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Will it stay or will it go? Dr Wayne Stephenson on his $958,000 Marsden Fund grant

Friday, 16 November 2018 11:36am

Dr Wayne Stephenson (Geography) says his Marsden Fund grant will help determine the relationship between marine terraces formed by earthquakes and coastal erosion. 

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Whaling issues run deep

Thursday, 15 November 2018 4:50pm

Department of Languages and Cultures PhD graduate Balazs Kiglics gave a public lecture on the political and cultural complexities of Japanese whaling at the Dunedin Campus this week.

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Making the Strange Familiar: IPL to address important disconnect

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:27am

Professor Merata Kawharu's Inaugural Professorial Lecture, to be held at the Dunedin Campus on 14 November, will discuss how Māori communities are increasingly moving into social and economic innovation, yet still face the realities of negative statistics in all areas of well-being.

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A personal connection - Marsden funding helps share experiences of CDH1

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 5:30pm

Dr Karyn Paringatai, Te Tumu, says Marsden Fund backing will help her tell the human story of the impact of the CDH1 gene.

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What Marsden funding means: Dr Christina Ergler

Friday, 9 November 2018 2:50pm

Dr Christina Ergler (Geography) says a $300,000 Marsden Fund grant will allow her to examine how preschoolers perceive, and use, inner-city space in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch

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Otago sets new record with Marsden ‘blue-sky’ funding

Thursday, 8 November 2018 8:14pm

The University of Otago has secured not only the most funding from this year’s Marsden Fund grants, but the highest number of grants awarded to any research organisation since the fund began in 1994.

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What Marsden Fund success means for researchers

Thursday, 8 November 2018 12:49pm

As the University of Otago reflects on its best Marsden Fund round ever, six Division of Humanities researchers are celebrating after gaining project funding totalling $4 million.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 2:14pm

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Ex-refugees explain difficulties faced, resettlement rewards

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 7:41am

Coverage of the opening session of our Refuge in the City: Former Refugees in Urban New Zealand conference appears in the Otago Daily Times, 7 November 2018.

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Dr Alumita Durutalo remembered at moving memorial

Monday, 5 November 2018 3:37pm

Colleagues, students, family and friends of Dr Adi Alumita Durutalo came together at Te Tumu last month, to honour and remember a deeply spiritual woman, a wonderful mother, and a respected academic.

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Calling all playwrights! Otago and UNESCO need your scripts

Thursday, 1 November 2018 10:43am

The University of Otago is asking playwrights to contribute scripts for the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which it will host in September 2019 

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Geography Head's IPL explores "identity in place"

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 8:26pm

Examining the concepts of "identity in place" – and mapping how these ideas have shaped her career – were at the heart of Department of Geography Head Michelle Thompson-Fawcett’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Monday.

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Ok computer? Forum to decode AI issues

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 1:24pm

Researchers and local tech company experts will participate in a public seminar about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for society in Dunedin on 30 October

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Geography Head's IPL to explore 'identity in place'

Monday, 29 October 2018 10:04am

Concept of 'identity in place' at heart of Department of Geography Head Michelle Thompson-Fawcett's Inaugural Professorial Lecture

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Stock-take of AI in government a great start but New Zealand has a long way to go

Friday, 26 October 2018 4:29pm

University of Otago academics applaud the first ever stock-take report into government agencies' use of algorithms launched on Thursday by Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Top teachers named by OUSA

Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:37pm

For the second year in row, a teacher from Otago’s School of Business has been named the University’s best by students.

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Education leadership book leads to award

Thursday, 25 October 2018 11:51am

University of Otago College of Education Dean Ross Notman says he delighted a book he co-edited received top honours at the 2018 Copyright Licensing Education Awards earlier this month.

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Otago research finds relationship property law needs modernising

Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:13am

Some aspects of the law determining how relationship property is divided when a couple splits is out of touch with contemporary New Zealand and should change to reflect current values, University of Otago researchers believe.

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Remembering the script? Davinia Thornley discusses new cultural memory book

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 3:37pm

Media, Film and Communication Senior Lecturer Davinia Thornley says her new book True Event Adaptation; Scripting Real Lives examines how the retelling and reinterpretation of “real-life” events through film, and a range of media, can alter our collective recollection of the past.

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Teaching and learning Symposium enhances teachers' learning and teaching

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 2:34pm

The second annual Division of Humanities Teaching and Learning Symposium, held at the Dunedin Campus earlier this month, offered staff a full day of reflection and collaboration on ways to enhance teaching practices.

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Teaching and learning Symposium enhances teachers' learning and teaching

Friday, 19 October 2018 5:14pm

The second annual Division of Humanities Teaching and Learning Symposium, held at the Dunedin Campus on 16 October, offered staff a full day of reflection and collaboration on ways to enhance teaching practices.

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Rewi ready for step up

Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:25pm

The newest co-chair of the University of Otago’s Māori academic staff network says she is excited to step up and help steer the group into its second decade.

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Unprecedented success for Otago at the NZ Research Honours Awards

Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:22pm

The University has had unprecedented success at the New Zealand Research Honours Awards this year, taking home one quarter of the awards on offer.

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Further accolades for Professor Barbara Brookes

Thursday, 18 October 2018 4:42pm

Department of History and Art History Professor Barbara Brookes MNZM has added further accolades to a recent run of success by this week receiving the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Humanities Aronui Medal for her outstanding contribution to humanities scholarship.

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Six Otago researchers recognised in NZ research honours

Thursday, 18 October 2018 2:03pm

University of Otago Research Fellow Helen Taylor’s science communication around conservation genetics and threatened species has earned her recognition at this year’s New Zealand Research Honours.

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Dunedin Refugee Conference

Thursday, 18 October 2018 7:13am

Coverage of our forthcoming Refuge in the City: Former Refugees in Urban New Zealand conference appears in the Otago Daily Times, 17 Octobber 2018.

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Refugee voices to be showcased at conference

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 2:15pm

Former refugees, academics and service providers and the general public will come together on 6 and 7 November to explore the challenges and opportunities of refugee resettlement in New Zealand's urban areas.

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Bird eyes indigenous connections in Chile

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 7:44am

A University of Otago tauira selected for a delegation to Chile is hoping to build lifelong connections and highlight the benefits of speaking Te Reo Maori.

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Entrance scholarship helps second chance at education

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 7:53pm

Education is the best way that you can turn your life around, according to Vanessa Spooner, a University of Otago entrance scholarship recipient.

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Prog rock still progressing

Monday, 15 October 2018 6:06pm

A new book by Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts Associate Professor Rob Burns examines how progressive rock's evolution.

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“Unforgettable” send-off for Mark Henaghan

Friday, 12 October 2018 7:33pm

Departing Law Professor Mark Henaghan doesn’t use social media – so he was utterly surprised at a huge, and moving send-off organised for him yesterday by his students.

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College of Education launches new postgraduate programme

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 10:53am

The University of Otago College of Education has announced a suite of new postgraduate qualifications aimed at upskilling current teachers.

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Pols apart: Brexit simulation shows students issues surrounding proposed split

Monday, 8 October 2018 5:29pm

Associate Professor James Headley says running a Brexit simulation with his POLS216 class over the past four weeks introduced them to the many pros, cons, and complexities of the proposed EU/UK split.

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Pupils' production shows Shakespeare's relevance

Friday, 5 October 2018 5:34pm

48 secondary school pupils from around New Zealand have converged on Dunedin to rehearse and perform Shakespeare at the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production, which is sponsored by the University of Otago. 

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“Chaotic, sleep-deprived, delightful” new parenthood inspires winning composition

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 9:24pm

The experience of having a new baby inspired Corwin Newall to write the composition which has won this year’s University of Otago Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music.

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Interest in Frankenstein very much alive after 200 years

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 4:16pm

Professor Susan Lederer (William Evans Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) will discuss the science and scandal behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at a range of public events this month.

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McIlvanney tartan noir award goes to ... McIlvanney

Thursday, 27 September 2018 9:51pm

Two years after the award for the best Scottish crime novel was renamed in honour of the “godfather of tartan noir” William McIlvanney, his son – fellow crime writer and University of Otago Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies – Professor Liam McIlvanney has landed the prize for his book "The Quaker".

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Heilala Book Prize in Humanities celebrates Pacific student's achievements

Thursday, 27 September 2018 6:01pm

Second-year student Lydie Leurquin received the 2018 Heilala Book Prize in Humanities on Tuesday, 25 September

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McIlvanney takes McIlvanney tartan noir award

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 4:36pm

Professor Liam McIlvanney takes top Scottish crime writing award named in honour of his father.

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Award-winning baritone's concert to celebrate "where it all began"

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 4:46pm

Award-winning baritone Julien Van Mellearts will return to Otago to perform with Music Professor Terence Dennis on 26 September.

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Workshop to explore links between climate change and conflict 

Monday, 24 September 2018 4:28pm

A workshop co-hosted by Otago’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPCS) and the Toda Peace Institute in Auckland this week will address the complex relationship between climate change and conflict globally, and in the Pacific.

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Indigenous perspectives useful in discussion of child substance misuse

Friday, 21 September 2018 2:28pm

Visiting academic Dr Lisa Chant will discuss the complexities of substance abuse in children under 13.

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Digital Humanities Expo to celebrate collaborative networks

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.   


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University Hanami festival better than ever before

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.

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Suffrage lecture to question under-representation of women in local government

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.

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Hanami Festival Blossoms

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

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Geography "taniwha" receives national teaching excellence award

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.

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New Theology-Business postgraduate programmes "much-needed"

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.

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University of Otago academic scoops top teaching award

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.

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Saxons and sorcery in German student drama

Friday, 14 September 2018 3:09pm

Theatre and performance is, of course, a big part of the student experience for students enrolled in Otago’s many Music, Theatre and Performing Arts programmes. But taking to the stage is an annual tradition for students within the University’s German programme as well.

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Te Takarangi showcases Māori research

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.

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2019 University of Otago Arts Fellows named

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.

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Project builds resilience in communities preparing for Alpine Fault quake

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.

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Chancellor to cameo in WW1 commemorative play

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.

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Art celebrates 125 years of New Zealand women’s suffrage

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?”

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Night to remember for Kupe scholars

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.

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Take your skills on an adventure with VSA

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).

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HEDC celebrates 40 years

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.

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Research shows carbon dioxide levels influenced by earthquakes

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.

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OtagoLaw Winter Edition 2018 out now

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.

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Original Rain installed at the Hocken

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.

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Politics Spring Lecture Series 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 2:35pm

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!

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Otago architect turned theologian wins major book award

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.

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Otago scientists have challenging but rewarding role in repatriation mission

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.

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A time to reflect and look forward – 60 years of the Burns Fellowship

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.

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2018 Supervisor of the Year advocates Distance study

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.

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Ground broken on new University Arts Centre

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.

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Kupe scholarship a ‘dream come true’ for Otago student

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.

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Dawn Raid wins Otago lecturer a 2018 NZ Book Award

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.

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Secretary of State for Scotland visits Otago

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.

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Acclaimed crime novelist appointed to visiting professorship

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.

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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.

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Centre's 2018 Visiting Scholar, Dr Tiffany Cone, explores international student experiences

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.

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Otago appoints crime novelist Val McDermid to visiting professorship

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.

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Otago professor honoured by top geography award

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.

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Otago Arts Fellows relish time to indulge their creativity

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.

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IVF anniversary important, says Otago Postdoctoral Fellow

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.

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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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Why we still take Karl Marx seriously

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.

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Politics has a record number of graduating PhD and MA students in one year!

Monday, 4 June 2018 8:40am

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.

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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 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.

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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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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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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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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.