Support for Staff

Find out about the equity information and resources available for Biological Sciences staff.

Light-mantled albatross. Photo: Edin Whitehead

Contact the SBS equity committee, or any individual committee member, for confidential support or with your ideas for equity improvements in SBS by emailing

Support Services for Staff

General information about staff support services is available here (staff intranet).

SBS and the university has various facilities available for staff who are parents, including breast-feeding facilities, parent spaces and childcare. Contact the Equity committee to find out about spaces in SBS by emailing

Free counselling is available to fixed term and permanent staff in difficult circumstances or suffering mental distress through the Employee Assistance Programme.

Equity information

A summary of useful equity links is available on the University’s Equity Information for staff page.

Some demographic data can be found here.

Southern Royal Albatross
Southern Royal Albatross. Photo: Edin Whitehead


When hiring staff, the University of Auckland’s procedures for academic staff recruitment or professional staff recruitment must be followed.
A full list of the university’s recruitment policies is available, as well as guidelines on equity in recruitment, selection and appointment.
Selection panel members may find it useful to consider the universities resources and tools related to Unconscious bias, and policies on achievement relative to opportunity.
Members of the SBS Equity committee are also able to provide advice on equitable hiring procedures.

Pastoral care of students

If you are concerned about the welfare or finances of a student you can contact someone from the Science Student Support team, or refer them to Campus Care and/or contact the service on their behalf. Note that this is not a crisis service. Information about what to do in a medical or mental health crisis is provided here.