Flexibility is a fine thing, and in Sciences there is a lot of flexibility in how you put your degree together. This means you can tailor a degree that reflects your strengths and passions, which will in turn net you the kind of work you will most enjoy. Flexibility can be bewildering however, and that is where excellent course advice comes in.
Sometimes, life gets complicated and a change in plan is required - again, course advice can help you work through changes in workloads or shifts in direction.
The Division of Sciences has a network of kaiāwhina or support staff, someone in each department. These staff are committed to providing support for Māori students in their department, as well as advocating for things Māori among other staff.
The support services offered by the Division are closely linked with Te Hūka Matauraka, the Maori Centre.
The Pacific Islands Centre offers support for all students of Pacific Islands descent. Science students are offered tutorials and peer networking, mentoring and academic advice through the Taimane programme.
The Division of Sciences has a dedicated Pacific Islands support person, Sonya Xavier. Her office hours are weekdays 8.30am – 5.00pm. Please contact Sonya on +64 3 479 9267 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to visit.
The Disability Information and Support office can arrange tailored help for either short term challenges like a broken arm, (with note taking assistance) or longer term challenges. Increasing numbers of students are taking advantage of the help the DIS office provide.
The Student Learning Development centre offers a wide range of free and confidential workshops that will help you hit the ground running including time management, note taking, essay writing, and exam skills. Take advantage of these free services during the year.
There are many other support services offered by the University of Otago which are not named here. To view information related to the full range of services the University provides to students follow the link below.