Otago University’s Top Supervisors Awarded
The Otago University Students’ Association and the University of Otago are proud to announce the winners of the OUSA
2013 Supervisor of the Year Awards.
“The awards recognise the supervisors that go above and beyond for their students during their post graduate study.”
Said Francisco Hernandez, OUSA President, “Supervisors are key to the process of researching, guiding, proofing and
submitting a student’s thesis.
The supervisors are nominated and voted for by students, and each year OUSA receives hundreds of nominations for
supervisors which is tribute to the University of Otago staff.
“These award recipients represent the supervisors who stand out and help students not only in their study but assist
students in the directions their lives take after studying.” Said Mr. Hernandez, “I’m sure more often than not they also
have their fair share of tears thrown their way as well as submission deadlines creep closer!”
The award recipients come from all divisions of the University as well as recognising the top over all Supervisor, the
New Supervisor of the year and a very Special Posthumous Commemoration for Dr. Tamar Murachver from the University of
Otago Psychology Department.
The award ceremony will be Monday 26th August 3pm to 4.30pm in the Main Common Room, Student Union Building.
Finalists for OUSA Supervisor of the Year 2013
Health Sciences Finalists: Professor Stephen Duffull; Professor Jules Kieser; Dr. Ria Schroder; Dr. Roslyn Kemp
Sciences Finalists: Professor Jörg Frauendiener; Dr. Chris Hepburn; Professor Ian Jamieson
Commerce Finalists: Associate Professor Holger Regenbrecht; Professor Steven Stillman; Professor James Higham
Humanities Finalists: Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru; Dr. Chris Rosin; Dr. John Garthwaite; Dr. Mark McCoy
OUSA Supervisor of the Year Awards
Supervisor of the Year: Dr. Roslyn Kemp from Microbiology and Immunology
New Supervisor of the Year: Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru from the Faculty of Law
Special (Posthumous) Commemoration: Dr. Tamar Murachver from Psychology
Health Sciences Supervisor: Professor Stephen Duffull from the School of Pharmacy
Sciences Supervisor: Professor Jörg Frauendiener from Mathematics and Statistics
Commerce Supervisor: Associate Professor Holger Regenbrecht from Information Science
Humanities Supervisor: Dr. Chris Rosin from Centre for Sustainability
Quotes from students about Dr. Roslyn Kemp:
“Awesome supervisor who always looks out and supports her students. Not afraid to push us to make sure we are making the
most of our opportunities such as presenting at conferences. Also has a lot of trust in us in letting us direct our
“She's so helpful and understanding with regards to project matters, has boosted my confidence as a person and a
scientist, and shown me that no matter where I come from that my set of lenses are useful and can be applied to a
research field. She has made me realise my full potential and continues to lay down challenges to overcome so that I can
“Ros goes above and beyond what is expected of any supervisor. All questions are answered, her students are her
priority, and the effort she puts in for us is unquestionable.”
Quotes from students about Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru:
“I would not have decided to do an LLM at Otago if it wasn't for her. In fact I would not be professionally where I am
if it wasn't for her excellent supervision and mentoring over the years.”
“She in consistently caring, flexible, thoughtful, wise and generous in her advice, responds quickly, guides
appropriately, and is simply excellent.”