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The Vice-Chancellor established the Equity Advisory Committee in late 2013 to develop an over-arching understanding of equity matters arising within the University community, identify associated issues and opportunities, and report on these to the Senior Leadership Team.

Terms of Reference

  • To act as an approved conduit for receiving and reviewing information and initiating next appropriate steps. The purpose of this would be threefold:
    • to propose/identify pathways for interested groups, staff and students to raise matters pertaining to equity to the highest levels of the institution without constraint or fear of reprisal;
    • for University management to refer equity related audit findings or questions of concern that require further information gathering;
    • to support compliance with legislative obligations.
  • To raise awareness across the University, form communication channels and document existing equity groups.
  • To report annually to the Senior Leadership Team. Report to document matters brought to the attention of the equity committee, referral actions/response; trend analysis to be developed if themes present regularly.
  • To meet a minimum of three times per year for a two year period. At the end of the two year period a review to be undertaken to ascertain the number and type of enquiries received and to produce a discussion document for SLT regarding value and possible structure for an equity committee moving forward.


  • Convener
  • Division of Commerce representative (nominee of PVC Commerce)
  • Division of Health Sciences representative (nominee of PVC Health Sciences)
  • Division of Humanities representative (nominee of PVC Humanities)
  • Division of Sciences representative (nominee of PVC Sciences)
  • Human Resources representative (nominee of HR Director)
  • Up to 3 nominees of the Vice-Chancellor and/or Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International)
  • 1 nominee from the Maori community nominated by the Vice Chancellor and/or Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Representatives co-opted by the Committee to address specific equity issues

Meeting schedule

Meetings are held approximately four times a year.

Current membership

Name Department Email
Professor Christina Hulbe (Chair) School of Surveying
Professor Maree Thyne Marketing
Professor Rachel Zajac Psychology
Associate Professor Maria Hook Faculty of Law
Denise Lindsay Human Resources
Professor Vivienne Anderson College of Education
Jo Gibson Student Experience
Zoe Bristowe Māori Health Workforce Development Unit
Joe Llewellyn (Secretary) Human Resources
OUSA Welfare Officer
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