Otago University News

'Unfair' sanitary product costs prompt OUSA discounts

The Otago University Students' Association says it has been offering subsidised sanitary products since the start of the year in a bid to curtail the ''unfair costs'' of products people are forced to buy.

Humanities cuts closer at University

Humanities cuts closer at University

Compulsory redundancies may be required in the University of Otago division of humanities, an email from the division's pro-vice-chancellor reveals.

Dune experiment results positive

Dune experiment results positive

A University of Otago research project appears to have strengthened at-risk sand dunes below John Wilson Ocean Dr.

Evolutionary genetic migration insights earn topmost award

Evolutionary genetic migration insights earn topmost award

Biological anthropologist Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith has been awarded the University of Otago's highest honour, the Distinguished Research Medal.

OUSA withdraws from talks on polling booth

The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) has withdrawn from discussions with the Dunedin City Council over plans to have a polling booth on campus, saying the council is scared students will sway election results.

Ructions over rental fitness scheme

Ructions over rental fitness scheme The University of Otago and the Dunedin City Council are at odds over whether a warrant of fitness scheme for rental houses can be made mandatory.

Clubs Day lures activity-minded

Clubs Day lures activity-minded

Everything from cycling and squash to spearfishing and laser tag to the Campus Greens and the Meditation Club was on display yesterday at the University of Otago's Clubs Day, as Eilish Maddock discovered.

Otago Uni's international fees to rise

Otago Uni's international fees to rise

International fees are about to rise for a raft of University of Otago subjects.

Thumb-suckers, nail-biters show fewer allergies

Thumb-suckers, nail-biters show fewer allergies

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies, a new University of Otago study suggests.

Sighting of beaked whale a first

Sighting of beaked whale a first

University of Otago-led researchers have spotted the mysterious Shepherd's beaked whale off the Dunedin coast - the first confirmed sighting of this "rare and elusive'' whale in New Zealand waters.

Marine scientists win new medal

University of Otago marine biologists Profs Steve Dawson and Liz Slooten have received a national award marking their "outstanding contributions'' to marine conservation and sustainability.

Otago research reveals vaping risks

Otago research reveals vaping risks

Electronic cigarettes pose potential health risks to users, but these are less than those faced by smokers of tobacco, Otago University at Wellington researchers have concluded.

'New media' calling journalism into question

'New media' calling journalism into question

TV3 presenter and journalist Mike McRoberts says that in his 30-year journalism career he has "never known as much change in the industry'' as he has experienced in the past 18 months.

Inclusion, transparency urged

Inclusion, transparency urged

Some Government ministries risk being damaged in the long term by their refusal, at times, to engage with the public over alternative viewpoints on defence and foreign affairs.

Cancer link with alcohol recognised

Cancer link with alcohol recognised

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has turned down fundraising events that are too focused on alcohol, chief executive Evangelia Henderson says.

Student rep takes the field

Student rep takes the field

University sport in New Zealand is at a "pivotal'' stage and more needs to be done to increase its presence in tertiary institutions, the student voice for university sport in New Zealand says.

Moderate drinking linked to cancer

Moderate drinking linked to cancer

As little as two alcoholic drinks a day elevates the risk of breast cancer in women, new University of Otago research shows.

Humanities jobs threat

Humanities jobs threat

A major review of the University of Otago's humanities division could cause academic positions to be axed, the university has confirmed.

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