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. 

A cartoon of various animals next to a tree. A person is telling them "for a fair selection, everyone must take the same exam; climb that tree."
Why Equity is important.


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.

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

Prue Toft – Director, Staff Equity
Get in touch with Prue
+64 9 923 8316

Cathie Walsh – Staff Equity Manager
Get in touch with Cathie
+64 9 923 7844

Student 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