School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) works to support an outstanding experience for all PhD and named doctorate candidates.

How to find answers to your questions as a doctoral candidate

The Student Hubs now offer in-person support and advice to all students, including doctoral candidates. If you can’t make it onto campus, the quickest way to find answers to your doctoral questions is through the large database of answers to common questions at AskAuckland.

If you cannot find the answers you need, email and your query will be directed to the right department. General advice is also available at regular workshops and kōrero

About the School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the central service division responsible for managing and enhancing doctoral research programmes at the University of Auckland. SGS facilitates support and services for doctoral candidates and their supervisors across the institution. The division works across the lifecycle of the doctoral programmes, from enrolment to completion, and leads strategic initiatives for doctoral students, supervisors and programmes across and beyond the University.

Our Doctoral Candidate Advisers work with faculties/large-scale research institutes to manage doctoral enrolment, progression, examination and thesis submissions. Our Doctoral Examinations team is dedicated to ensuring the smooth organisation of doctoral examinations. Our Doctoral Experience team works to ensure that all doctoral candidates have information and access to a wide range of training and development offerings, as well as opportunities to engage and build connections with the University’s research community.

The Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Caroline Daley, is the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies. The board is responsible for the governance of doctoral policies. 

Get in touch

Phone and email

Phone (from within New Zealand): 0800 61 62 63
Phone (from outside New Zealand): +64 9 373 7999

School of Graduate Studies staff

Academic staff

Dean of Graduate Studies: Professor Caroline Daley
Deputy Dean of Graduate Studies: Associate Professor Jan Cronin

Professional staff

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr Helen Ross
Doctoral Candidate Manager: Dr Deborah Ballantine 
Doctoral Experience Manager: Dr Heidi Collins
Doctoral Candidature Advisers: Dr Aaron Rhodes-Schroder, Dr Anisha Verghese, Dr Mahrukh Khan and Dr Nic Badenhorst
Doctoral Examinations Lead: Shelby Lang
Doctoral Examinations Coordinators: Dr Alysha Crossan, Dr Caro Crowhurst, Dr Elizabeth Eltze
Doctoral Experience Adviser: Dr Sandy Lin
Doctoral Experience Coordinator: Heather Fish
Doctoral Web and Communications Adviser: Emily Gallagher
Research Supervision Development Adviser: Dr Julia Hallas
Administrator: Joyce Kirk