Court Case Argues Med Admissions Were Unlawful and Discriminatory

A court case against the University of Otago claims that the Uni unlawfully admitted students who did not meet the minimum requirements to enter med school. According to the statement of claim, these students were admitted to medicine through the Mirror on Society (MoS) preferential entry pathway and the international student pathway. Because of this, the claimant argues that the process for med school admission was unlawful and...

Studying Yourself

Content warning: mentions eating disorders, self-image, and body dysmorphia Sitting in a lecture hall, Alex* goes about their day like usual, with the expectation to learn about their body and how food can affect them. What Alex didn’t expect, is the unintentional resurgence of negative feelings about themselves - something they haven’t experienced since their teens. Alex begins to reflect. ‘I must be unhealthy, I don’t...

Otago University Postgrad Association Responds to Potential Abbey College Closure

The Otago University Postgraduate Students Association (OPA) have responded to the proposal to turn Abbey College from a postgraduate to an undergraduate hall with an open letter to staff and University officials. Students have been asked to leave by 15 November. The open letter, which was written on behalf of concerned postgraduate students, hopes to spark an open dialogue to find a solution between the University and...

Māori Voices and Leadership Devalued and Disempowered, Says Pretty Much Every Student Union in New Zealand

Te Mana Ākonga, the national Māori students association, is calling for a review of the tertiary sector following recent accusations of “systemic and structural racism, discrimination, marganalisation and institutional gaslighting” at the Universities of Waikato and Otago.  TMĀ and the letter signatories, nine of which are student associations at Otago Uni, believe that the “devaluation of Māori...

Jack Manning Nominated University Management for Life Membership

Jack Manning nominated two senior University employees for life membership of OUSA. In his statement nominating Stephen Willis and...

Critic Breaks Down the OUSA President Debates

The OUSA presidential campaigns kicked off with a night-time forum at Starters last Tuesday, followed by a daytime debate the next day. The two candidates, Sammy Bergen and Michaela Waite-Harvey, are...

Baby Politicians Try to Be Cool and Relatable For Your OUSA Vote

The debate for the 20-hour OUSA positions took place in the Main Common Room last Wednesday at 12pm. The sound of microphone...

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