Otago Polytechnic Research


Happy New Year! We invite you to take the opportunity this year to partner with our staff and/or students in research that is relevant for you. We look forward to hearing from you and scoping a collaborative project.

Our staff had a very productive year with their research in 2019:

  • Total Research Outputs 2019: 580 (32% increase on 2018)
  • Quality Assured Research Outputs 2019: 435 (34% increase on 2018)
  • Active researchers 2019: 208 (22% increase on 2018)
  • Vision Mātauranga outputs 2019: 37 (27% increase on 2018)
  • Outputs adding to knowledge around learning and teaching 2019: 238 (290% increase on 2018)
  • Outputs adding to knowledge around sustainable practice 2019: 119 (526% increase on 2018)

We would also like to share the latest results of our Learner Capability Framework research project with you. This project is funded by Ako Aotearoa with a national grant and we are now at the halfway point. This stage has focussed on our alumni views on how Otago Polytechnic has facilitated their employability and on in-programme testing of the framework for students. The Alumni Survey and Interview Analysis is available here and the Synthesis report here

Prof Leoni Schmidt
Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies
ISSN 2624-084X


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    We can take education to the people, rather than expecting people to move for education. Read more…
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    Strong learning design helps students gain essential skills and capabilities. Read more…