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Streaming the sun’s energy with solar

Monday, 25 November 2019 12:11pm

The University of Otago is believed to have more solar panels than any other university in New Zealand – 112 kilowatts-worth.

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Prioritising Operations: University buildings and campuses future

Thursday, 6 June 2019 11:46pm

How will you be affected by the Operations Group’s priorities this year? In the first of a two-part series, find out how the group aims to provide support through its goals for the University’s buildings and campuses.

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Hayward College unveils massive refurbishment

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 4:21pm

Strains of Te Aroha echoed though the refurbished halls of Hayward College as the new-look building was blessed on Friday morning.

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Otago wins prestigious sustainability award

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 2:33pm

The University of Otago has won a prestigious Australasian sustainability award for an initiative that aims to shrink the University’s carbon footprint by a third by 2020 and propel the campus more than halfway towards being zero carbon.

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Bee-themed "pocket park" planned near Physio building

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:33pm

The University of Otago and Dunedin City Council (DCC) are constructing a bee-themed pocket park on Great King Street which will be a new meeting and green space in the central city.

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Over-achieving accessibility aim

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:02am

The University of Otago is aiming to exceed the national accessibility standards by consistently applying its new Design & Facility Standards, Campus Development Division Director David Perry says.

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Charging ahead with fast-chargers

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 12:59pm

A second rapid charger for electric vehicles (EVs) in Dunedin is operating now at Otago – as the University continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.

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Travel smart – with Smart Travel

Thursday, 4 October 2018 8:56pm

Arranging ride shares has just become easier in Dunedin, with a new website and free app to help users find others to share their journey – saving time and money, reducing traffic on busy roads and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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New life for new director

Monday, 17 September 2018 10:09pm

Otago’s new Director of the Property Services Division, Dean Macaulay, has multi-national experience in facilities management, strategic procurement and maintenance planning.

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Transformed Business building wins national award

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 1:11pm

The incredible redevelopment that transformed the Otago Business School building has won an Excellence Award in the Education category of the New Zealand Property Council Awards held on Friday night.

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Finding our new way

Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:29pm

Creating the best experience possible for students and staff on the Dunedin campus has included lowering the speed limit, helping to ensure unauthorised vehicles stay away, and erecting more way-finding signs.

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Business School building finalist in awards

Monday, 7 May 2018 12:32pm

The judges have been and the waiting has begun – the Otago Business School has made the long-list finals of the Property Council of New Zealand Awards, in the Education Facilities category.

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Introducing Otago’s new strategic architect

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 2:03pm

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.

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Molecular installation gateway to Division of Sciences

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 4:35pm

A 12.5 tonne, three-storey tall steel representation of a molecular network has become the “gateway” to the University of Otago’s Division of Sciences.

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City College re-named after Otago's first female graduate

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:01am

The University of Otago is renaming City College the Caroline Freeman College, after the University’s first female graduate, says Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne.

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Forums sparking change for the good

Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:20pm

A host of changes have flowed from the first round of Here and Now forums the Property Services Division has held with other divisions to hear about issues, let the other divisions know what it is doing, and discover what it is doing well.

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St David 2 building redevelopment about to start

Thursday, 2 November 2017 9:28pm

Work is about to start on the University of Otago St David 2 office building redevelopment.

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Otago goes green – your thoughts?

Friday, 17 February 2017 4:30pm

Otago’s new Office of Sustainability is aiming for the University to become a national and international centre of excellence for sustainability practice and research - with enthusiastic backing from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne.

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The University’s plans for its campuses

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:23am

The focus will be on quality rather than expansion as the University updates its Campus Master Plan for the next 20-plus years.

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Thank your cleaner

Friday, 14 October 2016 9:02am

Wednesday October 19 is “Thank your cleaner day,” a time to acknowledge the work that gets done once we leave our workplace for the day