Frequently asked questions

This page answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about diversity at AUT.

How does AUT define ‘diversity’?

AUT defines diversity as understanding, respect and embracing the uniqueness that results from differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, religious and ethical beliefs or political opinions.

How diverse is AUT?

Over 140 nationalities are represented in our ethnically diverse student communities. Around 35% of our students identify themselves as Pakeha/NZ European, 8% Māori, 11% Pacific, 25% Asian; 7% Middle Eastern, Latin American and African (MELAA); and 14% identify with multiple ethnic affiliations. AUT also has a diverse population of gender identities, sex and sexual orientations, as well as a community for people with disabilities.

Read more about cultural clubs and ethnic student associations at AUT

How does AUT promote and support diversity?

The diversity web pages link students and staff with relevant external networks and communities that support integration within AUT and Auckland.

AUT also encourages students and staff to showcase and celebrate our multicultural communities and diverse identities through activities such as Diversity Week, Pacific Language Weeks, etc.  

I’m passionate about student diversity issues. Who can I talk to about this?

To discuss how you can contribute in the diversity space, please contact:
The Diversity Office
Phone 921 9096
diversityoffice@aut.ac.nz

Where can I find information about diversity-related events and activities at AUT?

For a range of diversity-related events and activities throughout the year visit our web pages below:

What is the social life like at AUT?

Active student association
AUT has an active student association (AuSM) on campus that runs regular events throughout the academic year to promote social and cultural exchange amongst students.

Visit the AuSM website

Events at AUT accommodation
For students living in AUT accommodation, our Residential Life team organises a wide range of activities all year round to keep residents socially engaged and to build a thriving community.

Read more about residential life at AUT accommodation

Student clubs and associations
Another great way to connect with other students who share similar interests or backgrounds is through participation in AUT student clubs and associations.

Read more about cultural clubs and ethnic student associations at AUT

I’m keen to get involved on campus but I don’t know how?

There are many ways in which AUT students can participate actively in campus life:

There is currently no student club on campus representing my community, can I start one?

Yes you can. Just email the AuSM Clubs Coordinator to obtain relevant information and assistance on how to set up a new club.

Email clubs@aut.ac.nz

Is it okay to be gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex at AUT?

Yes, AUT welcomes diverse sexualities and gender identities. We have an active Rainbow Student Network called OUT@AUT and a LGBTI Coordinator who provides information and support to AUT students.

Contact us

Is there a prayer room for Muslim students on campus?

AUT has Muslim prayer rooms and multifaith rooms for students and staff to use as places of worship, meditation or for quiet reflection.

Read where to find and how to access these multifaith rooms

What spiritual activities are being offered at AUT?

The Interfaith Chaplaincy team hosts regular activities and special events, such as meditation groups and interfaith forums, for AUT students and staff to engage in spiritual worship, reflection, and education. The chaplains also have a regular column in Debate, the student magazine, focusing on topical issues.

Find out more about spiritual events at AUT

Read Debate magazine online

Who do I contact if I have a disability and need specialist support or advice?

You can speak to one of our friendly staff at to arrange an individual needs assessment interview. This will ensure that an appropriate support plan and specialist assistance is put in place for you, if required, while you are studying at AUT.

Contact the Student Hub for support services

Does AUT offer any scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds?

Yes, there are designated scholarships offered by AUT or external funders for students from Maori, Pacific, International, LGBTI and refugee backgrounds.

To find out more:

Does AUT help with childcare for students with young families?

AUT has established a Childcare Subsidy Fund, to make childcare more affordable and more accessible for AUT students with young children. This subsidy scheme is open to all full-time enrolled students with young families for up to $50 per student per dependent child per week (funds are limited and dispersed on a first come, first served basis).

Read more about AUT's Childcare Subsidy

Where can I go to improve my spoken and written English?

The Student Learning Centre offers a 12-week long EASI (English for Academic Skills Independence) programme to help students improve grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, pronunciation and conversation skills.

Read more about the EASI programme

To register, log in to the AUT Career Hub using your Student ID and password

Can AUT help me to find work in New Zealand?

New to NZ Employability workshops
AUT University Career Services offer a series of New to NZ Employability workshops throughout the year to help international, new migrant and refugee backgrounds students with:

  • Becoming familiar with New Zealand workplace culture/employer work expectations
  • CV and cover letter writing
  • Job search strategies
  • Interview skills

Read more about our New to NZ Employability workshops

Career consultants
There is also a team of experienced and qualified career consultants who can assist with your career planning.

Contact our career consultants

I want to talk to someone about an incident that made me uncomfortable, but I’m not sure it's harassment or discrimination. What should I do?

You can discuss your concerns with any one of the AUT harassment prevention contacts. These are AUT staff who are trained to provide students with appropriate support to deal with harassment or bullying.

Contact us if you want support to deal with harassment or bullying

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Last updated: 13-Jun-2016 9.39am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.