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THE Rankings Sep 2019

AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
Woolf Fisher AUT scholarship Awards ceremony

19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
Ecologist Dr Nicola Day

Climate change article makes cover of Nature

Science
23 Aug, 2019
AUT applied ecologist Dr Nicola Day has published paper on climate change in Nature which features on the cover.  
Nadine Tupp Freemasons Scholarship

A scholarship to help existing students

Science
20 Aug, 2019
Applications for The Freemasons Scholarship are now open. For Nadine Tupp, the scholarship allowed them to continue pursuing their passion for learning.
Hamideh Gholizadeh and Mark Winger

Scholarships for today and tomorrow

Science
13 Aug, 2019
AUT student Hamideh Gholizadeh, has received not one, but two scholarships. Read her inspiring story.
Periodic table poster

Quest for the most boring chemical element not so boring

Science
09 Aug, 2019
Quest for the most boring chemical element not so boring
Left to right: Ripley Dean, ranger; Len Gillman, AUT; Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation; Adam Willetts ranger; Rod Gates, trustee; Greg Innes, Trust Chair; Annie Everson-Dawn, trust secretary.

AUT to work with Bream Head Conservation Trust’

Science
29 Jul, 2019
AUT’s School of Science will work with the Bream Head Conservation Trust to rid Bream Head Reserve of pests.
Sebastian Leuzinger and Martin Bader doing research with kauri trees

Younger trees keep nearby ‘grandpa’ kauri alive

Science
26 Jul, 2019
AUT scientists conduct study of how a kauri stump is keeping itself alive by holding onto the roots of neighbouring trees.
Whale and diver

Tongan whales affected by tourism

Science
18 Jul, 2019
AUT research shows that the intensive swim-with-whale tourism in Tonga is disturbing natural behaviour patterns.
Whale in Kaikoura

The future of NZ’s marine environment

Science
15 Jul, 2019
Two AUT researchers, Dr Rebecca Jarvis and Dr Tim Young, surveyed New Zealand’s marine scientists to discover the key areas where more research is needed.
AUT Roche Diagnostics Lab

To the future and beyond

Science
11 Jul, 2019
The AUT-Roche Diagnostics Laboratory is creating exceptional learning experiences and fostering industry connections.
Bottlenose dolphins

Study: safe altitude for flying drones over marine animals

Science
10 Jul, 2019
Researchers from the Auckland University of Technology have found the safest distance to fly drones over marine mammals.
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Reducing our avocado waste

Science
17 Jun, 2019
An AUT PhD student is working to convert avocado waste into compostable packaging in response to the large amount of waste sent to landfill every year.
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AUT joins Australian research programme to utilise ocean resources

Science
16 May, 2019
AUT has joined 45 national and international partners on a 10-year research programme on ways to utilise the ocean for aquaculture and energy production.
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Driven to discover new treatments

Science
14 May, 2019
Breast cancer research is close to her heart, says Khine Thida was awarded a $96,000 scholarship by the Cancer Research Trust New Zealand to pursue a PhD.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
They Are Us image - illustration by Ruby Jones

Christchurch

15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Prototype rover

AUT research to find life on Mars

Science
14 Mar, 2019
AUT microbiologists are working with NASA to find signs of life on Mars.
Dr Jack Chen and Dr Marcus Jones

AUT scientists join MacDiarmid Institute

Science
11 Mar, 2019
Dr Marcus Jones and Dr Jack Chen have been made Associate Investigators at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
Professor Allan Blackman

New podcast celebrates Periodic Table

Science
21 Feb, 2019
Professor Allan Blackman from the School of Science joins Radio New Zealand’s Alison Balance for Elemental – a podcast exploring the elements.
Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
Synchrotron to be used in research

Five AUT Marsden Fund grants

08 Nov, 2018
Five projects led by AUT researchers have been granted funding totalling $3.58 million in new research for the university, in this Marsden Fund round.
AUTSA's Foodie Godmother pantry

Can you help the Foodie Godmother?

02 Nov, 2018
AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother needs donations of food and personal hygiene products for students in need. Can you help?
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors announced

01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch

Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
THE world university rankings for AUT 2019

THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
AUT students sit in the WG lecture hall

AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.
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PhD grad takes eco message to the world

Science
08 Aug, 2018
Environmental science and marine biology PhD graduate Stephanie Borrelle is taking on one of the world’s big problems – plastic pollution in the oceans.
Len Gillman in a tree

nztrees app puts natives on the map

Science
07 Jun, 2018
Do you know your mānuka from your kānuka, your pōhutukawa from your rātā or ever wonder which trees are native?
Associate Professor Hannah Buckley

UK science journal publishes in te reo

Science
30 May, 2018
NZ academics have taken a major step forward in encouraging the scientific community to recognise the importance of non-Western indigenous languages.
Michael Petterson

5 questions with Professor Michael Petterson

Science
03 May, 2018
We asked Professor Michael Petterson 5 questions about his research at the time of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
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Pacific youth leader in ocean conservation

Science
07 Jul, 2017

AUT Marine Biology student, Antony Vavia, was selected by the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute to attend the first United Nations Ocean Conference in New York last month.

AUT alumni receives seafood industry honour

AUT alumni receives seafood industry honour

Science
11 Nov, 2016

Seafood New Zealand has named AUT aquaculture alumni, Te Tane Trinick, as one of the seafood industry’s rising stars.

Why nature is good for us

Why nature is good for us

Science
13 Oct, 2016

New Zealanders increasingly live, work and play in human-built environments. Over 80% of our population lives in urban areas. For most of us, our food comes via supermarkets instead of growing our own, and we spend increasing amounts of time indoors – at home and at work. Conversely, we are seeing growing rates of mental health issues in our people. More and more of us seem to be struggling to live healthy and fulfilling lives, content with who we are and how we are living.

AUT students explore Life Below Water for Cook Islands Language Week

AUT students explore Life Below Water for Cook Islands Language Week

Science
02 Aug, 2016

This year, AUT is honouring our Pacific Language Weeks through a series of short videos.

Each provides a platform for Pacific students to share their thoughts on one of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, which aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

Drone records rare whale footage in the Hauraki Gulf

Drone records rare whale footage in the Hauraki Gulf

Science
10 Jun, 2016

Unique footage of a Bryde’s Whale has been released by Auckland University of Technology. The footage shows an adult whale feeding, briefly joined by a young calf, and was filmed from a drone off the coast of Auckland. It is thought to be the first time the feeding behaviour of a Bryde’s Whale has been recorded by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Pilot study hones in on major fisheries opportunity

Pilot study hones in on major fisheries opportunity

Science
10 May, 2016

An AUT research team is embarking on a unique pilot study, using remote sensing techniques to assess the impacts of surf clam dredging.

New Zealand surf clams consist of seven commercially harvested shellfish species, and together they represent a huge growth opportunity for the country’s fishery sector. With great international demand for surf clams and projected potential to sustainably harvest over 30,000 tonnes annually, New Zealand stands to benefit from widespread job creation and export earnings valued at around $300 million per annum.

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National Spectral Library opens

Science
17 Jul, 2015

AUT University and Auckland Museum have launched a National Spectral Library, to support remote identification of plants and large-scale mapping of plant species.

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Professor Andrea Alfaro: Aquanaut, Mussel Lady and inspiring teacher

19 May, 2015

“My life has been one adventure after another and most of them have to do with the sea,” Professor Andrea Alfaro told the audience at her inaugural professorial address on Friday. She went on to regale her experiences of living under the sea, encountering purple sea urchins, winning the nickname ‘the mussel lady’, and carrying out vital aquaculture research.

Rebecca Jarvis

Public invited to help plan Hauraki Gulf future

Science
01 Mar, 2014

People are being asked what they do on the Hauraki Gulf in an online survey developed by AUT University PhD student Rebecca Jarvis.

Professor Marilyn Waring honoured with Science and Innovation Award

Professor Marilyn Waring honoured with Science and Innovation Award

Science
25 Oct, 2013

AUT University’s Professor Marilyn Waring has been named as the winner of the Science and Innovation Award at the inaugural New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

Scientists to tackle traumatic brain injury

Scientists to tackle traumatic brain injury

Science
14 Oct, 2013

AUT University researchers have joined an international team of 38 scientific institutes and 60 European hospitals aiming to create better and more targeted treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Big brother keeps an eye on NZ environment

10 Jul, 2012

Threatened species in New Zealand like the Maui Dolphin will receive a helping hand thanks to state-of-the-art reconnaissance technology better known for its military intelligence use.

Dr Lindsey White with Undaria seaweed

Export windfall for seaweed harvest

13 Jan, 2012

Undaria pinnatifida is known as a highly invasive and unwanted organism under New Zealand biosecurity laws, yet AUT University researchers are touting it as the aquaculture sector’s next big thing.

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Importance of sea and coasts needs to be recognised

30 Dec, 2011

As we move into the summer months, our interaction with the sea and coasts will become an even more central part of our lives so it is worthwhile to reflect on the importance of our seas as part of our nation and culture according to an AUT professor.

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Giant Squid at Auckland Museum

Science
20 Dec, 2011

Auckland Museum is the scene of the crime this summer.

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Cutting edge scientist receives RJ Scott medal

11 Nov, 2011

Professor Stephen Henry has been awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s prestigious RJ Scott medal for engineering science and technology in recognition for his novel biotechnology research.

Giant squid gets radical plastic surgery

Giant squid gets radical plastic surgery

Science
17 Mar, 2010

AUT University is set to display the world's first plastinated squid

Lemurs painting

Evolution faster in the tropics

Science
29 Jun, 2009

Kiwi research overturns international theories on evolution - Mammal species living in the tropics are evolving faster than their counterparts living in cooler environments, according to research carried out by New Zealand researchers.

It had previously been assumed that rates of genetic change in warm-blooded animals were independent of climate.

The new study demonstrates that DNA evolution occurs substantially faster in mammal species living in warmer environments relative to those living in cooler environments.