Wednesday, 7 March 2018
News from and about our departments, staff and students
Friday, 21 September 2018 2:28pm
Visiting academic Dr Lisa Chant will discuss the complexities of substance abuse in children under 13.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 5:29pm
The diverse topics covered by an equally diverse multi-disciplinary digital research network will be celebrated during the Digital Humanities Expo on 21 September.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 9:31pm
The University’s annual Japanese cherry blossom viewing festival of Hanami became an international event last Friday, with a huge turn-out of people from many nationalities.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 5:41pm
Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward will discuss why women are under-represented in local government during a public lecture on 19 September. The lecture will mark 125 years since women gained the vote in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Friday, 14 September 2018 3:11pm
A well-attended annual Japanese cherry blossom Hanami Festival, held at Otago's Dunedin campus on 14 September, had a truly international flavour
Friday, 14 September 2018 5:03pm
Geography Head of Department Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett received a Sustained Excellence award in the Kaupapa Māori category at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, held at Parliament this week.
Friday, 14 September 2018 2:23pm
New Department of Theology and Otago Business School collaboration sees "much-needed", sector-focused, postgraduate qualifications offered in 2019.
Friday, 14 September 2018 9:56am
For the sixth time in seven years, the University of Otago has the top tertiary teacher in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:26pm
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2017, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru of Law, NPM Research Fellow Jeanette Wikaira and Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla of History and Art History have showcased 150 non-fiction books by Māori authors each weekday on Te Apārangi’s Facebook page and Twitter.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 9:57pm
Artists, writers and performers at the forefront of their craft are set to take up University of Otago Arts Fellowships in 2019.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 3:12pm
The scientists, emergency planners and numerous agencies involved in preparing for a future Alpine Fault earthquake have modelled the impacts of a major earthquake on the Alpine Fault and highlighted the need for emergency agencies to work across boundaries during a future disaster, University of Otago research reveals.
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 10:31am
University of Otago Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC will re-create the speech made by the University’s 1918 Chancellor upon the return of Otago’s staff and students who fought in World War One (WW1), when he makes a cameo appearance in a commemorative play at Allen Hall Theatre this week.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:39am
“Is it right that while the loafer, the gambler, the drunkard, and even the wife-beater has a vote, earnest, educated and refined women are denied it?”
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:23am
The University of Otago’s Kupe Scholars Erin Scott and Monique Nees-Kairua received their awards from the Associate Minister of Education, the Honourable Kelvin Davis, last month.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:48am
After completing his own “hugely influential” experience in 2015, Department of Music, Theatre, and Performing Arts Administrator Sam Mehrtens is urging his fellow Otago colleagues to take part in international volunteer opportunities with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA).
Friday, 31 August 2018 1:50pm
Otago was one of the first universities in the world to support teaching and learning through dedicated higher education research. This year the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 2:44pm
New research shows that large earthquakes may have influenced the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere over millions of years.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:46am
OtagoLaw Winter Edition 2018 features highlights from the Faculty of Law from the first half of the year, including outstanding student successes and interesting alumni profiles.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 9:16pm
One of the most significant art works in the University’s collection has been hung in the Hocken foyer – to celebrate both the Burns Fellowship 60th anniversary events taking place in September, and next year’s University 150th anniversary.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 9:03am
This series of four, free, open to the public, lectures are sponsored by the University of Otago Department of Politics. If you missed out on attending any of the panels we have recordings of them but make sure you get along to the next one on Monday 24th September!
Thursday, 23 August 2018 2:49pm
An Otago Professor of Theology, who began his working life as an architect, has won a major award for a book that combines both of his passions.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018 1:32pm
The remains of 27 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel and one child have been reunited with their families, thanks to a team which included University of Otago archaeologists, bioarchaeologists and forensic odontologists.
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 2:33pm
It has been held by the likes of Hone Tuwhare, Janet Frame and Sam Hunt, now the Robert Burns Fellowship is celebrating 60 years of inspiring and promoting imaginative New Zealand literature.
Monday, 20 August 2018 11:34am
The overall winner of this year’s OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award Dr Sarah Stein hopes her win will help to show others that supervising and studying part-time and at a distance is the same high-quality Otago experience.
Friday, 17 August 2018 1:38pm
The ground-breaking ceremony for the University’s new $26 million Music, Theatre, and Performing Arts Centre took place this morning.
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 9:23pm
A University of Otago student who secured a prestigious TeachNZ Kupe Scholarship is aiming to normalise Te Reo Māori within a mainstream primary school setting.
Monday, 13 August 2018 9:25pm
The University of Otago’s Pauline Smith is humbled to have won Best First Book at the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults last Thursday for her debut novel Dawn Raid.
Thursday, 9 August 2018 8:41pm
The United Kingdom Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon David Mundell MP, visited Otago last week – meeting with staff and postgraduate students at the University’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and delivering a public lecture in Marama Hall.
Tuesday, 7 August 2018 8:54pm
Her books have sold more than 15 million copies, been translated into 40 languages, and received numerous accolades. Now Val McDermid has her sights set on Otago.
Associate Director, Professor Henry Johnson, performs Japanese drumming at cultural diversity festival
Tuesday, 7 August 2018 9:29am
Our Associate Director Professor Henry Johnson performs Japanese drumming at a cultural festival in Queenstown.
Monday, 6 August 2018 12:45pm
Dr Tiffany Cone, the 2018 Centre for Global Migrations Visiting Scholar, appears in the Otago Daily Times, 4 August 2018, discussing a comparative study on the experiences of international students at Otago and at her institution in Bangladesh.
Monday, 6 August 2018 10:07am
The University of Otago is delighted to announce the appointment of Scottish novelist Val McDermid as a Visiting Professor in the Division of Humanities.
Thursday, 2 August 2018 4:29pm
The head of the University of Otago’s Department of Geography who secured the New Zealand Geographical Society’s supreme award says it is a victory for a dynamic approach to research.
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 8:53pm
The annual "Meet the Fellows" event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery over the weekend gave a record audience of 100 members of the public an opportunity to meet, and ask questions of, the five talented 2018 University of Otago Arts Fellows.
Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:57am
Yesterday marked 40 years since the world’s first baby conceived via in vitro fertilisation (IVF), was born. For Otago University Legal Issues Centre Postdoctoral Fellow Jane Adams, this milestone is important on both a personal and professional level as the Otago Bulletin discovered.
Thursday, 19 July 2018 9:30pm
An Otago Geographer has received the New Zealand Geographical Society’s (NZGS) highest honour, in recognition of her work in Māori and Indigenous geography, iwi resource management and development and planning.
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 9:37pm
The stories of migrant and refugee women students are being highlighted by the University of Otago’s Centre for Global Migrations.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 9:14am
A University of Otago study calling for consideration of law reform in the complex field of parental alienation has been published this week in the New Zealand Family Law Journal.
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 7:59pm
The University of Otago will mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage with two events next week.
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 7:06pm
The Director of this year’s University of Otago Foreign Policy School, Professor Robert Patman, says last weekend’s event was the most successful and best attended that he has been involved in.
Monday, 18 June 2018 11:28am
Pauline Smith, from the College of Education Southland Campus has been nominated as a finalist for the NZ Book Awards for children and young people.
Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:55pm
Two Otago staff members from different corners of the campus are collaborating on a book which they hope will help preserve a slice of Dunedin and Otago history – but they need help.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:12am
Many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the environmental impacts of their meat consumption and this may be influencing our high meat intake, according to a study by the University of Otago.
Friday, 8 June 2018 12:21pm
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018 9:45am
It is not surprising that there is today renewed interest in the thought of Karl Marx, whose 200th birthday is celebrated on the 5th of May. After all, there are uncanny similarities between the condition of global capitalism today and what it was in the late 19th century, when his writings found a ready audience even in far-flung New Zealand.
Monday, 4 June 2018 9:44am
The Department of Politics has had an exceptional 18 months (2017-2018) in producing a raft of PhDs and an outstanding MA (by thesis). Altogether, ten PhDs (primarily supervised by staff in Politics), plus another PhD in which staff played a secondary supervisory role, graduated – the most ever in the 51-year history of the Department.
Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:45am
A group of University of Otago archaeologists have uncovered the peripheries of a 14th century Māori village in Gisborne.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:38am
New research from the University of Otago has uncovered the secrets to help children become better energy savers – and it is calling on parents and schools to take note.
Monday, 28 May 2018 12:28pm
An initiative that has enabled more than 100 students, many from Otago, to carry out voluntary work abroad since 2006 has been given a new lease on life, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) CEO Stephen Goodman in Wellington last week.
Friday, 25 May 2018 1:46pm
An initiative that has enabled more than 100 mostly geography students from Otago University to carry out voluntary work abroad since 2006 has been given a new lease on life, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne in Wellington this week.
Thursday, 24 May 2018 2:26pm
With an average hourly charge-out rate of about $300, private lawyers are often out of reach for New Zealanders needing legal assistance, according to research from the University of Otago.
Thursday, 24 May 2018 1:45pm
The University of Otago is offering Chinese translation paper for the first time from the start of next semester – and is promoting it with the help of an entertaining video.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:07pm
For most students, crisp mornings and falling leaves signal the time to hunker down and get their assignments done, but this April saw Law and Commerce student Cory Morrison preparing for a different kind of test, this one in the heat and humidity of the tropics: international test match rugby.
Thursday, 10 May 2018 9:49am
Enrol now for semester two papers.
Monday, 7 May 2018 9:10am
University of Otago experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy are welcoming a Government invitation to formalise a relationship to shape the future of AI and predictive analytics software use in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 8:59am
PhD Candidate New University Maori Chaplain
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 3:30pm
Applications for our Initial Teacher Education programmes open now.
Friday, 13 April 2018 9:44am
Given about 5 per cent of New Zealanders suffer Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with resulting productivity losses ranging from an estimated $49 to $200 million, a University of Otago lecturer is calling for more attention on the disorder.
Friday, 6 April 2018 8:10am
Coverage in the Otago Daily Times, 27 March 2018, of Professor Hallie Buckley's seminar, jointly hosted by the Centre for Global Migrations and Department of History and Art History.
Thursday, 5 April 2018 3:07pm
Theology short courses on offer
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 11:20am
Court processes can be foreign and alienating for many; new animations developed for New Zealand by the University of Otago aim to break down these barriers to justice.
Thursday, 29 March 2018 9:05pm
A beautiful picture book based on the First World War experiences at Gallipoli and the Somme of Dunedin’s Alexander Aitken (1895-1967) and his violin was launched at the Hocken last week.
Thursday, 29 March 2018 9:35pm
University of Otago staff and students are joining many across Dunedin in “painting the town Ed” this Easter, as British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran comes to the city to perform three concerts.
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 2:54pm
The Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, and some Dunedin Churches now offer short courses which are held during each semester. These courses are supported by the Continuing Education Office of the University of Otago.
Thursday, 22 March 2018 4:55pm
Monday, 19 March 2018 9:55am
A delegation from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is hoping a paddle it gifted to the University of Otago’s Office of Maori Development is the start of a long and fruitful journey.
Monday, 19 March 2018 3:09pm
Faith Thinking courses 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018 1:23pm
Ihlara McIndoe's passion for music and law are sending her to the UN's New York Headquarters as leader of a delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Thursday, 8 March 2018 9:49am
Otago’s 2018 Arts Fellows were officially welcomed to the University yesterday, at a function at the Hocken Collections.
Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:24am
For the second year running, Otago has been ranked among the top universities in the world for sports-related subjects.
Monday, 5 March 2018 12:12pm
Receiving a Commendation from New Zealand’s Japanese Ambassador fulfils a long held dream for Otago Languages and Cultures Teaching Fellow Haruko Stuart – who aims to bridge the gap between Japan and English-speaking countries.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:51pm
The three Otago departments which this week won awards for fostering postgraduate research culture share a common approach: they make their postgraduate students a priority.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 2:43pm
Robbie Francis has dedicated her studies and spare time to championing respect, tolerance and diversity, so attending a prestigious international leadership school promoting exactly those same values, was a "reaffirming" experience for her.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:31am
The Department of Theology and Religion is pleased to present the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2018
The series will be presented by Professor Jeremy Begbie (Thomas A Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School, North Carolina)
Friday, 16 February 2018 1:10pm
Known for his artistic diversity, Campbell Patterson’s latest exhibition, at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, is a brilliant showcase of his talent.
Monday, 12 February 2018 8:18am
The Centre for Global Migrations features in the University of Otago magazine (October 2017).
Monday, 12 February 2018 8:35am
Our Centre member Dr Dennis Wesselbaum's opinion piece on Dunedin's opportunity to benefit from climate change migrants.
Friday, 9 February 2018 12:42pm
Otago Summer School students pool their brains to solve access to justice problems for everyday New Zealanders.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 3:09pm
First-year Arts and/or Law students must attend one of the presentations to be held on Wednesday 21 February and Thursday 22 February.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 4:24pm
A significant new book edited by four Otago professors, examines New Zealand's family finance laws, amidst concerns that the current property sharing regime is falling behind modern times.
Monday, 29 January 2018 3:12pm
A University of Otago academic has received a prestigious award for his work on 18th century writer James Boswell.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 3:39pm
Why are dozens of Otago students in quiet and peaceful Dunedin spending their summer days learning about international responses to terrorism?
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:30am
From crime scenes on the street to procedure in the court room, 10 school students are getting a behind the scenes look at the the law during their Hands-on programme at the University of Otago's Faculty of Law.