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The Division of Sciences is a collegial research and learning environment. Flat organisational structures allow the Division to be flexible, innovative and adaptive in a changing world.

Information for Divisional Staff

Download and view the Division of Sciences Constitution (DOCX)

Divisional awards

The Division of Sciences holds a biennial ceremony to celebrate staff achievements. A suite of awards are on offer acknowledging the excellent work across many different areas of university life and work: research, teaching, external engagement, and support from professional staff. For information about past recipients or to nominate staff for the 2024 awards, please contact


The Division of Sciences no longer has an in-house glassblowing unit. For all enquiries, please email and your details will be passed on to the approved university supplier.

RSL and conference leave

The form for event attendance and travel requests (including conferences) as well as an applicant guide for using the form is available from the AskOtago portal:

Please read the expenditure guidelines below.

For Sciences leave enquiries please email

Expenditure guidelines

Expenditure guidelines for the Division of Sciences, including information and instructions for travel and conference leave applications.

PhD conference leave

Once completed and approved at Department-level, please submit both forms to along with travel quotes and confirmation of paper/talk acceptance for consideration.

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