Combining Parenting, Caring, Study and Work
Gender Equity at the University
We are committed to redressing women’s underrepresentation especially in senior positions. Factors such as family responsibilities; part-time, temporary and casual employment; gender bias; and wider societal influences can pose barriers to women (and to men) in employment.
The following policies, initiatives and projects are intended to enhance the University’s work environment and ensure talented staff can succeed here.
Equity Related Policies and Guidelines
- Equity Policy
This highlights the University’s commitment to being a safe, inclusive and equitable study and work environment.
- Prevention of Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures
The University is committed to protecting the rights and dignity of members of the University community and expect all members to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times.
- Work, Life, Family and Carers Policy
This workplace policy confirms that the University is committed to accommodating the reasonable requirements of staff members’ other responsibilities so that they achieve a balance between them.
- Flexible Work Policy and Procedures
All staff members on fixed term or permanent employment agreements are entitled to flexible work arrangements.
- Timetable Polic
This policy provides a framework to ensure timetabling reasonably and equitably takes account of staff and students needs including the needs of staff with significant caring responsibilities.
- Merit Relative to Opportunity Policy and Procedures
Provides assessment of how circumstances, such as caring responsibilities, may affect achievement, impact and productivity.
- Parental Leave policy
All eligible staff are entitled to parental leave as laid out in this policy.
- Family Violence Policy and Guidelines
Provides a framework to support students and staff who experience the effects of family violence.
- Babies and Children on Campus Guidelines
Outlines ways in which students and staff with childcare responsibilities are supported to succeed.
- Gender Transitioning at Work Guidelines
Provides practical information for staff who, decide to or are, transitioning, and their manager and team.
- Guidelines for the University of Auckland support for trans and gender diverse students’ legal name change
The University supports the legal name change of trans and gender-diverse students by covering the cost of it.
- Transgender people at the University guidelines and FAQS
Provides guidelines and FAQs useful for those who are trans, gender diverse or their classmates/colleagues.
Support for Parenting
- Temporary carparking is available for staff with family responsibilities such as short term family emergencies and pregnancy.
- Breastfeeding facilities are available across all four of our campuses.
- Fridges are available for those wishing to store expressed milk.
- Early childhood centres (ECEs) are available for students and staff.
- Salary Sacrificing of Early Childhood Centre fees is available for staff whose children are in our ECEs. Fees are deducted from the staff members pre-tax salary.
- Combining Parenting and a Career Toolkit is a resource with useful information for staff at all stages of family life.
- Combining Parenting and a Career seminars The Equity Office organises regular seminars with leading experts about various parenting issues. To receive information about upcoming seminars, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parent Spaces are available at the City Campus and Epsom Campus.
Support for Carers
The University supports students and staff who are Carers. Information, including Toolkits for staff and students can be found on the Equity Office website.
- Recruitment, selection and appointment There are resources available to assist managers and academic heads ensure fair and equitable employment processes.
- Unconscious Bias training is available through the Equity Office
- Inclusive Conferences includes information about how to ensure your next event is gender inclusive.
- Supporting women with menopause in the workplace including information for managers
- Women in Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM)
- Strategies to address gender inequities
- Zero Tolerance for Discrimination Unacceptable discrimination, including racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia, have no place in our University.
Women in Leadership
The Women in Leadership Programme is a year-long programme that provides opportunities for women to develop personal leadership skills.
Further information on how the University works towards improving women in leadership includes: