Department of Chemistry Assistant Research Fellow Marina Roxburgh reflects on her experiences at the University's Science Wānanga.10:20am
The well-being of students has always been a focus for Dr Kim Ma'ia'i who steps down as the University of Otago's Director of Student Health Services next month, after 14 years in the role.9:14pm
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.
Otago's new Deputy Proctor was greeted with a Highlanders flag on the wall of his office on his first day this week, a situation he quickly remedied by hanging a Crusaders flag beside it.
University Graphic Designer Peter Scott retires today, ending a 45-year career at the University. He spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about his journey from Medical Illustrator to cutting-edge Graphic Designer.
Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa, who is of Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau, Ngāi Tuhoe and Ngāti Awa descent, is the University's first specialised Māori Chaplain.11:37am
Christchurch campus staff who personify important values such as leadership and integrity were recognised at this year's Academic Welcome.11:34am
In an opinion piece written for the Otago Bulletin Board, the University's new Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC introduces himself to staff and postgraduates.12:15pm
The new Christchurch Medical Student Association President took a year out from her studies to volunteer in a refugee camp and shelter for victims of human trafficking.12:37pm
Otago's Jenny Weeks is feeling lighter, if a little chilly, after her impressive long locks hit the deck in the Union Common Room on Friday afternoon in the name of cancer fundraising.
Otago's 2018 Arts Fellows were officially welcomed to the University yesterday, at a function at the Hocken Collections.
The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.12:12pm
Receiving a Commendation from New Zealand's Japanese Ambassador fulfils a long held dream for Otago Languages and Cultures Teaching Fellow Haruko Stuart – who aims to bridge the gap between Japan and English-speaking countries.
Gordon Roy feels like he is trying to solve an enormous Rubik's Cube – and as the University's new strategic architect, he likes that.
Andrew Ferguson is the University's new Emergency and Business Continuity Coordinator – after 12 years as Deputy Proctor.
The 2018 President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) hopes to increase student engagement with her organisation by heading out of her office and onto campus.
A Christchurch campus researcher has won New Zealand's top prize for using medicines to dramatically improve patients' lives.
Known for his artistic diversity, Campbell Patterson's latest exhibition, at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, is a brilliant showcase of his talent.
Five geoscientists from Otago's Department of Geology received awards at the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference held at the University of Auckland recently.
Stressful, difficult and time-consuming. Three words you wouldn't expect to hear from the winner of this year's Division of Sciences Early Career Teacher of the Year when asked to describe teaching.
Associate Professor Merata Kawharu is one of 23 academics promoted to the position of Professor across Otago's Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses, taking effect from 1 February 2018; a further 41 academics are being promoted to Associate Professor level.10:39pm
The best way to end a year of career highlights is to win one of the most prestigious scholarships in the academic world, and 2017 Oxford Rhodes Scholar Jean Balchin says she can't wait to get started.9:24pm
John Ward, the University of Otago's 18th Chancellor, will stand down on 31 December. He recently spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about the honour and privilege of heading the governing body of New Zealand's first university.
The University of Otago has appointed Shelagh Murray, a highly experienced facilitator of non-profit fundraising, as its next Director of its Development and Alumni Relations Office.11:40am
The Otago recipient of the 2017 Marsden Medal Emeritus Professor Carolyn Burns says passion is required to sustain a career in science. She spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about freshwater ecology, the medal, and what it takes to forge a successful scientific career.
Associate Professor Chris Button says his "healthy obsession" with physical activity will be a driving force in his new role as Dean of Otago's School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.12:48pm
Many years of service to Dunedin's French community to French culture in the city have earned Otago's Dr Christiane Leurquin the French National Order of Merit.8:50am
Professor Peter Crampton has this week announced he will step down from his roles as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School, taking effect during the middle part of next year.
Professor Parry Guilford was yesterday presented with the University's 2017 Distinguished Research Medal, during a public lecture held to celebrate the honour.9:31pm
Associate Professor Robert Aitken believes that halting the rise in human consumption is the defining business challenge of our times.
The 2017 general election is likely to be remembered for two things: the extraordinary rise of Jacinda Ardern from deputy Labour Party leader to Prime Minister, and as the first MMP election when the largest party did not form the government, writes the Head of Otago's Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.
Te Poutama Māori – the University of Otago's Māori Academic Staff Caucus – has appointed a new co-chair. Dr Diane Ruwhiu from the Otago Business School is joining co-chair Professor Jacinta Ruru (Law).
The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner last week.10:46pm
Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has discussed the change in perspective required in moving from being a psychology researcher and lecturer, to head of a university, in the global business publication The CEO Magazine.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the final installment of this three-part series we hear from Anatomy Manager Rachel Kinnaird, who makes the mental health of her team a priority.12:29pm
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the second of a three-part series we hear from Psychology's Damian Scarf.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the first of a three-part series we hear from Philosophy's Sally Holloway.10:29pm
In an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence, fears that machines will one day be more intelligent than the humans who created them are also escalating. In the second of a pair of opinion pieces by experts from two Otago departments, Computer Science's Associate Professor Alistair Knott says it is important to consider the impact AI could have on our everyday lives.
A student from Otago's Christchurch campus has taken part in a 48-hour competition to develop a medical education learning application at the world's biggest and best medical education conference.10:30pm
In an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence, fears that machines will one day be more intelligent than the humans who created them are also escalating. In the first of a pair of opinion pieces by experts from two Otago departments, Information Science's Professor Michael Winikoff argues against such concerns.
This election campaign, like most others, has been rife with speculation about possible governing arrangements after 23 September. In this Opinion Piece written for the Otago Bulletin Board, the Head of Otago's Department of Politics and expert in MMP Janine Hayward offers her views.
University of Otago researchers Dr Simon Jackson and Dr Anna Pilbrow were recently honoured with awards bestowed by the organising bodies of the prestigious Queenstown Research Week.
Otago researchers Liz Slooten, Bruce Robertson and Steve Dawson are among experts arguing in the influential web publication The Conversation that New Zealand's fisheries management needs a comprehensive review. We reproduce their Opinion Piece here on the Otago Bulletin Board.1:17pm
Tributes and tears flowed in equal measure at last week's memorial service for University and Polytechnic Chaplain Mike Wright, who died suddenly in July.
Staff at Otago's School of Physiotherapy say they are extremely proud of Dr Stanley Paris – who became the first physiotherapist to be recognised by the University with an honorary doctorate degree during the August graduation ceremony last weekend.11:17am
Physiology's Professor Alison Heather has travelled to Canada to represent Australia, yes Australia, in the International Triathlon Union's Long Course Triathlon in Penticton, Canada this Sunday.
The University's 2017 Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award winner, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian of Philosophy, credits the exceptional research environment provided by Otago for the rapid progress he has made on his work.11:13am
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Blaikie will give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture (IPL) at Archway 4 Lecture Theatre this evening – taking his audience with him on his journey chasing atoms, electrons and optics around the globe.2:05pm
Don't underestimate the small things, and always give timely feedback. Two valuable pieces of advice for those supervising postgraduate students, from this year's OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award winners.10:44am
Three Otago teachers who received national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards at an event at Parliament this week say they are humbled and honoured to be recognised in this way.
Academic, writer and illustrator Mere Whaanga has spent six fruitful months at Otago, completing the first novel in a trilogy for young adults. The Otago Bulletin Board spoke with her about the residency, her Treaty work and the Māori world view she shares through her books.
Last week's selection of Jacinda Ardern for leader of the Labour party has major implications for both the upcoming election campaign and for democracy in New Zealand writes the Head of Otago's Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.
Steve Downey has been a quiet cancer survivor for the past eight years, but decided to share his story in the Cancer Society's “We Can” fundraising video which came out this week.
The new role of Senior Warden for all of Otago's residential colleges has been filled by Jamie Gilbertson – already the “go-to” for other college heads,
In an interesting twist, Lenette Grant's first day at the University of Otago 47 years ago and her retirement function last month were both held in the same building.
Human Resources Receptionist Jason Henderson is about to take up a life-changing opportunity, heading to the United States to attend America's largest cabaret training programme and then relocating to New York.
Sponsors of a Donald Trump-themed interpretation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar pulled their funding following a heated media debate recently. However Professor Lyn Tribble argues that the value of Shakespeare's work is that it can be transposed into modern settings.
Since September 2015, Otago has been undergoing a Support Services Review. In an opinion piece which also appeared in today's Otago Daily Times, the University's Human Resources Director Kevin Seales explains the reasoning behind it.
ITS Information Security Officer Taichi Nakamura took a job at Otago and relocated to Dunedin five years ago to be on the spot when an aurora was predicted. As he told the Otago Bulletin Board, it was a good move.
University Strategic Architect Murray Goldfinch, who died unexpectedly last month, has left not only a built legacy at the University but memories of a humble, loyal, principled, caring and generous man.
Three Otago professors honoured on Queens's Birthday describe a moment of puzzlement upon receiving a curious looking letter in a gold embossed envelope from New Zealand's Government House.
In an opinion piece published on stuff.co.nz and reproduced here on the Otago Bulletin Board University of Otago Professor of International Relations Robert Patman argues that it is possible for Wellington to maintain friendly ties with Washington while frankly acknowledging the policy differences between the two sides.
Five staff retiring from Information Technology Services Teaching and Learning Facilities have more than 100 years' experience working at Otago – and two even started and finished their working lives on the same days.
Despite being filled with nerves, Zin Khant Aung dropped to one knee in the University's Quad and proposed his girlfriend Rosemary Duffy on her graduation day this month – making the important day twice as special for the Bachelor of Applied Science graduate.
Christchurch-based medical student Sabrina Grogan is New Zealand's Senior Women's Mountain Running Champion – and training to compete in the World Championships title in July.
The University of Otago smashed it out of the park at the ASB Otago Sports Awards last Friday with the South Island Brain Injury Research Group (SIBIRG) initiative and cricketing alumna Suzie Bates receiving top awards.
Playing Mary Poppins is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, says Nadya Shaw Bennett. The Otago Theatre Studies graduate and Executive Assistant to Richard Blaikie is one of three Otago staff members in the popular musical, currently on at Dunedin's Regent Theatre.
It is “so good” to see recognition for women's history, says Professor Barbara Brookes, reacting to her major literary win for her book A History of New Zealand Women.
Murray McKenzie may have worked at the University of Otago for 47 years, but no two days have ever been the same for the Zoology technician who is retiring this month.
Stephen Crosland is living a double life: between his shifts on Campus Watch's Delta Team, providing pastoral care to students, he has also launched a new career as a children's author.
In an Opinion Piece, first published in the NBR and re-produced here on the Otago Bulletin Board, Professor Steven Grover argues it is how a mistake is corrected that matters.
Despite suffering a devastating brain-stem stroke nine years ago which has restricted him to an electronic wheelchair, Otago Mathematics and Statistics Teaching Fellow Warren Palmer continues to organise a national maths competition with the help of his son, Department of Mathematics and Statistics IT Specialist Chris Palmer.
"I like the students, I like the staff, I like the building – it's been a fabulous place to work," is how Jan Prestidge sums up her 30 enjoyable years working in Student Health at the University of Otago.
A gastroenterologist, rheumatologist and longitudinal researcher were awarded the Christchurch campus's top research honour at a ceremony to welcome new staff and students held last month.
The University's new Director of the Campus Development Division David Perry says his role will be as exciting as it is challenging, and such opportunities are rare.
Professor Rob Ballagh, who has been a member of the University for 37 years, is to retire at the end of this week, but intends to keep contributing to the Department of Physics and the wider institution.
The recent and seemingly sudden polarisation of politics and public debate is deeply concerning, says Associate Professor James Maclaurin of Philosophy. In this opinion piece, written for the Otago Bulletin Board, he offers eight tips for having successful arguments with someone whose opinions are radically different from your own.
Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai is simultaneously passionate and humble about the work she does as Manager of the University of Otago's Pacific Islands Centre; indeed she believes so strongly that her work is a team effort that she felt uncomfortable being singled out for a special honour last month.
An Otago academic has become just the fourth South African to receive an honorary doctorate (FDhc filosofie hedersdoktor) from Sweden's Uppsala University – joining an impressive trio which includes Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Professor Barbara Brookes of the Department of History and Art History has made the finals of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards with a book that explores the role of women in founding and creating the New Zealand we know.
Both Associate Professor Ruth Empson of Physiology and Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith of the Graduate Research School have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research in the United States.1:36pm
As last year's Editor of Critic, the new President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) Hugh Baird is not unfamiliar with the issues affecting students. The Otago Bulletin Board caught up with him to learn about his aspirations for the year.
Dedication and passion has paid off for four University of Otago staff, who have each received Teaching Excellence Awards from the University.9:08pm
Professor John Reynolds of Anatomy has been appointed to a newly created role at the University of Otago aimed at overseeing the hugely popular Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme.
Being promoted to full Professor is the icing on the cake of an incredible year for John Reynolds of Anatomy.9:51am
A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University's School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.
There is a lot that retiring St Margaret's College Master Reverend Dr Peter Norris will miss after 28 years in the job. He spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about the joy of his nearly three decades heading the College.9:30pm
Professor David Bryant of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently won the New Zealand Mathematics Society Research Award.
National Poisons Centre Honorary Fellow Dr Ian Hall is thrilled to have been awarded The Friendship Award by the Chinese Government for his contribution towards China's economic and social progress.
University of Otago Research Fellow Dr Jesse Kokaua has been awarded a prestigious Health Research Council (HRC) Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017. One of two awarded nationally, this fellowship is worth $330,000 over three years.
The Dean of Otago's School of Surveying, Professor Christina Hulbe, has been invited to give the prestigious Nye Lecture at the upcoming Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Winning a Special Award for Distinguished Service from the Division of Sciences is very special and very humbling for Professor Rob Ballagh of Physics.2:26pm
Professor George Benwell retires from the role of Dean of the University of Otago Business School today having contributed a great deal to the local business community as well as to the University.
An impressive number of nominations for the 2016 Dunedin Theatre Awards have come from the University of Otago Theatre Studies programme.8:58pm
The postgraduate students lucky enough to study under Dr Anne-Marie Jackson say she is the “very definition of a mana wahine” – a strong Māori female academic who advocates tirelessly for their space at Otago.
In this instalment of the College Leaders Series we introduce you to The Very Rev Dr Graham Redding, Master of Knox College.8:29pm
Dr Mele Taumoepeau has been appointed as inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences.4:10pm
An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.8:32am
Dr Stephen Sowerby has seen first-hand how a patent born of science innovation can deliver significant global impact, and he's keen to see how he can extend that for the University of Otago.11:37am
Otago's first student of English to take the Division of Humanities new internship paper, Aleisha Pienaar, is discovering Dunedin's literary riches, working on a significant project for the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.
After witnessing first-hand the human rights abuses suffered by people with disabilities in countries of conflict, PhD candidate of the National Peace and Conflict Centre Robbie Francis established a social enterprise coffee business in Mexico specifically inclusive of people with disabilities.12:34pm
Last month was Blue September, the Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. This is a time when men of all ages are encouraged to think about their health needs and to get check-ups.5:24pm
More than 44 years after his first Varsity Club Games for the Golds, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law is still a regular on the rugby field, most recently playing for the University Law Vultures.9:08am
Did you note Magnolia Day on campus this year? University of Otago Department of Botany Teaching Fellow John Steel did, and he has the latest information on what is a very special University tree.12:30pm
Living in a residential college is an important part of the University experience for many students leaving home for the first time.12:41pm
Last time Ashley Day retired he was lured back only months later to head his fourth college for students at Otago, but this time he is certain about his future because wife Lesley is retiring from the University as well.8:23am
A global 'Wikibomb' that aims to blow up the perception Antarctic science is a boy's club includes three Otago academics among its list of world-leading female scientists.9:15am
For the fifth year running, the Prime Minister's Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has gone to a University of Otago academic.7:30am
Genetics researcher Professor Martin Kennedy is the new head of the University of Otago, Christchurch's Department of Pathology.12:27pm
The new Head of the Department of Medicine plans to set up a teaching committee, and help shape the future of Otago's health services and main hospital, while also expanding international research exchanges.10:51am
Two people have won this year's University of Otago General Staff Award — Human Nutrition Laboratory Supervising Technician Kieran Columb and Anatomy Teaching Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman.8:55am
The Samoa Observer says professors do not often compete in multi-sport events in Samoa and Otago's Alison Heather ended up winning the women's section of the Warrior Race.1:41pm
The latest in the Bulletin's Otago volunteers series focuses on Sociology Associate Professor Martin Tolich, founder and convenor of the New Zealand Ethics Committee.10:35am
Author Barbara Else has enjoyed her arts fellowship in Dunedin so much she and husband Chris have bought a home in the city and are staying.4:15pm
Living in a residential college is an important part of the University experience for many students leaving home for the first time.8:42am
The mysteries and quirks of the creative process were explored at the Meet the Fellows event featuring the 2016 University of Otago Arts Fellows.11:14am
The University of Otago has appointed Professor Robin Gauld as the next Dean of the University's Otago Business School.4:48pm
An award, a waka, an app and displays for Māori Language Week9:36am
A team from the University's Wellington campus won first prize in the Corporate Teams' half-marathon section of the Wellington marathon recently - it had the four fastest runners.4:25pm
An Otago Pacific Academic Staff Caucus, formally launched last night, plans to support teaching and research excellence, while staying in tune with Pacific Island peoples' worldviews and aspirations.8:59am
The College of Education's Dr David Berg has received the 2016 national Emerging Teacher Educator Award, from the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand.12:27pm
A leading University of Otago Zoology researcher, Professor Hamish Spencer, has been appointed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as one of two Departmental Science Advisors.9:31am
The winners of this year's Pride of Workmanship Award at the University are Marine Science Scientific Officer and sediment core specialist Bob Dagg, and Executive Assistant to the Head of the Department of Anatomy Aven Drayson.9:18am
Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer Barry Allan has launched a gargantuan book of almost 2000 pages which the publisher says is one of the largest pieces of academic writing a single author has ever produced for a first edition in New Zealand.4:16pm
As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine's Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.10:55am
Students and staff from across the University have bundled into a van and headed for the West Coast – not only to tour with St Kilda Brass, but to talk about life at the University as well.12:58pm
After just a few weeks in the job, the Bulletin jumped the queue to talk to new University Proctor Dave Scott, whose shift to the role from the New Zealand Police is a direct result of a genuine desire to improve the safety of student-run events.9:59am
Professor John Broughton, who received the South's top honour at Queen's Birthday weekend, says he is not only very proud to be an academic staff member but the University is also “the best employer in the world”.11:53am
When val smith started planning a community dance project based on the experiences that queer and transgender people have of public spaces, 50 people had not been killed in a gay nightclub in the United States.12:53pm
The University of Otago Department of Theology and Religion has announced a new three-year appointment in Theology and Public Issues, based at St. John's in the City Presbyterian Church, Wellington.9:20am
Helping up-and-coming entrepreneurs along their journey has been as rewarding for retiring Professor Brendan Gray as it has been helpful for the students who have turned their business ideas into commercial success.11:35am
Otago Professor Helen May pays tribute to a great friend, great scholar and great advocate for the rights of women and children, Anne B. Smith.4:59pm
A University staff member's volunteer work ranges from helping New Zealand children living with cancer to demonstrating science to Cambodian children with HIV, and teaching IT skills to Dunedin kids.12:49pm
Associate Professor Donna Buckingham wants to help more people get involved in debates about possible law changes, when she starts her new role as a Law Commissioner.8:51am
Knowing the joy a child feels playing with a new toy is a huge motivation for volunteering on the Mornington Toy and Games Library committee, Physiology Compliance Officer Rachael Holloway and Anatomy Postdoctoral and Teaching Fellow Natasha Flack say in the Bulletin's latest story in its volunteer series.10:01pm
When the University's Tuari Potiki spoke about the war on drugs to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in New York, this is what the head of the Office of Māori Development and chairman of the New Zealand Drug Foundation said:11:58am
The College of Education's Associate Professor Ross Notman has been selected by the International Olympic Committee to include his research in a global publication on values in diverse contexts.10:09am
Sandra Gillam knew she would get a job in the Campus Shop because a psychic told her so - but she says with a laugh 31 years later, the psychic never told her when to leave.11:21am
Otago alumnus Kawiti Waetford will be appearing on Maori Television with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa on Anzac Day, as he traces the brutal reality of how his great-grandfather died in battle at the Somme.9:04am
Statistics Associate Professor John Harraway has been teaching at Otago for half a century and can easily calculate the number of sick days he has taken in that time – zero, because he enjoys lecturing so much.9:22am
The man driving innovation in training Otago medical students has won Australasia's highest health education honour.11:17am
Department of Zoology Research Fellow Dr Jay Piggott has won the International Society of Limnology's inaugural “best paper” award for students or early career scientists.10:24am
An Otago professor has become a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.
This place is charming, eclectic, even seductive, according to the Arts Fellows for 2016.
A University Fellow has won the national Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.1:24pm
Relief. Elation. Post-show blue. Mildly anxious.3:36pm
Singing and dancing filled the Hunter Centre on Tuesday night as Otago's Pacific Island Health Science students were formally welcomed to the University with a cultural celebration which included special recognition of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) and Dean of the Otago Medical School Professor Peter Crampton for his ongoing commitment to the Pasifika community.8:52am
A Christchurch rheumatologist awarded one of Arthritis New Zealand's highest honours says her success would not be possible without the dedication of research participants, and clinical and research colleagues.9:27pm
The 2016 President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA), Laura Harris, hopes to help the Dunedin community better engage with students this year. With students flooding back to Dunedin and orientation taking place next week, we here at Bulletin Board thought it was a good time to get to know her.
Professor Charles Higham hopes Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will be at the New Year Honours investiture ceremony in April so that he can tell them how much he enjoyed watching last year's Rugby World Cup final.9:10pm
Otago's Professor Ewan Fordyce says being appointed Senior Editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand provides him with the opportunity to make a wider contribution to New Zealand science.2:15pm
The University's incoming Chief Operating Officer (COO), Stephen Willis, says the role is his “Holy Grail”. In an interview with the Bulletin Board, Mr Willis discusses his hopes for the role, the challenges facing the University, and the circumstances that brought him to Otago.12:05pm
Dr Diane Kenwright has recently been appointed to the role of Deputy Dean of the University of Otago's Wellington campus.1:55pm
Scientists from around the world this week celebrated the exceptional career of Professor Christine Winterbourn, whose research in the area of free radical science has spanned more than four decades.8:40pm
Anthropology and Archaeology's Dr Anne Ford has had “a tremendous year”, capped off by three months living with her young family in Beijing, China, while working at Peking University.1:54pm
The Head of Otago's Department of Physics, Dr Pat Langhorne, says she feels a great sense of satisfaction and achievement being promoted to Professor.9:58am
Otago's Professor Raechel Laing has been selected to receive the most prestigious medal given by the international organisation governing her field of interest, The Textile Institute.2:06pm
History Professor Tony Ballantyne's book Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the Question of Body, has won the premier annual prize for a book on New Zealand history. The win was announced in Christchurch at the New Zealand Historical Association's AGM last night.12:00pm
Although the history of the Blair Professorship in Music goes all the way back to the 1920s, the most recent recipient, Professor Terence Dennis, is only the fourth to hold the title.10:39am
Fifteen years ago Associate Professor Neil Carr's personal and academic life was altered forever when he purchased a black and white dog called Snuffie.9:43am
Receiving Otago's Distinguished Research Medal and delivering a lecture to an audience which included her peers, her parents and some of the University's top officials was an intimidating task, even to someone as experienced as Professor Sally Brooker.8:23pm
Professor Helen Nicholson was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University's newly created Division of External Engagement in June and moved into the Clocktower in late September. The Bulletin met with her to discuss her new role, the new Division and her hopes for the future.10:22am
Otago's Trish Brooking has received the 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service in the field of children's literature, in recognition of the far-reaching influence she has had on children's writing in New Zealand.11:35am
The Bulletin met 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and learned more about her maternal-baby dance project.10:06am
An Otago academic has received an invitation to speak at the Japan National Press Club – a very rare and prestigious honour.1:08pm
Alison Finigan retires this month. She spoke to the Bulletin about her journey from part-time secretary in the Department of French to globe-trotting Alumni Relations Manager.8:24am
Otago's Dr Roslyn Kemp has won a prestigious Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) Miriam Dell Award, for inspiring female immunologists across Australasia.9:49am
Thirty-three years ago, when Emeritus Professor Colin Townsend began co-editing the international journal Freshwater Biology, every aspect of publishing made use of paper, typewriters, coloured ink and the postman.1:29pm
Australian playwright, director and teacher Janis Balodis says signing up as the University of Otago's William Evans Playwriting Fellow is all about grabbing opportunities and having a bit of an adventure.12:03pm
After 15 years as University of Otago Proctor, Simon Thompson officially retired last Friday. The Bulletin caught up with him as he finished up this mixed and demanding position.
Linguistics lecturer Dr Hunter Hatfield was named Otago's top teacher at the 2015 Otago University Students' Association teaching awards held on Wednesday night.9:35am
The University of Otago has appointed Ministry of Justice official Mr Dave Miller as its new Proctor.1:50pm
Geneticist Dr Logan Walker has won a prestigious research fellowship to develop better ways of identifying high-risk breast and ovarian cancer patients.11:30am
A University of Otago postdoctoral fellow has received a New Zealand-ASEAN Award for his work in bringing New Zealand and his home country closer together.10:00am
Otago's 2015 Supervisor of the Year, Dr Will Rayment, says it is vital to be available when your students have questions or issues – to send them an email or see them promptly is key.11:13am
The 2016 recipients of prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships were announced this week.10:58am
The University has appointed Simon Chu as its Director, International. Mr Chu moves into the role from his current position as a Project Manager in the International Office.1:30pm
Dr Elspeth Gold, a highly respected and valued colleague, mentor and friend to many in the University of Otago and beyond, lost her courageous battle with cancer on the 21 August 2015.1:35pm
The University's top supervisors for 2015 were named at an event at the Staff Club last night, with Marine Science's Dr Will Rayment taking out this year's title.7:53pm
Professor David Fergusson's success in encouraging evidence-based social policy, and many other accomplishments over his long academic career, were acknowledged in a day of lectures last week.11:30am
An orthopaedic surgeon who has taught medical students at Otago's Christchurch campus for 50 consecutive years has been awarded New Zealand's most prestigious surgical prize.7:45pm
Department of Anatomy Administrator Sally-Ann Howard has won this year's University of Otago General Staff Award – the second award she has received this year recognising the competence, hard work and warmth she brings to her role.4:00pm
A beautiful muka korowai was passed from one Otago staff member to another last night, as Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama of the Christchurch campus won New Zealand's highest teaching honour – the Prime Minister's Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.11:30am
As Tony Ballantyne, Otago's new Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, prepares to depart as the Head of Department in History and Art History, he took the opportunity delivering the 2015 Hocken Lecture last week to reflect on the journey and philosophies that drive his own historical research.8:26pm
Otago's Dr Karyn Paringatai is the first caretaker of an exquisite muka korowai, created by Te Atiawa weaving expert Veranoa Hetet for the winner of the annual Prime Minister's Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.2:03pm
An audience last night experienced the weird, wide and wonderful world of the University's 2014 and 2015 Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall, with a performance of a range of his different works at Marama Hall.11:53am
The University's 2015 Burns Fellow Louise Wallace has this year been able to fulfil a long-held dream – to launch an online literary journal for writers under the age of 25.12:39pm
The winner of this year's University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal, Professor Sally Brooker of Chemistry, has dedicated her award to her extremely supportive parents. The Bulletin asked her more about her background, the award, and the advice she has for other researchers.10:13am
A leading Otago marine chemist will travel to New York later this month for the announcement of the winners of a $2 million global competition to develop breakthrough ocean pH sensor technologies.10:57am
“I had a moment in my youth, slightly inebriated, sitting on some Christchurch student flat floor, when I thought, 'oh dear, I've fallen in love with literature',” recollects Otago English Professor Chris Ackerley, who retired this month.11:55am
Otago History Professor Tom Brooking has been announced as co-winner of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize for history, for his book "Richard Seddon, King of God's Own: The Life and Times of New Zealand's Longest-Serving Prime Minister".9:14pm
A book exploring the life and collection of the man whose personal donation formed the basis of the University of Otago's Hocken Library, Dr Thomas Morland Hocken, will be launched this evening.9:50pm
The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.11:45am
An Otago Professor of General Practice says New Zealand's primary healthcare system will undergo huge changes over the next 20 years, which will require a strong underpinning of scientific research.10:24am
The moving story of a Dunedin soldier and the violin that accompanied him in WW1 is being turned into a picture book by this year's University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writers in Residence Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton.9:50pm
Two “wonderful” departmental administrators from opposite ends of the campus were celebrated this week at the Dunedin North Rotary Club's Pride of Workmanship Awards held at the University Staff Club.1:57pm
An Otago expert on clinical anatomy has contributed to the world's first text book on the subject, entitled Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide.2:12pm
Professor Ken Hodge has replaced Professor Bob Knight as University Provost. The pair have more than looks in common as the Bulletin discovered.1:49pm
Otago's Professor Rob Walker hopes his new position on the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Council will give him the opportunity to support programmes in the Pacific Islands where up to half of the population of some countries have kidney disease.8:40pm
New Zealand's pioneers of facial reconstruction surgery were today remembered in a keynote lecture by an Otago academic delivered at a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons annual scientific congress in Perth.