Equity-related committees and networks

University Equity Leadership Committee (UELC)

The University Equity Leadership Committee will be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and report to Council.

Terms of Reference

  • Enhance integrated, effective, and efficient equity leadership across the University commensurate with Taumata Teitei and the strategic priorities of the Executive portfolios
  • Provide leadership and accountability for the University's Equity Operational Plan, Equity Policy and related projects
  • Respond to monitoring and reporting on implementation of the University's Equity Operational Plan
  • Respond to advice, recommendations, and requests for guidance from the Equity Action Network
  • Identify where synergies can be harnessed or gaps need to be addressed in improving equity across the University
  • Foster and encourage good practice and innovation in improving equity throughout the University
  • Advise Senate and Council on University equity strategy, policy and progress reporting
  • Ensure the University's statutory and other compliance obligations are met.


Vice-Chancellor – Chair
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity – Deputy Chair
Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori
Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
AUSA President
Ngā Tauira Māori representative
Director HR
Campus Life Associate Director Student Wellbeing & Engagement

The University Equity Leadership Committee will meet at least five times per year and report twice yearly to Council.

a.Conflicts of Interest
Committee members must declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest in line with the requirements of the University’s Conflicts of Interest Policy.
Committee members have a responsibility to treat all information with appropriate confidentiality. This includes matters tabled or discussed at the Committee meetings, as well as any additional issues that are raised outside meetings.

UELC meeting dates 2022:

  • 31 March
  • 9 June
  • 4 August
  • 15 September
  • 27 October

Equity Action Network

The Equity Action Network (EAN) is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity and reports to the University Equity Leadership Committee.  

Terms of Reference

  • Collaborate on successful and sustainable implementation of the Equity Operational Plan within faculties, LSRIs, and service divisions
  • Share and analyse information from faculties, LSRIs, service divisions, and equity reference groups, to identify common equity issues and potential solutions
  • Advise and make recommendations to the University Equity Leadership Committee on equity strategy, plans, policy, projects and outcomes
  • Share and respond to monitoring and reporting on implementation of the University’s equity strategy, plans, policy and projects
  • Enhance staff and student engagement in achieving equity outcomes
  • Identify and progress opportunities for collaborative cross-university initiatives, to advance equity outcomes.

EAN Membership includes faculty equity committee chairs and representatives from the LSRI's, Service Divisions and the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika.  For more information contact Manager - Equity, Vicki Watson on v.watson@auckland.ac.nz

EAN meeting dates 2022:

  • 3 March
  • 7 April
  • 26 May
  • 7 July
  • 25 August
  • 17 November

LGBTQITakatāpui+ Student and Staff Network

The LGBTQITakatāpui+ network is for students and staff who identify with the Rainbow community. This includes those who are trans and gender diverse. 

With four meetings a year, they are an opportunity for Rainbow students and staff to meet and share information about services, news and events. The network also provides a voice for the University's Rainbow community and a record for issues and activities across the University.....find out when the next meeting is and register

Staff with Disabilities and Impairments Network

This network offers support and advocacy for staff with disabilities and impairments, including learning disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities and other disabilities and impairments. To find out more, contact Professor Virginia Braun on v.braun@auckland.ac.nz 

Disabilities Programme Advisory Group (DPAG)

The advisory group is coordinated, and meetings are chaired, by the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika. There are three meetings per year, with membership comprising University staff and student representatives.  

DPAG plays an important role in identifying barriers and solutions for the success of staff and students with disabilities who work and/or study at the University.

Membership is by invitation only. For further information, contact Snr research and policy adviser Lyn O’Neill: lyn.o’neill@auckland.ac.nz.

Students from a Refugee Background Advisory Group

The advisory group convenes three times per year to discuss relevant issues for students from a refugee background (SRB) and supporting SRB success within the University of Auckland. The SRB cohort continues to grow and makes up a significant proportion of our student population, with more than 800 students having self-identified as SRB as at March 2021.

Membership comprises student representatives, professional and academic staff, and external stakeholders.

Membership is by invitation only. To find out more, contact Snr research and policy adviser Chantal Creese: c.creese@auckland.ac.nz

Meeting dates for 2022:

  • 10 March
  • 14 July
  • 13 October

Student Equity Stakeholder Group

Established in 2021, this group is made up of University staff members and meets three times per year. Facilitated by the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika, the stakeholder group provides an opportunity for staff members from across the University to engage and discuss a broad range of equity issues for current Māori and equity-group students. The group also has in interest in discussing the removal of barriers that Māori and equity-group students face to studying at the University.

To find out more or to become a member, contact Snr research and policy adviser Lyn O’Neill: lyn.o’neill@auckland.ac.nz.

Meeting dates for 2022:

  • 12 May
  • 10 August
  • 23 November