Faculty of Engineering

Student support

We encourage you to take advantage of these services, as they apply to you.  

Adjusting to university can often be a daunting and challenging experience for new students. You should remember that you were selected for Engineering because we are confident in your ability to succeed in this environment. While our expectations of you may seem high, we don't expect you to do it all alone. We are determined to help you adapt to your new surroundings and enjoy your time with us. Whether you need help with a particular topic in one of your courses, you're experiencing hardship in your personal life and it's affecting your studies, or you need assistance finding engineering-related summer employment, we can help.



UniGuide in red t-shirt with two students, walking around campus together talking.

The UniGuide Programme is a free service designed to help make your first semester easier, by connecting you with a student mentor who can show you the ropes. UniGuides are current students who volunteer their time to welcome new students and assist in creating a positive academic and social transition to university life. In Semester One 2014, nearly 300 UniGuides served as resources and mentors for over 2,400 new students.

During the semester, your UniGuide will provide guidance and support through:

  • Giving you tips
  • Sending weekly UniGuide e-newsletters
  • Letting you know about different activities on campus
  • Answering or following up on any questions you might have


How do I get a UniGuide?

You will be matched with a UniGuide and placed into small groups of new students from the same faculty at your faculty Orientation. Look for them wearing a red shirt! Afterwards, your UniGuide will show you around campus, answer any questions you might have, and get you settled into student life at the University of Auckland.  

If you would like to be contacted by a UniGuide before Orientation to answer questions then please fill out the UniGuide 2015 form.

If you have any questions, please email uniguide@auckland.ac.nz.


See also


Part I peer mentors

The faculty employs current, high-achieving Part II and III students to provide free academic assistance and tutoring to Part I students on a drop-in basis, covering all Part I courses during semester one and two.

The Part I peer mentors receive training and maintain close contact throughout the semester with the course coordinators for all Part I courses.



Hostel Academic Programmes

In recognition of the fact that many of the faculty's students are residing in the University‟s student hostels, the Faculty of Engineering has developed relationships with O'Rorke Hall and University Hall (where the majority of our students are placed) to offer help and support on-site.


O'Rorke offers an extension of the Faculty‟s Part I Assistance Centre, with trained Part I Mentors offering a 'drop-in clinic' service to Engineering students one evening per week during semester.

University Hall

University Hall (UH) will offer additional support to residents studying Engineering tha includes workshops, academic mentoring, regularly scheduled study sessions and exam preparation. Support programmes will be run in the evenings onsite. Keep an eye on the Hall noticeboards, Facebook page or talk to your RA for timetables and more information.


Women In Engineering (WIE)

Two girls getting to know each other, smiling.

The University of Auckland aims to improve the participation, retention and success rates of women in engineering. To help achieve this, the Faculty of Engineering has a full-time Women in Engineering Adviser to provide advice and support to all of our female students. If you are struggling with your studies, our Women in Engineering Adivser can also help to organise one-on-one or group tutoring.

The Women in Engineering Network (WEN) provides an opportunity for female students in the Faculty of Engineering to meet informally, support each other and make friends. WEN members have gone snowboarding together, participated in three-way mentoring programmes in schools and industry, arranged cocktail evenings and eaten lots of pizza!

WEN members also arrange study groups to help each other decide on specialisations, run tutorial groups in “sticky” subjects and generally help publicise the fact that “yes – engineering is for girls”!

Find out more about Women in Engineering or contact the Women in Engineering Adviser.


Support for Māori and Pacific students

SPIES representatives at their Orientation information booth.

Tuākana Engineering Programme: providing academic and mentoring support

The faculty offers academic support staff for students through the Tuākana Engineering Programme, to help Māori and Pacific Engineering students achieve to their fullest potential. The following initiatives are offered:

  • Tuākana tutorial programme
  • Tuākana mentoring support
  • Pre-exam study wananga
  • Whanau support through SPIES
  • Scholarship information and advice
  • Job seeking support

Find out more about the Tuākana Engineering Programme, SPIES, or contact our advisers.


Engineering Employer Liaison Manager

The Faculty of Engineering has an Employer Liaison Manager to facilitate employer networking and foster industry relationships. You are encouraged to seek help and advice on all aspects of your practical work experience including:

  • Searching for jobs
  • Preparing your CV and cover letters
  • Interview techniques

Visit our Career Planning portal or contact the Employer Liaison Manager.