Staff equity FAQs


For more detail, visit Equity information for staff

  1. » What kind of support does the University offer to staff members who are pregnant?
  2. » Are men entitled to Parental Leave?
  3. » What resources are available for breastfeeding on campus?
  4. » How can I meet other staff with parenting responsibilities?
  5. » Is parking available to assist staff while they attend to family responsibilities?
  6. » What can I do if I experience racism, sexism, ageism, ableism or any other “unacceptable isms” at the University?
  7. » As a manager, what resources are available for me to support a staff member applying for parental leave?
  8. » I have been on parental leave for a year and will soon be returning to work. What steps should I take before I return?
  9. » Can staff receive both Government Paid Parental Leave and University Paid Parental Leave?
  10. » Are children allowed on campus?
  11. » I have responsibilities as a Carer. How does the University support me?
  12. » Injuries and Impairments
  13. » I have a temporary injury. What parking support is provided?
  14. » I have a back injury and require a high stool to sit on while working at my desk. Who pays for this?
  15. » I would like to speak confidentially to a counsellor. How do I do this through the University?
  16. » Where can I find guidelines for communicating with a person who is blind or vision impaired?
  17. » I am a staff member and I am concerned about a student. Who do I contact?
  18. » Is there someone in my faculty who can help me with questions about support for students with disabilities?
  19. » Is there disability support on all of the University's campuses?
  20. » Other staff FAQs
  21. » What kind of support does the University offer me as an LGBTI staff member?
  22. » What kind of support does the University offer me as a staff member from a refugee background?
  23. » Where can I find data on how many Māori staff are in my faculty?
  24. » Why does the University collect data on ethnicity?
  25. » Why do policies matter?

What kind of support does the University offer to staff members who are pregnant?

The University of Auckland is committed to providing a supportive working environment through actively promoting information, policies and guidelines relevant to the achievement of work, life and family balance for employees.

The University’s Toolkit for Combining Parenting and a Career contains advice and information for staff who are pregnant or whose partners are pregnant, as well as information for their line managers and colleagues. The CPC Toolkit includes details about Parental Leave, our Flexible Work Policy and the availability of rest spaces and special equipment needs. The toolkit also answers such questions as:

Are men entitled to Parental Leave?

Partners and fathers (including those in same-sex relationships) may be eligible for Unpaid Parental Leave, University Paid Parental Leave and Government Paid Parental Leave. Parental Leave is the time taken off work to care for a newborn or adopted child under the age of five.

What resources are available for breastfeeding on campus?

The Equity Office and some faculties have mini-fridges for storing expressed milk. Where power points permit, these fridges may be kept in a staff member’s office or appropriate work space. There are also a number of parent spaces available at Tamaki, Grafton, Epsom and City campuses for staff to breastfeed their child.

How can I meet other staff with parenting responsibilities?

The CPC seminars are great opportunities to meet and speak with staff members who have parenting responsibilities. For more information visit www.equity.auckland.ac.nz/cpc

Is parking available to assist staff while they attend to family responsibilities?

Yes. The Equity Office will consider each application on a case-by-case basis and the availability of car park spaces. A cost may be attached to this to this service.

What can I do if I experience racism, sexism, ageism, ableism or any other “unacceptable isms” at the University?

As well as being damaging, such “isms” have no place in our University. There are a number of ways the University can support anyone who experiences or witnesses any form of discrimination. Information is available at:

Read the Vice-Chancellor’s full statement about unacceptable isms here

As a manager, what resources are available for me to support a staff member applying for parental leave?

The CPC Toolkit provides useful information for both you and your staff member. You can also email the Staff Equity Manager, Cathie Walsh or phone ext 87844.

I have been on parental leave for a year and will soon be returning to work. What steps should I take before I return?

It is recommended that employees returning from parental leave contact their manager a month in advance of their return date. We encourage the staff member and manager to discuss what support services and resources are available to assist in their transition back to work.

Can staff receive both Government Paid Parental Leave and University Paid Parental Leave?

Yes. It is advisable to take the Government 14 weeks leave first and then the University nine weeks paid leave after that. Read the University’s Parental Leave Policy and Procedures

Are children allowed on campus?

For information, including safety issues, read our Babies and Children on Campus Guidelines

I have responsibilities as a Carer. How does the University support me?

Injuries and Impairments


I have a temporary injury. What parking support is provided?

A staff member who incurs a temporary injury may apply for temporary disability parking. Once you have applied, the Staff Equity Manager will liaise with you and Car Parking to ensure the University supports your recovery by providing a temporary car park near your work place. To apply complete the application and email it to the Staff Equity Manager, Cathie Walsh

I have a back injury and require a high stool to sit on while working at my desk. Who pays for this?

Under most circumstances we would expect this cost to be covered by your department. The Staff with Disabilities and their Managers Guidelines encourage Academic Heads/Managers to consider the needs of a staff member with a disability, and to provide appropriate support. Items used at work, such as speech recognition software, additional arm rests and specialist chairs would usually be funded by the department. In exceptional cases, a significant financial requirement may need to be referred to the Dean/Director for approval. Read the Staff with Disabilities and their Managers Guidelines

I would like to speak confidentially to a counsellor. How do I do this through the University?

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provides proactive personal support strategies and solutions to help employees to deal with personal and work issues. Read more about the confidential services offered by EAP

Where can I find guidelines for communicating with a person who is blind or vision impaired?

The University of Auckland and the Blind Foundation have partnered to develop a braille map of the City campus. The Blind Foundation has developed guidelines for communicating with a person who is blind or vision impaired

I am a staff member and I am concerned about a student. Who do I contact?

If you have a concern about a student’s behaviour or wellbeing, contact the University’s Counselling Services. More information can be found here

Is there someone in my faculty who can help me with questions about support for students with disabilities?

Yes, each faculty has a Disability Liaison to assist you with enquiries. Their names and contact details are listed below:

Faculty Disability Liaisons
Arts Chip Matthews c.matthews@auckland.ac.nz
Business School

Marianne Hill

Shelley Catlin

m.hill@auckland.ac.nz

s.catlin@auckland.ac.nz

Creative Arts and Industries

Tamara Rickett

Phil Callaghan

t.rickett@auckland.ac.nz

p.callaghan@auckland.ac.nz

Education and Social Work Rebekah Williams r.williams@auckland.ac.nz
Engineering Tessa Sillifant t.sillifant@auckland.ac.nz
Medical and Health Sciences Kate Snow kate.snow@auckland.ac.nz
Law

Bernadette Saysani

Suranjika Tittawella

b.saysani@auckland.ac.nz

s.tittawella@auckland.ac.nz

Science

Glenda Haines

Hana Mata’u

g.haines@auckland.ac.nz

h.matau@auckland.ac.nz

 

Is there disability support on all of the University's campuses?

Yes. For more information, contact SDS at either our City campus office 09 373 7599 ext 82936 (for City and Grafton campuses), or our Outreach Coordinator, Rebekah Williams, on 09 623 8899 ext 48459 (for Epsom, Tāmaki and Tai Tokerau campuses).

Other staff FAQs


What kind of support does the University offer me as an LGBTI staff member?

The University of Auckland’s Equity Policy and Procedures includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students and staff (LGBTI) as an Equity Group. This forms part of the University’s commitment to supporting all those who have the potential to succeed at New Zealand's leading university. Read about the LGBTI Students and Staff Network and other initiatives

What kind of support does the University offer me as a staff member from a refugee background?

The University of Auckland’s Equity Policy and Procedures includes Students and Staff from Refugee Backgrounds (S&SRB) as an Equity Group. This forms part of the University’s commitment to supporting all who have the potential to succeed at New Zealand's leading university. Read about the range of initiatives to support Students and Staff from Refugee Backgrounds

Where can I find data on how many Māori staff are in my faculty?

Data on University, faculty and service division gender and ethnicity are in the annual Equity Profile

Further information is also in the University of Auckland Annual Report

Why does the University collect data on ethnicity?

The University is committed to a diverse, inclusive work environment. Information on the proportions of staff at all levels and across occupations allows us to check how well we are doing in attracting, retaining and valuing talented staff from different backgrounds. The University also has statutory obligations to meet equity goals. We also need summary information for statistical purposes.

Why do policies matter?

Policies link University strategy to its day-to-day operations. They enable staff and students (and others) to have common understandings about their roles, responsibilities and entitlements. They assist decision-making and provide parameters for expectations about processes and procedures. They also help guard against the risk of breaching regulations and legislation.

Please email us if you have any questions that you would like to be added to our FAQs: equity@auckland.ac.nz

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