News from and about our programmes, staff and students
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.
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 2:57pm
Leading a diverse and vibrant Division of Humanities is something Professor Jessica Palmer is looking forward to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 8 December 2020 10:06am
Twenty-six University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 11:18am
University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:26am
University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.
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.
Tuesday, 3 November 2020 12:35pm
Professor Tiernan inaugurates a new series for the Keough-Naughton Institute's website: Three Questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 15 October 2020 1:39pm
New Māori Theology lecturer Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa is excited about his next steps at Otago
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.
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.
Thursday, 1 October 2020 4:33pm
University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 9:01am
Faculty of Law Dean Professor Jessica Palmer has been named the Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director for 2020.
Friday, 11 September 2020 9:30am
Mihiata Pirini (Tūwharetoa, Whakatōhea) has recently been appointed as a Māori lecturer in the Faculty of Law.
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.
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.
Monday, 7 September 2020 11:52am
Faculty of Law Dean Professor Jessica Palmer has been named the Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director for 2020.
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.
Wednesday, 2 September 2020 9:17am
Robert Griffith thinks his time at Otago will make him a better politician in the long run.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Thursday, 6 August 2020 3:15pm
Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:26am
An opinion article by former English student Jean Balchin celebrates ENGL243 Tartan Noir: Scottish Crime Fiction.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 5:34pm
The University of Otago’s Children’s Issues Centre (CIC) celebrated its 25th anniversary this week.
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.
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.
Monday, 20 July 2020 9:39am
The University’s second annual creative writing competition for students and staff opens for entries today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 3 July 2020 5:48pm
The latest broadcasts in the "History Worth Repeating" can now be replayed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 22 June 2020 11:38am
There are two politics papers on offer with the 2021 Summer School.
Friday, 19 June 2020 11:45am
Otago’s graduation ceremonies are set to return in August, after COVID-19 disruptions caused the cancellation of its May ceremonies.
Friday, 19 June 2020 9:49am
Liam McIlvanney shares the stories of his best-loved books.
Monday, 15 June 2020 11:52am
A new University of Otago-led study shows moving to more energy-efficient lighting would help New Zealand achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity generation.
Monday, 15 June 2020 11:44am
EDUC435 is a semester 2 paper about how to make best use of the internet to support, enhance and deliver teaching and learning.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 12:34pm
Just a few weeks since it was launched, the University of Otago student financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has provided NZD$659,156 in grants to support students facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:23am
If you’ve got questions about COVID-19, an upcoming fortnight-long masterclass, running from June 22 until July 3, should be on your radar.
Tuesday, 9 June 2020 2:46pm
New research has ended decades-long speculation about what ancient Papuan New Guineans ate, and how they processed food, in the highlands of New Guinea several thousand years ago.
Monday, 8 June 2020 9:20pm
While the Covid-19 lockdown presented many creative challenges for 2019 Frances Hodgkins Arts Fellow Imogen Taylor, the experience underscored how the arts provide solace in times of crisis – both for the artist and the public.
Friday, 5 June 2020 4:12pm
Providing a “whānau away from home”, and a supportive environment for players from several codes has netted the South Pacific Rugby League and Sports Club a University of Otago Innovation in Sport Award.
Tuesday, 2 June 2020 2:50pm
New research which “fills in the blanks” on what ancient Papuan New Guineans ate, and how they processed food, has ended decades-long speculation on tools use and food stables in the highlands of New Guinea several thousand years ago.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 8:40am
Receiving a grant from Copyright Licencing New Zealand will help Dr Majella Cullinane complete Meantime, a work the Creative Writing Professional Practice Fellow describes as a very personal reflection on the realities of grieving during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 3:12pm
Join us for an online information session about the Master of Social and Community Work (Applied).
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:35am
A switch to Zoom during the Covid-19 lockdown had no impact on the popularity of the Theology Programme’s “Faith Thinking” series.
Monday, 18 May 2020 4:22pm
While they couldn’t cross the stage on May 16, Leanne Walters and Karla Lawrie were proud to graduate in absentia to become the University of Otago’s first Master of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood Education graduates.
Friday, 15 May 2020 11:22am
Irish Studies was profiled in this month’s Otago alumni magazine
Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:54pm
The Remote Justice Stories trans-Tasman research team wants to analyse the stories of people who have participated in online legal hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:32am
Nikita Hames is a recent Social Work graduate, explains how life-saving help inspired her career.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 8:36pm
English and Linguistics Programme Honorary Fellow Dr John Hale recently receiving the Milton Society of America’s honoured scholar award for his “notable contributions to Milton scholarship.”
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 9:53pm
Motorised transport dominant mode for Dunedin pre-schoolers new Geography research shows
Thursday, 7 May 2020 4:01pm
Read the E-Tangata interview with Shayne Walker who describes social work as an act of love.
Monday, 4 May 2020 10:20am
Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology programme Associate Professor Annabel Cooper’s book Filming the Colonial Past: The New Zealand Wars on Screen has been shortlisted for the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize.
Friday, 1 May 2020 5:12pm
Otago Law and History alumna Emma Gattey has received a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 8:11pm
Online forums are helping social workers share ideas on how to provide services for families during the Covid-19 lockdown, University of Otago Social and Community Work Associate Professor Emily Keddell says.
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:22am
Professor Sonja Tiernan was interviewed about her past and current research projects.
Friday, 24 April 2020 4:45pm
The University of Otago is committing $1.5 million as an initial investment to support Otago students facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak.
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 7:48pm
New short animated clips from the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre will help people navigate New Zealand's court processes.
Thursday, 16 April 2020 10:05pm
Otago Music academic Dr Ian Chapman needs your images for his forthcoming “delightfully interdisciplinary” mashup book about life in 1960s New Zealand.
Text analysis shows conceptual overlap as well as domain-specific differences in Christian and secular worldviews
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 3:27pm
We asked Christian and non-religious people to explain 54 phenomena, and use text analytics to quantify the conceptual overlap in their worldviews.
Thursday, 9 April 2020 11:23am
The Irish Embassy, New Zealand organised 'Mise Eire – I am Ireland': A virtual gathering – to commemorate the Easter Rising Anniversary.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020 10:37am
Report co-author Professor Glenn Summerhayes (Archaeology) says new research published in 'Science Advances' on the emergence of agriculture in highland Papua New Guinea shows advancements often associated with a later Neolithic period occurred about 1000 years’ earlier than previously thought.
Friday, 3 April 2020 4:20pm
Dr Ian Chapman is an authority on David Bowie – he even modelled his recently-retired musical alter-ego Dr Glam on Ziggy Stardust – but research for his new book still led to a deeper appreciation of the late, great music icon.
Friday, 3 April 2020 11:23am
In celebration of the publication of Prof Sonja Tiernan’s book, The History of Marriage Equality in Ireland.
Monday, 30 March 2020 8:25pm
With traditional church services suspended during the Covid-19 lockdown, Theology Programme academic Dr Katie Marcar is turning to technology to help people observe their faith and foster a sense of community.
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:46am
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel or at the very least postpone our current programme of public events.
Friday, 13 March 2020 5:23pm
Several public events by visiting William Evans Fellow Professor Sally Shuttleworth explored important aspects of Victorian life on a grand scale this month.
Friday, 13 March 2020 11:11am
The University’s new Music, Theatre and Performing Arts Centre was officially opened with a whakawaatea (blessing) and a waiata composed for the occasion.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020 4:55pm
A new research report from the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC) recommends ten steps to help New Zealand’s law profession deliver more free services to people caught in New Zealand’s widening ‘justice gap’.
Thursday, 5 March 2020 7:31pm
After working together for over a quarter of a century - sometimes even sharing an office - "husband and wife team" Professors Jeff and Lisa Smith are heading in different academic directions.
Monday, 2 March 2020 5:19pm
Professor Lisa Smith, a former Social Sciences Head and College of Education Dean, has teamed up with her PhD student Kimberly Arcand (Visualization Lead for NASA's Chandra Xray Observatory) to produce An Alien Helped Me With My Homework! - a book aimed at making science accessible and fun for younger readers.
Thursday, 27 February 2020 3:53pm
The 2020 De Carle Distinguished Lectures, hosted by the Religion programme, will feature a world-leader in the evolutionary and cognitive science of religion, Professor Ann Taves from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Monday, 24 February 2020 3:37pm
Disease, environmental pollution and mental health – challenges that were as real for people in the Victorian era as they are for us today – will be brought to life during a multi-storey lightshow at the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus next month.
Saturday, 22 February 2020 9:57am
On 5 March, University of California Irvine Chancellor’s Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom will give an illustrated public talk focusing on patterns of protest and the tightening of political controls in Hong Kong.
Saturday, 22 February 2020 3:03pm
In their new OAR 105.4FM series History and Art History Programme Professor Barbara Brookes joins Sonja Tiernan, Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Otago, to canvass wide aspects of the past – from individual stories to national histories.
Saturday, 22 February 2020 1:53pm
Between 8:45pm and 10:30pm on 8 March, Oxford University Professor Sally Shuttleworth’s award-winning sound and light show ‘The Speed of Modern Life’ will light up Otago’s Richardson Building.
Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:45pm
One’s a musician and lecturer who’s mad about technology. The other’s an IT professional who also happens to be a musician and sound engineer.
Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:15am
Two new University of Otago writing fellowships will facilitate and encourage literary and cultural exchange between Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand.
Friday, 14 February 2020 6:29pm
Two new writing fellowships, attached to the University of Otago's Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, will facilitate and encourage literary and cultural exchange between Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand.
Thursday, 13 February 2020 9:46pm
Two University of Otago staff have received 2020 Scholar Awards from Fulbright New Zealand, allowing them to travel to the United States to pursue research and form international connections.
Thursday, 13 February 2020 11:50am
Professor Sonja Tiernan, Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies, is delighted to have been awarded the Keough-Naughton Library Research Award.
Thursday, 6 February 2020 5:04pm
Dr Ian Chapman reflects on the legacy of the Albany St studios, which were formerly owned by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (the NZBC) and home to the University’s contemporary music programme since 2000.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 1:31pm
New Zealand must develop a new generation of national security experts to meet the rise of transnational terrorism head-on, an Otago politics expert says.
Monday, 3 February 2020 2:13pm
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the University of Otago to develop a plan for managing an important archaeological site that is currently under threat from coastal erosion.
Thursday, 30 January 2020 5:19pm
Music classical voice student Lillian Gibbs is the youngest person ever to become a member of the Voices NZ choir.
Thursday, 30 January 2020 11:42am
Professor Sonja Tiernan interviewed on 30 January 2020 on the OARsome Morning Show 105.4fm Dunedin about this year’s public lecture series, The Luck of the Irish.
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 1:26pm
Artist Imogen Taylor hopes her latest exhibition will help the public engage with queer histories that have long been hidden, as she prepares to unveil a year’s worth of hard work.
Boost for New Zealand’s online legal information: Collaborative project receives grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation and Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 9:11am
The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC) is establishing an online hub to support the development of online legal information (OLI) in New Zealand.
Friday, 24 January 2020 12:00pm
Humans began transporting and growing banana in Vanuatu 3000 years ago, a University of Otago scientist has discovered.
Thursday, 23 January 2020 12:26pm
Peyton Bond and Kate Hellings spent the week with 14 potential new politics students from high schools all over the country at Hands On Otago 2020.
Friday, 20 December 2019 3:50pm
Fear, anger, sadness – while it is often assumed these emotion concepts are the same the world over, new research suggests there is greater cross-cultural variation in “how people think about emotions than is widely assumed", contributor Dr Joseph Watts says.
Friday, 20 December 2019 5:21pm
Volunteering was a highlight of recent law graduate Norhan El Sanjak's time at Otago.
Thursday, 19 December 2019 9:23am
A feature of law graduand Norhan El Sanjak’s time at Otago was continuing volunteer work in the community, which was both professionally and personally rewarding, and pushed her “out of [her] comfort zone.”
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 4:42pm
Retiring College of Educaiton Dean Professor Notman says he has learned many valuable lessons over his four-decade career in education.
Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:46pm
Graduating with a Master of Indigenous Studies has been a “surprising journey of self-discovery” for Paia Taani, and one she says has anchored the decision made by her and her whānau for her to communicate solely in te reo Māori with her tamariki.
Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:57pm
Jovan James Mokaraka-Harris (Ngā Puhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Wai) credits his supervisors for his postgraduate diploma with giving him a continual pursuit of education at the University of Otago.
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 9:18am
The New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies is pleased to announce that Emma Harris is the winner of the 2019 Gallaway Cook Allan Prize for Law and Emerging Technology.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 9:17am
Three Division of Humanities staff have been promoted to Professor in latest academic promotion round.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm
Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.
Thursday, 5 December 2019 10:09am
A major international, multidisciplinary project is set to shed light on how religion impacts family size and child health, following a multi-million dollar grant.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 2:35pm
Reaching the end of a Master of Politics degree at the University of Otago, Ben Hay-Smith’s plan for 2020 involves working in Treasury’s Economic Strategy and Productivity team as part of their Graduate Analyst Programme.
Thursday, 21 November 2019 2:21pm
An Otago undergraduate student has received a prestigious scholarship to continue the work of researchers from the Psychology Department.
Thursday, 21 November 2019 2:22pm
The resilience of Samoan communities in the face of climate change is providing a blueprint for other nations to follow, according to Samoa and Otago researchers.
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 2:08pm
Faculty of Law students Hansaka Ranaweera and Clara Sinclair took the top two places in this year's EC Adams Memorial Prize in Land Law
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 2:16pm
Faculty of Law students Hansaka Ranaweera and Clara Sinclair took the top two places in this year's EC Adams Memorial Prize in Land Law
Monday, 18 November 2019 9:34am
A collaborative project is aiming to digitally preserve the University’s Albany St recording studio so music can continue to be created there – only in virtual reality.
Monday, 18 November 2019 2:44pm
University of Otago backed Encounters and Exchanges Conference, Blenheim 1-3 December, to explore exchanges of knowledge after Cook's arrival in New Zealand
Monday, 18 November 2019 4:10pm
Professor Tiernan speaks with RNZ National Radio about the border in Ireland, and also with OAR 105.4FM Dunedin about the visit of award winning Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 11:32am
Following discussion at recent staff meetings and participation in the Climate Strike Movement, the Politics Programme unanimously agreed to support the Climate Strike Movement and to issue a declaration on climate change.
Friday, 8 November 2019 2:37pm
Master of Planning candidate Sam McGough's thesis explored the impact of Airbnb in Queenstown.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 5:16pm
Five Division of Humanities projects receive Marsden funding in 2019 award round.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am
University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 3:19pm
Dr John Shaver was awarded a Marsden Fast-start grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 11:54am
Dr Joseph Watts was awarded a Marsden Fast-start grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand
Thursday, 31 October 2019 3:06pm
Listen to an interview and read an article about the Celtic origins of this festival.
Thursday, 31 October 2019 11:24am
Judicial expert Dr Joe McIntyre’s visit to the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC) as the 2019 Visiting Fellow proved to be a significant week, both personally and constitutionally.
Friday, 25 October 2019 3:38pm
Last week’s Ngā Pou Whirinaki featured a collection of four events which celebrated the University of Otago’s Māori students, staff and scholars.
Thursday, 24 October 2019 3:27pm
This weekend’s MindJam, held in Queenstown, will again offer a great opportunity to hear, meet and converse with Otago experts as they explore important cultural questions.
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 10:01am
School of Geography William Evans Fellow Professor Jo Sharp says global collaborations underpin good research
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 9:58am
Six researchers whose work covers everything from ancient dolphin teeth to the management of obesity have been recognised by the University of Otago.
Friday, 18 October 2019 1:19pm
Fire will feature, but pumpkins and costumes will not, when the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies reclaims Halloween as the Celtic festival Samhain later this month.
Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:33pm
The third annual Division of Humanities Teaching and Learning Symposium, held at the Dunedin campus on 15 October, offered staff a full day of reflection and collaboration on ways to enhance teaching practices.
Friday, 11 October 2019 5:54pm
The University of Otago’s Pacific Academic Staff Caucus (PASC) held its inaugural symposium, at the Dunedin campus on 27 September to engage in important conversations about the place and future of Pacific research at Otago.
Thursday, 10 October 2019 3:07pm
Professor Andreas Musloff will give a keynote address at The Body Politic Metaphor in Discourse, Past and Present international symposium in Dunedin on 11 October.
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 8:38am
They ate oysters, they probably had pet cats and their feet were small. Fragments of the lives of late 19th century Dunedin people who lived and worked on the site of the University’s Dental School have been revealed in a major archaeological excavation.
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 2:35pm
History graduate Kate Tilson says support from Division of Humanities staff paved the way for PhD study at Cambridge.
Monday, 7 October 2019 3:23pm
Poet, essayist and novelist Sue Wootton will travel to Menton, in the south of France, next year to work on her sixth poetry collection – but first she has a PhD and second novel to finish.
Monday, 7 October 2019 11:09am
Best selling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid has sold more than 15 million copies of her work worldwide. She's arrived in New Zealand to take up a role as a visiting Professor of Scottish Studies and Crime Fiction at the University of Otago.
Monday, 7 October 2019 11:11am
Scottish “queen of crime” Val McDermid on having a stab at Otago.
Friday, 4 October 2019 11:08am
A poem written in te reo Māori was one of five winners in the University’s inaugural creative writing competition for students and staff, Writer.
Thursday, 3 October 2019 1:33pm
Celtic Noir Crime Writing Festival, Dunedin, October 12-13 to host top names in crime writing, including Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies faculty members.
Thursday, 3 October 2019 11:43am
Halloween may now be perceived by many people as an American event but in fact, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is a Celtic festival that originated as Samhain.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:59am
Otago Politics Professor Janine Hayward offers some advice as you put pen to voting paper over the coming weeks.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 9:24pm
History graduate Kate Tilson says support from Division of Humanities staff paved the way to a prestigious Cambridge PhD scholarship.
Monday, 30 September 2019 3:22pm
In a new initiative, the University is celebrating its internationally acclaimed scholars by creating a prestigious new role - the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair (Poutoko Taiea).
Friday, 27 September 2019 1:42pm
Otago’s own talented Performing Arts students, a wonderful group of volunteers, some sunshine, a whole lot of cushions and a crowd of students, staff, friends, family and tourists made for a fun afternoon of music on the steps by the Leith last Saturday.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 9:41pm
The Philip Neill Memorial Concert in St Paul’s Cathedral this Sunday celebrates 75 years since the Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music was established, and will feature performances of eight prize winners from the past.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 9:28pm
At a special function in the University Council Chamber earlier in this week, seed funding for a new lectureship in Chaplaincy Studies was celebrated. Fund raising for the lectureship has been given a great start via the generous funding of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 10:00pm
There has been plenty of praise for the University of Otago’s Māori law student association after their performances at a national conference in Wellington.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 10:45pm
Otago English graduate Richard Schlight has just arrived Azerbaijan on a 10-month fellowship to train teachers and teach English.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 12:04pm
Geography programme lecturer Dr Ashraful Alam says his experience as an architect and academic has underscored the importance of planning which "listens to people's stories".
Monday, 23 September 2019 9:46am
The annual cherry blossom viewing festival just keeps getting better as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Thursday, 19 September 2019 2:58pm
The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago are set to be explored and celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which starts in Dunedin on 25 September.
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 9:45am
In an opinion piece, written for the Otago Daily Times and reprinted with permission, Associate Professor Tim Cooper, the Head of the School of Arts in the Division of Humanities debunks some myths around the Bachelor of Arts, and discusses the “human skills” a BA instils in graduates.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 4:38pm
The 2019 of the Heilala Book Prize in Humanities is French, Politics and Law student Shani McMullan.