University Clocktower & Gothic Revival Buildings.

Leith Street, Dunedin.
Dunedin North, Otago
The Gothic Revival style characteristic of the University of Otago was established by Maxwell Bury when he designed the magnificent clock tower and adjacent geology block in 1878.

Bury was influenced by Sir George Scott's design for Glasgow University built in 1870. Bury improved on Scott's design with more a lively Gothic.

In 1914 and 1922 rather than following Bury's original symmetrical design Edward Anscombe completed the complex with extensions to the south creating a powerful asymmetrical composition.

The University is home to the Robert Burns Fellowship. This is New Zealand's premier literary residency. It was established in 1958 by a group of anonymous Dunedin citizens to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Burns, and to perpetuate the community's appreciation of the part played by the related Dunedin family of Dr Thomas Burns in the early settlement of Otago. The Fellowship aims to encourage and promote imaginative New Zealand literature and to associate writers with the University.

The University also encourages artists through the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. It is for painters, sculptors and multi-media artists and and offers not less than the minimum salary of a full-time university lecturer for a full year.

Composers normally resident in New Zealand can apply for the Mozart Fellowship which also offers 'not less than the minimum salary of a full-time university lecturer for a full year'.


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