Wednesday, 7 August 2019
News from and about our departments, staff and students
Monday, 26 August 2019 2:53pm
Identical twins Katarina and Makareta Coote say although they took the same programme, and graduated on the same day, studying law at Otago allowed them to explore their individuality.
Thursday, 22 August 2019 8:57am
Our 2019 De Carle Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Alison Phipps, speaks to the Otago Daily Times about refugee integration in Dunedin.
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 2:23pm
Caroline Plummer Dance Fellow Antonio Ssebuuma Bukhar says Saturday's FFENNA 19 event, which involves 50 local dancers, underlines all that's good about community dance.
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:32pm
It’s time to get writing! There are just over two weeks left to get your entries in to Writer – the inaugural University of Otago writing competition for staff and students.
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 3:03pm
Mihiata Pirini is working with users of New Zealand’s oldest specialist court to contemplate how that court is designed, and to create space for imagining how it could be re-designed to deliver better access to justice.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 4:28pm
The University of Otago Legal Issue Centre (UOLIC) host an annual event in May or June each year on an access to justice topic.
Monday, 19 August 2019 1:46pm
For those lacking the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, New Zealand currently relies heavily on the basic decency of families and whānau to ensure the law is applied.
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 5:47pm
All welcome at new Cafe Reo events, which are aimed at improving Māori language skills in an informal setting.
Friday, 9 August 2019 7:04pm
It was only a “few” years ago Dr Susan Wardell was watching her supervisor be awarded the OUSA Supervisor of the Year. Now it has come full circle, with Dr Wardell being given the top nod at the awards.
Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:49pm
Widely recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost painters, Colin McCahon’s legacy as an artist and teacher is being celebrated this year.
Thursday, 8 August 2019 9:27am
Stereotypically viewed as passive and immobile, a University of Otago pilot study has shown the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia.
Thursday, 1 August 2019 6:27pm
The Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies is launching a new Irish Film Night five-film series this month.
Thursday, 1 August 2019 5:03pm
Tessa Dalgety-Evans can often be seen carting her cello on her back through campus.
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 12:47pm
Olly Te Hata Ohlson is hoping a presentation he is giving at the University of Otago this evening will help Māori youth understand how traditional teachings from Te Āo Māori will complement their academic studies.
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:11pm
The 2019 Politics Spring Lecture Series features a series of four panel discussions featuring topical politcal issues. These panel discussions will run over four dates from September through to October.
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:52pm
Workers are hand-winding large concrete floor panels into place above slab floors and joiners are crafting more than 780 acoustic boxes for the music and performance studio building under construction behind the Robertson Library in Union Street East.
Friday, 26 July 2019 4:39pm
An Otago Master of Planning graduand who completed his thesis on cultural heritage protection within the wider Ihumātao peninsula says the ongoing situation is complex and filled with tensions at various scales.
Friday, 26 July 2019 12:53pm
A large number of women with chronic health conditions have unplanned pregnancies and are at risk of experiencing adverse events during pregnancy, something a University of Otago researcher says could be prevented if healthcare professionals are prepared.
Thursday, 25 July 2019 5:46pm
New Master of Chaplaincy thesis on surgical mesh complications identifies "clear gap" in literature around this significant issue.
Thursday, 25 July 2019 9:27am
Our member Dr Neil Vallelly speaks to the Otago Daily Times ahead of his event with Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani.
Friday, 19 July 2019 4:34pm
From Durban to Dunedin - recently appointed College of Education Early Childhood Education lecturer Dr Beverley Clark is excited about the next steps in her educational journey.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 4:55pm
The inaugural Humanities Career Weeks, run at the Dunedin campus between 16 and 23 July, offers a wide array of seminars for students looking to join the workforce, or continue on to postgraduate studies.
Monday, 15 July 2019 10:31am
The first gathering of the Irish Business Network New Zealand in Dunedin will bring town and gown together for a night of networking on Thursday, 25 July.
Thursday, 11 July 2019 9:55am
New research shows a “business as usual” approach will not work for New Zealand’s regional councils, and over a quarter of our local councils, who are facing extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels.
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 11:30am
The University of Otago’s Centre for Global Migrations says having Professor Alison Phipps, OBE, return to Dunedin as the prestigious De Carle Distinguished Lecturer for 2019 will promote wide-ranging and insightful discussion on a host of refugee integration issues and trends.
Monday, 8 July 2019 10:38am
A creative writing competition for staff and students opens today, as part of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Thursday, 4 July 2019 5:16pm
A new book by English programme Associate Professor Jacob Edmond examines the turn toward repetition in poetry, using the explosion of copying to offer a deeply inventive account of modern and contemporary literature.
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 10:16pm
Last weekend’s filming of Hollywood horror film Black Christmas on campus was a wonderful opportunity for the University to support film production in the city, and for students to receive some hands-on movie experience.
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 3:17pm
A child’s chance of entering the child protection system is intrinsically linked to the deprivation of the area in which they live, University of Otago research has highlighted.
Friday, 28 June 2019 11:48am
Te Tumu academic Dr Jim Williams retired last week after 27 years' service at the University of Otago.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:17pm
Professor Tony Binns’ collaboration with Sierra Leone goes far beyond the research he began in 1974. The University of Otago Ron Lister Professor of Geography spoke about his 45 years of collaborative links with Sierra Leone, West Africa, at the International Initiatives seminar series last week.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 11:05am
Otago English PhD candidate Robyn Pickens says she was stunned to be shortlisted for the inaugural Brotherton Poetry Prize, which is supported by the University of Leeds Centre for Poetry.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 9:48am
Since September 2018 the Digital Humanities (DH) Hub – Te Pokapū Matihiko o Te Kete Aronui, a shared Humanities Division resource, open to staff and students, has been filling its brief to help connect researchers, staff and students working "in the digital realm".
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 10:04am
When Manus Island detainee and award-winning novelist Behrouz Boochani is interviewed at the Dunedin Public Library on 23 June, he hopes his harrowing story will increase awareness of the inhumane Australian border regime.
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 10:22pm
It may be a long way from the grimy back streets of Glasgow or Edinburgh, where many of their victims fall prey to foul play, but there’s no doubt “tartan noir” crime writing is in good health at the University of Otago.
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 2:51pm
It may be a long way from the grimy back streets of Glasgow or Edinburgh, where many of their victims fall prey to foul play, but there’s no doubt “tartan noir” crime writing is in good health at the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:40pm
With elements in their nation’s social, cultural and religious systems stacked against them, Samoan women still experience high rates of violence.
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 9:24am
Majella is a creative writing PhD student in the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 9:32am
A new Classics paper CLAS330 Special Topic: Elections in Roman and Modern Times, will be offered on campus and by distance, with lecturers Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre (Classics), and Dr Chris Rudd (Politics), in a pre-Christmas Summer School.
Monday, 27 May 2019 2:03pm
New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers.
Friday, 24 May 2019 11:26am
The School of Surveying hosted a lunchtime talk by three recent graduates of the School of Surveying about the different journeys they each have taken from uni student to survey and spatial professional.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:47pm
A golden dawn is approaching for Māori postgraduate law students at the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 5:17pm
Founder of New Zealand's leading specialist non-fiction press and Otago alumna Bridget Williams received and honorary Doctorate of Literature on 18 May.
Monday, 20 May 2019 10:28pm
Dunedin secondary school pupils received a taste of the languages on offer to study at the University of Otago.
Monday, 20 May 2019 8:14am
More huge concrete panels are about to go up at the site of the University’s new music recording studio, a host are already up and a lot of other work is going on out of sight, University of Otago Campus Development Division Director David Perry says.
Monday, 20 May 2019 9:31pm
For the Honourable Justice Forrest (Forrie) Miller it’s hard to put into words how much it means to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Otago.
Monday, 20 May 2019 2:57pm
Volunteering while studying Law and Accounting led to "too many positives to list" recent graduate Maddi Ingham says.
Friday, 17 May 2019 9:44am
Eight indigenous postgraduate law students met in Dunedin this week to build relationships and learn more about indigenous legal research methods and literature.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 9:39am
New research from the University of Otago’s Faculty of Law, funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation, questions whether New Zealand’s “world-leading” animal welfare system adequately protects our furry friends, and argues the agencies charged with protecting animals need more funding.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 4:26pm
Four University of Otago Alumni will be recognised for their life’s work and their contribution to the University, New Zealand and the world during a special graduation ceremony on 1 June.
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:07pm
Otago alumna Brigid Inder will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her work advocating for gender equality and women's rights.
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:25pm
Scientific objects and artefacts from across the University of Otago intermingle with well-known works of art in the Hocken Collections’ latest exhibition.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 9:51pm
University of Otago Law Professor Andrew Geddis has been awarded the 2019 Gama Foundation Critic and Conscience of Society Award – but concedes he may need to get a mobile phone to help with media calls.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 5:36pm
University of Otago Law Professor Andrew Geddis is the 2019 recipient of the Gama Foundation's Critic and Conscience of Society Award.
Thursday, 2 May 2019 4:55pm
Religion Associate Professor Ben Schonthal received a University of Otago Teaching Excellence Award this week.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 8:20pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to sing-a-long with the Sextet, or get an exclusive insight into an iconic musician’s creative process, at the Hocken this month.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 10:34am
Good teaching is about “awakening joy in knowledge and creative expression”, those gathered for the 2019 Otago Excellence in Teaching Awards heard on Tuesday.
Monday, 29 April 2019 10:10am
Five members of the United States Senate took the time to visit the University of Otago during their time in New Zealand earlier this month.
Thursday, 18 April 2019 4:54pm
University of Otago Master of Planning alumna Emily McEwan received the New Zealand Planning Institute's Wallace Ross Award for research at the NZPI annual conference in Napier earlier this month.
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:33pm
Bilateral agreements have recently been signed with two international partners, which will result in new students studying at the University of Otago.
Monday, 15 April 2019 3:48pm
At 11 years old, Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa spent time helping his family create tukutuku panels for his Tūhoe marae, Ohope. In July, he will return to the marae helping to teach an historic week-long block course on Maori religion with the University of Otago.
Monday, 15 April 2019 2:49pm
The arrival of online courts in New Zealand may see a significant rise in claimants appearing without a lawyer by their side, which would raise big issues about access to justice, University of Otago researchers say.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:30pm
The University of Otago’s 2019 Arts Fellows were officially welcomed to the University community last night at a function at the Hocken Collections.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 3:55pm
The University of Otago has secured another year of enrolment growth, with 2019 enrolments currently totalling 17,633 EFTS (equivalent full-time students), which is 166 EFTS up on the same time last year.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 2:43pm
Transport uses half of the energy consumed in Dunedin and produces most of the city’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, a new University of Otago study reveals. However, it also shows the city boasts the highest rates of electric vehicle ownership in New Zealand.
Thursday, 4 April 2019 1:51pm
One report covers how faith-based organisations can contribute to social change, and the other covers an historical and theological framework for reconciliation between mana whenua and later settlers in the Tauranga district.
Tuesday, 2 April 2019 12:58pm
New opportunities exist in the areas of counselling and poverty.
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 11:43am
PhD student Louisa Choe has joined the Legal Issues Centre to contribute to the Centre's work on the availability of free and low cost legal services, and can already see how the research might lead lawyers to provide more of these services.
Monday, 25 March 2019 1:56pm
April's Tally Ho 3 concert will again bring classical and contemporary music together, and a host of talented performers, to celebrate the enduring appeal of the Dunedin Sound
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 4:55pm
With an impressive international lineup of speakers confirmed, organisers of September's '1869 Conference and Heritage Festival' are calling for papers that will explore, and celebrate, the many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago.
Monday, 11 March 2019 5:33pm
Russian 'artivists' Pussy Riot to hold film screening and panel discussion with Otago academics at Dunedin campus on 16 March
Wednesday, 6 March 2019 11:44am
A collection of pamphlets dating back to 1793, covering topics as far-ranging as palaeontology to Māori land judgements, has been catalogued and rehoused at the University’s Hocken Library.
Tuesday, 5 March 2019 5:51pm
Like a modern day slashing of a cultural treasure by an enraged suffragette, the film Terror Nullius - to be screened by Otago academics to mark International Women's Day this Friday - can be seen as staging an attack on the canon of Australian national cinema.
Monday, 4 March 2019 2:56pm
Keynote experts Tanya Palmer, Victor Rodger and Dr Fiona Graham will bring a wealth of experience to the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which is being hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin this September.
Monday, 4 March 2019 11:52am
To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University of Otago, the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies is sponsoring a series of public lectures on ‘Great Scots: Otago Men and Women Who Shaped New Zealand.’
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:48am
The Faculty of Law welcomed new staff Dr Lili Song, Professional Practice Fellow Brenda Thom and Dr Stephen Young earlier this month.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:09pm
A book celebrating the stories behind the clever, amusing, and yes, sometimes irreverent names given to Dunedin’s student flats – as well as their place in the history of the city – was launched at the Staff Club last week.
Monday, 25 February 2019 11:32pm
Artistic freedom, and the opportunity to explore all the Hocken has to offer, has resulted in another engaging Frances Hodgkins Fellow exhibition.
Friday, 22 February 2019 4:27pm
A new book, launched in Dunedin last night, makes important observations about the history of women and caring in 20th century New Zealand.
Friday, 15 February 2019 2:33pm
New Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies Professor Sonja Tiernan says the growing relationship between Ireland and New Zealand means her appointment could not have come at a better time.
Friday, 15 February 2019 10:42am
Two new appointments at the College of Education mean vital areas of learning for Otago’s education tauira will be well-covered in future.
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:58am
The appointment of Dr Rachel Martin and professional practice fellow Andrea Robertson at the University of Otago College of Education mean two vital areas of teacher education and research are well-covered.
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 4:39pm
Older people’s inability to engage in nature can leave them feeling sad, frustrated and angry, a University of Otago study has found.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:12am
The University of Otago Faculty of Law is honoured to announce the establishment of a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after International scholar and Otago alumnus Professor Jeremy Waldron.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:29pm
After 10 years as the Division of Humanities Kaiāwhina Māori - Māori Student Support Officer Ana Rangi is moving on . . . but our tauira are in safe hands with current staff and two new appointments, she says.
Monday, 11 February 2019 12:03pm
The University of Otago's Faculty of Law announces a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after international scholar and Otago alumnus Jeremy Waldron
Thursday, 7 February 2019 9:26pm
The University of Otago’s Māori academic staff network has started the year with a renewed vow to do what it can to support its Māori academic cohort.
Tuesday, 5 February 2019 11:38am
Professor Liam McIlvanney is one of two recipients of the 2019 New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours.
Tuesday, 5 February 2019 10:05am
The University’s newest property based in Central Otago will have a name honoring a local tipuna whose life was filled with courage and bravery.
Tuesday, 5 February 2019 10:29am
A contemporary take on historical figures of Dunedin’s art world will soon go on display at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena.
Monday, 4 February 2019 9:14am
The Legal Issues Centre is adding to its series of animated videos explaining legal basics, with the help of design student Catherine Chin.
Monday, 4 February 2019 10:46am
Majella Cullinane's debut novel The Life of De'Ath and Vincent O'Sullivan's book All This by Chance are in the running for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 9:42am
Professor Peter Kuch, the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies, has retired from the position he has held since 2006.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 6:09pm
Professor Peter Kuch, the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor in Irish Studies and Co-Director of Otago's Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, retired in January 2019.
Friday, 25 January 2019 3:57pm
Held in Trust: Curiosity in Things conference brings together museum curators, academics and attendees from around New Zealand to explore legacy of colonial-era museum collections
Friday, 25 January 2019 12:04pm
The Legal Issues Centre's Summer Scholar Programme is exposing three Otago law students to how New Zealand’s legal system works in real life.
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:56pm
Classics lecture leads Dr Katherine Hall to research on what killed Alexander the Great - and a new theory in the 2000-year-old mystery.
Thursday, 17 January 2019 4:49pm
Childcare can be expensive, stressful, and annoying to organise, but a University of Otago-led study has found it may also be behind religion’s resilience.
Monday, 14 January 2019 11:51am
Almost 400 pupils from around New Zealand will enjoy a taste of student life at Otago this week during Hands-On Otago events.
Friday, 21 December 2018 7:32pm
Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature has teamed up with the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics to create dtour, an app that links writers' stories to sites in Dunedin and Otago.
Friday, 21 December 2018 6:28pm
Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies Senior Lecturer Tangiwai Rewi says while she was proud to cross the graduation stage in mid-December to become the first person in her family to gain a PhD, her family’s celebrations in Dunedin also acknowledged the value to her whānau of investing in knowledge.
Friday, 21 December 2018 11:45am
Faculty of Law graduate Sarah Butcher says balancing family commitments with multisport events, marathons and PhD research was made easier by support and encouragement from Otago staff.
Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:18am
Teaching runs in the family says recent bicultural teaching graduate Kane Johnson, as his wife joins College of Education staff
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 5:18pm
Gore resident Sara McVicar travelled to Invercargill several times a week for three years while studying Early Childhood Education. Her drive has landed her a teaching job much closer to home.
Monday, 17 December 2018 10:25am
In a Beatles-like tribute to the University’s Albany Street recording studio, a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the studio from Friday to Sunday to record an album of 22 songs over the three days.
Monday, 17 December 2018 10:31am
A host of moves in the Division of Humanities aim to bring people together, encourage collaboration, improve the use of space, cater for a new structure, share resources, eliminate duplication and reduce reliance on leased premises.
Monday, 17 December 2018 5:25pm
University of Otago College of Education Southland campus graduates already addressing regional teaching shortage
Thursday, 13 December 2018 4:25pm
Four Division of Humanities academics became professors in the December 2018 round of academic promotions, with several others becoming associate professors.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 9:29pm
Learning te reo Māori got one of Otago’s newest professors hooked on the world of academia. Associate Professor Lachy Paterson of Te Tumu is one of 17 leading academics from the University to be promoted to Professor this year.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:26pm
An emotional acknowledgment of a graduating senior academic was the highlight of the University of Otago’s second Māori pre-graduation ceremony of the December season, held yesterday.
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:40pm
Frances Hodgkins’ early career in Dunedin, and the impact photography had on it, is the focus of the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena’s latest exhibition.
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:41pm
The University of Otago’s next generation of bicultural teachers have expressed relief, pride and determination at an emotional pre-graduation ceremony in their honour on Friday.
Thursday, 6 December 2018 11:29am
This year's Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature, Culture and Art in Australia and New Zealand has been awarded to Otago's Professor Roy Starrs.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018 11:32am
A decline in the numeracy skills of students coming to university has prompted an Otago trio to develop a test to ensure every such student is identified and given the help they need.