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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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Indigenous tauira shine at exchange programme launch

Thursday, 19 July 2018 7:11pm

The first incoming and outgoing students involved in a new indigenous exchange programme were the stars of the show at a special launch last night.

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Opinion: Smokefree 2025 - An opportunity for Government

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 9:28pm

Bold Government action is needed to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal writes a group of staff from the Wellington campus and the Cancer Society.

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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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Dunedin Study displays staff photos with a twist

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 9:13pm

The team at the University’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Research Unit (DMHDRU) is displaying staff photos with a difference – scans of their own brains.

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Building better cases for projects

Monday, 16 July 2018 7:51pm

Any staff wishing to seek approval for a project worth more than $250,000 at the University of Otago now have a clear process to follow and can seek advice from an office dedicated to helping with projects.

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Departing PVC (Health Sciences) grateful for opportunities

Monday, 16 July 2018 7:13pm

Professor Peter Crampton has stepped down from his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences, and into a new role at Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori. The Otago Bulletin Board visited him during his last week as PVC, late last month.

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Science Festival: Biomedical Sciences Photo Competition impresses

Friday, 13 July 2018 9:54am

A fascinating array of photos, from the serious to the quirky, to the intriguing is on display at the Link until Sunday following the Biomedical Sciences Photo Competition.

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Scholarships provide Antarctic opportunities

Thursday, 12 July 2018 9:05pm

Antarctic glaciers and microscopic algae will soon be the focus of two University of Otago students who have just been awarded two of three Antarctica New Zealand Scholarships for 2018.

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Science Festival: Gut Heroes experience proves popular

Thursday, 12 July 2018 8:52pm

A captivating augmented reality (AR) experience, aimed at enthusing eight- to 12-year-olds about gut microbiomes, was one of many successful exhibits at the University of Otago Science Expo, held last weekend as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival.

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Science Festival: Otago staff and students recognised with awards

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 7:56pm

A University of Otago frog expert who has dedicated more than 30 years at the forefront of amphibian conservation, was last week recognised for his lifelong commitment to science at an awards ceremony to launch the 11th biennial New Zealand International Science Festival.

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PE announces new curriculum during 70th anniversary

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 7:35pm

The University’s School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences (SPESES) will offer a restructured curriculum from next year – offering more career-focussed options to its students – as well as opening its programmes up to the wider University.

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Caroline Freeman College officially opened

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 9:38am

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.

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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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Christchurch scientists recognised internationally

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 3:20pm

Three University of Otago, Christchurch, staff members have been recognised for their global work with appointments and awards from key groups relating to cancer, tissue banking, and immunisation.

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Otago lecturer acknowledged for inclusive nature

Monday, 9 July 2018 8:34pm

A leading University of Otago lecturer has been praised in one of the world’s most prestigious academic journals as someone who is “winning at science”.

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Otago leads international food authentication course

Monday, 9 July 2018 8:32pm

Giving consumers confidence in the safety and origin of their food is just one of the benefits of a recent Otago-led food authentication course.

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Otago academic’s efforts honoured by genetics community

Monday, 9 July 2018 12:17pm

Professor Neil Gemmell’s unique contributions to the field of genetics have been recognised on the international stage.

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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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Toroa retains Chef of the Year title

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 7:03pm

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.

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July 2018 digital calendar

Monday, 2 July 2018 12:16pm

Fiona McDonald, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the University’s Faculty of Dentistry, braved a sub-zero Dunedin winter’s morning to take the photo which has become this year’s July digital calendar.

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NZ International Science Festival comes to Otago

Thursday, 28 June 2018 1:24pm

The University’s Dunedin campus will be buzzing with science next month, when the New Zealand International Science Festival gets under way.

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International Antarctic role for Otago Professor

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:03am

University of Otago Marine scientist Professor Gary Wilson has been elected Vice-President of a major international group coordinating research in Antarctica. 

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Opinion: From Otago to Loch Ness

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 2:02pm

The tale has got it all – cutting edge technology, a mysterious creature, international participants, and the media spotlight. Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell reflects on his now famous investigation, two years in the making; the Loch Ness eDNA project.

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Barker to continue as PVC (Sciences)

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 1:07pm

The University of Otago has extended the appointment of Professor Richard Barker as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Sciences.

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Health to take centre stage in new Hocken exhibition

Monday, 25 June 2018 10:48am

From health promotion and disease prevention, to institutional architecture, patient care, and treatment, the connection between art and health will be explored in Primary Care – an exhibition opening at Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena this week.

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HRC funds 17 Otago-led projects

Monday, 25 June 2018 10:21pm

A study that will investigate whether the price of medications is preventing low income New Zealanders from accessing their prescriptions will go ahead thanks to funding from the Health Research Council (HRC).

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Abbey College celebrates 10 great years

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:20pm

New Zealand’s only fully catered postgraduate residential college last month celebrated its 10 year anniversary – with a special dinner followed by a masquerade ball.

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Transformed Business building wins national award

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 1:11pm

The incredible redevelopment that transformed the Otago Business School building has won an Excellence Award in the Education category of the New Zealand Property Council Awards held on Friday night.

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Te Reo and medicine combine in Christchurch kura visit

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 3:14pm

Christchurch fifth year medical students gave health checks to children at a Te Pa o Rakaihautu as part of the campus’ Hauroa Māori curriculum.

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Winning project could help hearing disorders

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:40pm

A project that could help thousands of people who suffer from hearing disorders won the Brain and Technology Symposium 2018 Challenge held recently.

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Key appointments further strengthen Otago’s innovation sector

Friday, 15 June 2018 1:04pm

The University of Otago has been bolstered by two key appointments in the field of innovation and research.

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University honoured to host Samoan Prime Minister

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:53pm

The Prime Minister of Samoa Hon Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi believes it is vital that elected leaders in the Pacific respond to the needs of their people, in order to maintain national stability.

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Board games offer chance to connect on campus

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:59pm

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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"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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Revolutionary imaging technology wins 2018 Proof of Concept grant

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:57pm

A ground-breaking proposal that would allow photos and videos to be taken through solid objects has won Otago Innovation Ltd’s 2018 Proof of Concept competition.

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Dentistry Dean takes on broader role as PVC Health Sciences

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 9:04pm

In three weeks Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Paul Brunton, will vacate his role and take up a new position within the University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences.

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Media enthralled with ‘hunt’ for monster

Monday, 11 June 2018 9:05pm

Drumnadrochit, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, is a peaceful spot frequented by tourists. Last week, though, teams of international media swarmed in to meet the man behind the latest plan to “find Nessie” – Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell.

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Otago leads the way in disability support

Monday, 11 June 2018 2:36pm

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.

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Dental decant a complex affair

Thursday, 7 June 2018 1:38pm

Just finding new spaces for everyone took about 18 months – decanting the Faculty of Dentistry to overhaul the Walsh Building is not a task for the faint-hearted.

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Researchers help save lives in the Pacific

Thursday, 7 June 2018 1:40pm

Otago researchers and clinicians are helping lead development of a cervical cancer prevention programme in the Pacific, aimed at saving lives.

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Hunt for Nessie captures hearts and minds

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 11:14pm

Otago’s Professor Neil Gemmell is now in Scotland, with teams of international media waiting to follow his every move as he searches for DNA evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.

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Help us all take care out there this winter

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 10:13am

Who ya gonna call? Someone please! Winter is here so if you spot some hazardous ice, slippery surfaces, piles of leaves flooding drains or badly lit areas, please take action to keep us all safe.

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Raising the roof

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 10:06am

The roof is on the new Faculty of Dentistry building – where patients will be treated – and the floors have been poured on all four levels.

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Medical students striving to be more socially accountable

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 11:12pm

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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June 2018 digital calendar

Friday, 1 June 2018 11:07pm

Emma Spencer, a PhD candidate in the Centre for Free Radical research at the Christchurch campus, took the photo which has become this year’s June digital calendar on Kyiv Day 2016.

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General Staff Day “more important than ever” - TEU

Thursday, 31 May 2018 9:32pm

In a time of major upheaval and uncertainty, the chance to laugh with friends and colleagues is very important, says Tertiary Education Union (TEU) organiser Shaun Scott.

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Health Research Excellence Awards celebrate staff

Thursday, 31 May 2018 9:22pm

University of Otago Curekids Professor of Paediatric Genetics Stephen Robertson is considered an outstanding leader in his field internationally, and last night his achievements were formally recognised closer to home at the Health Research Excellence Awards in Dunedin.

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Cold head, funds raised

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 2:17pm

“So cold!” is the answer Anatomy PhD candidate Josh Houlton gives when asked how he feels after shaving his dreadlocks in the foyer of the Lindo Ferguson Building in support of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

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Winter Symposium Series 2018: Bigger and Better

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 9:14pm

Following the success of the annual Winter Symposium Series, the University of Otago is this year extending the symposia to include five New Zealand centres – Wellington, Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland.

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Children, students embrace Teddy Bear Hospital

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 2:18pm

Dunedin’s toy population is on track to be fit and healthy over winter thanks to the University of Otago’s Teddy Bear Hospital.

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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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Nutrition WOFs offered to staff and postgrads

Friday, 25 May 2018 11:19am

Otago staff and postgraduate students are being offered a free nutritional ‘check-up’.

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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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Tauira Māori honoured in emotional ceremonies

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:11pm

There was a new name, but the same poignant spirit settled across the first two Māori pre-graduation ceremonies of the year.

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Disability no barrier to success for Otago graduate

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 8:54pm

Otago graduate Shaun Markham encourages people to reassess their assumptions about the impact of disabilities.

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$750,000 to Otago researchers for health-related feasibility studies

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 3:33pm

Three University of Otago researchers have successfully secured almost $750,000 between them from the Health Research Council to undertake feasibility studies.

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University honours former Chancellor John Ward

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 1:50pm

The capping of former University of Otago Chancellor John Ward by his successor, Dr Royden Somerville QC, provided a very special moment during one of Otago’s two graduation ceremonies over the weekend.

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Education key to hauora and success

Monday, 21 May 2018 10:04am

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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Otago experts offer thoughts on Budget 2018

Friday, 18 May 2018 9:57pm

Four University of Otago experts have offered their thoughts on Budget 2018, and what it means for New Zealanders.

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Otago launches new Media Expertise Database

Thursday, 17 May 2018 3:32pm

When the University’s new and improved Media Expertise Database launches on 31 May, media from around the globe will be able to access Otago’s vast range of experts like never before.

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New ideas for detecting cancer get go-ahead from HRC

Thursday, 17 May 2018 4:47pm

A University of Otago researcher focused on the earlier detection of cancer has just secured her first significant grant from the Health Research Council, valued at $249,984, for her novel proposal for diagnosing bowel cancer.

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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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Otago scientists helping bring fallen NZDF personnel home

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 1:26pm

A team of University of Otago archaeologists and bioarchaeologists are putting their skills to tangible use in a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) repatriation mission.

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University Operations Group sets 2018 priorities

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:18pm

The Operations Group’s three over-arching priorities this year are transforming technology, services and support, and the built environment.

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Equity and Diversity under the spotlight at Otago

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:17pm

The University of Otago has underscored its commitment to supporting all students and staff in achieving their fullest potential, with the introduction of a new Equity and Diversity Strategic Framework and a new Equity and Diversity Policy.

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Finding our new way

Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:29pm

Creating the best experience possible for students and staff on the Dunedin campus has included lowering the speed limit, helping to ensure unauthorised vehicles stay away, and erecting more way-finding signs.

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Otago academics defend Māori consultation processes

Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:03pm

Several Otago academics have stepped forward in strong opposition to suggestions that the Treaty of Waitangi has no place in scientific endeavour, and that the University of Otago’s Māori consultation processes are flawed.

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DCC seeks parking feedback

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 1:51pm

Have your say on parking – the Dunedin City Council (DCC) wants to know what you think.

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Christchurch campus hosts indigenous health leaders

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 4:47pm

Improving health statistics for indigenous populations and more culturally-relevant medical curriculums were topics for discussion at a recent meeting of Australian and New Zealand medical schools at the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.

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Te Whare Tāwharau opens its doors

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 8:50pm

The University’s new drop-in centre for students seeking support and guidance related to their experiences of sexual violence or harassment has now opened its doors, following an official launch last week.

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Dunedin campus' final free influenza vaccination clinic

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 12:42pm

Free vaccination clinics on campus have attracted about 2,100 staff – an increase on previous years so far – and the final full-afternoon clinic is upstairs in The Link today, between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.

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Business School building finalist in awards

Monday, 7 May 2018 12:32pm

The judges have been and the waiting has begun – the Otago Business School has made the long-list finals of the Property Council of New Zealand Awards, in the Education Facilities category.

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News of inner-city site for new Dunedin Hospital welcomed

Friday, 4 May 2018 1:29pm

University of Otago leaders are pleased Cabinet has approved an inner-city Dunedin location with close proximity to the University precinct, on which to build the city’s new $1.2 to $1.4 billion hospital.

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Videos show three paths to research commercialisation

Wednesday, 2 May 2018 8:41pm

A series of videos, being released by Otago Innovation Ltd this week as part of its annual Proof of Concept competition, show that no pathway to investment is the same.

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Knowledge sharing at heart of latest Hocken exhibition

Wednesday, 2 May 2018 8:43pm

The idea of libraries being a scaled-down version of the universe is just one facet of the evolution of knowledge being explored in the latest art exhibition opening at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena this week.

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SSR process begins to take effect

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 2:32pm

The University’s Support Services Review (SSR) is beginning to take effect – with 155 expressions of interest from staff in voluntary redundancy to date, and 92 voluntary redundancies confirmed.

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Celebrate NZ Music Month at the Hocken

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 2:25pm

As a holder of significant, rich and varied music collections, it is no wonder Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena is getting involved in NZ Music Month.

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May 2018 digital calendar

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 2:23pm

Ario Smith, a Digital Content Producer at Web Services, took this photo of #thatwanakatree which has become the May 2018 digital calendar.

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“Otago” Air New Zealand ad takes off

Friday, 27 April 2018 10:03am

A new Air New Zealand advertisement featuring the University of Otago has taken off on social media, with nearly 200,000 views in less than a fortnight since being posted on the Air New Zealand Facebook page.

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Students lead moving Anzac service on campus

Thursday, 26 April 2018 5:07pm

University of Otago students were forefront at a solemn and thoughtful bicultural Anzac Day service attended by around 800 people on the University’s Dunedin campus yesterday.

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On campus Anzac service tomorrow afternoon

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 8:20pm

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) will tomorrow host a bi-cultural Anzac Day Service on campus – this year with even greater input from students.

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Key appointments in External Engagement

Monday, 23 April 2018 8:22pm

The University of Otago has just made two key appointments in the External Engagement Division - Todd Gordon to Director Marketing, and Jason Cushen to Director International.

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Seashore guide makes Notable Book list

Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:58pm

A book written to encourage New Zealanders to explore tidepools and mudflats has been named a 2018 Storylines Notable Book.

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$1 million CT scanner donated to Christchurch campus

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:52am

Global medical technology giant GE Healthcare has donated a state-of-the-art scanner worth $1 million to the University of Otago.

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University sets up drop-in centre for students

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:06pm

The University of Otago is setting up Te Whare Tāwharau, a place of shelter, as a drop-in centre for students seeking support and guidance related to their experiences of sexual violence or harassment.

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First Otago Connection newsletter of 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 2:28pm

The first Otago Connection e-newsletter of 2018 has arrived to the inboxes of over 25,000 family and friends of Otago students.

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University E-Waste and E-Cycle Centre makes an impact

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 9:33pm

Otago’s E-Waste and E-Cycle centre is saving the University significant money each year, greatly reducing the amount of waste it is sending to landfill, and is also helping community groups gain access to computers.

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Winning photos on display at Staff Club

Thursday, 12 April 2018 9:05am

The second annual Otago Bulletin Board Photo Competition Exhibition opened at the Staff Club this afternoon – showcasing a the depth of photographic talent hidden among Otago’s staff and postgraduate communities.

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Sustainability going global at Otago

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 8:57am

Sustainability efforts will operate at a global level at the University of Otago, as it becomes the first New Zealand university to sign the international SDG Accord pursuing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Queerest Tea Party celebrates diversity

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 2:40pm

The 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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Proof of Concept contest opens for 2018

Monday, 9 April 2018 2:04pm

Otago Innovation Ltd’s annual Proof of Concept Grant competition has today opened for applications.

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Otago On Location: Glassblowing Unit

Thursday, 5 April 2018 9:55pm

In this instalment of Otago on Location (shared from Otago Connection) we visit the Glassblowing Unit an on-campus workshop for the manufacture of scientific glassware and a retail store of standard laboratory glassware.

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Otago Business School building redevelopment opening

Thursday, 5 April 2018 9:35pm

The compliments have been flowing since the redeveloped University of Otago Business School’s common space opened for use at the beginning of this year. The redeveloped space over two floors was formally opened last Wednesday.

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April 2018 digital calendar

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 9:08pm

Rachel Tan took the photo which has become this month’s Bulletin Board Digital Calendar during a research trip to Zanzibar.

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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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New additions to CCTV network being rolled out

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:31am

A total of 26 cameras are being added to the Closed Circuit Television Network (CCTV) in and around the University of Otago campus.

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Otago Online MBA third best in the world

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:59am

The University of Otago’s Online MBA programme has been ranked third best on a global stage by London-based CEO Magazine.

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Central Library makes BuzzFeed’s top 25

Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:33pm

The University’s Central Library has be recognised as one of the world’s “25 Libraries Every Voracious Reader Must Absolutely Visit” by American social news and entertainment company BuzzFeed.

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Residential colleges become more energy efficient

Thursday, 22 March 2018 9:50am

Energy efficiencies at the University’s residential colleges are forecast to save $775,000 annually from this year – and a solar panel ‘fence’ has already saved Aquinas College more than $4,000 on hot water in a single semester.

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Highlanders coaching staff visit Otago

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:01am

With the Highlanders Super Rugby side at the top end of the Super Rugby points table and currently unbeaten in 2018, it’s no surprise their coaching staff are looking for every opportunity to maintain the side’s peak performance.

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Otago surveyors join Global Surveyors' Day

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:58am

Members of Otago’s School of Surveying headed to the Octagon yesterday, to join celebrations of the first ever Global Surveyors’ Day.

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Middle Eastern Odyssey on show at University

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 9:34pm

Rediscovering some incredible Middle Eastern books and manuscripts in the University of Otago’s Special Collections last year inspired an exhibition to showcase these unique items.

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Otago PhD candidate wins Chinese scholarship

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:48pm

A University of Otago PhD candidate has been recognised by the Chinese Government for her outstanding academic performance.

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Unusual view of Brooklyn Bridge wins 2018 Photo Competition

Monday, 19 March 2018 9:56am

A stunning photo taken from an unusual angle on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge is the winner of the 2018 Bulletin Board Photo Competition.

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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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Students from across campus urged to enter Audacious 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:08pm

University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic students are again being encouraged to be audacious in business, with the launch of the Audacious Challenge this week.

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Enrolment stats herald a strong start to 2018

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 8:15pm

It has been a positive start to the academic year with University of Otago enrolment figures up across the board.

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From the garbage to a gallery wall – the transformation of anatomy to art

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:04pm

Two University of Otago libraries and a Dunedin printmaker have been working together to create art from long-forgotten anatomical images.

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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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Nobel Prize winner visits Otago

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 9:38pm

It’s not every day you get to hold a Nobel Prize medal, but staff and students of the University of Otago Centre for Electron Microscopy got to do just that when they hosted a special visitor this week.

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Four inspiring teachers win 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:09pm

The enthusiasm and passion of four Otago teachers has earned them recognition in this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Clocktower Building this afternoon.

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Brain Awareness Week offers insights into learning

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:16pm

From learning “how to get better at anything” to receiving some top tips on how to “live to 100 with all of your marbles”, the inner workings of the brain are being put under the microscope at Otago this week, as Brain Awareness Week 2018 gets under way today.

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COO embraces Māori language and culture

Monday, 5 March 2018 12:04pm

The University of Otago’s Chief Operating Officer hopes introducing compulsory Māori language courses for his staff will lead to other departments doing the same.

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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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Innovative health and wellbeing hub opens

Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:03pm

A new iwi-driven health village for Māori, Pasifika and low-income families in the Dunedin area, and focusing on affordable, high quality health and social services, officially opened its doors yesterday.

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March 2018 digital calendar

Thursday, 1 March 2018 1:53pm

Dr Marco Brenna combined his love of photography with his passion for the characteristics of rock when he took the image which has become this month’s Bulletin Board digital calendar.

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Ian Griffin guest judge in Bulletin Photo Competition

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 9:23pm

Accomplished photographer and Director of Otago Museum Ian Griffin will be the guest judge in this year’s Otago Bulletin Board Photo Competition.

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

Monday, 26 February 2018 9:55pm

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.

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Va’a o Tautai enhances Otago as leader in Pacific education

Monday, 26 February 2018 10:27am

The University of Otago continues to lead the way in education for Pacific peoples with the development of Va’a o Tautai, the Pacific entity within the Division of Health Sciences.

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Dunedin clinic marks a new era in Alzheimer’s research

Monday, 26 February 2018 3:25pm

Dunedin residents now have the opportunity to contribute to potentially ground-breaking discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease, with the launch of Brain Research New Zealand’s Dunedin Dementia Prevention Research Clinic last week.

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Short-term parking soon available on campus

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 2:09pm

The equipment is ready to install so the free parking is coming to an end in the University’s new Albany Street car park.

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“Be confident” urges Prime Minister at Convocation

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 3:31pm

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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2018 Bulletin Board photo competition opens

Monday, 19 February 2018 10:19pm

The Bulletin Board team is thrilled to announce the launch of our sixth annual photo competition, which opens for entries today.

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Pain management idea wins Translational Research Grant

Monday, 19 February 2018 11:05am

An idea that could revolutionise the management of severe pain has won the University’s 2017 Translational Research Grant.

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Flatting gives “real Otago experience”

Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:09am

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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Prize-winning Otago scientist credits collaboration with her success

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 9:52pm

Her work may be in nano-scale, but it is certainly making a big impact for Dr Carla Meledandri. The Otago Chemistry lecturer is the 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize recipient and was presented with her award today.

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Robots save on time and mess

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 3:23pm

Using two robots, a generator, an extractor fan, and a machine that winds plastic strip into a pipe has cut a six-week job on the Dunedin campus to four days – driven by the Otago Regional Council’s Leith Flood Protection Scheme.

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Molecular installation provides gateway to Division of Sciences

Monday, 12 February 2018 11:29am

A 12.5 tonne, three-storey tall steel representation of a molecular network has become the “gateway” to the University of Otago’s Division of Sciences.

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University appoints new Shared Services Director

Friday, 9 February 2018 7:26pm

The University has appointed Dunedin man David Tapp as its Director of Shared Services – an integral new position within its support services structure.

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New Associate Dean (Pacific) at the Wellington campus

Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:47pm

Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu has been appointed to the role of Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University’s Wellington campus.

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Prime Minister to speak at Convocation

Thursday, 8 February 2018 8:33pm

News that the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, will attend the University’s Convocation Ceremony this month has helped to generate increased staff interest in the annual event.

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February 2018 digital calendar

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 11:45am

Yifang Parker of the University’s Christchurch campus snapped the photo which has become February 2018’s digital calendar in her garden.

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Merry Christmas from Bulletin Board

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 1:04pm

The team at Otago Bulletin Board wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. The Bulletin is taking a summer break. News will resume in early Feb 2018; notices and classifieds will be approved after 3 Jan 2018.

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January 2018 Digital Calendar

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 1:21pm

Because the Bulletin Board will taking a break over Christmas and through January we are getting in early and posting January’s digital calendar now. Download a copy for your desktop.

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Bulletin Board 2017: A year in review

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 12:45pm

As is our tradition here at the Otago Bulletin Board, we are taking a look back at the stories that made University headlines this year. The most popular story for 2017 might surprise you.

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Revelations on International Pathology Day at the Wellington campus

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 3:31pm

Wellington campus systems engineer Ricardo Batista, took time out from investigating the innards of computers to find out more about what made him tick from colleagues in that campus’ Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine on International Pathology Day.

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Business School leads the way in commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:26am

The University of Otago Business School is one of the first business schools worldwide to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of its strategic mission.

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Helping the University prepare for disaster

Monday, 18 December 2017 2:38pm

Mark Cartwright is planning how to recover from a slew of disasters – and he is keen to help you do the same.

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Transgender health student education project launched

Monday, 18 December 2017 3:38pm

Members of Dunedin’s transgender community are working with a team of Otago academics to better educate healthcare students on their care.

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Alternate energy forms highlighted at symposium

Monday, 18 December 2017 2:55pm

A presentation by the CEO of Zeecol, William Mook, which explored the use of cow effluent as an alternative fuel source was a highlight of last month’s Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) Symposium and Ag@Otago Colloquium.

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Leaders in their field

Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:35pm

A University of Otago guide that helps keeps people safe while they escape burning buildings and fight the fires is blazing a trail around the country – in the best possible way.

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Otago offers free water survival skills programme

Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:24pm

In a bid to curb New Zealand's horrific drowning rates, an Otago researcher is aiming to fill the gap in children's open water survival skills.

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First cohort of Otago Online MBA graduates

Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:57am

Melanie Pickworth and Chloe Blacklock are both adept at juggling their work commitments, personal lives and study. As members of the first cohort of students to graduate with Otago’s online MBA degree they have to be.

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Key dates locked in for Otago’s 150th celebrations

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:05pm

The key dates for Otago’s 150th celebrations have been locked in, providing a glimpse of a wonderful year of celebrations in 2019.

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Students scoop awards in Wellington ceremony

Monday, 11 December 2017 2:47pm

Top-ranking medical and radiation therapy students enjoyed their own version of the red carpet at the University’s Wellington campus 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Roxy Theatre last month.

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Faculty of Dentistry starting early next year

Monday, 11 December 2017 1:33pm

Postgraduates and returning Dentistry and Oral Health students will be starting a month early at the Faculty of Dentistry next year, to cater for the move into the new Clinical Services Building later in the year.

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Fantastic end to the year for the Hocken

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:08pm

The last few weeks of 2017 have been a busy time for staff at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena.

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Otago Business School building redevelopment opens

Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:02am

The newly redeveloped University of Otago Business School’s common space opened yesterday, following an early morning blessing with a whakawatea.

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Forum brings together lifecourse experts

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:30pm

Lifecourse research leaders from around the country met at St Margaret’s College on Tuesday to discuss the future of lifecourse research in New Zealand.

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Clocktower Christmas market popular

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:24pm

The breadth of creative talent within the University of Otago’s staff and postgraduate students was evident last week, at the second annual Clocktower Christmas Market.

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Otago welcomes fees-free details

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 9:55pm

Yesterday’s announcement from Government, confirming key details of the fees-free first year initiative, has been welcomed by the University of Otago.

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Recycling project with a difference launched in Dentistry

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 8:47pm

Dentistry Senior Lecturer Dorothy Boyd has an unusual goal. She would like to see a bench placed in the new Dental School building: A bench made entirely of recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps and other oral health waste.

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December 2017 digital calendar

Friday, 1 December 2017 9:24pm

The image for December 2017’s digital calendar was taken by eConferencing Specialist David Steer at Wharariki beach in Golden Bay.

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Skyrocketing Zoom

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:06pm

Videoconferencing is taking off – staff and students spent more than four million minutes Zoom conferencing at the University of Otago last year and are on track to double that this year.

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Fifth Hocken collection recognised by UNESCO

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 9:15pm

From Larnach Castle to the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, a rich collection of architectural drawings of many prominent Dunedin buildings has been recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding value.

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Humanities conferences attract over 1000 delegates to Dunedin

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:59am

Keynote talks were translated into New Zealand Sign Language and live captioned, while programmes were provided in Braille, as day one of a major international conference into disability issues got under way at the University of Otago yesterday.

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Dental build brings work to local trades

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:23am

Otago sub-contractors are employing more staff, boosting the local economy and showcasing their expertise – all by winning contracts for the Faculty of Dentistry new build and redevelopment at the University of Otago.

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Free summer BBQs popular with staff

Monday, 27 November 2017 9:18pm

Weekly barbeques at the Staff Club are being welcomed by staff, who say they are enjoying the opportunity to catch up with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly space.

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City College name change

Monday, 27 November 2017 9:35am

The University of Otago is renaming City College the Caroline Freeman College, after the University’s first female graduate.

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Operations Group achieving goals for us all

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:12pm

The Operations Group is making its internal University customers much happier – by already exceeding some of its 14 priority targets this year, achieving others and closing in on the rest.

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University strengthens relationship with sister city

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 9:28pm

The University of Otago’s relationship with Dunedin’s sister city Shanghai was further strengthened last week during a highly successful visit from Shanghai’s Vice Mayor Mr Xu Kunlin.

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UNIO 101 launched

Monday, 20 November 2017 8:49pm

The University has launched a new way to help first-year students to get off to a great start at Otago.

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Forums sparking change for the good

Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:20pm

A host of changes have flowed from the first round of Here and Now forums the Property Services Division has held with other divisions to hear about issues, let the other divisions know what it is doing, and discover what it is doing well.

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Hard work and sacrifice celebrated at ceremony

Thursday, 16 November 2017 8:51am

The hard work and sacrifices of international Pacific scholarship students were rewarded last Friday when the University of Otago New Zealand Development Scholarship Completion Ceremony was held.

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Otago collaborates on Māori and Indigenous Business degree

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:58pm

The Otago Business School has joined forces with the business schools of five of New Zealand’s other universities to offer a new, part-time online Master of Māori and Indigenous Business degree.

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University announces new Chancellor

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 9:36pm

The University of Otago today announced a new Chancellor.  Dr Royden Somerville QC will succeed long-serving Chancellor John Ward in January.

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Students who entertain at Ross Home are Good Sorts

Monday, 13 November 2017 9:02pm

Aquinas College students were in the middle of exams at the beginning of November- but that didn’t stop a large group of them heading to Ross Home to entertain the residents, accompanied by OneNews Good Sorts programme.

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Māori research celebrated at Otago

Friday, 10 November 2017 12:04pm

A celebration of Māori research is currently under way at the University– bringing together academics and students from across Otago’s campuses.

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Business School redevelopment nears completion

Friday, 10 November 2017 12:04pm

A distinctive 10 metre sculpture, recently installed in the newly renovated Otago Business School, signals the redevelopment is close to completion.

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Otago outreach project educates children about “hidden sugars”

Thursday, 9 November 2017 1:36pm

A seven-month outreach project led by Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is helping to educate primary school aged children about healthy food choices and good oral hygiene.

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International acting coach to teach Otago Summer paper

Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:29pm

Internationally renowned acting coach Miranda Harcourt will join the University of Otago’s teaching staff for the next five weeks – leading a Pre-Christmas Summer School paper Acting for Camera.

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New spectrometer puts Otago ahead

Monday, 6 November 2017 9:11pm

A new spectrometer, recently purchased by the University’s Department of Chemistry, is allowing Otago researchers to work at the cutting edge of their field.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Thursday, 2 November 2017 11:13am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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St David 2 building redevelopment about to start

Thursday, 2 November 2017 9:28pm

Work is about to start on the University of Otago St David 2 office building redevelopment.

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Former technician remembers time in Physiology

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 11:21am

A former University of Otago technician last week launched a small book, reflecting on his 47-year career in the Department of Physiology.

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November 2017 digital calendar

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 11:48am

When a car drove past during Ario Smith’s astrophotography session he assumed his picture was ruined. It wasn’t – and has become the image for this month’s Bulletin Board digital calendar.

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Internship programme recognised at Awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 9:50pm

An internship programme which is helping to kick start incredible careers for students with disabilities has been recognised by the University at this year’s Disability Information and Support Appreciation Awards.

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Tally Ho! For a concert with a Dunedin and University flavour

Monday, 30 October 2017 1:35pm

Tally Ho! 2, a Dunedin Symphony Orchestra concert celebrating the Dunedin Sound pop music genre, is also a showcase for University of Otago music talents.

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Seven-year-old donates savings to Otago cancer research

Friday, 27 October 2017 2:07pm

A seven-year-old girl from the United States has generously donated some of the money she made running a summer cat sitting business to an Otago cancer research group.

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Division of Humanities celebrates teaching

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 9:48pm

The Division of Humanities last week held its inaugural Celebrating Teaching symposium – aiming to shine a spotlight on teaching and look at ways to enhance and refresh it.

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Otago sends medical equipment to Samoa

Thursday, 19 October 2017 1:42pm

A 40 foot shipping container filled with medical equipment, infant car seats and more than 100 distraction teddy bears is heading to Samoa, thanks to an initiative by the University’s Division of Health Sciences.

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NZ-China links in non-communicable disease research strengthened

Thursday, 19 October 2017 1:44pm

The NZ-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC), a government established national centre hosted by Otago, last week signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with four leading Chinese research institutions - highlighting the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers.

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Final examinations get under way

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 4:13pm

Students are being urged to look after themselves, eat healthily, exercise and connect with others as this semester’s final examinations get under way.

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Students create app for PI Centre

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:03pm

An app created by Information Science students will make it easier for the University’s Pacific Islands Centre to communicate with the students it supports.

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Poisoner’s Handbook topic of tomorrow’s ABC

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 9:11pm

Some arts are darker than others, and tomorrow night’s ABC with Otago Lecturers, held at Dunedin’s UBS Bookshop, will delve into the darkest of them all.

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CCTV to proceed following consultation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 2:09pm

The University has amended its plans to roll out CCTV into streets surrounding its Dunedin campus following consultation with students – reducing the number of both locations and cameras.

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Halving Otago’s greenhouse gas emissions

Monday, 16 October 2017 2:11pm

The University of Otago is living its commitment to being a good global citizen by sparking a change that will halve the greenhouse gas emissions created by its energy use, while simultaneously reducing its total carbon footprint by a third.

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University announces revised business case in SSR

Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:25pm

After three months of consultation and consideration, University of Otago staff were today presented with a proposed University-wide re-configuration of support services. A decision has been made to proceed with the shared services model, with some changes made in light of consultation with staff.

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Enhanced electronic multi-choice exam

Monday, 9 October 2017 9:05pm

New features in the electronic marking service for multiple-choice tests, assignments and exams include providing students with information about the answers they got wrong.

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Student leaders celebrated with awards

Thursday, 5 October 2017 10:39pm

The secret of living is giving, says Physiotherapy student Bridget Watson, who was one of 18 students to this week receive a University of Otago Student Leadership Award (UOSLA) at a ceremony at the Staff Club.

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Parry Guilford to receive Otago’s highest honour

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 10:11pm

Professor Parry Guilford says seeing an electron microscope photo of a virus perched on the surface of a bacterial cell in his School Certificate Science text book marked the beginning of his interest in medical research.

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October 2017 digital calendar

Monday, 2 October 2017 2:47pm

A rainbow appeared in the sky behind a distillery in Scotland just as Alice Milnes began photographing it – making the photo which has become this month’s digital calendar.

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Interest grows for the Doctor of Business Administration

Thursday, 28 September 2017 5:17pm

A second group of students from China studying towards their Doctor of Business Administration has been welcomed to Dunedin.

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Cook team wins Otago Research Group Award

Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:09pm

A world-leading team of microbiologists, whose work on a novel new way to fight TB infections shows great promise, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Otago’s latest Research Group Award.

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Book launched to celebrate 50 years of Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:12am

A book celebrating and commemorating 50 years of the University’s Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was officially launched last night, as part of an alumni event at the Link.

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Latest edition of Otago Connection out now

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:33pm

The second edition of the Otago Connection newsletter hit inboxes late last week, offering some behind-the-scenes glimpses of life at Otago.

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Students forfeit presents and give to those in need

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 2:18pm

Students at Otago’s Te Rangi Hiroa College have given more than 50 early Christmas presents to Presbyterian Support Otago – ready to be passed on to children in need.

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Inspiring business ideas win 2017 Audacious Challenge

Monday, 25 September 2017 12:21pm

Both the range and the quality of business ideas being developed by students entering this year’s Audacious Challenge was inspiring.