Create Confidence and Connection Bright Side programme

Strengthen your connections with AUT and the world by participating in this dynamic, creative and social programme that uses humour and movement as tools to promote connection and belonging.

The programme is free for all AUT students.

Hear from our guide

Learn more about what you can expect from the programme.

What you'll gain

  • Confidence in building strong connections
  • An understanding of how play and humour can assist you to achieve better results in your work and study life
  • An opportunity to harness your personal creativity and imagination
  • The ability to feel comfortable and communicate effectively in group settings

2024 Semester 1 dates and times

Programme sessions will be held at the AUT City Campus on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Wednesday 20 March, 2pm – 4pm
  • Session 2: Wednesday 27 March, 2pm – 4pm
  • Session 3: Wednesday 3 April, 2pm – 4pm
  • Session 4: Wednesday 10 April, 2pm – 4pm

A momentum meeting will be held at the AUT City Campus on the following date:

  • Wednesday 1 May, 2pm – 4pm

Ready to join Bright Side’s Create Confidence and Connection programme? Apply today – it’s easy! Submit your application before 5pm, Monday 11 March. Contact if you have any questions.

Apply for this programme here

About Wade Jackson, improv comedian

Wade Jackson is a speaker, author and high-performance coach. With a dynamic background across the world in improv theatre, in dojos and penning books on human development, Wade can authentically lead by example. Wade’s journey to become a specialist in high performance began in Japan aged 18, where he earned two of his three black belts in martial arts. This experience cemented in him an incredible discipline that he's learned to pass onto others in a very human and practical way so that you too can experience your best self and success in life.

Wade holds postgraduate qualifications in both drama and health science and he brings an academic robustness to everything he does.

Wade Jackson


To apply for the programme, you must be:

  • An AUT student in New Zealand, studying a degree level programme, part-time or full-time.
  • Able to commit to all programme dates.
  • Able to go through a selection process to participate.

If you have questions about the programme or your eligibility, email us.

Information video

Should your application be successful, you'll be emailed a short introductory video on what to expect from Bright Side and the programme. It's important that you watch this to gauge whether you want to follow through with the sessions.

Spaces on the programme are limited and not all applicants will be selected, but there will be a waiting list for future programmes.

Contact us

Want to find out more about how we can help you reach your potential?

Email the Bright Side team at: