Link News March 2017

March 2017 articles below

  • Faculty Focus: Creative Arts and Industries
  • 2017 LINK Conference
  • University Updates
  • Accommodation Update
  • The Auckland Law school grows to meet student demand
  • Career advice for school students
  • Opportunities for school students
  • Campus Life
  • Stay up-to-date with the Equity Office

Faculty Focus: Creative Arts and Industries

The Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries encourages students to channel creative rebellion. The faculty develops future architects, urban planners, designers, dancers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs through programmes that push the boundaries and promote problem solving to overcome creative challenges. This philosophy extends through all courses, with students increasing their confidence, curiosity, knowledge and execution as they move into their chosen fields.

The faculty produces annual catalogues for our graduating Architecture and Elam students, showcasing their projects and research. Last year saw the launch of online catalogues, designed in consultation with students. These present students’ work in a dynamic digital environment. Students are encouraged to link to their own online portfolios from these catalogues to facilitate commissions and other opportunities from industry or the public.

The sites have been well received since launching last November. Students have commented that they are a great bridge between their studies and industry – a great support as they embark on their creative careers.

Online catalogues also allow secondary school students and teachers to browse the projects, which vividly demonstrate the quality and range of media, themes and outputs that tertiary students pursue.

You can view extracts from Master of Architecture (Professional) design theses and browse work from a range of graduating Elam School of Fine Arts students at: and

2017 LINK Conference

LINK Conference: Keynote speaker

Wendy is the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School.

She is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and has authored two best-selling books on female-led start-ups. These augmented her web-based mentoring and training company for new business owners, where she worked with clients around the world.

She is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and The Lightning Lab. She’s also an active angel investor. A frequent media commentator, Wendy has been featured in BBC Radio 4, Dubai Eye Business Radio, the Financial Times, and The Guardian.

University Updates

 2018 changes to entry requirements

Digital Technologies is now included in Table B.

There are 11 Level 3 achievement standards in this domain, numbered 91632 – 91642.

Literacy requirement for IB University Entrance

Please note the University will also accept English Language B at Higher Level, with a minimum grade of 5, as satisfying the Literacy requirement for University Entrance.

 Programme entrance requirements

 Bachelor of Education (Teaching)

Alongside the additional requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) the University now requires a safety check. Students may also be required to sit literacy, numeracy and IELTS assessment.

Bachelor of Music

Students wishing to study towards the Bachelor of Music’s Classical Performance or Composition majors are no longer required to provide musical qualification certificates. 

Exercise Sciences 

The rank scores for 2018 entry have increased:

  • NCEA from 180 to 200
  • CIE from 190 to 200
  • IB from 27 to 28

Programme Changes: Bachelor of Arts

From 2018, the University is changing the structure of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.* Students will be required to study in two subject areas to the most advanced level. This is referred to as a double major. 

This new requirement is unique among New Zealand universities and encourages students to gain broader substantial knowledge.

Students don’t have to choose their two majors in their first year. Rather they can try different subjects and then make an informed decision for their second year.

Academic study will combine with a strong emphasis on developing essential skills for success in many different careers in a fast-changing, globalised economy. We will offer optional modules that focus on specific skills or knowledge to complement majors or extend skills for future employment. Students will also have exciting opportunities to enrich their degree through internships and study abroad.

*Please note that these changes are currently subject to CUAP approval for 2018, with final information available in August 2017.

Commuting grants for Māori and Pacific students at the Business School

Commuting grants are available to assist Māori and Pacific students who are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programmes at the Business School and whose studies might be threatened by the costs of commuting. The grants are awarded to the students who demonstrate the greatest financial need. They are paid through regular top-ups of students’ Auckland Transport (AT) HOP cards.

Māori and Pacific stream-within-a-stream in Stage I core courses at the Business School

In 2017 Māori and Pacific students have the opportunity to join a dedicated stream-within-a-stream, focused on achievement in a number of the Stage I core courses. The Māori and Pacific streams cover the same material as other streams in each course, but are taught by lecturers who are able to create a sense of whakawhanaungtanga (belonging), meaning, connection and engagement. The streams provide Māori and Pacific students with a welcoming learning environment focused on positive outcomes.

The Auckland Law School grows to meet student demand

For the first time in 10 years the Auckland Law School is taking more students into its Undergraduate Law programme. It is admitting 50 more students into second year law in 2017, and the possibility of a further increase after this may be considered. Up to 1,500 students enrol in first year at Auckland each year. For the last 10 years, up to 330 students have been admitted into second year Law. This is now being increased to 380 students.

We interviewed the Dean of the Auckland Law School, Professor Andrew Stockley, on the benefits of increasing student numbers.

Why has Auckland decided to increase the number of second year law students?

This will allow more students the opportunity to study law at Auckland. Auckland’s population has significantly increased, but the Law School hasn’t increased its second year numbers in the last 10 years.

Auckland is uniquely placed among the New Zealand law schools to achieve the scale and impact of the very best Australian law schools. We’re the only New Zealand law school ranked among the top 50 in the world, but we have fewer academic staff than the top Australian schools.

Growing the Law School in a careful, considered way will enable us to compete more effectively, without compromising the quality of our students or the teaching and learning experience they receive. Having more staff as well as students means that class sizes need not be affected, but allows us the opportunity to rethink the teaching models we use and consider what works best for today’s students.

We’ll also be able to employ additional student advisers. They’ll provide more administrative support for our co-curricular programmes, such as mooting and community placements, and for the new student well-being initiatives we have introduced.

Will the calibre of students be compromised?

The grade point average of students being admitted into second year law for 2017 has slightly increased over 2016, despite our taking an additional 50 students. More good students seem to apply for places if they think there’s a better chance of being admitted.

Even if we took 500 second-year students – and we’re only increasing to 380 at present – the Auckland Law School would still be taking a lower proportion of its first year students into second year than any other New Zealand law school. We would still have a higher admission standard than anywhere else in the country.

How will the number of Māori and Pacific students be affected?

Increasing the second year intake also allows for more places under our University Targeted Admissions Scheme (UTAS). The Auckland Law School recognises that some students face barriers. We admit some to second year law on a lower grade point average. These students include Māori and Pacific students, students with disabilities, students from refugee or low socio-economic backgrounds, and some who face particular hardship. UTAS
students comprise about 15 percent of the cohort and receive additional support and mentoring. In the past, they’ve gone on to very successful careers in the law and other areas.

The increase in student numbers has allowed us to stipulate that, rather than having a fixed quota of places, any Māori student who meets the minimum requirement for second year law under UTAS will be admitted. We can also do a lot more for our Pacific students. The number of Pacific students admitted under targeted admissions had not been increased since 1993, despite a significant increase in the Pacific population in Auckland. We‘ve now been able to double the number of Pacific students admitted.

The increased resources being allocated to the Law School means more Māori and Pacific students can be assisted to succeed.

Will the Auckland Law School have enough space for the additional staff and students?

The total space allocated to the Law School is being increased by a third, providing more study, common room and office space. This will give us a lot of flexibility for the next few years.

In addition, it’s just been announced that the Law School will move to the central campus in about five years’ time. This is an exciting development as the School’s new home will be Old Government House and the northern part of the adjacent Thomas Building. The Law School will be occupying a landmark heritage building and, together with the complete refurbishment of the Thomas Building, will have the classrooms, offices and common spaces befitting a leading law school.

Will there be enough jobs for more law students?

Auckland Law School graduates do extremely well as lawyers in New Zealand and overseas. They become leaders in government, business and a wide variety of other sectors. I have no doubt that this will continue. Entry to second year law will still be the most competitive in the country. We’ll continue to provide an outstanding teaching and learning experience, with the largest number of electives of any New Zealand Law programme; an intensive small-group legal writing, research and communication programme; and an extensive mooting, community placement, and co-curricular programme.

The increase in student numbers will give us the staff and resources to establish a much more substantial careers mentoring programme, as occurs in many North American law schools. This is already needed, and the increase in student numbers will give us the staff and resources to make it happen. We need to do more to inform students of the career pathways pursued by our graduates, including how they can do well in small firms outside of Auckland, overseas, and in other sectors.

We aim to produce outstanding lawyers who can work directly in the law and in all sorts of other fields. Ninety percent of our law graduates take conjoint degrees, and many of them find good employment outside of the law but with the benefit of the analysis, writing, and reasoning skills their law degree has taught them.

Our most recent student president is now working for Google, another is with a consulting firm. There is enormous advantage to society in having law graduates who sit in Cabinet, head major banks and business, and are chief executives of city councils, health boards, and transport authorities.

Accommodation Update

Grafton Hall redevelopment

The team at Naylor Love Construction are making huge progress
with the redevelopment of Grafton Hall. Demolition of Grafton tower is well and truly underway as excavators remove the final pieces. From 2019, this two-year redevelopment will enable the University to offer more beds and lifestyle options to our students.

University Hall Towers and Apartments

While Grafton Hall is undergoing a metamorphosis, University Hall Apartments has combined with University Hall Towers to become a single first-year, catered experience. From 2017, these diverse and vibrant residences will form one “super community” where everyone shares in the Hall's spirit and lifestyle.

Residents of the apartments will have a single room in a shared “flat-style” unit. While kitchen facilities are available in the units, this is a fully-catered accommodation with meals served in the dining room in the adjacent towers building. Being a single community, apartment residents will have full access to all the facilities located in the towers. These include study rooms, a laundry, games room and music room, in addition to the games room and outdoor BBQ area located in the apartments.

55 Symonds

We’re excited to offer further accommodation options to our students after their first year. Undergraduates and postgraduates can now apply for places in our brand new accommodation, 55 Symonds. This residence officially opened on Monday 9 February and offers 343 modern deluxe studios and deluxe double studios. 55 Symonds boasts generous common areas with fantastic entertaining spaces that flow out into an outdoor area with barbeque facilities that are perfect for long kiwi summers.

Career advice for school students

Exploring career options early

Year 12 and 13 students should start to explore their future study and career options as early as possible. In the final two years at school, students face many competing priorities – leadership responsibilities, academic pursuits, and an ever-increasing social life. Often a focus on further study and career options is left to the last minute. Also, students might not see themselves as “career ready” or else they may be afraid of making a decision.

Why focusing on “the job” is irrelevant

Due to technological advances, jobs are changing all the time. This means focusing purely on the outcome of getting a certain job is redundant – after all, the job might not exist post-study, or the type of skills required for it might have changed. That means students need to focus on opportunities to develop transferable skills that allow them to be agile and able to navigate a range of industries and professions. Problem solving, financial and digital literacy, teamwork, creativity and communication are in demand. These important skills will serve graduates well in many industries.

How to make a good decision

As early as possible, students should attend tertiary open days and talk to staff about what’s on offer. They should also explore various industries by speaking to people in a range of jobs. This is a great way to research trends and reality-test different options. A student can then choose a course of action to support their ideas, ensuring it’s as broad as possible in case their mind changes as they progress.

Opportunity for School Students

The Business School’s Management Consulting Club (MCC) recently hosted its National Secondary Schools Competition, with over 37 schools participating. The preliminaries required each school to submit a 10-minute video presentation on the local New Zealand food producer Little Island Creamery. Following this, five high schools across the country were selected to compete in the finals. Nelson’s Waimea College and Wellington’s Scots College joined Auckland teams Macleans College, St Kentigern College, and AIC early one Saturday morning for a chance to win not only glory, but also a paid trip to represent New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Business Case competition.

Ultimately, Macleans College came first, with AIC in second place and St Kentigern College third. The club would like to thank all secondary schools who participated last year. We’re ecstatic at the increase in participation!

We’re also excited to announce that the Secondary Schools Case Competition will be back this year at the end of April/early May. This is a wonderful opportunity for year 12 and 13 students to experience real business issues and help solve them for a local New Zealand company. Students will form groups of four and be given a real-life business case study, for which they’ll then complete a video and written proposal.

The finals will be held at the University of Auckland. Any finalists outside of the region will receive free flights and accommodation. Winners of the national competition will also be invited to Australia to compete. For more information, visit us online or send us an email.

Life on Campus

Online Orientation

Prior to attending their Faculty Orientation Day, students have access to Online Orientation, which offers a wealth of timely and relevant information about the University experience. This interactive and informative tool was introduced to help ease students’ transition to life at the University. It provides relevant information in six easy-to-digest modules.

The content is constantly being refreshed with a particular focus on games, quizzes and videos, which students find engaging and enjoyable.

Topics include student life, stress management, money management support, assistance with enrolment, what to expect academically, time management, University support services and many more.

Events on campus

At the University of Auckland, we want our students to have an enriching experience both inside and outside the lecture theatre. Campus Life puts on an engaging, varied events schedule throughout the year – from small pop-up events on campus to large parties, cultural days and cooking classes. Events popular in previous years include the annual first-year student Toga Party, Humans vs. Zombies (a massive game of zombie-themed tag on campus), Poetry Slam and the Great Outdoors series, which sees students get out in the fresh air and give different activities a go, including surfing, hiking and horse riding. Find out more here.

Volunteer Hub

The Volunteer Hub connects students with more than 70 registered charities and volunteer organisations in the community and on campus. For their volunteering activities, students can also gain official University recognition on their academic transcripts.

High Performance

Our High Performance Support Programme aims to help students with the challenges of juggling tertiary study with the commitments associated with their elite sport or activity. Support includes help balancing exams and assignments with overseas competitions or performances, access to support networks and possible financial assistance through the Sport Support Fund or Vice Chancellor’s Student Support Fund.

Welcome back from the University of Auckland's Equity Office

We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer holiday, and we look forward to seeing you on our campuses in 2017. The Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika leads the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.

That means: 

  • We value all our students and staff. 
  • We respect difference. 
  • We celebrate our diverse communities. 
  • Our campuses are accessible. 
  • We take concerns about the study and work environment seriously. 
  • It’s OK to ask for help and support. 
  • It’s safe to disclose issues that may affect your study or work. 
  • There’s zero tolerance for discrimination. 

Find out more about how we support Māori and equity-group students, including Pacific students, students with disabilities, LGBTI students, and those from low socio-economic or refugee backgrounds.

Tuākana student journeys

Tuākana is a University-wide learning community for our Māori and Pacific students. Tuākana programmes offer small-group learning, whakawhanaungatanga, wānanga, face-to-face meetings and linkages to key services and support across the University.

Student profile

Dion Westrupp, Rongowhakaata, Completed UniBound, 2016. He is currently a second year Bachelor of Arts (BA), Māori Studies student.

I came to the University of Auckland from Gisborne, a town that has about the same population as the number of students enrolled here.

What attracted me to the University wasn’t the ranking, the faculties or the scholarships. It was how I saw Māori students connect through Whaia Te Pae Tawhiti. The programme shows Year 13 Māori students from outside of Auckland all that the University has to offer, as well as what it’s like to live in Auckland, and who your University whānau will be when you’re here. It was one of the best weeks of my life and gave me lifelong friendships.

The University offers so much support to Māori students, including staff in the Equity Office and Schools Partnership Office; members of Ngā Tauira Māori (Māori Student Association); UniBound, an academic preparation programme for Māori and Pacific school leavers; and the Tuākana programme, which provides academic and pastoral support. UniBound was particularly valuable in preparing me for University life and learning.

Before I came to Auckland my Aunty Glennis sat me down and told me that from this point on, I am carrying my father, as well as my koro – his father – and all of my tipuna, on my shoulders, making them proud. These words have stuck with me and I hold them close to my heart. They remind me that I am not just here to get a piece of paper with my name on it, but to make my whānau proud.

Read more student journeys.