Otago Polytechnic

Lecturers

  Alan Fraser
Lecturer Alan.Fraser@op.ac.nz

Alan has worked in the building industry for twenty-five years, mostly in the residential sector. For the last eight years he has been a self-employed builder in Dunedin. Alan started as a carpentry lecturer at Otago Polytechnic in November 2012. He teaches the pre-carpentry course to students working towards gaining a carpentry apprenticeship. His teaching involves a mix of theory and practical work, culminating in the construction of a 3-4 bedroom house.

Bill Morrison
Senior Lecturer Bill.Morrison@op.ac.nz

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Brian Turner
Senior Lecturer Brian.Turner@op.ac.nz

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  David Finnie
Principal Lecturer (RN) David.Finnie@op.ac.nz

David's academic field is in Construction Law and Procurement. He is currently conducting doctoral level research in early-contractor involvement (ECI). He has written a range of journal articles, and technical papers, presented at international conferences, and has advised on a number of projects, including a proposed $150 million re-development of Scott Base, Antarctica.
Beginning his career in construction as an apprentice carpenter, David then worked for six years as a Contracts Managers for a large construction company before beginning teaching in 2010. He progressed his studies, completing a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying, a Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying), and Masters of Construction (Construction Law).
David serves on the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) National Research Committee and is the Educational Representative on the NZIQS Dunedin Branch Board. He also acts as a construction degree monitor for NZQA.

Publications and Research

Finnie, D., A.; Ali, Naseem, A.; & Park, K. (2017) Enhancing Off-site Manufacturing through Early-Contractor Involvement (ECI). Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law
ISSN 1751-4304 | E-ISSN 1751-4312, Ahead of Print, https://doi.org/10.1680/jmapl.17.00029
Published Online: December 06, 2017. https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jmapl.17.00029

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  David Wade
Senior Lecturer David.Wade@op.ac.nz

David has fourteen years industry experience in various aspects of the draughting and computing industries. He was a part time CAD lecturer at Otago Polytechnic for ten years before becoming full time in 2005. He lectures across, and is the co-programme manager for, Architectural Draughting, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying programmes. He mainly teaches Computer Aided Draughting across the three years of the Architectural Draughting programme.

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  Kevin Dunbar
Senior Lecturer Kevin.Dunbar@op.ac.nz

Kevin has enjoyed working at the Otago Polytechnic over the last four years. He started as a Technician before progressing to lecturer in January 2010. Kevin has thirty years industry experience and knowledge to pass on. He obtained his teaching certificate in 2011 and lectures in carpentry. He likes working in this interesting and vibrant industry and enjoys getting students skilled and ready for work.


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  Matt Thompson
Principal Lecturer Matt.Thompson@op.ac.nz

Matt started his building career in 1990. He enrolled in the pre-trade carpentry course; the same course he currently teaches. After Matt completed an apprenticeship, he worked in Dunedin as a builder before going overseas. He later returned to Dunedin and began teaching Carpentry at Otago Polytechnic in 2004. Matt is now a Senior Lecturer and is passionate about the building industry and getting people ready to work in it.

Publications and Research

Mann, S., Allen, E., Ker, G., Byars, R., Thompson, M., Jenkins, H (2014) Mobile devices to increase student engagement in constructivist tertiary vocational education during #NPF14LMD ASCILITE Conference, Dunedin, November. http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/posters/

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Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

Graham Burgess
Learning Leader Graham.Burgess@op.ac.nz

Technicians

Jamie Todd
Lecturer Jamie.Todd@op.ac.nz