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Community engagement and science outreach activities


Across the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences, as across the rest of the university, departments engage with the local and national community in a range of ways, and students are often involved in these endeavours.

Some activities are directly course-related and required, many are voluntary; some are paid short-term positions.

The thing they have in common is that the students who participate develop skills in teamwork, communication, time management, and personal organisation that are very appealing to employers.

In recognition of these extra skills, the Division of Sciences offers an Outreach Certificate for those students who have completed at least 60 hours of community engagement - the Certificate is for work that is not course-related or credit-bearing.

Sign up for the Outreach certificate

University Volunteer Centre


The University Volunteer Centre launched in 2014 to promote, support and celebrate the amazing volunteering community within the University. If you are a student or staff member and would like to volunteer your time and energy for a worthwhile cause then the University Volunteer Centre will be able to assist you. Check out the Centre's Facebook page to see their most recent activities and get in touch with them today

Visit the University Volunteer Centre

Student Leadership programme

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The University of Otago Student Leadership Award is designed to enhance your potential. The Award is an extended leadership development programme, with a strong focus on making a positive contribution to the community.

Learn more about the Student Leadership Award

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