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Future events

Lunchtime Casual Catch-Up (Wednesday 22 May)

The Staff Women’s Caucus committee warmly invite you to join us for an informal BYO lunch on Wednesday 22 May at 12:30pm in the Atrium of the Commerce Building. We will meet near the Te Mātiti café (handy for a coffee and/or if you wish to purchase your lunch).

This is an opportunity to meet the committee informally, meet and catch up with other women staff from around the Dunedin campus. We also welcome your thoughts and ideas about Staff Women’s Caucus current and future events and direction.  

Please feel free to bring a colleague or friend along. The Commerce Division staff room will be available for kitchen facilities too. No RSVP needed.

  • When: 12:30pm, Wednesday 22 May
  • Where: Commerce Building Atrium (near Te Mātiti café)
  • What: Catch-up over  lunch (BYO)

Ideas for future events

We welcome your ideas for future events/speakers. Please send your suggestions to:


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Event name (e.g., “SWC AGM” or “SWC Theatre”)

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Past events

14 May - The Underestimated Power of Doing Stuff for Free

Sze-En (Manager, Social Impact Studio) shared her personal journey to a career in volunteering. Working across students, staff, community organisations, funders, and local government, Sze-En brings people and resources together to realise the power of doing stuff for free and the positive impact it has on the University, the Ōtepoti community, the environment and our individual and collective wellbeing!

Watch the recording (30 minutes)

24 April - Medieval Women: Surprisingly Human

Women in medieval literature might be assumed to be figures of silence, obedience, good breeding and manners. The women in Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry, however, show a great deal more complexity and humanity than is popularly ascribed to medieval women including characteristics of: anger, humour, intelligence, slyness, rashness, prudence and physical strength, among other things.

Professor Simone Marshall (Head, School of Arts) examined a selection of Chaucer’s women to show the wide range of humanity exhibited in their personalities, and why Chaucer appears to show such an interest in women.

Watch the recording (41 minutes)

11 April - Celebrating Women in Tertiary Education

In conjunction with the Tertiary Education Union ( TEU ) we welcomed the TEU ’s Te Pou Whirinaki / National Women’s Officer, Bronwyn Larkins, to Ōtepoti Dunedin. Bronwyn  introduced herself and shared aspects of the TEU Women’s Officer role, a few short-term goals, and updates on the Pay Equity campaign.

Bronwyn was supported by President Tāngata Māori of the TEU : Hūhana Wātene, and the Vice-President of the TEU ’s National Women’s Committee:  Siân Halcrow (University of Otago) and Jodi Hawe (Otago Polytechnic|Te Pūkenga).

8 March - International Women's Day (IWD)

We again partnered with Graduate Women Otago to celebrate IWD with breakfast at Ombrellos Cafe and Bar and excellent guest speaker Trish Oakley, a member of University Council and an executive at Forsyth Barr.

Find out more about events we've organised for our members in previous years

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