Equity in the News

Equity in the News - January

Equity at Work: Combining Parenting and a Career

With school-age children heading back to school currently, it is timely to remind University staff with children that there are resources and policies available to help combine parenting and a career.

Find out more on the Staff Equity website


Paralympic swimmer Alice Tai banned from race for being disabled Stuff, 31 January

British Paralympic gold medallist Alice Tai has been banned from swimming in a County Championships final – because she is disabled.

Find out how the University supports students and staff with disabilities.

Family Violence

Domestic violence against migrants: we need action – RNZ, 27 January
An opinion piece which outlines the importance of raising awareness about domestic violence amongst New Zealand’s migrant communities.

Learn how the University supports the Family Violence: It’s not OK initiative as well as students and staff from refugee backgrounds.

Low Socio Economic Backgrounds

Oxford scholarships should be for the poorest, not just the brightest – The Guardian, 22 January

In this opinion piece a recent Oxford graduate explores the fact that postgraduate degrees at Oxford are among the most expensive in the world, but there’s little financial support for low-income students.

Learn how the University supports students from low-income backgrounds.

If you would like to be added to the Equity in the News database, then please email equity@auckland.ac.nz.

Enhanced systems enable University to collect information about LGBTI and refugee-background students and staff

As part of the University’s commitment to members of our community who are Māori and/or from equity groups, our systems have been enhanced, to allow us to gather information on students and staff who identify as:

  •  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)
  • refugee-background

This will greatly increase our capability to support staff and students from all of the University’s equity groups.

Being able to gather details about whether students or staff identify as Māori or from an equity group helps us to understand the diversity of our communities, and to determine the supports and services we need to provide. It also allows us to monitor the effectiveness of our projects and policies in providing a safe, inclusive and equitable study and work environment.

Students and staff can provide this information when they first register with the University (using the Enterprise Person Registry). They can also do this retrospectively by updating their personal information (update personal information here). Disclosure is voluntary, but more than 600 people have already done so.

The University values the privacy of every individual’s personal information and is committed to the protection of personal information.

Read about the University’s privacy regime

We welcome your feedback. Please contact Terry O’Neill, Director Student Equity: t.oneill@auckland.ac.nz

Other resources
Read the University’s Equity Policy
Find out about the University’s equity groups
Learn about the University and the Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi