Doctoral community

Make connections with your doctoral peers, other postgraduates and across the wider University community.

Research-related communities and activities

Faculty research groups/events
Make connections over shared research interests by joining a research group, interest group or event within your faculty or LSRI. If you're not sure what's available, your supervisor(s) will be able to point you in the right direction.

Doctoral Morning Tea
These social doctoral sessions give candidates the opportunity to meet, share experiences and discuss key topics relevant to doctoral life.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
3MT is a global research communications competition. Participants have just three minutes to explain their entire research project to a lay audience, with a single slide as back-up. It's fast, fun and a great way to meet other research students.

School of Graduate Studies Research Showcase
Can you creatively present your work in the form of a poster, image or made item? This exhibition and competition enables you to build your networks and research impact at the same time.

Creating Connections Grant
Got an idea for a research-related activity that could build connections across the University’s research community? A Creating Connections Grant could support it with up to $300 funding.


Postgraduate Students Association
The PGSA is dedicated to strengthening the postgraduate community at the University. Members enjoy a range of fun social events and the opportunity to take on leadership roles that benefit all in the community.

Clubs, societies and associations
Connect with others over shared interests by joining a club, society or association. There are over 200 to choose from, but if you can't find something you enjoy then take the initiative and establish your own.

Walk the Talk
Get away from your desk for some fresh air with these guided social walks run by the Rec Centre. They'll help you stay fit, make friends and explore the surrounding area.

Velocity is the University of Auckland’s student-led, globally renowned entrepreneurship development programme. It involves a year-long schedule of events, workshops, talks and challenges and has ignited more than 120 ventures and attracted over $224 million in investment since its inception.

Summer Lab
Summer Lab is a 4-week experience that is designed to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit. It teaches participants the essential skills needed to turn ideas into business ventures. Within this entrepreneurially-minded community participants will connect with others, ideate solutions, learn tools to develop ideas, work in teams, and get the support of mentors and facilitators.

Places and spaces

Old Government House
Old Government House is the home of the University of Auckland Staff Common Room Club, which is open to University staff and doctoral candidates only. Members get a wealth of benefits, as well as the opportunity to socialise with the resident cat - Governor Grey.

Strata postgraduate commons
Strata postgraduate commons combines café, balcony and private working space, and is designed for University of Auckland postgraduates. It is managed by the PGSA, and their members are eligible for food and drink discounts. Find it on Level 4 of the Kate Edger Information Commons.

Maker Space
Maker Space is your place for innovation, iteration and creation. From sewing machines to 3D printers, Maker Space offers a range of classic and state-of-the-art tools to satisfy your creative whims.

Doctoral News

Doctoral News is a fortnightly newsletter packed with development opportunities, events, useful notices and community news. And it's just for doctoral candidates.

Candidates are automatically added to the list each month. Send any questions to