Structure of the University

Council

The University’s governing body is the Council, a mixture of elected staff, students and graduates, and outside appointees. The Vice-Chancellor, the University’s chief academic and administrative officer, is also a member. Council is chaired by the Chancellor who is a lay member of the Council.

Senate

On academic matters, Council is bound to consult the Senate which the Vice-Chancellor chairs. This body includes all the professors, some non-professorial staff and student representatives. The Senate takes advice from the Education and Research Committees, and from specialist committees, dealing for example with the Library and the Faculties.

Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the University: its chief academic and administrative officer and the employer of all staff. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for providing academic leadership along with effective management, and for leading strategic planning and directing resource allocation.

Provost

The Provost is the senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University with responsibility for leading the academic mission.

Deputy Vice-Chancellors

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is responsible for assisting and advising the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on research policy, research management and performance.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) is 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.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Registrar is responsible for Finance, IT, Property, Communications and Marketing, Academic and Shared Services, Organisational Performance, Planning and Information, Campus Life, Legal and Risk functions.

Pro Vice-Chancellors

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) 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.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific) has responsibility for developing a positive Pacific profile in the University and assisting in the development of Pacific programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Pacific staff, students and the community.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) leads the Equity Office, Te Ara Tautika, and has responsibility for advising, monitoring, reporting, and developing policies and programmes on equity in education and employment.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) contributes to the oversight of cross-University academic matters, ensuring the quality of its academic policy and offerings, and excellence in learning and teaching approaches.

Faculties

Each faculty is a sub-committee of Senate and is headed by a Dean who is usually supported by Associate Deans, a Director of Faculty Operations and other administrative staff. The Dean is responsible for co-ordinating the academic and research activities of individual departments and liaises with both the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Senate committees on academic programmes, staff appointments, buildings, research funding, library facilities, timetabling etc. The faculty student centres provide assistance to students with programmes and courses. Information is available on faculty websites; handbooks are available from both faculty and departmental offices.

Large-scale Research Institutes

Each large-scale research institute (LSRI) is headed by a Director, supported by a Deputy Director and administrative staff. The Director is responsible for co-ordinating the research activities of LSRI staff, including postgraduate research supervision, and liaises with both the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Senate committees on regulations, staff appointments, buildings, research funding, library facilities etc. Information is available on LSRI websites.

Central Administration and Services

Day-to-day central administration and service provision is performed by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Student and Academic Services, Alumni Relations and Development, Campus Life, Communications and Marketing, Equity Office, Finance, Human Resources, International Office, IT Services, Libraries and Learning Services (including the University Library), Office of Research Strategy and Integrity, Organisational Performance and Improvement, Property Services and the School of Graduate Studies.

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