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

Tessa Williams
Grace Ulu
Gyllian Falute Taei
Louis Hartley
Katy McMillan

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Much ado about Shakespeare
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For the love of Thor
Communications Studies Caught being
Small budgets-new ideas
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Much ado about Shakespeare
Much Ado About Shakespeare
01 Nov, 2022
What role does Shakespeare play in New Zealand’s culture? Professor Barry King suggests a National Theatre could help in NZ's cultural identity crisis.
Celebrity and indigenous voice
Celebrity and indigenous voice
31 Aug, 2022
The Australian PM met with Shaquille O’Neal to enlist his support for constitutional recognition for an Indigenous voice. Some question why Shaq.
For the love of Thor
For the love of Thor!
12 Jul, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder puts Marvel’s women in the spotlight. Senior Lecturer Angelique Nairn asks why Marvel still struggles with female superheroes.
Communications Studies Caught being
Communication Studies 2020 Awards
17 Dec, 2020
Students were recognised for their outstanding accomplishments at this year's Communication Studies Awards.
Small budgets-new ideas
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.