Diversity: working at AUT

At AUT, we’re proud of our safe, supportive and inclusive environment where staff and students can be themselves. We’re a diverse and vibrant community characterised by the free exchange of opinions, skills and cultural perspectives.

Getting involved

As a staff member at AUT, we encourage you to share ideas with your colleagues and support one another – and we have a range of networks so you can dive right in. Some of these include:

  • Cultural groups: from our African staff network to ‘Culture Connect’, and plenty more between
  • Our rainbow group, OUT@AUT
  • Women on Campus
  • Disability, Access and Inclusion Network

Celebrating our diverse community

We’re frequently celebrating and supporting the aspirations and achievements of our diverse staff and student community.


AUT researches lots of diversity-related topics.

We have a Gender and Diversity Research Group, which carries out socially relevant research and consultancy work. It also holds events, produces resources and supervises student research.

Gender and Diversity Research Group


Our spirituality and chaplaincy services on campus include multifaith rooms and other facilities you can use. ‘AUT Spirit’ holds regular events and spiritual activities led by our chaplains.

Spiritual and religious support

Māori and Pacific communities

AUT aspires to be the university of choice for Māori and Pacific communities.

Māori at AUT
Pacific at AUT

Student and staff diversity at AUT

Diversity at AUT Infographic

AUT is:

  • The first university in New Zealand to appoint a professor of diversity
  • The first university in New Zealand to be Rainbow Tick Certified
  • Working with Be. Accessible to achieve the gold standard for accessibility
  • Committed to equity and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Our values are integrity, respect and compassion.

Diversity at AUT