With AUT committed to producing 100 Pasifika PhDs, the Pasifika Postgraduate Studentship programme is an initiative intended to support Pasifika students in their journey towards higher education.
The programme is designed to provide both financial support and work experience to Pasifika postgraduate students, as well as pastoral support and networking opportunities while studying. The programme is offered by the Office of Pasifika Advancement with support from AUT Equity and the University faculties.
Pasifika postgraduate students may apply for an academic studentship role, usually within the faculty they are studying. Each role consists of 7.5 hours of paid work per week. Most of this work includes a mixture of academic and pastoral mentoring or tutoring of students.
Since the programme piloted in 2008, 19 students have been involved in the academic studentships. There are currently 8 academic studentship positions, and they are renewed on an annual basis pending academic and overall performance.
The programme currently has students working with the Business, Humanities (Social Sciences; Education), Design & Creative Technologies (Art & Design; Engineering) and Te Ara Poutama faculties.
2010 Studentship recipients in the OPA office
Back: Falegau Melanie Silulu, Benita Kumar, Pauline Winter (Director, OPA), Makelesi Latu, Holeva Tupou, Yvonne Brill
In front: John Patolo (Programme Co-ordinator), Junior Nomani. Absent: Anare Senibulu, Luana Bosanquet-Heays, Evangeline Singh
Pasifika Postgraduate Studentship Coordinator – Office of Pasifika Advancement
Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext. 6520
Location: AUT University, WB Building, Room 302