Diversity

AUT is a vibrant and diverse university that recognises that success is not defined by gender, gender identity, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity or disability. We are committed to building a safe, positive, and inclusive higher learning environment characterised by the free exchange of diverse ideas, skills and cultural perspectives.

AUT was the first New Zealand university to appoint a Professor of Diversity; Professor Edwina Pio who is now the University Director of Diversity.

Diversity Roadmap

The roadmap aims to provide a framework to enable AUT to meet its strategic objectives as set out in the AUT Directions (strategic plan) and consistent with its legal and Treaty obligations.

Diversity Strategy and Action Plan

The strategy and action plan represent AUT's commitment to building the competencies and skills of staff and students through an inclusive work and study environment. It recognises that diversity in all branches of AUT's activity will enable staff and students alike to fulfil their potential and that of the University.

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Ten new kaihoe (appointees)
Big Gay Out AUT staff posing
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Siobhan holding a book in a classroom, smiling at the camera, with a view over Auckland through windows behind her.
Fashion show
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Ten new kaihoe (appointees)
Collective purpose motivates new cohort
15 May, 2024
Ten new kaihoe (appointees) have been inducted into AUT’s Eke Tangaroa Programme for early-career Māori and Pacific academics.
Big Gay Out AUT staff posing
AUT sole uni sponsor at Big Gay Out
09 Feb, 2024
AUT is proud to be the only university sponsor at Big Gay Out 2024.
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Is your HR department strong in DEI?
22 Jan, 2024
Professor of Management, Candice Harris, examines the growing focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within Human Resources functions.
Siobhan holding a book in a classroom, smiling at the camera, with a view over Auckland through windows behind her.
Landfall win – a Q&A with Siobhan Harvey
27 Nov, 2023
Acclaimed author, and AUT academic, Siobhan Harvey has won the 2023 Landfall Essay Competition.
Fashion show
Māori chief inspires fashion student
15 Nov, 2023
Ngāti Tūwharetoa design student Tia Tahau’s collection, showcased at AUT’s 2023 Graduate Fashion Show, was inspired by her ancestor Te Rangi Tāhau

Contact us

Get in touch with the University Director of Diversity or the Diversity Manager to find out more about diversity at AUT.

Diversity contact details

Gender and diversity research

AUT's Gender and Diversity Research Group conducts quality research and leads discussion around gender and diversity issues in the community.

Gender and Diversity Research Group