Otago University News

Outrage over felling of varsity trees

Outrage over felling of varsity trees

As chainsaws wailed on Dunedin's University of Otago campus yesterday, student Carol Taurua-McCready held a mature tree and wept.

Design students present alternatives

Design students present alternatives

University of Otago design students are urging the university to heed their concerns about proposals to ''axe'' university design studies and have suggested two alternatives that might allow the discipline to continue.

Curriculum redesign hit dept: Waite

Curriculum redesign hit dept: Waite

A design senior lecturer says the school's research output suffered because of a mandatory curriculum redesign that ate up staff members' time and resources.

Lower efts numbers cost uni $2.806m

A shortfall in student numbers has ushered in a period of moderate budgetary belt-tightening for the second year in a row at the University of Otago.

Students sceptical over uni promises

Students sceptical over uni promises

University of Otago design students are concerned they might not be able to finish their degrees if the applied sciences department closes, despite university promises to the contrary.

Co-winner for Seddon book

Co-winner for Seddon book

University of Otago historian Prof Tom Brooking has been named co-winner of the Ernest Scott Prize for History.

Attack on plan for uni department

Attack on plan for uni department

The University of Otago's design programme is floundering because the university does not understand the field of design, the former head of the department says.

Graduate school for our tech city

Graduate school for our tech city

A joint graduate school specialising in information and communications technology will open in Dunedin and Christchurch next year.

Design school move opposed

Design school move opposed

The University of Otago is proposing to close down its applied sciences department, threatening the jobs of at least seven staff members.

University boosts scholarship values

After facing ''intense competition'' for top students, the University of Otago has announced the creation of a new scholarship and boosted the value of scholarships for first-year students next year.

Protesters storm out of meeting

Protesters storm out of meeting

Students stormed out of a university council meeting yesterday after the council voted against adding a student- or staff-elected representative.

Class Act recipients to receive scholarships

Tremendous news. This year's Otago Daily Times Class Act Awards recipients will receive an automatic entitlement to a University of Otago scholarship for 2016.

Festival has most stalls yet

Festival has most stalls yet

The Dunedin International Food Festival on Saturday had more stalls serving exotic fare than ever before.

University proctor bowing out

University proctor bowing out

When university proctor Simon Thompson (67) retires in August, it will be his second shot at leaving the workforce.

Early New Zealand dog's extinction studied

Early New Zealand dog's extinction studied

Kuri dogs were man's best friend in New Zealand for 600 years. Now Dunedin biologist Dr Priscilla Wehi is trying to determine why they became extinct 150 years ago, Mark Price reports.

Bacteria, plants communicate

An eccentric Dr Dolittle once claimed he could ''talk to the animals'', but University of Otago researcher Prof Clive Ronson has helped show bacteria actually do communicate with plants, including white clover.

Sculptures missing from uni; artist 'disappointed'

Sculptures missing from uni; artist 'disappointed'

Mystery surrounds the location of an 8m-high sculpture commissioned by the Dunedin College of Education nearly 40 years ago.

Students push fossil fuel issue

Students push fossil fuel issue

University of Otago academics are frustrated with the university following an announcement fossil fuel divestment will not be on next week's council agenda.

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