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Now is the time to consider a regulatory body on AI predictive analytics

Friday, 20 April 2018 2:27pm

With Immigration New Zealand recently joining ACC and The Ministry for Social Development on the list of Government departments courting controversy over the use of predictive analytics systems, leading University of Otago researchers say now is the time to consider a regulatory body to oversee the rising use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in New Zealand Government departments.

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2019 applications open soon

Friday, 13 April 2018 3:14pm

Applications for our Initial Teacher Education programmes open soon.

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Time for spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Otago researcher

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.

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Graves give up secrets: Our seminar speaker Professor Hallie Buckley

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.

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Faith Thinking 2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018 3:07pm

Theology short courses on offer

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Otago animations developed to demystify the court room

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.

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Moving launch for The Anzac Violin

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.

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Shape of Sound event to analyse Sheeran songs

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.

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'Faith Thinking' Short Courses

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 9:27am

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.

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2018 QS World University Rankings

Thursday, 22 March 2018 4:55pm


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Closer bonds forged between Otago and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

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.

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2018 Faith Thinking

Monday, 19 March 2018 3:09pm

Faith Thinking courses 2018

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Otago law student leads UN delegation

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.

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Warm welcome for Otago’s 2018 Arts Fellows

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.

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Latest QS rankings cement Otago’s reputation in sports-related subjects

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.

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Japanese honour for Otago teacher

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.

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Politics Students Association (POLSA)

Friday, 2 March 2018 2:05pm

POLSA was established by students who recognized a lack of student support and open intra-departmental communication. We believe that if we come together, our university experience can be enriched! Chuck us a like to keep up to date with the latest social and academic events relevant to all Pols students. Don't forget to sign up if you want a say in how this group runs, and for discounts in ticketed events!

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Make postgrads a priority say award-winning departments

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.

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Respect and tolerance focus of leadership school in Malaysia

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.

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Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2018

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)




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Repetition of everyday life inspires exhibition

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.

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On the Move: Feature on Centre for Global Migrations

Monday, 12 February 2018 8:18am

The Centre for Global Migrations features in the University of Otago magazine (October 2017). 

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Benefits outweigh challenges in receiving migrants

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.

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Creating justice entrepreneurs

Friday, 9 February 2018 12:42pm

Otago Summer School students pool their brains to solve access to justice problems for everyday New Zealanders.

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Bachelor of Arts and LAWS 101 information sessions

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.

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New book assesses NZ's family finance laws

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.

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Otago academic awarded prize for meticulous work on historic journalism

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.

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International prosecutor returns to train Otago students in countering terrorism

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?

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They've looked at law from both sides now - the Hands-on Law Diaries

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.