Welcome from the Dean

The Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, Professor Mark Barrow, extends a warm welcome to future students and visitors.

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kura Akoranga me te Tauwhiro Tangata o Te Whare Wānanga of Tāmaki-makau-rau. Greetings. Kia ora, Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana.

A warm Pacific welcome to you from the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

As a world-class university in the field education, and New Zealand’s top research-led university, we’re proud to be leading the way in preparing young people to join people-related professions and to find innovative solutions for tomorrow.

Ranked first in the New Zealand for Education as a subject (QS World University Rankings 2023), and the only NZ university to feature in the top 50 universities worldwide, we’re proud of our reputation for teaching and research excellence. We lead learning through advancing the boundaries of knowledge, and working collaboratively with professionals in our communities to address real problems of practice and improve the lives of the people within it.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work currently has approximately 3,500 students enrolled across three campuses – central Auckland, south Auckland and Northland. We offer 441 courses across 30 qualifications, in close partnership with schools, early childhood centres, social services agencies, District Health Boards, government and not-for-profit organisations. Around 1,100 highly employable students graduate each year and make significant contributions to their chosen profession.

We’re very proud of our Māori and Pacific heritage and also our international connections, which attract a diverse range of students and staff.

It’s an exciting time for education and social services. While there are immense challenges, our staff and students are forging new knowledge, innovation and practices that can transform our communities to benefit everyone.

We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about the faculty and we look forward to helping you make a world of difference in education and social work.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us. This could be the beginning of a life-changing collaboration.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.


Professor Mark Barrow
Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work