A safe, inclusive and equitable University

The Equity Office - Te Ara Tautika leads the University of Auckland's commitment to be a safe, inclusive and equitable place to study and work.

Our University is a vibrant, diverse community. As highlighted in the Equity Policy we value this diversity and are committed to ensuring our campuses are safe, inclusive and equitable.

The University of Auckland has zero tolerance for discrimination. Read the Vice-Chancellor’s message about zero tolerance

What is Equity?

Equity at our University means fairness and justice within a safe and inclusive study and work environment that enables talented people to achieve their potential and the University to achieve its strategic objectives.

Equity initiatives, policies and programmes are embedded across the University and aim to support our Māori students and staff and our equity group students and staff. These include:

  • Pacific students and staff
  • Students and staff with disabilities
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) students and staff
  • Students and staff from refugee backgrounds (SSRB)
  • Students from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB)
  • Men or women where there are barriers to access and success

The University’s commitment to equity is highlighted in the Strategic Plan 2013-2020

Frequently Asked Questions about student and staff equity

Read or download our equity publications

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What we do

Policies and guidelines

The Equity Office develops research-based policies and guidelines to help ensure our University is safe, inclusive and equitable, and to support the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. For example, we acknowledge that use of preferred rather than legal names is key to the provision of a safe and inclusive environment for transgender students.  

Programmes and initiatives

Equity programmes and initiatives are developed collaboratively with our communities of interest and embedded across the University. From alternative admissions pathways and communities of academic and pastoral support, to a network for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students and staff, equity informs academic, pastoral, social and cultural activities across the University.

Equity Cycle

The University of Auckland Equity Cycle is the basis for all our work. Research tells us that we can’t just intervene at one point to enhance equity group success. We contribute to equity outcomes for students and staff at each stage of the cycle through our research, teaching and learning.

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of. It is driven by exposure to cultural stereotypes.

Unconscious bias
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Further information and resources on Unconscious Bias

Contact Cathie Walsh, Staff Equity Manager: phone +64 9 373 7599 ext 87844 or email cathie.walsh@auckland.ac.nz

Monitoring, reporting and best practice

The Equity Office monitors, advises and reports on equity strategy, policy and best practice. Through strong and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, we support thinking and behaviour consistent with achieving the University’s equity objectives and broader strategic goals.

Contact us

The Equity Office team is led by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) Trudie McNaughton. We work alongside the University’s faculties and service divisions, providing staff and students with support, information and advice.

Equity Office contact information

For general enquiries, please email equity@auckland.ac.nz