Otago Polytechnic


Funding is the elephant in the room

Funding is the elephant in the room


Posted By on Aug 10, 2018

Craig West, a senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares his thoughts on the future of the polytechnic sector as part of the Tertiary Education Commission’s ITP Roadmap project. It is great that the Tertiary Education Commission is taking the time to listen to the perspectives of staff working at institutes of technology and polytechnics around the country. Here at Otago Polytechnic we welcomed the opportunity to have an open...

Read More

Craig West, a senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, discusses the importance of public tertiary education for second chance learners, as well as its role in the local community. Education sits at the heart of every community and this could not be truer than for the city of Dunedin. The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic are central to life in the city. The fact that they are public institutions ensures that everybody has the...

Read More

Phil Edwards, TEU vice-president and Academic Leader at Otago Polytechnic, makes a compelling case for public tertiary education for the benefits it brings local communities. How do you become a carpenter? How about a nurse or an automotive engineer? Are you keen to lead people in the outdoors or study Occupational Therapy? Do you like a wine with dinner or like to have someone cook for you? These questions are just a few of those...

Read More
Shooting and bomb threats create fear

Shooting and bomb threats create fear


Posted By on Oct 8, 2015

Otago University, Otago Polytechnic, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University and the police have all been quick to respond to anonymous gun and bomb threats issued this week. Otago University advised staff and students of the threat on Tuesday but remained open yesterday, the day the anonymous poster claimed they would carry out their threat. The university, Otago Polytechnic and the police all had comprehensive plans in...

Read More

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 32 The government is under attack from students, institutions and TEU for its plan to make universities and polytechnics report on former students’ job and income outcomes. TEU warned, in a written statement earlier this week, that such reporting will end up distorting the way educators do their job. “It risks favouring people who teach short-term skills to get their students into immediate but...

Read More

Details of the Clara Immerwahr Essay Competition here. First place: Martin Holmes of Otago University What the judges thought This essay set the issue of scientific advancement into the broader socio-political context. It set out a clear argument and followed through with strong examples and very well chosen quotes. I do hope the author is right – that ‘hardly anyone disagrees that science should have a conscience’ but the...

Read More