Otago University News

University’s grasp of Privacy Act queried

Evidence suggested the University of Otago did not have ‘‘proper systems in place'' to deal adequately with a request by a university employee for information held about her, under the Privacy Act.

E-govt study finds variance

E-govt study finds variance

Local government is outperforming central government on both sides of the Tasman in responding to email queries, a University of Otago study has found.

Pre-computer tech tutorial

Pre-computer tech tutorial

University of Otago computer science students have had a rare close encounter with punched card equipment used in Dunedin more than 50 years ago.

Gaps to draw in more sand

Gaps to draw in more sand

A University of Otago master's student is trialling ways to save sand dunes below John Wilson Ocean Dr which he says are at risk of being wiped out by any sizeable storm.

$250,000 for study plans at Oxford

$250,000 for study plans at Oxford

University of Otago neuroscience graduate Sam Hall-McMaster is enjoying success after success, having gained two scholarships, totalling more than $250,000, to support study at Oxford University.

New dean appointed

New dean appointed

Canadian pharmacy researcher Carlo Marra has been appointed as the new dean of the Univer-sity of Otago's School of Pharmacy.

From police to proctor

From police to proctor

The University of Otago has appointed Dunedin police officer Dave Scott as its new proctor, replacing Dave Miller, who resigned after only four months in the job.

French WW1 tunnels dug by Kiwis surveyed

French WW1 tunnels dug by Kiwis surveyed

Anyone revisiting once-forgotten tunnels in northern France, dug by New Zealand engineers during World War 1, might be surprised to find names like Dunedin, Bluff, and Christchurch written on the tunnel walls.

Increased cost of study 'worrying'

Increased cost of study 'worrying'

A 2.9% increase in the cost of tertiary education was worrying but not surprising, Otago University Students' Association president Laura Harris says.

Emeritus Prof title zenith of career - Gerrard

Emeritus Prof title zenith of career - Gerrard

David Gerrard says being awarded the title Emeritus Professor is the highlight of his career in sport and exercise medicine.

Polar Medal for Otago graduate

Polar Medal for Otago graduate

University of Otago graduate Agnieszka Fryckowska, whose meteorological survey work took her to the depths of the Antarctic, has received a Polar Medal for her British Antarctic Survey work.

Nothing dry about a life in statistics

Nothing dry about a life in statistics

University of Otago graduate Len Cook is a former Government Statistician and Statistics New Zealand chief executive, and former National Statistician, United Kingdom, and Registrar-general of England and Wales. He is now New Zealand's Families Commissioner and chairman of the Social Policy Research and Evaluation Unit (Superu). John Gibb talked to him about his time at the University of Otago and his career.

Otago University top in research

Otago University top in research

The University of Otago has topped the country for the third year in a row, by gaining the highest overall New Zealand university ranking in a prestigious international index of research papers.

Most Orientation arrests not students

It is not students, but visitors to the city who are largely to blame for antisocial behaviour during Orientation Week, a report says.

University scholarship budget $1m blowout

The University of Otago has blown its scholarship budget as competition for first-year enrolments heats up.

War on drugs 'abject failure', UN to be told

The head of the University of Otago's Office of Maori Development will speak about the "abject failure'' of the war on drugs at a United Nations meeting on the world drug problem in New York today.

Student Health counselling cut

Student Health counselling cut

The University of Otago has dismissed concerns about a "pilot'' scheme that caps counselling sessions at Student Health.

Asbestos spurs university to move classes

Asbestos spurs university to move classes

Some classes have been moved from the University of Otago's multimillion-dollar Albany St recording studio after ‘‘faster than expected deterioration'' of parts of the asbestos-riddled building.

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