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Take it easy, but take it: the advice to new students

Wednesday 17 March 2021

This year’s Convocation Ceremony was a different one to previous years as speakers reflected on how a global pandemic had changed many students’ lives but could prepare them for a bright future.

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Tauira Māori welcomed by mana whenua

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Hundreds of tauira (students) Māori turned out for the two Pōwhiri at Ōtākou Marae to kick-start the University’s Orientation Week.

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Meet your 2021 OUSA President

Wednesday 17 March 2021

We took a moment to ask Michaela a few questions about why this role is important and what she would like to achieve as President in 2021.

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Planning for a safer night

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Safer Nights is a Police-led initiative which seeks to engage students in useful discussions on how to look after themselves and their friends. The aim is to accurately inform young people and ensure they have their questions answered on topics that can greatly impact their lives.

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Women supporting women in making change to energy poverty

Wednesday 17 March 2021

When Dr Kim O’Sullivan returned to her high school to speak with students as part of her post-doctoral research; it was the beginning of a new chapter for (then) high school student Isobel Harris Clark.

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Tech students encourage women in their industry

Wednesday 17 March 2021

The new leaders of student lead group, Comp Girls, are looking forward to another year of promoting and encouraging women pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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Ones to Watch: Oscar Thomas

Wednesday 17 March 2021

A budding young author and bird enthusiast is already undertaking big adventures with his passion for New Zealand wildlife.

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Ones to Watch: Rebekah Amitrano

Wednesday 17 March 2021

“I’ve known for a long time that I want to do something that helps people and I decided law was a way of helping many people at once.”

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Ones to Watch: Emily Watson

Wednesday 17 March 2021

HRNZ Student of the Year nominee, Emily Watson, knew that she wanted to do something that empowers people to be their best in business.

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Ten students from one Aiga

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Ten members of one Aiga (family) are currently studying at the Dunedin Campus in 2021.

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Skip Days are Cancelled

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Skip Days are out and Diversion Days are in. This is the new focus for a greener way of student life.

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Ones to Watch: Charlotte Fuller

Thursday 1 April 2021

New to the law scene but ready to combine her two worlds into one is a first-year student with an exciting future.

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Working for a bright future

Thursday 1 April 2021

Working for a bright future comes with sacrifice says a student with his eyes on the future.

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Students for a cause

Thursday 1 April 2021

A student with a heart for cricket and charity had an idea on how to use those to benefit others.

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Ones to Watch: Bess Park

Thursday 1 April 2021

Stepping off the world stage and into the science lab is all part of the big plan for Health Sciences first year student.

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From cult classic to Dunedin stage

Friday 16 April 2021

The final curtain call is just moments away for a group of performers bringing a popular Broadway show to the local stage.

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Law students crossing the finish line

Friday 23 April 2021

With an ambitious fundraising goal and a personal connection to the cause a group of determined Law students are ready to race in this year’s Student Relay for Life.

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A young rapper with a message to inspire

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Tane Mercer is not just any performer. With a story of resilience and a passion for encouraging other young people he is already making waves in the world of rap music.

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Tertiary Mental Health Day

Tuesday 11 May 2021

‘At Your Service’ was a new opportunity for students to take time to focus on the importance of mental health.

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Ones to Watch: Aleida Powell

Friday 14 May 2021

A student with a passion for energy science is planning to use it for not just her own future but the country’s too.

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Recognising exceptional undergraduates

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Not only did this years Prince of Wales Prize winner excel in his studies but he also contributed to the local business industry during his undergraduate studies.

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Food Waste Flat Hacks

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Food Waste Flat Hacks is a student-led market inspired by a need to reduce waste to save both money and the environment.

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Tools for employability

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Knowing where to get started when on the hunt for your dream job is not always a simple task. With a new tool available to students, some have already had success.

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Inspiring others to pursue science

Monday 24 May 2021

When a group of 24 of the nation’s sharpest young biology minds descended on Otago to spend 10 days vying for a place in New Zealand’s International Biology Olympiad team, they had someone by their side who been through it all before.

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127 year old tradition

Monday 24 May 2021

The Capping Show is the longest running student revue in the world and discusses hot topics of importance to students from politics to pop-culture.

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A 10 per cent chance of survival

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Michael Moncur was in his first year of his studies and living at Studholme College when a sudden illness took the otherwise healthy 18-year-old by surprise.

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Ones to Watch: Sunaina Born

Monday 14 June 2021

At only 21 Sunaina has a wealth of experience to fuel her passion for her future career which she believes could be as a sex educator.

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Does this count as study?

Tuesday 15 June 2021

It’s no secret that getting to know your lecturers when they have hundreds of other students can be a challenge.

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Strong female characters

Wednesday 16 June 2021

What do you get when you cross the woman on the ten dollar note and punk rock? A musical of course.

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A career that cares for others

Thursday 17 June 2021

If you ask a young person what their dream career is, it’s not often that you’ll hear the response “Radiation Therapist”.

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Annual celebration of the arts

Monday 21 June 2021

Art Week 2021 is all set for the second week of August and this year has some exciting new twists on what art means to people and how it can be expressed.

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Hard yards reaping the rewards

Tuesday 22 June 2021

It’s no secret that the Otago University Rowing Club is the envy of many others and attracts top athletes from around the country, including Ben Mason and Kobe Miller.

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Second chance for undesirable carrots

Thursday 24 June 2021

Oddly shaped fruit and vegetables contribute to a third of New Zealand’s annual billion-dollar food waste problem. Three Food Science students recently came up with an idea which could have a positive impact on food-waste reduction.

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Powering the future generations

Wednesday 7 July 2021

More Otago students than any prior year are recipients of The Energy Education Trust New Zealand Undergraduate Scholarship.

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Sussing sustainability in student neighbourhood

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Living in the University’s Sustainability Neighbourhood has shown students how easy it is to make sustainable changes – and given them easy opportunities to learn new sustainability skills to use in their future lives.

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Colleges embrace 'Mindful Mondays'

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Not having red meat or chicken on our student college menus on Mondays is saving about the same amount of carbon as getting 133 cars off the road annually.

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Ones to Watch: Te Whetu Aarahi Kerekere

Thursday 29 July 2021

Te Whetu Aarahi says after looking more closely, she can see how she hasn’t abandoned her love for her culture at all, but instead is doing important work by bringing Māori perspective into spaces which need it.

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Ones to Watch: Nic Sinnott

Friday 6 August 2021

A career that serves others is the dream for a medical student who believes that health care can be adapted to better reach high-risk communities.

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International students affected by COVID-19 restrictions return

Tuesday 10 August 2021

While New Zealand’s borders are still closed the government has accepted the return of a few current international students whose studies have been affected by border restrictions. This has allowed for a few Otago students from China to return to their studies in-person after completing 14 days in MIQ.

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Football team makes history

Tuesday 10 August 2021

The Otago University Football Club recently made history as the first Otago team to progress to the quarter final of the Chatham Cup.

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Ones to Watch: Indira Fernando

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Just by being here as a sick, queer, woman of colour I make it easier for other people. This is what I would say to other students from minority backgrounds who want to pursue studies here.”

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From humanities event to nationwide lockdown

Thursday 2 September 2021

A careers presentation evening for humanities students was off to a positive start, right as the Government announced a second nationwide lockdown.

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Student-led te reo Māori classes popular with peers

Friday 17 September 2021

An eight-week te reo Māori class for medical students, set up by fellow students, was so popular it will be repeated in future years. The organisers explain how Te Reo Kia Ora sessions at the Hunter Centre began, the philosophy behind the classes and their hopes for the future.

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Charities and lockdown

Friday 22 October 2021

Charities and small organisations can face challenges at the best of times but during a pandemic further obstacles can present in a multitude of ways.

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Ones to Watch: Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe

Friday 22 October 2021

“Sleep doesn’t happen often” laughs third-year student Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe as he reflects on what has been a busy year so far with many achievements.

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Students shave for a cause

Friday 22 October 2021

This year, ten students took on the Shave for a Cure campaign, saying goodbye to their locks and raising more than $18,000.

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Māori leadership is crucial in Kiwi business

Friday 22 October 2021

Māori leadership is a crucial aspect for the future of any kiwi business. For the Otago School of Business, this is the reason a new programme which aims to develop leadership skills in promising Māori students has been developed.

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Helping each other PASS

Friday 22 October 2021

Peer Learning Programmes such as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Numeracy (PAN) are weekly interactive study sessions aimed at supporting student success, facilitated by second or third-year students. The programmes are offered through the Student Learning Development, part of the University’s Higher Education Development Centre.

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Recognising sporting, cultural and community achievements

Wednesday 27 October 2021

The Blues and Golds Awards are an annual event of significance in recognising sporting, cultural and community achievements. This years ceremony looked a little different under Alert Level 2 guidelines, but they definitely weren’t any less exciting.

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