Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS) FAQs


  1. » What is UTAS?
  2. » Why does the University of Auckland have UTAS?
  3. » Who can apply for UTAS?
  4. » How do I apply to the University of Auckland via UTAS?
  5. » What are the admission requirements for UTAS?
  6. » If I am admitted to the University via UTAS are there required courses or programmes I have to enrol in?
  7. » Can I apply for entry to the University under more than one category (eg, as a Māori school leaver from a low decile school or as a Pacific applicant with a disability)?
  8. » Is there dedicated funding for UTAS students?
  9. » Does the information I have provided in my application for a UTAS place remain confidential?
  10. » Will including SRB and students from low SEB reduce UTAS places for Māori, Pacific and students with disabilities?
  11. » What can I do if I experience racism, sexism, ageism, ableism or any other “unacceptable isms” at the University?
  12. » I am a University of Auckland staff member. Who can give me advice about the University’s UTAS policy and guidelines?
  13. » I work at a NZ secondary school. Who can give me advice about the University’s UTAS policy and guidelines?
  14. » UTAS and students from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB)
  15. » What kind of support does the University offer students from low socio-economic backgrounds?
  16. » What does “low socio-economic background (low SEB)” mean?
  17. » Why has the University decided to include eligible applicants from low socio- economic backgrounds (low SEB) as part of UTAS?
  18. » How do I find out what decile my school is?
  19. » UTAS and students from refugee backgrounds (SRB)
  20. » What is the definition of a refugee?
  21. » What kind of support does the University offer students from refugee backgrounds?
  22. » Why has the University decided to include eligible students from refugee backgrounds (SRB) as part of UTAS?
  23. » Do I need to prove I am a student from a refugee background? If so, how do I do this?
  24. » UTAS and students with disabilities
  25. » My application was unsuccessful, but I have a disability and did not apply under UTAS. Can I now have my disability considered?
  26. » Where can I find out more information about how UTAS for students with disabilities is administered in my faculty?
  27. » Where can I find out about assistance I may be able to access as a student living with an impairment or disability?
  28. » Where can I find more information about disclosing my impairment to the University?
  29. » Will any information about my impairment or UTAS application appear on my degree?

What is UTAS?

UTAS is the University’s undergraduate targeted admission schemes for eligible Māori, Pacific, students with disabilities, students from refugee backgrounds (SRB), and students from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB). For the purposes of UTAS, “low SEB” applicants are school leavers from a low decile (1, 2 or 3) school. UTAS reserves a number of places in our undergraduate programmes for these students who have met the University Entrance (UE) standard but have not met the guaranteed entry score for the programme of their choice. Read more here

UTAS applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. UTAS is not available to international students.

Why does the University of Auckland have UTAS?

The University of Auckland is committed to being a place where all those with the potential to succeed in a university of high international standing can do so. UTAS is one of a number of different admission schemes for eligible students who may face barriers to university access and achievement. UTAS helps us attract and retain talented people who will contribute to and beyond our University.

Read the University’s UTAS Policy and Guidelines

Who can apply for UTAS?

UTAS is available to eligible:

  • Māori applicants
  • Pacific applicants
  • Applicants with disabilities
  • School leaver applicants* from a decile 1, 2 or 3 school
  • Applicants who have themselves or whose parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted refuge in New Zealand.

* UTAS applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds must be school leavers. A “school leaver” is defined as:

  • a student who attended a domestic secondary school in the year they are applying for

OR

  • attended a domestic secondary school one year prior to the year they are applying for

OR

  • attended a domestic secondary school two years prior to year they are applying for

AND

  • has not studied at any other tertiary institution

Example:

I am applying to begin my first year of tertiary study at the University of Auckland in 2015. I am eligible to apply for admission under the UTAS students from low socio- economic backgrounds category if I have completed my final year of secondary school study at a decile 1, 2 or 3 school within the past two years (e.g. in either 2014 or 2013) and gained University Entrance.

How do I apply to the University of Auckland via UTAS?

When you are applying online to enrol at the University of Auckland, you need to indicate your UTAS status by ticking the appropriate box in the drop down box:

  • Māori applicants
  • Pacific applicants
  • Applicants with disabilities
  • School leaver applicants from a decile 1, 2 or 3 school
  • Applicants who have themselves or whose parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted refuge in New Zealand.
Screenshot of Application for Admission

Some programmes require additional information to confirm your eligibility. See UTAS admission requirements below.

What are the admission requirements for UTAS?

The below link outlines the 2015 UTAS admission requirements, the number of reserved places, and the UTAS faculty contacts who can give you more information. Please note that UTAS admission requirements for low SEB and SRB applicants are currently being confirmed. However, it is important that you submit your online application as soon as possible. Please ensure you have ticked the box/es that you wish to be considered for. Read the 2015 UTAS admission requirements

If I am admitted to the University via UTAS are there required courses or programmes I have to enrol in?

Māori and Pacific students entering the Faculty of Arts via UTAS need to complete the Certificate in Academic Preparation (CTAP)

Conditions for other faculties and programmes vary but may include:

  • the requirement to use support systems provided by faculties
  • restrictions on the number of papers you can enrol in each semester
  • compulsory attendance at Orientation programmes
  • information disclosed by UTAS applicants may be made available to the Equity
  • Office and faculty support staff to ensure that the appropriate support and service is provided for UTAS students
  • the requirement for students with disabilities to register with  Student Disability Services
  • the requirement to undertake  DELNA (Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment), diagnosis and language support

You will be advised by staff in your faculty what courses or support you may be required or encouraged to take up.

Can I apply for entry to the University under more than one category (eg, as a Māori school leaver from a low decile school or as a Pacific applicant with a disability)?

Yes. You can apply for entry to the University under more than one UTAS category. However, you will need to provide evidence of your eligibility for the category under which you are selected for admission. Faculties will ensure that you are connected with the most useful support for you. Students who are enrolled under the UTAS low SEB category who are Māori or Pacific are also encouraged to access support for Māori and Pacific students. UTAS students with disabilities/impairments are required to register with Student Disability Services.

Is there dedicated funding for UTAS students?

Equity funding is a government contribution to help improve equity of access and achievement for Māori, Pacific and students with disabilities. Evidence shows that these three groups experience clear disadvantages within the tertiary education system.

Resources to support students from low SEB and SRB will be met from existing University budgets.

Does the information I have provided in my application for a UTAS place remain confidential?

All the personal information you supply to the University is protected by the Privacy Act, which places strict requirements on the use and disclosure of personal information. For more information please visit Privacy at the University of Auckland.

Will including SRB and students from low SEB reduce UTAS places for Māori, Pacific and students with disabilities?

No. Faculties are required to set aside 10 percent of places per programme for UTAS students with some faculties setting no limits on UTAS places in certain programmes. The University monitors the number of UTAS places. Data show that the number of SRB and low SEB applicants will be comparatively low and that there are sufficient spaces for eligible applicants from all UTAS groups. Unfilled UTAS places are made available to general applicants.

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

I am a University of Auckland staff member. Who can give me advice about the University’s UTAS policy and guidelines?

For staff who require UTAS policy advice and assistance from the Equity Office please visit the UTAS webpage or contact Pania Elliot, Senior Policy Adviser (Equity): p.elliot@auckland.ac.nz

I work at a NZ secondary school. Who can give me advice about the University’s UTAS policy and guidelines?

Staff from NZ secondary schools who require UTAS policy advice and assistance from the Equity Office please visit the  UTAS website or contact Pania Elliot, Senior Policy Adviser (Equity): p.elliot@auckland.ac.nz

UTAS and students from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB)


What kind of support does the University offer students from low socio-economic backgrounds?

The University of Auckland’s Equity Policy and Procedures includes students from low SEB 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. The University has a range of support for students from low socio-economic backgrounds and their whānau and families. Read more here

What does “low socio-economic background (low SEB)” mean?

Socio-economic background takes account of social and economic factors including parents’ educational qualifications, parents’ occupations, household income, the level of reliance on government income support and the level of household overcrowding.

For the purposes of UTAS, applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB) are defined as school leavers who have attended either a decile 1, 2 or 3 secondary school. These are the schools which draw their students from low socio-economic areas and receive additional funding to address socio-economic disadvantage that can impact students’ ability to achieve success in education.

Why has the University decided to include eligible applicants from low socio- economic backgrounds (low SEB) as part of UTAS?

The University of Auckland’s Equity Policy and Procedures includes students from low SEB as an equity group. In deciding to include eligible students from decile 1, 2 or 3 schools in UTAS we looked at examples from New Zealand and overseas of how other universities determine eligibility for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Evidence shows that students from low socio-economic backgrounds can face challenges achieving their educational potential. However, it is clear that these students are capable of achieving high levels of academic success given opportunities for access to education and the right support to succeed. For this reason the University of Auckland has identified students from low socio-economic backgrounds as an equity group for which it will seek to remove barriers to improve access, participation, retention, progression and success.

How do I find out what decile my school is?

If you don’t know what decile you can ask your school. The University will cross-check the decile number of your school when you submit your online application.

The Ministry of Education website also has information about school deciles information for each school here

UTAS and students from refugee backgrounds (SRB)


What is the definition of a refugee?

As defined by the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees: “A refugee is: any person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.”

For the purposes of UTAS, “refugee background students” refers to students who have themselves or whose parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted refuge in New Zealand.

What kind of support does the University offer students from refugee backgrounds?

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. The University offers a range of initiatives to support students and staff from refugee backgrounds and their families. Read more here

Why has the University decided to include eligible students from refugee backgrounds (SRB) as part of UTAS?

SRB have the potential to succeed in tertiary education but can face a range of barriers in accessing University. The inclusion of SRB as eligible for UTAS contributes to the University’s strategic objectives.

Do I need to prove I am a student from a refugee background? If so, how do I do this?

Applicants who have been officially recognised as refugees may apply as Permanent Residents. You will need to submit certified copies of your Certificate of Identity or your passport with your Resident Visa and the stamp of Permanent Residency.

If you do not have a Resident Visa you will need to provide either:

  • A letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming your status as a permanent resident, obtained on the basis of being resettled in New Zealand as a refugee. This should include your full legal name, date of birth and date of residency

OR

  • A letter from Immigration New Zealand confirming that you have refugee status and that you have applied for residence. This should include your full legal name and date of birth.

If you are from a refugee background, that is if your parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted New Zealand Residency as refugees, you will need to provide:

  • Documentation from your parents/primary guardian(s) confirming their status as Permanent Residents who have been granted NZ residency via their refugee status.

OR

  • You can ask your parents/primary guardian(s) to give permission for the faculty to  contact  Immigration  New  Zealand  who  will  be  able  to  confirm  your parent/caregivers status and therefore confirm your eligibility for UTAS.

AND

  • A document that confirms they are your parents/primary guardian(s), eg, birth certificate, joint passport, adoption papers.

UTAS and students with disabilities


My application was unsuccessful, but I have a disability and did not apply under UTAS. Can I now have my disability considered?

No. If you wish to be considered under UTAS you must indicate this when you first apply.

Where can I find out more information about how UTAS for students with disabilities is administered in my faculty?

Each faculty has a UTAS liaison. Their contact details are listed here

Where can I find out about assistance I may be able to access as a student living with an impairment or disability?

Student Disability Services provides support and advocacy for students with impairments at the University of Auckland. More information is available here

For general disability-related queries, please contact disabilities@auckland.ac.nz

Where can I find more information about disclosing my impairment to the University?

The Equity Office has developed guidelines to support students in addressing issues around disclosure. These can found here

Will any information about my impairment or UTAS application appear on my degree?

No. Any information regarding your impairment and any supports you receive while studying remains confidential, and will not appear on any eventual qualifications you may earn.

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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