University of Auckland

Ingenio et labore

New Zealand

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the largest with more than 40,000 students and 4,700 staff on five campuses.

It offers the most comprehensive range of courses and has a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programmes. Auckland is the only NZ university ranked among the world’s top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings.

There are eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes, along with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and conjoint degrees. Auckland also has the biggest graduate school in NZ, the largest annual number of postgraduate research student completions and the highest level of research income. Its research commercialisation company, Auckland UniServices Ltd, generated $NZ145.1 million in 2011.

More than 4,874 students from 93 countries study at The University of Auckland. Its 360° Auckland Abroad Student Exchange programme allows NZ students to spend one or two semesters at one of the University’s more than 90 university exchange partners around the world.

The University’s location in NZ’s major business city enables staff and students to rub shoulders with leading practitioners in their field, and engage in collaborative research. Medical students work alongside leading specialists at Auckland City Hospital while the Faculty of Law is within walking distance of the courts and major legal firms. The Business School has a close relationship with leading Auckland companies, and academics from the Faculty of Engineering, School of Population Health and School of Architecture and Planning serve on think-tanks helping to shape the city’s future.

The University of Auckland has a strong international focus and is the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – international consortia of research-led universities. Today more than 4,000 international students from 93 countries choose to study here, while the University’s 360° Auckland Abroad Student Exchange programme enables New Zealand students to spend one or two semesters at one of the University’s more than 90 university exchange partners around the world.

As well as being New Zealand’s top university, The University of Auckland is the country’s largest. It has a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programmes.

The University of Auckland has the most comprehensive range of courses in the country with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes. There are unique opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and conjoint degrees.

Working at the University of Auckland

Employment at the University of Auckland is much more than a 'job' – it's a key part of your personal and professional development.
We employ over 5,400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students – making us one of New Zealand’s largest employers.

It is our intention to create an environment in which highly talented people can flourish.

Career development opportunities

To support you in your career, we offer a wide range of development opportunities – from individual performance and development reviews to avenues for pursuing your professional interests through study, secondments, conferences and workshops.These opportunities are available to both professional and academic staff and include:

  • People and organisational development.
  • Professional and personal development.
  • EVOLVE is the University's programme for developing professional staff. EVOLVE is designed to enable growth and development in your role and at the University.
  • Leadership and management development.
  • Professional staff can use the Aspire Career Centre to assist with career planning.
  • Wellbeing programme.
  • Awards and fellowships.
  • Performance and development reviews.
  • English language enrichment.
  • IT Training.
  • Academic practice – research, teaching and e-learning.


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Key staff:


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.

Deputy Vice-Chancellors

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.  

Pro Vice-Chancellors

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.

Key facts:

Established: 1883

Academic Staff: 2,154

Administrative Staff: 2,789

Students: 33,468

Affiliations: ACU, APAIE, APRU, U21, WUN