Public Relations department

The Public Relations department is part of communication studies at AUT. Our public relations courses prepare students for the many aspects of a PR career, and cover reputation management, communication strategy and marketing communication.

We are proud of our strong industry links and offer the only student-run PR consultancy to support not-for-profit organisations.

Research in communication studies

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across communication studies.

More about our research

Industry associations

Outside the Square is NZ's only student-run PR consultancy giving pro-bono help to not-for profits. Students work with industry mentors.

Outside the Square

Katy McMillan
Taylor Evans
Adam Szentes
Scott Telfer

Contact us

Undergraduate enquiries:

Postgraduate enquiries:

Curriculum leader contact

Dr Averill Gordon
Curriculum Leader
Phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 6492

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Communication Studies 2020 Awards
17 Dec, 2020
Students were recognised for their outstanding accomplishments at this year's Communication Studies Awards.
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Small budgets, big ideas
09 Jul, 2020
Dan Fastnedge, Lecturer in Advertising Creativity, explores what Netsafe’s new online porn public service advertisement tells us about Kiwi ad creativity.
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Crisis, disintegration and hope
03 Jun, 2020
Professor Wayne Hope from AUT’s School of Communications Studies says only urgent intervention can save New Zealand’s media.
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The human face of Iran
22 Oct, 2019
PMC's David Robie looks behind the chadors and sabre rattling to show the human face of Iran with a series on politics, travel and adventure.
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PR students help hundreds of non-profits
15 Oct, 2019
Providing much needed public relations support to not-for-profits is a win-win for student PR agency Outside the Square.
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