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Mid-year message from Head of School

First, I would like to note that it has been a great honour to have taken on the role of Head of School this year, and to express my gratitude for the hard work, expertise, and support of my predecessors and all the staff in making the school, and BOptom and postgraduate programmes, examples of excellence.  

The School of Optometry & Vision Science, and the profession of Optometry, have expanded and developed in many new and exciting directions since I joined the Department of Optometry originally in 1994 as a Clinical Tutor in Optometry.  

The launch of the Vision Bus Aotearoa in June has been a highlight of 2022. It fulfilled an ambition long held by the school for a way to support increasing research intD inequities in eye healthcare Dea, provide a wider and in-depth learning experience for our students, and to facilitate a method of taking action to redress inequities in access to eye healthcare. Sincere and ongoing thanks are due to the generous donors who enabled the bus to be developed, and to Professor Steven Dakin for championing the cause and bringing it to fruition. 

The outreach opportunities offered by the Vision Bus Aotearoa and the university curriculum transformation process currently underway are great opportunities to re-envision how we can reach students who might not have considered optometry as a profession previously, deliver world-class optometry teaching underpinned by high quality research, and innovate in both research and teaching spaces.  

It is a privilege to face the challenges and opportunities ahead with the excellent and supportive team of academic and professional staff committed to the school and to our students.  

Finally, I also wish to recognise the ongoing achievements of our academic and professional teams in continuing to deliver teaching and research during a year that is still facing challenges daily from COVID-19 in the community. 

Te manu kai miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu kai mātauranga, nōna te ao.  “The bird that eats the miro berries, theirs is the forest; the bird that consumes knowledge, the world is theirs” or figuratively, “application of your own knowledge opens up your world.” 

Ngā mihi nui
Dr Andrew Collins
Head, School of Optometry and Vision Science

School management team update

School management team update

The school’s management team structure and roles have been refreshed over the last few months. Please see below the new roles, holders of the roles, and the main focus of each role: Head of School – Dr Andrew Collins Work closely with professional and academic staff...

July quarterly update

July quarterly update

Staffing updates Congratulations to Zaria on the arrival of new baby Asher, born on Queen’s Birthday weekend (4 June). His older brother Maxwell is “pretty chuffed” with his new baby brother. Welcome to Roxanne and Harpreet, who will join Renita Martis in standing in...

Mid-year message from Head of School

Mid-year message from Head of School

First, I would like to note that it has been a great honour to have taken on the role of Head of School this year, and to express my gratitude for the hard work, expertise, and support of my predecessors and all the staff in making the school, and BOptom and...

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...