Otago Polytechnic

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Our Research and Postgraduate team are experienced professionals who support our researchers. Their roles include:

  • Academic mentoring
  • Administering grant applications
  • Coordinating research reports
  • Negotiating external research funding
  • Connecting research with communities
  • Connecting postgraduate students with supervisors



Prof. Leoni Schmidt
Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies
Chairperson, Research and Postgraduate Committee
+64 (0) 21 245 2895

As well as leading the Research and Postgraduate Studies directorate, Dr Leoni Schmidt is a full professor in the School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. She supervises candidates in the postgraduate rogrammes and oversees academic quality in the School. Her own research focuses on contemporary drawing and its political agency. View Leoni's research here



Jenny Aimers
Research Coordinator
+64 (0) 3479 3639  

Jenny Aimers oversees Otago Polytechnic’s participation in New Zealand’s Performance Based Research Fund, our professional development programme for research staff, annual reporting of research activity and supports the production of our academic publications and applications for external research funding. Jenny’s research is in the field of third sector organisational studies and community development. View Jenny's research here.


Lesley Brook
Research and Project Assistant
+64 (0) 27 4345 295 

Lesley is responsible for our research events programme, monthly magazine Relevant Research, web content and social media. She is also involved with projects improving the management and promotion of research at Otago Polytechnic.