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End of year message from Head of School

Final blog of another extraordinary year and it only remains for me to thank everyone one more time for their outstanding work in 2021. 

It’s important we recognise that the singular achievement of our small team delivering teaching and research – and the professional support that allows it to happen –  under such circumstances has not been without cost. ‘Frazzled’ hardly covers it. I think we are all heartily sick of Zoom, our home offices, trying to juggle home and work responsibilities and all under an ongoing cloud of uncertainty for next month (let alone next year).   

For this reason it is terribly important that you all take a proper break that allows you to properly make time for yourself and for your families and friends.  

I know that universities are not always the greatest at recognising staff, but I am immensely proud of what we have achieved as a group this year. 

I’ve been particularly struck at how mutually supportive staff have been in helping one another get through it.  While I can’t promise 2022 will be business as usual, I do believe that we have now turned a corner and that we have shown we are capable of extraordinary things as a group. 

Tini whetū ki te rangi, he iti te pōkēao ka ngaro  (literally) “a small cloud over head can obscure the stars” (figuratively) “a small team can overcome a myriad of difficulties”. 

Noho ora mai  

Steven 

Professor Steven Dakin
Head, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, The University of Auckland
Office | 503-359, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023
Postal | Optometry and Vision Science, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Phone | +64 (0)9 9238898 Mob | +64 (0)278 365 800
Web  http://www.optometry.auckland.ac.nz
Orcid  0000-0002-3548-9104
Twitter  @StevenDakin 

April 2022

April 2022

Staffing update: Head of School Steven Dakin stepped down this month as Head of School. Steven presided over the school for eight years, leading the extremely important change from a department to a school and steering the school through significant change since then....

Dakin lab site launch

Dakin lab site launch

Professor Steven Dakin’s new and improved lab site https://www.clinicalvision.org/ was recently launched.  The lab team includes Dr Catherine Morgan, recent PhD graduate Dr Soheil Doustkouhi, and current PhD candidates Selassie Tagoh, Aryaman Taore, and Tony Han.  ...

Robert Maher Award 2021

Robert Maher Award 2021

Kristine Hammond has been awarded the prestigious Robert Maher Award for 2021 at the ADONZ (Dispensing Opticians Association) conference. Kristine entered the field of optics in 1993 and gained experience as a branch manager and area manager, completing her Advanced...

Marsden Fund award for eye movement project

Marsden Fund award for eye movement project

Dr Phil Turnbull was awarded $360,000 in the recently announced prestigious Marsden Fund awards for his project Eye movements in three dimensions. Abstract: To track a moving object, the eyes need a remarkable level of coordination. Objects moving sideways or...

Staffing updates

Staffing updates

The last few weeks have seen a few changes including: * PhD candidate Jasmine Zoest announced the timely arrival of her second child, Isla Low Zoest, on the 3rd of November, just 8 minutes past her due date apparently! All are doing well at home. * Alyssa Lie...

End of year message from Head of School

End of year message from Head of School

Final blog of another extraordinary year and it only remains for me to thank everyone one more time for their outstanding work in 2021.  It’s important we recognise that the singular achievement of our small team delivering teaching and research - and the professional...

U21 Health Science Group challenge

U21 Health Science Group challenge

Recently students from the University of Auckland and four other universities – the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Melbourne and Queensland in Australia – took part in a challenge from the Universitas...

Funded PhD in data infrastructure available now

Funded PhD in data infrastructure available now

A fully-funded PhD in the area of ‘Data infrastructure for eye health in Aotearoa New Zealand’ is available for suitably qualified candidates to apply for now. The PhD will be co-supervised by Associate Professor Jacqueline Ramke and Dr Katrina Poppe at the Faculty of...

Staffing update – 3rd quarter

Staffing update – 3rd quarter

In July 2021 we said farewell to Jane Williams, who filled the role of Group Services Administrator (GSA) with aplomb and was the first staff member to say goodbye by writing and performing an original song. Taylar Henwood joined us as a temporary GSA while...

Staff news

Staff news

Marvin Wu is moving into a new and exciting position as Research Programme Manager with the Liggins Institute from 12 July. Marvin came to SOVS early in 2020, shortly before the Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown, and worked hard to assist researchers in the school with all...

Te Whe visit 2021

Te Whe visit 2021

Photo: Kaiāwhina Renata Watene speaks with rangatahi about optometry as a career The annual Te Whe programme took place in June this year. The event is aimed at Year 11 Māori rangatahi and is part of the faculty’s Vision 20:20 initiatives to raise students’...

Graduation

Graduation

Tuesday 1 June 2021 was a very special day for our Part V BOptom Class of 2020: after a somewhat disrupted year, graduands finally were able to come together to celebrate their achievements with fellow classmates, family and SOVS staff at a pre-graduation function...