullinane’s creative-practice thesis explores the interplay between memory and setting in the short fiction of US-based Irish writer Colum McCann.

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App mapping Covid response takes top NASA award

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 5:29pm

University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies PhD candidate Nick Tobia was part of a team that won this year’s NASA Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge.

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Art reflects life for first creative writing PhD

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 5:06pm

Otago's first creative writing PhD Marjella Cullinane says her research and writing, often explore place, the experience of being an immigrant and the history of the Irish in New Zealand.

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Law PhD thesis emphasises children's voices in family disputes

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 4:02pm

Central-Otago barrister and mediator Deb Inder’s PhD on children’s participation in family court processes is aimed at improving legal policy and practice to ensure children have the opportunity to express their views in matters affecting them.

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Honorary Fellow furthers Pacific engagement

Monday, 17 August 2020 12:04pm

The University of Otago’s Theology programme is excited about its future relationship with recently appointed Honorary Fellow Emeritus Professor the Reverend Dr Uili Feleterika Nokise, and the opportunities it will create for further engagement with the Pacific community.

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Testing the metal: new chapter explores gender in Japanese music subcultures

Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:02am

A chapter on gender and musical subcultures in Japan by Media, Film and Communication lecturer Dr Rosemary Overell, recently published in the “The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture", looks beyond the extreme metal scene to consider dynamics in other genres, including reggae and hardcore punk.

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2020 Arts Fellows share creative insights

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 9:15pm

On 18 July the 2020 University of Otago Arts Fellows discussed their work with the public at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

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Otago academics doing their bit for the public good

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 3:22pm

Not one, but two Otago academics were celebrated when the Critic and Conscience of Society Awards were presented at the University Council Chamber last Friday night.

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Research team hopes Māori lives will be saved with new testing criteria for stomach cancer

Monday, 10 August 2020 11:01am

There are likely to be several hundred Māori unaware they are at high risk of an inherited form of stomach cancer and a New Zealand research team is hopeful updated international clinical practice guidelines they helped develop will encourage these people to be tested.

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Vote 2020 asks political candidates how they’ll avoid predecessors’ mistakes

Friday, 7 August 2020 5:30pm

University of Otago Politics students will interview candidates all aged under 30 in the month leading up to September’s general election as part of the Vote 2020 interview series.

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Alexander the Great is Dead! Meet Demetrius the Besieger

Thursday, 6 August 2020 10:33pm

Classics programme Associate Professor Pat Wheatley's new book, released by Oxford University Press in April, reconstructs the life of one of Alexander the Great’s most intriguing and enigmatic successors, Demetrius “The Besieger of Cities”.

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Fulbright honours to eight University of Otago graduates

Thursday, 6 August 2020 3:15pm

Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.

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Politics public seminars to discuss post-COVID world 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 9:45pm

Politics Professor Philip Nel says public seminars on 12 and 19 August are aimed at making sense of the changes already linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those to come.

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dtour literary app bigger, bilingual

Tuesday, 4 August 2020 10:29pm

dtour, a literary app that links remarkable writers and their stories to iconic sites in Dunedin, has doubled in size and translated many of its entries into te reo Māori.

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Geography award for global contribution

Monday, 3 August 2020 4:41pm

School of Geography Head Professor Etienne Nel recently was recently nominated as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award and Medal for his sustained contribution to Geography and development.

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Otago experts deemed ‘critic and conscience’ of society

Monday, 3 August 2020 11:53am

For the first time, the Gama Foundation has recognised two people at once for their efforts in being the ‘Critic and Conscience of Society’ – both University of Otago academic staff members.

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The Sophia Charter launched to enhance student safety and well-being in North Dunedin

Thursday, 30 July 2020 9:09am

A multi-agency agreement, that includes the University of Otago, Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Otago Property Investors Association, the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA), has led to the launch today of The Sophia Charter, designed to enhance the safety and well-being of the student community in North Dunedin.

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In praise of crime fiction

Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:26am

An opinion article by former English student Jean Balchin celebrates ENGL243 Tartan Noir: Scottish Crime Fiction.

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Great artists, but also scoundrels and cads

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 8:22pm

 A new book Scoundrels, Cads, and Other Great Artists by College of Education Dean Professor Jeff Smith discusses the amazing artistic creations of nine famous artists alongside their often appalling personal behaviour.

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Language, learning, people priorities for departing Te Tumu Dean

Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:02pm

Te Tumu Dean Professor Poia Rewi leaves Otago to become Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive) of Te Mātāwai, a government agency created to assist hapū, iwi and communities in the important task of Māori-language revitalisation.

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Children's Issue Centre celebrates 25 years

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 5:34pm

The University of Otago’s Children’s Issues Centre (CIC) celebrated its 25th anniversary this week.

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Emotionally Charged - new book explores life, love and death in 1870s Italy  

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:28am

History programme Associate Professor Mark Seymour's new book Emotional Arenas looks at love, life and death in 1870s Italy. 

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Virtual Open Day a first for Otago

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 2:03pm

For the first time the University of Otago is holding a Virtual Open Day for prospective students and their families to explore everything Otago has on offer, from home.

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2020 creative writing competition opens today

Monday, 20 July 2020 9:39am

The University’s second annual creative writing competition for students and staff opens for entries today.

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Otago's French connection celebrated on Bastille Day

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 10:46am

Otago’s strong French connections were also on display in the Arts Building on 14 July as Languages and Cultures staff and guests celebrated Bastille Day.

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A tactical retreat? New RMA report takes top planning award

Thursday, 9 July 2020 10:27am

A ground-breaking report, co-authored by Otago Faculty of Law academic Dr Ben France-Hudson, focussing on reducing natural hazard and climate change risk under the Resource Management Act (RMA) was recently awarded the New Zealand Planning Institute’s John Mawson Award of Merit for 2020.

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Online COVID-19 masterclass attracts thousands from around the world

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 11:40am

International conferences held entirely online may well be the future, if the just-completed University of Otago Global Health Institute’s (OGHI) online COVID-19 Masterclass is anything to go by.

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New research examines links between religion and parental support from non-family members

Tuesday, 7 July 2020 3:12pm

New research suggests that this “multiplying” may be the result of the higher levels of support from non-family members that church-going women receive, and that these greater levels of support are also associated with positive developmental outcomes for children.

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History Worth Repeating radio series worth replaying

Friday, 3 July 2020 5:48pm

The latest broadcasts in the "History Worth Repeating" can now be replayed

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Otago campaign encourages students to speak up against sexual violence

Friday, 3 July 2020 12:45pm

A new Otago marketing campaign aims to give students the confidence to speak up for others and intervene in situations where inappropriate sexual behaviour is occurring or could be about to occur.

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EQC grant unites earth and social sciences

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 9:34am

Southland could be New Zealand’s largest area of incomplete seismic fault information, but University of Otago researchers can now fill in the gaps after receiving a new EQC grant.

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Housing issues close to home for new Politics academic

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 10:31pm

Although stranded half a world away new Politics programme lecturer Dr David Jenkins is excited about calling Otago home.

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Otago expert fears increase in fetal alcohol disorder following lockdown

Friday, 26 June 2020 4:35pm

A University of Otago researcher fears the soaring rates of alcohol purchases during lockdown may result in more babies being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) next year.

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University-backed Shakespeare Festival moves online to beat lockdown

Monday, 22 June 2020 11:48am

For several months about 2000 pupils in 300 groups nationwide have been filming scenes for the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regional heats.