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Locals Staff

Operational Committee

Maya Turner

Deputy Head of the Locals Programme 

Maya resizedHi! I'm Maya and i am the Deputy Head of Locals. As the Deputy Head I run the programme on a day to day basis and manage the locals team to make sure we are supporting our first year students the best we can. I started off in the Locals Programme as a first year in 2013 and have made my way through the ranks and now I'm the Deputy Head. I am super excited to see where i can take the programme over the next year and beyond!

I graduated in 2016 with an Honours degree in Anthropology (with a focus on Biological Anthropology and the ethics of introducing new technologies) after finishing my undergrad in Anthropology and Archaeology in 2015. I am proud to have been born and live in amazing Dunedin! As a past local student myself I understand some of the challenges you may face in your first year and am here to help you through them. I'm looking forward to meeting all of the new locals students and can't wait to get stuck into the amazing year we at Locals have planned for you!

Mobile: 021 949 653

Stephen Scott

Head of Student Success and the Locals Programme 

StephenKia Ora, I'm Stephen and I am the Head of Student Success. I am responsible for providing academic leadership, oversight and management of matters relating to the first-year student experience at the University of Otago. I am also the Director of the Locals Programme which means I am responsible for the academic, social and pastoral support available to first-year students living at home, flatting or boarding in their first year at the University of Otago.

I graduated Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Auckland, went on to complete a Masters of Science degree at the Auckland University’s Marine station before attending the University of Otago to undertake a doctoral degree (PhD). Before I started in my current job in 2016 I developed, taught and coordinated papers in Zoology where I developed a strong interest in student learning. My research interest now is in the area of student success. I was also the Associate Dean (Māori) in the Division of Sciences where I developed targeted support for Māori science students and science outreach for Māori communities.

Tel: 03 479 8824
Mobile: 021 276 2674

Carole Scott

Client Services Administrator 

Carole resizedWelcome to the University of Otago’s and the Locals programme. I’m Carole Scott, and it has been my privilege to be involved in Locals since the programme began in 2010.
For the past 15 years I have been involved in working in the area of student learning development, coordinating programmes and services designed to enhance first year students’ experience at this university. I currently work for Disability Information and Support.
I really encourage you to make the most of all the services and programmes thatthe university offers, such as the PASS programme, and Student Learning Development. Check out the library and student services, get to know the staff in your department, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Successful students ask for help when they need it!
The Locals Team are here to support you in your first year at Otago, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the services mentioned above.


Sandra Spence

School's Liaison 

Sandra resizedHi I'm Sandra, a Liaison Officer for the University of Otago and I visit around 60 schools in the South Island every year. I talk to Year 13s about study opportunities at the University and I help with course planning.

I have been a secondary school teacher for 13 years so I know all about NCEA and have studied at university recently, so I know about the realities of tertiary level study also.

You can contact me if you need any course advice or if you need help with anything in general as I should be able to point you in the right direction for assistance.

Scott/Shand House, 90 St David Street, Dunedin | Ōtepoti
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
New Zealand | Aotearoa

Tel: 03 479 7375
Mobile: 021 279 7375

Greg Heller

Schools Liaison 

Greg resizedKia Ora. I'm Greg and I work alongside Sandra in the Schools' Liaison office. Our main role is to help prospective students manage the transition from secondary to tertiary education.

We are always available to answer any queries and provide sound advice and judgement.

Prior to working with the University, I spent 19 years at South Otago High School, where I was Deputy Principal. 2018 is going to be an exciting year and I am looking forward to working with our Locals programme and getting to know you all.

Scott/Shand House, 90 St David Street, Dunedin | Ōtepoti
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
New Zealand | Aotearoa

Phone: 03 479 8251 
Mobile: 021 279 8251