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Call for Nominations and Expressions of Interest for appointment to the University of Otago Council

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The University of Otago Council invites confidential nominations and expressions of interest for one Council position to take effect immediately upon appointment (approximately Mar/Apr 2019).

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Graduate Women Otago Volunteer Position available

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Graduate Women Otago has two wonderful volunteers who write our branch minutes once or twice a year. Regular minute takers do the minutes at other times. If we had a third person it would be really helpful for our roster. Please consider this role.

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Graduate Women Otago: February Branch Meeting

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Associate Professor Siân Halcrow, a bioarchaeologist with a research focus on infant and child health and disease in the past, will be our speaker. She investigates the effects that the intensification of agriculture had on health in the past, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia.

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Exhibition: In an orange my mother was eating

Monday, 11 February 2019

New exhibition at the Hocken, 90 Anzac Avenue. 2018 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Louise Menzies is interested in things as they are in the world. In this exhibition, her delicate appreciation for what already exists has materialised as a series of distinct works made during her year-long Fellowship and subsequent engagement with the Hocken Collections.

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Matariki Network of Universities' Travel Awards

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Applications are invited for the University of Otago's Matariki Network of Universities’ (MNU) Travel Awards. The purpose of these Awards is to enable academic and professional staff at the University of Otago to meet with colleagues from MNU member universities to develop and/or enhance collaboration. That collaboration can be research or teaching/curriculum related. The Travel Awards are to be used in addition to regular conference or RSL funding, with the additional funding enabling a visit to a MNU partner that would otherwise not have been funded through either conference or RSL monies. Further information regarding the MNU, member institutions and its objectives, is available at

Applications are available from Lynda McIver ( and should detail the purpose of the visit, whether or not there is already an existing collaborative relationship with the person(s) to be visited, the nature of the collaboration, confirmation that you have the appropriate conference/ RSL approval and evidence of who you will be meeting with at the MNU institution(s) you intend to visit (e.g. letters of invitation). An indicative budget (including quotes for flights from one of the two University-approved travel agents, stipend, hotel, shuttle/ car hire and insurance costs etc) and timeframe should also be provided. Please note that the Travel Awards do not allow for contributions to the cost of international airfares but rather are to assist staff with the travel costs specifically related to visiting MNU partners.

Applications will be considered at the March Internationalisation Committee meeting (due date for applications 26 Feb 2019). A maximum of $2,000 is available for each award. Applications should be endorsed by your HOD and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and submitted to Lynda McIver (, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement). On completion of the project, recipients will be required to submit a written report to the Internationalisation Committee on the use and outcomes of the award.

Please note: Applicants who have previously received MNU funds, who are applying for funding to visit the same institution, may receive lower priority.

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Women In Neuroscience

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand is hosting its first International Women's Day events. Join us for a panel discussion with our key female neuroscientists, researchers, and clinicians from the University of Otago. They'll be discussing how and why they entered into the research field, their latest research interests, what it's like to be a woman in research and much more. Light refreshments will be served at both events.

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Review of the Department of Biochemistry, 18 to 20 Mar 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019

As part of the University’s quality assurance programme a Panel has been convened to review, evaluate and report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on matters pertaining to the Department of Biochemistry.

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Ralph Hotere 'Rain' Banners on display at the Hocken

Friday, 7 September 2018

‘Rain’ banners by artist Ralph Hotere on display in the Hocken foyer, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin