In her Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor role, Janice supports the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and deputises for him in an official capacity as required. As Associate Dean (Academic) Janice supports and monitors the academic work of the Division’s departments in relation to curriculum development, quality assurance and the implementation of University policies. Janice leads and supports strategic developments relating to academic matters at both the Divisional and University levels.
Janice has been a member of the Department of Psychology at Otago since 1991. Her research investigates the mechanisms that allow for successful face perception, including the role attention plays. Current interests also include age-related changes in emotion perception and the effects of ageing on socio-cognitive function. Janice delights in teaching Otago students both in the classroom and in the lab.
Nigel has responsibility for the Division of Sciences postgraduate research and coursework programmes, providing advice and support to staff and students within the Division. His role includes a strategic overview and development of the Division’s postgraduate programmes, an oversight of admissions through to examinations, and he represents the Division on a number of University committees.
Nigel is a chemist and crystallographer whose research focuses on the synthesis of organic molecular materials of interest for their unique structure and properties. His group’s efforts in synthesis are coupled with a range of investigations undertaken in-house and through collaborations, including with other investigators within the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He enjoys supporting the development of the technical skills of students, but also notes that generic skills such as critical analysis, writing and communication are just as important and relevant for growing independent researchers.
Mark manages matters concerning new programmes and papers for the Division of Sciences. He deals with complex degree structure questions for staff and students and other related activities. Mark is based in the Union Court Building.