About equity and who to contact
Learn what equity means, who we support, how we support them and meet some of our team.
Equity is a basic human right. A commitment to fairness, justice and the understanding that one size does not fit everyone is at the heart of all of the work we do.
Through our plans, policies, monitoring, reporting and guides to best practice, the Equity Office leads the University of Auckland’s commitment to being a safe, inclusive and equitable place to work and study.
Our commitment to Equity has, in part, contributed to the University's No.1 position in the global Times Higher Education rankings against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals - as explained by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Equity.
The University acknowledges the distinct status of Māori as tangata whenua and is committed to partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Our work aims to support the outreach, recruitment, retention and success of Māori staff and students, and students and staff who are in our Equity groups.
People from equity groups are more likely to have experienced one or more barriers to accessing and succeeding at University, such as discrimination, marginalisation, under-representation, underachievement in school, and/or socio-economic background.
Equity Groups are:
- Pacific students and staff
- Students and staff with disabilities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Takatapui + (LGBTIQTakatapui+) students and staff
- Students and staff from refugee backgrounds
- Students from low socio-economic backgrounds
- Men, women and gender diverse people where there are barriers to access and success
The Equity Cycle
The University of Auckland makes a difference to achieving equity outcomes by contributing at each of the following stages of the life cycle through our research, teaching and learning.
Read more in the PDF below.
Contact the Equity Office
We are located in Room 126, ClockTower Building, 22 Princes St, Auckland.
If you would like to talk further about how we can help you, we would love to hear from you. Our email addresses are below.
For general enquiries, get in touch with the Equity Office
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor Equity – Prue Toft
The Equity Office team is led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity who advises the Vice-Chancellor and the University on fulfilling the University’s commitment to equity in employment and education.
Vicki Watson – Director, Resources
Get in touch with Vicki
+64 9 923 4923
Staff Equity Team
Dr. Terry O’Neill – Director, Student Equity
Get in touch with Terry
+64 9 923 8211
Student Disability Services (SDS)
Student Disability Services is located at The ClockTower Basement Level, Room 036, 22 Princes Street
Mark Thomson – Manager, Student Disability Services
Get in touch with Mark
+64 9 923 8808
For more information, support and contacts see Student Disability Services
Jodi Yeats– Equity Communications and Marketing Adviser
Get in touch with Jodi
+64 9 923 4093
027 202 6372