PReSS accounts

Learn more about the University’s doctoral financial support programme, and how to claim reimbursement during your study with us.

Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS)

All University of Auckland doctoral students receive an annual stipend which is paid into a PReSS account. Funding is credited on an annual basis for up to four years full-time (or pro-rata for part-time). The stipend is intended to help cover direct research costs.

Using your PReSS account

Doctoral students can make purchase requests charged to their PReSS account via the Shared Transaction Centre OR pay directly and request reimbursement of costs. All purchases must be approved by your supervisor and in line with relevant University policies and guidelines. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

How to make a Standard Purchase Request charged to your PReSS account

The Shared Transaction Centre (STC) coordinates purchase requests and payments for the University. Doctoral students can make Standard Purchase Requests from STC via the Standard Purchase Order Request form.

Standard requests are processed by the STC within three working days (on receipt of the mandatory information required).

The STC team are available via:

Find out more about Standard Purchase Requests

How to claim reimbursement from PReSS accounts

  1. Fill out your expense details on the EDSW-21 PReSS Account Reimbursement Form (or log in to the staff intranet to access the form EDSW-21).
  2. The form should be signed by you and your supervisor.
  3. A bank account number and a printed copy of a Deposit Slip or Header Bank Statement must be provided with EVERY reimbursement claim, along with all receipts and a copy of your PReSS account balance. Please combine all information into one document and email to Finance at

How to make a travel booking charged to your PReSS account

  • Go to the Travel Platform.
  • Click on 'Profiles' on the left menu to check your profile details are correct, including your primary business unit/department (do this before you arrange your first travel booking).
  • Click on 'Request' > 'New request', then fill in the template to request your booking. This request is sent to Orbit who will then provide you with travel options.
  • For detailed instructions on how to request a booking, read the user guides (accessed via 'Policy info' > 'User guides' on the menu to the left).
  • Once you get final confirmation from Orbit, submit a travel request through the Staff Service Centre:
  • Service: Shared Transaction Centre (STC)
  • Topic: Request to purchase
  • Sub-topic: Travel purchase request
  • Sub-topic: Travel request
  • Press continue.
  • Enter these details:
  •  Booking number (found in the booking confirmation)
  • Cost centre to be charged: 9444 for PreSS account
  • Project code: Enter your username
  • Account code: 312771 for an international conference, 312772 for a domestic conference, 312773 for an international field trip, and 312774 for a domestic field trip
  • Department/Faculty: Education & Social Work
  • Attach the confirmed itinerary provided by Orbit, and any other supporting emails or documents. If you are booking this travel from your PReSS account, also attach your supervisor's approval.
  • You can also request a quote from Orbit via email or phone.
  • Email:
  • Phone: +64 9 355 7585