Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Download the Otago University Students Association strategic plan here.  

Every three to five years a strategic plan is written and updated by the Executive in consultation with managers, the Chief Executive Officer and other OUSA stakeholders. The strategic document helps guide the actions taken by OUSA every year. 

The current strategic plan is for 2023 to 2028. 

OUSA Background

OUSA was founded on 20th of May 1890 in order to run student rooms, organise activities over Capping, approach the University with student concerns, and arrange socials.

OUSA is run by students for students. Each year 10 students are elected and 2 ex-officio students elected by their respective organisations to form the OUSA Executive. OUSA exists to ensure Otago students have the ultimate student experience. OUSA provides students with representation, welfare, advocacy, recreation, fun events and media.

OUSA has a constructive relationship with the university staff and stakeholders as we mostly want the same things - a culture of excellence in teaching and research and excellent student services. Inevitably students have some different interests and that is where we come in! 

OUSA is independent from the rest of the University, is owned by students and exists to further student interests. OUSA supports student voices when and where it counts. In response to changes in legislation, in 2012 the OUSA and the University agreed to a Service Level Agreement to fund and provide OUSA governed and managed student services. 


Every student has their ultimate student experience while at the University of Otago.


OUSA delivers student-led advocacy, targeted student support, harm reduction, events, recreation, media and facilities to student.

OUSA Core Values:

Advocacy, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Boldness, Fun

Guiding Principles

Climate Conscious, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Commerical Responsility

Strategic Objectives

These are the key areas which OUSA works to improve. The strategic document expands on these areas in each of the OUSA departments so we can increase our work in each of the 4 areas. 

  1. Student Voice and Advocacy

  2. Student Wellbeing

  3. Student Experience

  4. Student Engagement