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Otago study proves value of teaching open-water survival skills to children

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Despite the majority of drownings occurring in open-water, basic aquatic skills are typically taught in swimming pools.

Exceptional staff recognised at awards ceremony

Friday, 1 February 2019

The University’s first award ceremony for 2019 was held last week, recognising exceptional performance by staff and, for the first time, excellence in health and safety.

Division of Sciences presents 2018 awards

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Division of Sciences recently celebrated its annual awards recognising the breadth of work undertaken across many areas of University life including research, teaching, community engagement, technical and administrative support.

Curtain falls on PE’s final dance performance 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences held the final performance for its last dance and gymnastics paper at the beginning of this month. The Division of Sciences’ Communications Adviser Guy Frederick was caught the action for the Otago Bulletin Board.

Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

Proposed New Curriculum for 2019

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences staff are pleased to announce our new 2019 curriculum (subject to final approval).

Highlanders coaching staff visit Otago

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

With the Highlanders Super Rugby side at the top end of the Super Rugby points table and currently unbeaten in 2018, it’s no surprise their coaching staff are looking for every opportunity to maintain the side’s peak performance.

Highlanders coaching staff head back to school for the day

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

With the Highlanders Super Rugby side at the top end of the Super Rugby points table and currently unbeaten in 2018, it’s no surprise their coaching staff are looking for every opportunity to maintain the side’s peak performance.

Going full-cycle to a PhD

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Graduating with a PhD in Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Matt Jenkins reflects on his time, so far, in New Zealand.

PhysEd Staffing and Programme Review Update

Friday, 8 December 2017

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences has undergone significant staffing changes in 2017. We are also undertaking a major curriculum review. The most up-to-date information about this process is provided here.

Otago announces new Dean of School of Physical Education 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Associate Professor Chris Button says his “healthy obsession” with physical activity will be a driving force in his new role as Dean of Otago’s School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.

$1 million MBIE "Smart Idea" grant to advance augmented reality

Friday, 22 September 2017

A $1 million MBIE Endeavour "Smart Ideas" grant has been awarded to Department of Computer Science’s Dr Stefanie Zollmann and her team from Computer Science, Information Science and Physical Education for their research titled “Situated visualisation to enrich sports experience for on-site spectators”.

2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

Success for Otago rowers in China

Friday, 1 September 2017

The University of Otago’s Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s Eights rowing teams have won big in China in the 2017 International Universities Rowing Regatta.

Dance stories focus of Fellowship

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Community dance groups from around Dunedin will perform at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Sunday – the culmination of Dr Caroline Sutton Clark’s six-month tenure as the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance.

Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

Otago’s sports-related disciplines shine in world rankings

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Being named in the world’s top 10 universities for the study of sport and sport-related disciplines in the recent QS rankings is a great morale boost for the staff of Otago’s School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

2016 Supervisor of the Year a “mana wahine”

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The postgraduate students lucky enough to study under Dr Anne-Marie Jackson say she is the “very definition of a mana wahine” – a strong Māori female academic who advocates tirelessly for their space at Otago.

Report on tackling homophobia in NZ sport released

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New Zealand national sporting bodies should work towards adopting a policy of zero tolerance for homophobia and other discriminatory behaviour, a new report by a University of Otago researcher recommends.

USA Rugby opportunity for Michaela Baker

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Michaela Baker's recruitment by the American Rugby Pro Training Centre on a two month all-expenses paid rugby playing trip to USA.

Otago rugby team assisting with ground-breaking concussion research

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The University of Otago is conducting ground-breaking research in to the forces exerted on heads of the Otago rugby players as they compete during the Mitre 10 Cup on Thursday, 25 August. The University researchers are testing whether neck strength is a crucial factor in preventing concussion in the sport.

Getting staff dancing this summer

Friday, 18 December 2015

Otago staff working over the summer will have the opportunity to leave their desks and get moving, with a summer dance class being held at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

A dance legacy celebrated

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellowship recently celebrated its 10th anniversary – with eight of the 10 former Fellows as well as Caroline’s parents in attendance at the reunion.

Dance brings joy to Dunedin mums

Friday, 30 October 2015

The Bulletin met 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and learned more about her maternal-baby dance project.

University helps NZ’s future stars of motorsport

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Eight of New Zealand’s top up-and-coming motorsport drivers were put through their paces at the University of Otago School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences last week during the 12th annual Elite Motorsport Academy held in Dunedin.

Match-fixing research earns international award

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Otago PhD candidate Minhyeok Tak has received international recognition in his field, recently winning a European award for his paper, titled 'The Politics of Countermeasures against Match-fixing in Sport'.


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