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Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor's Office

Professor Richard Barker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sciences

Richard Barker

Richard Barker graduated from Massey University with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. After working as a Fish and Game Officer from 1985 to 1989, Richard spent three years at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Wildlife Centre working on statistical problems in wildlife research and management. Richard then trained in statistics, again at Massey University. His 1995 PhD thesis was on capture-recapture modelling.

After working for two and a half years at Landcare Research, Richard joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago in 1998. Richard was appointed as Professor of Statistics in 2007, and was Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2008 to 2016.

Richard was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Sciences in 2017 and is proud to head the Division at New Zealand's most science intensive university. The team he leads are dedicated to ensure outstanding support for the Division as it aspires to lead the University in its drive for internationally recognised excellence in all of its activities with a strong emphasis on research and research-led teaching.

Contact

Professor Richard Barker
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sciences
Tel: 64 3 479 7756
Email: richard.barker@otago.ac.nz

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Kim Dobier, Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Kim Dobier

Kim provides executive assistance and advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor including correspondence, research and analysis, compliance with University and Divisional policies, Human Resources administrative processes and general office administration.

Contact

Kim Dobier
Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Tel: 64 3 479 7978
Email: kim.dobier@otago.ac.nz

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Associate Professor Janice Murray, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sciences / Associate Dean (Academic)

Janice Murray

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.

Contact

Janice Murray
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sciences
Tel: 64 3 479 8353
Email: janice.murray@otago.ac.nz

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Cathy Thomson, Senior Manager, Client Services

Cathy ThomsonCathy’s role involves leading and managing the provision of professional business and operations support services to the Division. She works with other Client Services Managers to ensure consistent work processes and procedures are implemented across the Division and University. If a department has any special projects or requires additional administrative support for any reason, please contact her.

Contact

Cathy Thomson
Senior Manager, Client Services
Tel: 64 3 479 5027
Email: cathy.thomson@otago.ac.nz

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Andrea Lunam, Finance Manager

Andrea Lunam

Andrea provides financial support and guidance to administrative and academic staff in departments and staff in the Sciences Divisional Office.

Andrea provides information and advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Business Manager on any issues which may have financial implications. Andrea undertakes the monthly financial reporting and has a hands on role in the preparation of the annual budget and budget review for the Division. Andrea hosts the bi-monthly finance meetings for Divisional finance staff and provides advice regarding compliance.

Contact

Andrea Lunam
Finance Manager
Tel: 64 3 479 9423
Email: andrea.lunam@otago.ac.nz

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Michelle Daniel, Administrator

Michelle Daniel

Michelle provides administrative support to staff in the Sciences Divisional Office.

Contact

Michelle Daniel
Administrator
Tel: 64 3 479 7534
Email: michelle.daniel@otago.ac.nz
Hours: Mon-Fri 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Jenny Leyden, Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Jenny Leyden

Jenny is the first point of contact within the Division of Sciences Administration. She can assist with student enquiries in the first instance, and with any Conference Leave queries.

Jenny assists in organising Inaugural Professorial Lectures (IPLs), and in most cases, Public Lectures. Jenny also helps run the Senior Sciences Quiz for Year 11, 12 and 13 school students as well as the Brain Bee Quiz for Year 11 students. She provides administrative assistance and makes all the travel bookings for the Advanced School Sciences Academy summer and winter camps on campus for both secondary school students and teachers.

Contact

Jenny Leyden
Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
Tel: 64 3 479 7534
Email: jenny.leyden@otago.ac.nz

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