Otago Polytechnic Newsletter

Te Pā Tauira (OPSV) – CCRF no longer required

Otago Polytechnic and Campus Living Villages have agreed not to use the CCRF forms for 2020. We sincerely believe that all potential learners are in a significant life transition from secondary education to tertiary education and should be provided with a fair opportunity to grow through this critical period personally.

On application, students will be required to name two referees who can be contacted upon request. These must not be family members or friends.

Applications for students studying in 2020 open on Friday 2 August 2019 with the first round of accommodation offers being made from Wednesday 4 September.

Students can subscribe to OPSV alerts and see key application dates here.

Otago Polytechnic Introduces Heavy Automotive Engineering Programme

Otago Polytechnic is opening a new avenue in its automotive programmes next month – a New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering.

The Level 4 programme has strands in Road Transport, Plant and Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, and Materials Handling.

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Otago Polytechnic Announces Otago Hockey Scholarships

Otago Polytechnic and Otago Hockey have announced a sponsorship and scholarship agreement that supports students’ academic and sporting aspirations, while also providing a significant boost to the code in the region.

The scholarships, which will be offered to two talented hockey players, cover a maximum of three years study (depending on the specific programme) and will take effect from the beginning of 2020.

Scholarship applications close on 31 July.

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Careers in Healthcare Expo

Tuesday 30 July
5.30pm – 7pm (presentations begin at 5.45pm)

The Hub, Otago Polytechnic
Forth Street, Dunedin

This is an opportunity for your students to explore our healthcare career options at our expo and range of informative seminars.

Find out about: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, Sport, Exercise & Health and Massage Therapy.

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Midwifery North Island Information Sessions

Various lower North Island locations

June and July

If you are interested in finding out more about our Bachelor of Midwifery qualification which leads to to registration as a midwife in NZ – come along to one of our information sessions.

See here for further information

Engineering and Automotive Trades Information Day

Tuesday 20 August
9am – 1pm

A Block, Automotive workshops,
tago Polytechnic
Forth Street, Dunedin

RSVP: 2 August  michelle.higginson@op.ac.nz

This information day is a chance for your students to get an overview of our Automotive programmes in the following specialty areas:

Light Automotive Heavy Automotive Auto Electrical

Mechanical Engineering: Steel construction, Tool making, Welding and more.

Careers in Engineering Technology Expo

Monday 5 August

5.30pm – 7.00pm

The Hub, Dunedin Campus, Forth Street, Dunedin

With our region about to embark on one of its biggest building booms, the construction industry now has a high demand for qualified Engineering Technicians and Technologists to work in the areas of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Read more here

Fashion Skills Holiday Workshop – STAR Funding may apply

Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 July

10am – 4pm

Floor 5, H Block, Otago Polytechnic

Corner of Harbour Terrace and Union Street, Dunedin

Come and join us at the School of Design for a two-day, hands-on workshop where you will explore sustainable fashion making in a creative and fun environment, using up-cycled fabrics and leather to create your own bag.

Read more here

Design Winter Camp –
Digital Illustration

Monday – Thursday, 15 – 18 July,
2pm – 5pm

Level 3, H Block, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

Bring your talent for digital illustration into focus with this course that involves taking hand-made illustrations and turning them into vector-based digital art that can be printed or displayed on screens. This course will introduce some core graphic design principles and the use of Adobe design software tools including Photoshop and Illustrator.

See here for further information

Occupational Therapy Information Evenings

Tuesday 23 July and Tuesday 24 September
6pm – 7pm

Room G323, G Block, Otago Polytechnic
Corner of Harbour Terrace and Union Street, Dunedin

Occupational Therapists help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in daily occupations. Come and learn about this diverse people-oriented profession; hear from therapists about their work, from staff about the programme design and the things you will be involved in, and from students about what it’s like to be part of the programme. Students, parents and whanau are all welcome.

See here for more details

Engineering Technologies Information Day

Friday 9 August
9.30am – 3pm

L Block, School of Architecture, Building and Engineering, Otago Polytechnic
Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

RSVP: 31 July  michelle.higginson@op.ac.nz

A chance for secondary school students to spend a day with Otago Polytechnic staff, students, graduates and employers to learn about engineering and the opportunities open to them after graduation with an OP Engineering degree or diploma qualification.

Building Industry Seminar

Tuesday 10 September
9.15am – 2.30pm

Otago University Rugby Clubrooms
Logan Park Drive, Dunedin

RSVP: 23 August  michelle.higginson@op.ac.nz

Otago Polytechnic, the Otago Master Builders, Certified Builders and the Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) will profile a range of different careers that are available in the growing building industry – with a focus on building apprenticeships.

Education Leaders Forum – For School Staff

Wednesday 17 – Thursday 18 July

Sargood Centre, Otago Polytechnic
Logan Park Drive, Dunedin

The Education Leaders Forum (ELF) is an annual forum for education leaders and aspiring leaders from across the learning spectrum in New Zealand. This year’s topic is Digital Divides, Dividends & Dangers.

See here for further information

Design Winter Camp –
Game Design

Monday – Thursday, 15 – 18 July,
10am – 1pm

Level 3, H Block, Otago Polytechnic,
Forth Street, Dunedin

Extend your interest from playing games into making games! Design your own characters, enemies and environments. Create artwork, level layouts and animation. Combine all these elements together using a pre-made template into your own original game design.

See here for further information

Celebrate Design Awards

Monday – Friday, 20 – 29 August,
10am – 4pm

The Hub, Otago Polytechnic,
Forth Street, Dunedin

School of Design Secondary Schools Awards Exhibition

Open to all NZ secondary schools

Contact Tracy Kennedy for full details