Support for students and staff from refugee backgrounds

Top Tips to Make University Life Easier for Students from a Refugee Background

  •  The University’s Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika is here to help. The Office is committed to ensure the University is safe, inclusive and equitable. Visit the Equity Office website.

  • Join the University Students from Refugee Backgrounds Club. Enjoy social activities, friendship, peer support and advice. Email: uoasrb201@gmail.com.  

  • Student Disability Services provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible.

  • Information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students can be found here.

  • There are various providers of English Language Support on campus.

  • Having difficulties with the dates for course work or exams? Speak to your Faculty, AUSA Advocacy, or check out the Examination Office website.

  • University Health and Counselling are there for any health, medical or counselling needs.

  • Interested in joining wellbeing groups to support your academic success? University wellbeing groups consider issues such as anxiety, mindfulness, stress and social confidence. Check out this website.

  • AUSA can help and support on multiple fronts – including a finding a buddy, obtaining grants for food parcels and childcare, and advocacy services.

  • Justice of the Peace services (including declarations and certifications) are offered at 4pm i-Space, room 419 in the Kate Edgar Building from Monday-Friday. Please arrive promptly at 4pm to avoid disapointment.

  • Empower is an external organisation, which offers mentoring support for young refugee background students.

  • There are also number of scholarships for students from refugee backgrounds.

  •  The Equity Policy highlights the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.

  • The University has zero tolerance for discrimination,including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do email Terry O'Neill in the Equity Office: t.oneill@auckland.ac.nz

 

Enhanced systems enable University to collect information about LGBTI and refugee-background students and staff

As part of the University’s commitment to members of our community who are Māori and/or from equity groups, our systems have been enhanced, to allow us to gather information on students and staff who identify as:

  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)
  • refugee-background

This will greatly increase our capability to support staff and students from all of the University’s equity groups. Read more...

NZ Red Cross Award

New Zealand Red Cross – Rīpeka Whero Aotearoa has recognised the Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika for its work supporting students from refugee backgrounds. The award was presented for “going above and beyond in their support of Pathways To Employment (P2E) clients starting full-time study at the University of Auckland”.

Read more here

Alternative pathways to the University of Auckland

Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS)

UTAS is the University’s Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes for eligible Māori and applicants from some equity groups.
Find out more about Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS)

Tertiary Foundation Certificate Programme

If you lack the grades to gain admission or want to return to study, your successful completion of our programme will enable you to apply for university.
Find out more about the Tertiary Foundation Certificate Programme

Foundation Certificate Education

This is a specialist foundation programme to help bridge you into tertiary study at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Successful completion of this certificate allows admission into the University of Auckland for Faculty of Education and Social Work programmes (provided all other additional requirements are met).
Find out more about Foundation Certificate Education

New Start

The New Start programme is the University of Auckland's only part-time academic preparation course. It provides University bridging for anyone aged 20 years or over who needs to gain skills and confidence to undertake university study.
Find out more about New Start

External organisations

Useful links:

An equitable education – a ChangeMakers Refugee Forum campaign to have refugee-background students recognised as an equity group in government policy and at universities and polytechnics.

Refugee Youth Action Network (RYAN) is an initiative by Refugees as Survivors New Zealand to help young refugees with training, career planning and job placement. Arif Saeid, manager of Refugees as Survivors New Zealand, said finding employment was "most critical" for settlement.

Refugee rubs shoulders with world leaders - University of Auckland student and aspiring human rights lawyer Rez Gardi meets Helen Clark in Copenhagen.

The University of Auckland’s Equity Policy includes students and staff from refugee backgrounds as an equity group.