Social responsibility

AUT aims to be a thoughtful global citizen by recognising and responding to our local and global responsibilities and opportunities. We do this through a series of partnerships, initiatives and research programmes.

We support Fairtrade through our buying decisions. All AUT cafés only sell Fairtrade certified coffee and are Conscious Consumer accredited under four badges (eco-packaging, BYO containers, recycling, vegetarian/vegan). Fairtrade certified coffee beans, instant coffee and tea is available in all AUT staff rooms.

Smoke free
AUT’s three campuses became smoke free in 2012. This has helped us provide a healthier environment for students, staff and visitors, and is consistent with our position as a leading university in health science education and research.

In 2016 AUT became the second New Zealand university to join the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and adopt its Sustainable Development Goals.

Our work towards sustainability through learning, teaching, research, partnerships and how we operate our facilities is led by the University’s Sustainability Taskforce.

We were a founding partner of Be. Accessible in 2011, and since then have supported accessibility initiatives for Auckland and for our university. We continue to work with Be. Accessible to improve our accessibility towards an ultimate goal of achieving the organisation’s Platinum Assessment rating.

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. We were the first university in New Zealand to appoint a Professor of Diversity – Edwina Pio, who is also the University’s Director of Diversity.

Diversity at AUT

Through our partnership with community organisation Lifewise, AUT hosts its biggest annual fundraiser – the Lifewise Big Sleepout. The event sees influential New Zealanders forgo the comfort of a warm bed for a night and sleep rough in AUT’s Hikuwai Plaza. Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack and a number of AUT staff participate in the event each year.

The eighth annual Lifewise Big Sleepout was held on 6 July 2017, and raised $333k to tackle youth homelessness in Auckland.

Te reo Māori
In recognition of the bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa/New Zealand, AUT offers nil-tuition Māori language beginner to intermediate courses available to domestic and international students, staff and the public.

Supporting the arts
AUT actively supports the arts through the University’s own ST PAUL St Gallery, offering a changing exhibition programme of contemporary art and design from key international and local contemporary artists.

We have been the active university partner of the Auckland Art Gallery since 2007, supporting the gallery’s ongoing delivery of its exhibition and public programmes.

In 2016 we strengthened our long-standing partnership with the Auckland Theatre Company, becoming a foundation partner in the ASB Waterfront Theatre, which opened in September 2016.

We also sponsor the Vodafone Events Centre Schools Programme – New Zealand’s largest free schools programme for arts education.

Last updated: 12-Jan-2018 9.34am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.