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Student Support

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Disability Information and Support

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The Department's Disability Support person is Ms Sue Deans, Technical Manager. You can contact Sue at

The University's Disability Information and Support provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to students with permanent, recurring or temporary impairments.

Kaiāwhina Māori

Physiology 2020 Kaiawhina MaoriThe Kaiāwhina Māori in the Department of Physiology are Toni-Ann Alsop and Mike Gill. Toni-Ann is a Teaching Fellow and Mike is a Professional Practice Fellow in the Department.

Their role is to help Māori students in Physiology access academic and pastoral support, and to provide assistance with advocacy and scholarships.

Toni-Ann Alsop

Room G26
Scott Building
Tel +64 3 479 5773

Mike Gill

Room G08d
Lindo Ferguson Building
Tel +64 3 479 5988

The University's Māori Centre encourages Iwi Māori to participate and succeed in tertiary education. The Centre offers support for academic, cultural and social needs from a kaupapa Māori base.

Pacific Islands support | Taunaki ākonga Pasifika

The Department's Pacific Island Support people are Dr Daryl Schwenke and Abigail Walker.  Daryl is a Associate Professor and Abi is a Teaching Fellow in the Department.

Dr Daryl Schwenke

Room 121
Lindo Ferguson Building
Tel +64 3 479 7330
Mob +64 22 192 6416


Abigail Walker

Room G24c
Scott Building
Tel +64 3 479 5603


The University's Pacific Islands Centre helps students of Pacific descent to make the most of their time at the University of Otago.

Career Development Centre | Pokapū Whakawhanake Mahi Pūmau

The Career Development Centre can help you to explore career ideas and give related course advice.  They also provide information about specific jobs, employers and further study.

Scholarships  | Ngā karahipi

There are in excess of $15 million worth of scholarships available for students wanting to study at the University of Otago - and for Otago students wishing to study at other institutions around the world. 

Further information about scholarships

Student exchange | Kurutete Tauira

You can study overseas and count the credit towards your Otago degree through the Global Student Exchange Programme.

Otago Global Student Exchange Programme

Student Learning Development | Hāpai Tauira

The Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) Student Learning Development provides free and confidential academic development to students studying at the University of Otago.  Student Learning Advisors are ready to help - whether its to get a pass mark or gain a top result, all students can benefit from this service.

Thesis Information Guide | Pae Arataki Tuhinga Whakapae

The Thesis Information Guide gives useful advice and support for your research thesis journey.

International Office | Te Whirika

The International Office assists international students with any issues or questions that may arise during their time at Otago.