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Otago Geographers recognised with national awards

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.

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Overcoming poverty and war – women students’ experiences under the spotlight

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.

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Call for consideration of New Zealand Law reform dealing with Parental Alienation

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.

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Otago events reflect on suffrage, 125 years on

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 7:59pm

The University of Otago will mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage with two events next week.

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Winston Peters opens 53rd Otago Foreign Policy School

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.

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Award nomination for Southland Campus academic

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.

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"Scarfie Flats" authors call for contributions

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.

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Environmental impacts of meat consumption low priority for Kiwis

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.

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Politics Students Association (POLSA)

Friday, 8 June 2018 12:21pm

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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Old Māori village discovered by Otago archaeologists

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.

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Start teaching children early to save energy suggests Otago study

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.

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Otago and Volunteer Service Abroad sign MOU

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.

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University signs MOU to continue successful volunteer scheme

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.

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Significant gaps in legal services identified in Otago study

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.

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Otago offers new paper in Practical Chinese

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.

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Tropical test for Otago Law student

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.

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Semester Two Theology Papers

Thursday, 10 May 2018 9:49am

Enrol now for semester two papers.

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Otago experts welcome invitation to work with Government on AI framework

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.

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PhD Candidate New University Maori Chaplain

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 8:59am

PhD Candidate New University Maori Chaplain

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2019 applications open now

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 3:30pm

Applications for our Initial Teacher Education programmes open now.

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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 9:55am

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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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.