The University's governing body is Council. It comprises lay, staff and student members. Council is the governing body through which the University acts. It controls the affairs, concerns and property of the University. Council is authorised by legislation to act in the ways best calculated to promote the interests of the University.
Council is chaired by the Chancellor, who is elected from the lay members of Council. The Deputy to the Chancellor is the Pro-Chancellor.
See current Council Membership List, Terms of Reference, Constitution of Council, Schedule of Council Meetings and committees reporting to Council.
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Stuart McCutcheon is the Vice-Chancellor. He is the head of the University: its chief academic and administrative officer and the employer of all staff. Professor McCutcheon is responsible for providing academic leadership along with effective management, and for leading strategic planning and directing resource allocation.
The Office of the Vice-Chancellor, located in Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street, is the administrative headquarters for the University.
Professor John Morrow is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), responsible for academic planning, maintaining academic standards, and enhancing the academic profile of the University nationally and internationally.
Professor Jim Metson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), responsible for assisting and advising the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on research policy, research management and performance.
Professor Jenny Dixon is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement), responsible for ensuring that the University develops, maintains and grows the key national and international relationships that will enhance and enable its ability to perform as a leading University.
Adrienne Cleland is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Registrar, responsible for Finance, IT, Property, Communications & Marketing, Academic & Shared Services, Organisational Performance, Planning & Information, Campus Life, Legal and Risk functions.
Jim Peters (Ngati Wai, Ngati Hine, Nga Puhi) is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori). He has responsibility for developing a positive Māori profile in the University and assisting in the development of Māori programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Māori staff, students and the community.
Trudie McNaughton is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity). She assists and advises the Vice-Chancellor and Council on matters relating to equal opportunities in education and employment.
Senior Leadership Team
The University’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is an advisory group to the Vice-Chancellor. It is normally chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and comprises the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Directors of the major service divisions. The SLT normally meets weekly to consider strategy, policy and current projects and issues, and act as a sounding board for the Vice-Chancellor.
The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings systems.
- 82nd in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (QS Rankings)
- 192nd in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (THE rankings)
- In the 201-300 band for the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
- Placed 32nd in the Reuters Top 75: Asia's Most Innovative Universities rankings
- Placed 75th in the QS Employability Ranking.
The University scored the highest possible rating of Five Stars Plus in the QS Stars University Ratings, with maximum five-star ratings in each of the areas evaluated: teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and discipline rankings and accreditations.
Academic Staff: 2,154
Administrative Staff: 2,789
Affiliations: ACU, APAIE, APRU, U21, WUN