University of Auckland

University of Auckland

August 19, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The University of Auckland is a
university located in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest and
highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 82nd worldwide in
the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a
constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up
of eight faculties over six campuses, and has more than 40,000 students.
History =Early history=
The University of Auckland began as a constituent of the University of New
Zealand, founded on 23 May 1883 as Auckland University College. Stewardship
of the University during its establishment period was the
responsibility of John Chapman Andrew. Housed in a disused courthouse and jail,
it started out with 95 students and 4 teaching staff: Frederick Douglas Brown,
professor of chemistry; Algernon Phillips Withiel Thomas, professor of
natural sciences; Thomas George Tucker, professor of classics; and George
Francis Walker, professor of mathematics. By 1901, student numbers
had risen to 156; the majority of these students were training towards being law
clerks or teachers and were enrolled part-time. From 1905 onwards, an
increasing number of students enrolled in commerce studies.
The University conducted little research until the 1930s, when there was a spike
in interest in academic research during the Depression. At this point, the
college’s executive council issued several resolutions in favour of
academic freedom after the controversial dismissal of John Beaglehole, which
helped encourage the college’s growth. In 1934, four new professors joined the
college: Arthur Sewell, H.G. Forder, C.G. Cooper and James Rutherford. The
combination of new talent, and academic freedom, saw Auckland University College
flourish through to the 1950s. In 1950, the Elam School of Fine Arts
was brought into the University of Auckland. Archie Fisher, who had been
appointed principal of the Elam School of Fine Arts was instrumental in having
it brought in the University of Auckland.
The University of New Zealand was dissolved in 1961 and the University of
Auckland was empowered by the University of Auckland Act 1961.
In 1966, lecturers Keith Sinclair and Bob Chapman established The University
of Auckland Art Collection, beginning with the purchase of several paintings
and drawings by Colin McCahon. The Collection is now managed by the Centre
for Art Research, based at the Gus Fisher Gallery. The Stage A of the
Science building is opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
on 3 May. In 1970, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
opens the new School of Medicine Building at Grafton on 24 March. In
2002, Liggins Institute was officially opened by the Queen.
Professor Stuart McCutcheon became Vice-Chancellor on 1 January 2005. He
was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. He
succeeded Dr John Hood, who was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Oxford. The University opened a new business
school building in 2007, following the completion of the Information Commons.
It has recently gained international accreditations for all its programmes
and now completes the “Triple Crown”. On 1 September 2004, the Auckland
College of Education merged with the University’s School of Education to form
the Faculty of Education. The faculty is based at the Epsom Campus of the former
college, with an additional campus in Whangarei.
The North Shore Campus, established in 2001, was located in the suburb of
Takapuna. It offered the Bachelor of Business and Information Management
degree. At the end of 2006, the campus was closed and the degree relocated to
the City campus. In May 2013 the University purchased a
site for new 5 hectare campus adjacent to the major business area in Newmarket.
It will provide the University with a site for expansion over the next 50
years, with Engineering occupying the first of the new faculties in 2014.
Administration The head of the University is the
Chancellor, currently Ian Parton, however this position is only titular.
The chief executive of the University is the Vice-Chancellor, currently Professor
Stuart McCutcheon, who is the University’s fifth Vice-Chancellor. The
officers of this university are: Chancellor
Ian M. Parton, BE(Hons) PhD Pro-Chancellor
Scott St John, BCom DipBus Vice-Chancellor
Stuart N. McCutcheon, BAgrSc(Hons) PhD(Massey)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor John Morrow, BA, MA(Canterbury),
PhD(York) Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Jane E. Harding, ONZM, DPhil(Oxford), BSc MBChB, FRACP FRSNZ
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Jennifer E. Dixon, MSc(Canterbury),
DPhil(Waikato), FNZPI Director of Administration and Registrar
Adrienne Cleland, MBA(Massey) General Counsel
Rebecca Ewert, LLB(Otago), LLM(Wellington), MBA
=Coat of arms=The Blazon of the Arms of the University
of Auckland is: Azure between three mullets argent an open Book proper edged
and bound Or with seven Clasps on either side Or, on a chief wavy also argent
three Kiwis proper. Translation of the Blazon. The shield is the first part
described “Azure” means blue so the shield is blue. A “mullet” is a five
pointed star and when there are three of them they are depicted two above and one
below. Their colour is silver Between these stars is an open book and “proper”
means the book is shown in its natural colours – normally black and white. The
edge of the book and the binding of the book is in gold and it is bound with
seven clasps on either side which would close the book securely when closed.
These clasps are also gold. A “chief” is a broad strip at the top of the shield
but “wavy” means that the base of the chief is in a wave like line. The colour
of the chief is silver On the chief are three kiwis and “proper” means that’s
they are shown in their natural colour. The university’s motto is Ingenio et
labore which may be translated from Latin as “By natural ability and hard
work.” Admission
Since eliminating open entry in 2009, all applicants must have a university
entrance qualification. Domestic students are required to achieve the
NZQA University Entrance Standard, while international students must achieve an
equivalent approved qualification in their country. Admission to the
University also requires applicants to meet the preset academic and English
language entry requirements specific to the degree for which they are applying.
Some programmes also have a preset number of places available within the
degree. To be guaranteed entry students must achieve a rank score as well as
meet any additional requirements. All students who did not complete their
high school education or equivalent in English are also required to provide a
valid IELTS score or equivalent. Campuses
The University of Auckland is spread across six campuses, all situated in
Auckland Region and Northland Region in the upper North Island of New Zealand.
The City campus in the Auckland CBD has the majority of the students and
faculties. It covers 16 hectares. The Tāmaki campus, established in 1991,
covers 32 hectares in the suburb of Glen Innes, 12 km from the City campus. The
degrees offered are in Health, Sports Science, Environmental Science, Wine
Science, Information Technology, Communications and Electronics,
Materials and Manufacturing, Food and Biotechnology and Information
Management. The Grafton Campus, established in 1968,
is opposite Auckland City Hospital in the suburb of Grafton, close to the City
Campus. The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy and
Department of Optometry are based here. The Epsom Campus is the main Faculty of
Education campus, offering programmes in teacher education and social services.
It was formerly the Auckland College of Education’s main campus, until the
college merged with the University’s School of Education in September 2004 to
form the Faculty of Education. The Tai Tokerau Campus in Whangarei
offers Faculty of Education courses. The Leigh Marine Laboratory is
effectively the marine campus and hosts postgraduate teaching and research at
the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve near Warkworth. Situated on the
east coast, about 100 km north of the city of Auckland, it has access to a
wide range of unspoiled marine habitats. Some Faculty of Education courses are
offered at Manukau Institute of Technology. Visual Arts students also
live at MIT. Located in Otara, the Institute provides full amenities for
students, including cafés, health services, a library, and limited
parking. In July 2011 Kim and Jeanette Goldwater
gifted a 14-hectare winery in Waiheke Island to the University. This is set to
host the University’s Wine Science courses.
In 2010 Lion ceased operations at its Newmarket brewery and moved to East
Tamaki, selling the site to the University of Auckland in May 2013. The
university plans to build an engineering research space and a new civil
structures hall. From the start of the first semester of
2010, the University banned smoking on any of its property, including inside
and outside buildings in areas that were once designated as smoking areas.
Faculties and institutes =Schools and faculties=
Faculty of Arts Business School
The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries
Faculty of Education and Social Work Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science=Research institutes=
The Liggins Institute Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Academic staff Until his death in 2009, the longest
serving staff member was Emeritus Professor of Prehistory, Roger Curtis
Green, BA BSc, PhD, FRSNZ, MANAS. He had been on the staff 1961–66 and from 1973
onwards. The longest serving, non-‘retired’ staff member is Bernard
Brown, ONZM, LLB, LLM. He has been a full-time senior lecturer in the faculty
of law 1962-65 and 1969 onwards. William Phillips, the influential economist
largely famed for his Phillips curve, taught at the university from 1969 until
his death in 1975. According to the Association of
University Staff of New Zealand in 2007, New Zealand universities, including the
University of Auckland, had been taking a more litigious approach to managing
their staff in recent years and engaged lawyers and employment advocates to
handle even minor matters. The University of Auckland “paid out more
than $780,000 in 2006 to settle problems it listed as including personal
grievances and disputes”. For example, Paul Buchanan, a popular, world-renowned
lecturer on international relations and security, was summarily dismissed in
2007 because a student to whom he sent an email complained that she found his
comments about her performance in his class to be offensive. He was later
reinstated, but this was just a formality and he never returned to
lecturing. As the AUS would not financially support a case for full
reinstatement, Buchanan accepted the formal reinstatement and a nominal
monetary payout as a settlement of his appeal to the Employment Court.
Auckland UniServices Auckland UniServices Limited is the
commercial research and knowledge transfer company for the university.
Rankings =University rankings=
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university. It is the
only one included in the Times Higher Education top 200 and it is the highest
ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and Shanghai
Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities. Some 35 percent of the top
ranked academic researchers in New Zealand are at the University of
Auckland.=QS World University Rankings=
In 2010 QS World University Rankings ranked University of Auckland 68th
overall in the world, scoring very consistently in the subject rankings:
51st in Arts & Humanities, 55th in Engineering & IT, 41st in Life Sciences
& Biomedicine, 68th in Natural Sciences and 38th in Social Sciences.
In 2011 QS World University Rankings ranked University of Auckland 82nd
overall in the world. In the subject rankings it ranked less than the
previous year: 55th in Arts & Humanities, 62nd in Engineering & IT,
50th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 73rd in Natural Sciences, 41st in Social
Sciences and 33rd in Accounting & Finance.
In 2014 QS World University Rankings ranked University of Auckland 92nd
overall in the world. In the subject rankings it continues getting less than
previous years for most areas: 91st in Natural Sciences, 66th in Engineering &
IT, 74th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 30th in Social Sciences and 35th in Arts
& Humanities. In 2015 QS World University Rankings
ranked University of Auckland 82nd overall in the world. In Faculty
rankings, the University was placed 28th in Arts and Humanities, 34th in Social
Sciences and Management, 59th in Engineering and Technology, 70th in Life
Sciences and Medicine, and 134th in Natural Sciences.
=PBRF rankings=The University of Auckland is a
research-led university, and had the second highest ranking in the 2006 and
2012 Performance Based Research Fund exercises conducted by the government
that evaluated the quality of researchers and research output of all
tertiary institutions in New Zealand. In the previous PBRF evaluation in 2003,
when the University was ranked the top research university in New Zealand, the
Commission commented: “On virtually any measure, the University of Auckland is
the country’s leading research university. Not only did it achieve the
highest quality score of any TEO [tertiary education organisation], but
it also has by far the largest share of A-rated researchers in the country.”
=Universal Business Schools Rankings=The University of Auckland Business
School was ranked number 34 in the Universal Business Schools Ranking in
2013. Accommodation
The University provides a range of accommodation options for students.
Several hundred live in Residential Halls and Apartments, which provide,
respectively, food, accommodation, social and welfare services, alongside
self-catered, private residences.=Halls of Residence=
O’Rorke Hall University Hall
Huia Residence Whitaker Hall
Grafton Hall=Apartments=
University Hall Apartments Carlaw Park Student Village
Parnell Student Village The Royal
Unilodge Park Road Student Flats
Carlton Gore Student Flats Goldies Homestead
The university ceased leasing Railway Campus in November 2008.
Students’ association The Auckland University Students’
Association represents students at the University. AUSA publicises student
issues, administers student facilities, and assists affiliated student clubs and
societies. AUSA also produces the student magazine Craccum and runs the
radio station bFM. The name of the alumni association is the University of
Auckland Society. CECIL
CECIL is the university’s learning management and course management system
and was developed in house . It has more than 44,000 logins per day. Cecil
support staff work with academics on research into cheating detections during
online assessment, productivity improvement using a learning management
system, and effectiveness of tools in LMS. Cecil contains many of the features
of similar systems such as Sakai Project and WebCT. Cecil also provides
interactive tools for collaboration and other tools specific to the University.
Notable alumni Jo Aleh, world champion and Olympic
champion sailor Andreas Bauer, Rugby League Player
Philippa Boyens, Academy Award-winning screenwriter
Niki Caro, film director, producer and screenwriter.
Gary Chaw, Malaysian singer-songwriter Vincent Cheng, Chairman of HSBC
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, current Administrator of
the United Nations Development Programme Colin Craig, businessman and leader of
the Conservative Party of New Zealand. Russell Coutts, yachtsman
Mahé Drysdale, Olympic and world champion rower
Sian Elias, New Zealand Chief Justice since 17 May 1999
Jeanette Fitzsimons, New Zealand politician and environmentalist
Lowell Goddard, Judge Jeffrey Grice, pianist
Rom Harré, Oxford philosopher Gavin Hastings, Scottish rugby player
took his sabbatical from Cambridge University at Auckland University, and
played for their rugby team. Harry Hawthorn, Canadian anthropologist
John Hood, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Jonathan Hunt, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Order of New
Zealand Michael Jones, rugby player
Vaughan Jones, Fields medallist Jerome Kaino, All Black
David Lange, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Viliami Latu, Tongan Minister of Police Lucy Lawless, actress
Tim Finn, musician Paul Huljich, CEO of Best Corporation,
Author Ashley Lawrence, conductor
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa
Marya Martin, flautist Sam Ovens, founder of SnapInspect
Stephen Parke, physicist Winston Peters, politician
Peter C. B. Phillips, economist Leonie Pihama, academic
Anthony Randerson, New Zealand Chief High Court Judge from December 2004 to
February 2010. Now a Judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal
Mike Rann, Former Premier of South Australia, and future Australian High
Commissioner to the United Kingdom William Sage Rapson, chemist
Anand Satyanand, Governor General, New Zealand
Graham Smith, academic Wilma Smith, Fijian-born concert
violinist and music teacher Rory Sweetman, historian
Ronald Syme, pre-eminent New Zealand classicist of the 20th century
Christine Tan, CNBC News Anchor Vangelis Vitalis, diplomat
David Wills, translator of Jacques Derrida
References A Complete Guide To Heraldry by A.C.
Fox-Davies 1909. External links
University of Auckland University of Auckland Act 1961