The University of Otago wants Dunedin education providers to be given access to some of the $5 million the Government set aside to help reverse declining international student numbers in Christchurch in the wake of last year's earthquake.
The University of Otago's building at Forsyth Barr Stadium is expected to come in $4.4 million under its original $46.2 million budget.
The Dunedin economy will be hit hard if student numbers and research income at the University of Otago continue to fall, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie says.
The global financial crisis and a perception there is a high risk of earthquakes in Dunedin will make it difficult to reverse a decline in the number of international students at the University of Otago, an academic leader says.
The University of Otago faces an "uncertain" financial future in the face of declining student numbers and a reduction in research income.
A University of Otago masters student is appealing for sightings of a carnivorous worm that sucks out the innards of its prey, a creature he says could be living in many Dunedin residents' backyards.
Changes to laws governing access to alcohol have led to a "perfect storm" for alcohol consumption, meaning students today drink more dangerously than previous generations of students, University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne says.
A 43-year-old Dunedin man is recovering in hospital after his hand was cut off in a workplace accident.
When University of Otago students come back from their mid-year breaks next month they can expect to find some art in unusual places around the Dunedin campus.
Ministry of Social Development figures show more than 320 students in New Zealand, 50 of them from Otago, are making the most of an exemption due to be axed next year.
The University of Otago is happy with the quality of services provided by the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA), but has not committed to any funding for the association beyond this year.
The position of Otago University Students' Association's (OUSA) international students officer has been filled after the second by-election for the role this year.
More University of Otago students have been dealt with by the vice-chancellor for serious disciplinary issues in the year to April than in the whole of last year, figures from the university show.
The number of University of Otago students seeking work far outweighs the number of jobs available, figures from Student Job Search (SJS) show.
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne has hit back at a suggestion that the method used to evaluate research at New Zealand universities has meant academics no longer have the time to participate in community service.
After escaping conflict in the Republic of the Congo and shifting to New Zealand more than six years ago, Emande Mihindou Mahanga was pleased be given the "privilege of being a Kiwi" at a citizenship ceremony in the Skeggs Gallery yesterday.
Students who voted in last week's Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) referendum overwhelmingly support a more environmentally friendly university and OUSA maintaining its independence from the university.
A University of Otago politics lecturer says students in Dunedin have exchanged political activism for "hedonism".
Tom McFadden impressed pupils at Tahuna Normal Intermediate with a combination of hip-hop and science yesterday as he winds up a tour of New Zealand's schools as part of the International Science Festival.