The University of Otago says there will be a difference between how much it costs to rebuild its earthquake-damaged Christchurch campus and what it can recover from insurance.
Restricting the student allowance to four years of study punishes medical students and postgraduates and will push them overseas, critics of the change say.
A drinking game played by students in Dunedin called "possum" -- where participants get drunk up trees -- has made headlines across the world after a story was published in the Otago Daily Times on Wednesday.
Staff at the Dunedin Botanic Garden are concerned about the growing popularity of a drinking game called "possum", in which participants sit in trees and drink large amounts of alcohol.
The University of Otago has spent $5.5 million on land next to Christchurch Hospital as it seeks to "consolidate" its operations in the city.
The University of Otago's financial position has been described as "sound" despite lower-than-budgeted student numbers.
Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker envisages a future in which people who study at his institution can design their own degrees to suit.
Otago Polytechnic has approved plans to move the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure to the former art gallery building at Logan Park once a $3 million refurbishment plan has been endorsed by the Dunedin City Council.
The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations (NZUSA) has come out in support of the Green Party's suggestion that student loans should be paid back at different rates according to income.
Toughening up alcohol policies has resulted in a change in drinking culture at Dunedin's student halls, University of Otago accommodation services director James Lindsay says.
The Otago University Students' Association is calling for businesses and the public to advertise jobs with Student Job Search (SJS) after a drop in the number of jobs available through the service.
Otago Polytechnic has contributed almost $1 billion to the New Zealand economy and a "staggering" $535 million to the Otago region over the past five years, an economic impact report shows.
Changes to student loan repayment rates and allowances have been slammed by student associations, who say they will put people off study and punish those already struggling.
The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) has revealed plans to spend about $500,000 upgrading its clubs and societies centre in Albany St.
Two researchers who were awarded $100,000 each were among the 15 recognised for their contribution to health research at the joint Dunedin School of Medicine and Southern District Health Board (SDHB) research excellence awards this week.
The University of Otago is working hard to position itself as an attractive institution for top-achieving students, to prevent higher numbers of what Prime Minister John Key's science adviser calls "scholarship kids" from going overseas to study.
The number of Canterbury-based students enrolling at both the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic has risen this year as student numbers at the University of Canterbury continue to drop in the aftermath of the city's earthquakes.
Three weeks of training in the Australian state of Victoria has given a group of Otago rural firefighters vital experience for fighting fires back home, Department of Conservation (Doc) deputy principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell says.
The University of Otago's new Unipol recreation centre in the University Plaza at Forsyth Barr Stadium has proven popular with students and visists have increased 40% compared with last year, before the facility shifted.
Almost 250 University of Otago students were suspended last year for failing to pass an adequate number of papers as the university increases its focus on producing quality students, vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne says.