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2018 archives


Otago creates Office of Student Success

Friday 30 November 2018

The Head of the University’s newly created Office of Student Success, Dr Stephen Scott, is very excited about the difference it will make for Otago students.


Otago Career Development Centre voted NZ’s best

Wednesday 14 November 2018

The University of Otago Career Development Centre has been voted the best among New Zealand's eight universities for 2018 by the New Zealand Association for Graduate Employers (NZAGE).


Top teachers named by OUSA

Thursday 25 October 2018

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


Curtain falls on PE’s final dance performance 

Wednesday 24 October 2018

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences held the final performance for its last dance and gymnastics paper at the beginning of this month. The Division of Sciences’ Communications Adviser Guy Frederick was caught the action for the Otago Connection.

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Bird eyes indigenous connections in Chile

Wednesday 17 October 2018

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.


TV quotes sum up leadership lessons

Tuesday 16 October 2018

When asked to describe how taking part in Otago’s Student Leadership Award has enhanced her life, fifth-year student Maddi Ingham turned to her “guilty habit” – movies and TV.


“Unforgettable” send-off for Mark Henaghan

Friday 12 October 2018

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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Responsibility leadership blooms

Thursday 11 October 2018

The Dunedin Night Shelter has benefited by over $9,700 from a two-fold increase in the number of students taking the Otago Business School’s Department of Management course, MANT252 Developing Responsible Leadership.

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Sea Cleaners Youth Ambassador in our midst

Friday 5 October 2018

John Commissaris, an Applied Science and Law student, was among eight young Kiwis chosen to be a Sea Cleaners Youth Ambassador and travel to Oahu and clean up rubbish on their beaches. While there, John and his fellow ambassadors presented to various schools, as well as to the NZ Consulate General and staff. Now back in Dunedin, John sat down with Otago Connection to share his thoughts on plastic pollution and on his once-in-a-lifetime experience in Hawaii.

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Otago’s growing rowing success

Monday 1 October 2018

Otago University Rowing Club’ Senior Men’s Rowing Eight won all three races in the annual test series with Russia’s St Petersburg State University in September, building a solid platform for next year’s big local events.

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Aquinas students help dog-owners protect wildlife

Friday 28 September 2018

Protected wildlife on Dunedin’s beaches may be a little safer thanks to Aquinas College students’ help with a Department of Conservation wildlife awareness event, Dog’s Day Out.

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Otago wins National Tertiary Basketball Championship

Monday 24 September 2018

The 2018 New Zealand National Tertiary Basketball Champions have been crowned with University of Otago winning the men’s championship and Lincoln University claiming the women’s title.

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College art show showcases student talent

Wednesday 19 September 2018

A pencil sketch titled Turtle Island has taken the people’s choice award at Caroline Freeman College’s Annual Art Show held last week in the College’s Attic lounge.

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Economist essay competition win for Denzel

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Persuasive arguments for cultural acceptance, delivered with “flair and wit”, won University of Otago Health Sciences First Year student Denzel Chung the Open Borders category in The Economist’s international Open Future essay and video competition.

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Saxons and sorcery in German student drama

Friday 14 September 2018

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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Otago student selected to voyage on Sir Peter Blake’s research vessel

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Otago student Millie Mannering is one of two talented young New Zealanders who will be packing their bags for a 16-day Caribbean and Atlantic voyage onboard Sir Peter Blake’s legendary research schooner Seamaster, now named Tara, after winning a coveted Blake Ambassadorship.

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Touch ref takes top title

Monday 27 August 2018

Otago student Courtney Hawke has been named the top female referee at the recent Youth Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Student advocate wins Inclusion and Diversity award

Monday 27 August 2018

OUSA international Officer, representing 2,500 international students at the University of Otago, Umi Asaka won the Inclusion and Diversity Award at the New Zealand Youth Awards earlier this year.

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Futsal star keeps goal in sight when making university choice

Monday 20 August 2018

Wishing to build on her success in futsal, Britneylee Nicholson had a few things to consider before deciding which university to attend. Such factors as scholarships, programme of study, distance learning, competitions and performance pathways all played a part in her final choice.

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Scholarship students hitting their stride at Otago

Thursday 9 August 2018

A wide range of entrance scholarships are available for students to study at the University of Otago and for Otago students to study at other institutions around the world. Here we introduce you to just a few of the hundreds of students who received undergraduate scholarships this year


Otago University rugby on top in Dunedin

Tuesday 7 August 2018

“The students” University A team has just completed its most successful rugby campaign since 2010, finishing top on points compared to all the Premier men’s rugby teams in Dunedin, and as joint winners of the Premier Competition Shield played on Saturday (the Speights shield).

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Hometown attraction for University of Otago scholarship winner

Wednesday 18 July 2018

When your skills on the basketball court are as good as 19-year-old Nicole Ruske’s, the world is your oyster. But when it came to choosing which university the St Hilda’s graduate would attend, there was never any doubt she would stick close to home and study at the University of Otago.

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Humour: a tool to knock you off your pedestal

Friday 13 July 2018

Third-year student Alexander Torrie shares his thoughts on using humour in patient-care. The piece was written as part of the "Humour, Culture and Media" Humanities Selective within the Otago School of Medicine's Early Learning in Medicine programme. It was originally published on the "Corpus: Conversations about medicine and life" blog.

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Caroline Freeman College officially opened

Wednesday 11 July 2018

The students living there have been calling it “home” since February, but the official opening of the newly re-named Caroline Freeman College took place at a formal ceremony held earlier this week.


Otago leads the way in disability support

Friday 6 July 2018

The University is a proud leader in the field of disability support in the tertiary education sector – with more students than ever before accessing the services of Otago’s Disability Information and Support.


Toroa retains Chef of the Year title

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Good teamwork and great use of the ‘mystery ingredient’ won two chefs from Otago’s Toroa College bragging rights in this year’s Residential College Chef of the Year Competition held last week – the second year in a row the contest has been won by Toroa.


Board games offer chance to connect on campus

Monday 2 July 2018

A selection of board games is now available to play on campus – giving students and staff the opportunity to unwind with friends and reconnect away from electronic devices.

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Inaugural sign language course wraps up at UniCol

Friday 15 June 2018

It took less than a day for UniCol’s first-ever introductory New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) classes to reach capacity when registration opened in April. Now that the six-week course has come to a close, those who were lucky enough to enrol are ‘signing’ its praises.

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Otago winners in Canada at World's Challenge Challenge

Friday 8 June 2018

Congratulations to the E-Hop team! Otago students Rebecca, Nick, and Carolyn have taken the top prize at this year's World's Challenge Challenge earning $30,000 (CAD) to put toward their innovative electric car charging network app.


Medical students striving to be more socially accountable

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Student representatives from the country’s two medical schools recently met to share ideas on how the medical curriculum can become more socially accountable to ensure medical students become competent doctors, advocates and agents of change in society.

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Students answer call for ‘More Trees Please’ event

Thursday 31 May 2018

Around 200 native trees were planted on the Hereweka Harbour Cone Block on the Otago Peninsula on Sunday during a volunteer event organisers say was designed to help students explore the wider Dunedin region while contributing to the local environment.

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Otago team Canada-bound for World’s Challenge Challenge competition

Thursday 24 May 2018

Drivers’ worries about battery range – the distance an electric vehicle (EV) can travel before needing to be charged – are a significant barrier to the expansion of the EV market here in New Zealand and globally. Thanks to a trio of Otago Law students, so-called battery range anxiety may soon be a thing of the past.

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Education key to hauora and success

Monday 21 May 2018

A Christchurch medical student is playing a key role in a Ngāi Tahu-backed initiative to keep rangatahi (youth) from the West Coast in education.

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New group aims to create a community for nutrition students

Monday 21 May 2018

On a Friday night when many students are either hitting the books or taking a breather from studying, about 150 students gathered at St David’s Lecture Theatre to find out about Otago’s newest student-run association: the Otago University Nutrition Association.

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Otago a tradition for Fijian family

Thursday 17 May 2018

When Meli Malani attended an Otago information evening in Fiji last year – encouraged by his father who is an Otago medical alumnus – he recognised the opportunity to continue a proud family tradition.

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Tropical test for Law student

Wednesday 16 May 2018

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: test match rugby.

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Out of the lab and on to the stage for Otago student

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Plant biology and musical theatre don't appear to have a lot in common, but it turns out Dunedin has provided University of Otago student Jacob Irby with the opportunity to combine his passion for both.


Queerest Tea Party celebrates diversity

Tuesday 10 April 2018

The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) Queerest Tea Party on campus yesterday provided an opportunity for the University to celebrate its diverse student body – and for attendees to take part in some competitive cupcake decorating.

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College dogs with college jobs

Friday 6 April 2018

When students move away from home to study at university, many of them leave their childhood pets behind.

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Baking up something good for the community

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Perfectly edible bananas that would otherwise be destined for the landfill are being put to good use feeding Dunedin’s most vulnerable children and families thanks to a unique partnership between KiwiHarvest and the University of Otago’s Human Nutrition programme.

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Caroline Freeman a popular namesake for students

Wednesday 28 March 2018

It’s been three months since City College was re-named Caroline Freeman College, and students have already started referring to it by its catchy initials, “CFC”.

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Otago On Location: Glassblowing Unit

Monday 26 March 2018

In Otago On Location, we bring Otago Connection readers behind the scenes of some of the University’s most stunning, unique, historic and amazing spaces. In this instalment, we visit the Glassblowing Unit.

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Taking friendly inter-college competition to the water

Friday 16 March 2018

Students from nine of the University’s residential colleges competed in the Inter-College Rowing Festival last weekend, with the calm water and warm weather creating a fun environment for the morning’s activities.

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Otago student represents NZ at international business competition

Thursday 8 March 2018

The University of Florida Heavener Business Case Competition attracts the smartest business students from around the world. The University of Otago sent double-degree finalist Claudia Grave to compete as a member of the New Zealand Universities' Team.

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Colleges spend O Week giving back to community

Tuesday 6 March 2018

University of Otago students are well known for their generous spirit. They have already outdone themselves with the sheer number of volunteer hours put in over Orientation Week for charities and businesses around Dunedin.

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UNIO101 paper helps first-year students succeed

Monday 5 March 2018

The transition from high school to university is a formative period in a teenager’s life but it can be a challenging time as well. Thankfully for Otago students, Dr Stephen Scott, Director of First-Year Experience, has helped create UNIO101 – a cheat-sheet of sorts for incoming Otago students to fast-track them to success.

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Welcoming Otago students from near and far

Thursday 1 March 2018

Students come from all over the world to attend the University of Otago, which means that at the start of the academic year, there are plenty of different welcome events to enjoy around the campus.

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Orientation Week: All of the fun without all of the sun

Monday 26 February 2018

No one can accuse Otago students of letting a little bad weather rain on their proverbial parade. Despite cool temperatures and plenty of rain, O Week 2018 is being looked upon as a tremendous success by all involved.


“Be confident” urges Prime Minister at Convocation

Tuesday 20 February 2018

New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, received a standing ovation for her speech at Otago’s 2018 Convocation ceremony last night, in which she urged the more than 4,000 incoming first-year students to overcome their internal voices of doubt, and fulfil their own potential.

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Respect and tolerance focus of leadership school in Malaysia

Tuesday 20 February 2018

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.


Flatting gives “real Otago experience”

Friday 16 February 2018

Otago’s Residential Colleges and flats around the city are once again filling with students, ahead of Orientation next week, and the beginning of the academic year on Monday 26 February.

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Comp Girls Otago leader wins GCSB scholarship

Monday 5 February 2018

Procrastinating during exam season turned out to be quite lucrative for Kiri Lenagh-Glue, who admits that although it’s “a little bit embarrassing” to admit she was putting off study by searching through the Otago scholarships database, it definitely all worked out.

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Volunteering earns rewards for staff member

Thursday 1 February 2018

Volunteering with the United Way New Zealand’s Reading Oasis pilot programme at Carisbrook School in Dunedin has earned University Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator Sze-En Watts the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way NZ.