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Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford University) three related events

Thursday, 20 February 2020

On the night of Sunday 8 March 2020, visiting William Evans Fellow, Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford University) will light up the University of Otago’s Richardson Building with an award-winning sound and light show, designed to showcase work from her European Research Council-funded project, Diseases of Modern Life. Projecting will begin at approximately 8:45pm and will continue until 10:30pm.

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Sapphic Fragments by Imogen Taylor

Friday, 14 February 2020

‘Sapphic Fragments’ explores threads of research, hidden histories and new narratives that artist Imogen Taylor has been exploring over the course of her year as 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow. While the title of the exhibition acknowledges Greek poet Sappho’s fragmentary and fabled existence in contemporary society as symbolic of queer histories across time, ‘Sapphic Fragments’ examines modernism through the lens of sexual identity.

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Graduate Women Otago Branch Meeting

Sunday, 9 February 2020

When: Thursday, 27 February, 2020
Where: Benham Seminar Room, 2nd floor in the Zoology Department, 340 Great King Street.
Time: 7:15 pm - Please join us for a cuppa and casual catch-up before the meeting, which will formally begin at 7:30 pm
Topic: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in honour of the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Heather La Dell (Acting Director of Midwifery | Southern DHB) will follow that theme, discussing The current state of midwifery and maternity.
Details: Members may use the car park in front of the Zoology Building and the elevator inside, and will be welcomed by a member 'personing' the locked main entry door between approximately 7:15 - 7:35pm.
Apologies: If you are unable to attend a branch meeting, please email your apology to:

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String Orchestra starting

Friday, 7 February 2020

We are keen to get a new string orchestra started, to explore the string repertoire in a relaxed, informal setting. The orchestra will meet weekly at Hanover Hall, on Sunday evening from 5:30-7:30pm. Music will be available via an online link, and you’ll need to print it out. The start date will be 23 February.

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Café Reo

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Ia Wenerei hei te 10:00 karaka tū ai he Café Reo -- he hui ōpaki (me kawhe) mō ngā pia o te reo Māori -- i roto i te Rūma Pāpori i runga i te papa tuatahi o te Whare Burns (Arts). Ki te pīrangi koe ki te ako, ki te whakapai rānei i tō reo, nau mai, haere mai ki te Café Reo. Kaua e uruwehi, he tino rata nō mātou.

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Matariki Network of Universities' Travel Awards

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Applications are invited for the University of Otago's Matariki Network of Universities’ (MNU) Travel Awards. They enable academic and professional staff to meet colleagues from MNU member universities to develop or enhance research, teaching or curriculum-related collaborations. The travel awards are to be used with regular conference or RSL funding, so the MNU funding enables a visit to  partner that would otherwise not have been possible with either conference or RSL funding alone. Information about MNU institutions and the network's objectives is available at

Applications should detail the visit's purpose, the time-frame, whether or not a collaborative relationship already exists with the person/s being visited, the nature of the collaboration, confirmation you have the appropriate conference/RSL approval, evidence of who you will be meeting at the MNU institution/s (e.g. letters of invitation) and 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). Please note these travel awards do include contributions to international airfares but are to help staff with travel costs specifically related to visiting MNU partners once in those partners' regions.

Applications should be endorsed by your Head of Department and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, then submitted by 25 February to Lynda McIver (, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement). Applications will be considered at the March Internationalisation Committee meeting. A maximum of $2000 is available for each award. On completing the project, recipients will be required to submit a written report to the Internationalisation Committee on the use of the funding and outcomes of the award.

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

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Art classes for children

Monday, 3 February 2020

Artists and art educators Kerry Mackay and Pamela Brown start their first term of five Fabulous After School Art Classes for 2020 on Thursday February 20 at an inner city studio. Numbers are limited so enrolling is necessary. Find out more and about the rest of the year at