Postgraduate festival
Postgraduate festival

15-26 MAY 2017

Play a part in New Zealand’s future

15-26 MAY 2017

Play a part in New Zealand’s future

Live research events, panel discussions, information sessions and one-on-one advice sessions to inspire your postgraduate study.

Live research events, panel discussions, information sessions and one-on-one advice sessions to inspire your postgraduate study.

Dislocation in an age of connection a panel discussion

Are new technologies connecting or disconnecting us? Join Associate Professor Jay Marlowe, Law alumna and Young New Zealander of the Year, Rez Gardi, and Associate Professor Luke Goode, as they dissect this question and more through the lens of refugee resettlement and the use of digital media.

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Research Works Wonders Live

Groundbreaking artificial intelligence, game changer voting tools, a revolutionary field of cancer treatment, and stories of educational transformation. Join four of the University of Auckland’s big thinkers to find out how their research is playing a part in New Zealand’s and the world’s future.

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Past events

Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship information session

16 May

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Information session: Postgraduate study in Education and Teaching

17 May

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Newmarket Campus research tours

18 May

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Nationalism and Knowledge: Predicting New Zealand’s Future

18 May

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Sit down for your Saturday morning coffee with our academic advisers

20 May

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Unleash Your Potential Speaker Series – Let’s be blunt

22 May

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What it’s really like to study a doctorate at the University

22 May

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Law

Why a postgraduate degree in Law is a great next step for your career

23 May

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Postgraduate Provocation – the truth about postgrad

23 May

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Arts postgraduate evening: Boost your degree, enhance your career

23 May

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Information Session: Postgraduate study in Social Work, Social and Community Leadership, Professional Supervision and Counselling

25 May

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Business School postgraduate showcase

25 May

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Simon Bickerton

25 May

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Boosting your qualification with a Summer Research Scholarship

15-26 May

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Postgraduate events to profile your achievements

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Celebrating postgraduate study

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Creative Arts and Industries: Postgraduate events to profile your achievements

Exhibitions, performances, public lectures, seminars, and shows are regular features in our faculty, and provide a great opportunity for our students to showcase their work.

Elam Grad Show
Artwork from our postgraduate Fine Arts students is displayed for public viewing. Painting, sculpture, photography, design, multimedia and more attract thousands of art lovers, curators, dealers and collectors.

MODOS Thesis Show
The School of Architecture and Planning’s largest and most distinguished event is a key occasion for the public to view design projects and theses extracts by MArch (Professional) graduating students.

Each school in Creative Arts and Industries hosts a large number of events throughout the year, which are often crowning moments for our students exhibiting or performing their work.

Science: Celebrating postgraduate study

We offer a wealth of postgraduate science programmes in over 35 subjects. Our high-quality postgraduate education provides an opportunity to extend your knowledge in your chosen field and develop essential skills such as leadership and critical thinking that can prove to be very valuable for your future career.

3 Minute Thesis Competition: Science heats
Date: 18–19 July
Current postgraduate students will soon be invited to register for the inaugural Science heats of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition. The heats will be held on 18 and 19 July. Faculty winners from both the Masters and Doctoral categories will go forward to the University 3MT final on 3 August. 

Science Postgraduate Poster Competition
Later this year we will be inviting entries from Science postgraduate research students to enter the Science Postgraduate Poster Competition. The posters will be on display for viewing and judging, with cash prizes up to $1,500 available. The winners will be automatically entered to represent Science in Exposure 2017, with opportunity to win further prizes.

The world needs innovators. Become one.

Our postgraduate programmes in commercialisation and entrepreneurship will give you the core knowledge and skills to successfully commercialise and take to market new products, services and processes based on research discoveries, inventions and new ideas.

Our competitively-priced programmes are designed to be delivered part-time on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, to suit the lives of busy working professionals.  They are suitable for researchers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (those effecting change within established companies).

Discover more about the postgraduate certificate (one year part-time) and then on to masters (six months part-time).

Date: 16 May
Time: 1–2pm and 6–7pm
Venue: The Orangery, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (orange foyer space next to ASB), Level 1, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus

Information session: Postgraduate study in Education and Teaching

  • Gain a higher qualification to support your career goals.
  • Advance your expertise in an area of personal interest.
  • Focus on a professional practice area.

Whatever your motivations to consider postgraduate study, this information session is a fantastic opportunity to see how the Faculty of Education and Social Work can support and assist you to reach your goals.

Find out about taught courses, research opportunities, how you can mix the two together and what programme is best suited to your needs and aspirations.

Master of Teaching
There will be a separate session running at the same time for people interested in the Master of Teaching Primary and Secondary programmes starting in July 2017. This is a unique degree for people who wish to move into a career in teaching by gaining a teaching qualification at masters level.

Date: 17 May
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Kohia Centre, Epsom Campus

Newmarket Campus research tours

Opened in 2015, our Newmarket Campus is home to over 3,000 pieces of specialist engineering equipment, facilities and research centres, with active research collaborations regularly forged between staff, students, and industry.

See what happens behind the scenes at a tour of this innovative hub, and put yourself in the shoes of some of the most inspiring researchers in the country.

Spaces are limited.

Date: 18 May
Time: 30 minute tours available between 2-4pm
Venue: Main Lobby, Level 3, Building 902, Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket Campus

Nationalism and Knowledge: Predicting New Zealand’s Future

The belief that an educated population will be committed to democracy is challenged by the resurgence of various forms of ethno-nationalism. These movements threaten the democratic systems that have enabled pluralist populations to cohere as modern societies. Democracy is the only socio-political system able to hold progressive and reactionary forces in a state of permanent tension. But democracy’s very strength is also its weakness. The unresolvable tension between the imagined stability of tradition and democracy’s future focus can easily trigger a retreat into ethno-nationalism – as present events show.

Professor Rata will identify two key conditions in New Zealand that are essential to maintaining and building democratic-nationalism: academic knowledge and the integrity of our institutions. The presentation is a narrative of how Professor Rata developed this argument over the decades of her academic career.

Elizabeth Rata is a professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, where she is the Director of the Knowledge and Education Research Unit. She has given numerous addresses at major international universities and has a prolific publication record. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Georgetown University, Washington DC in 2003; and a Visiting Scholar to Cambridge University in 2011 and 2015. Her major works are A Political Economy of Neotribal Capitalism and The Politics of Knowledge in Education.

Date: 18 May
Time: 5.30pm Drinks reception | 6.30pm Inaugural lecture
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1.439, Level 4 (street level), Faculty of Engineering Building, 20 Symonds Street, City Campus

Medical and Health Sciences: Your future is in your hands

It’s our shout! Register to attend and sit down for your Saturday morning coffee with our academic advisors. Did we mention coffee is made to order and FREE?

Come join us for this Postgraduate Information day to learn more about how to take the next step in your career:

  • Plan your future career in nursing, medicine, medical science, population health, pharmacy or optometry and vision science.
  • Talk to leading academics and current postgraduate students about the opportunities available across the faculty.
  • Learn about the innovative postgraduate programmes that are designed to ensure our graduates remain in high demand, both here and overseas.

Date: 20 May
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: Atrium, Level G, 85 Park Road, Grafton Campus

Greig Brebner and Scott Kington: Let’s be blunt

Discover how to blend business and invention to create a global phenomenon

It was on the grey streets of London that inventor Greig Brebner came up with the idea to reinvent the humble umbrella. Years and many iterations later he partnered with product development manager Scott Kington. Together they formed the perfect storm of design and commerce.

Blunt Umbrellas have won multiple awards, collaborated with high-end designers such as Karen Walker, exported to 27 countries and have made hundreds of thousands of umbrellas. Their unique design was described by Wired as having “architectural integrity…as unbroken as the dome of St Peter’s”. Blunt Umbrellas are known for standing up to the elements as no other umbrella can.

Greig and Scott’s slow-burning success fully ignited after they chose to go against the traditional umbrella industry distribution model to take their technology to the world. Frustrated with the reluctance of global distributors to veer away from a planned obsolescence model in favour of selling a high-end product that will last, the Blunt team made the decision to take on creating their own global distribution network. They forged their brand around a reputation for innovation and integrity. Through wooing the loyalty of the people they are on their way to winning over the business world.

As part of our Unleash Your Potential Speaker Series, Scott and Greig will share their story as the co-founders of a thriving international business. It is a story of tenacity, courage and collaboration; of weathering storms, flooded markets and new horizons.

Scott Kington graduated with a Master of Marine Science from the University of Auckland.

Date: 22 May
Time: 6pm refreshments and networking | 6.30–7pm talk
Venue: Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus

What’s up Doc? What it’s really like to study for a doctorate at the University of Auckland.

Are you a masters or honours student interested in doctoral study but not sure if it is for you? Do you have questions and would like them answered by real-life students like you? This is your chance!

Join our panel of second and final-year doctoral candidates as they discuss tips on getting started and the things they wished they’d known at the start of their doctoral journey.

This is an interactive and open discussion – bring all of your questions for our panel to discuss on the night.

After the session, there will be a chance to find out more about doctoral study and to chat with the panel, other current doctoral students, and School of Graduate Studies staff over drinks and nibbles.

Date: 22 May
Time: 6–7pm, with drinks and nibbles 7–8pm
Venue: OGGB5, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus

Postgraduate Provocation – the truth about postgrad

Hear first-hand about the realities of postgraduate study and pick up some wisdom along the way to help you succeed. An honest and open discussion between current Education and Social Work students about the little tricks, challenges and how to overcome them.

Date: 23 May
Time: 5.30-6.30pm
Venue: Room A201, Level 2, A Block, Gate 3, 74 Epsom Ave, Epsom Campus

Why a postgraduate degree in Law is a great next step for your career

World-renown visiting lecturer on International Trade Law and Islamic Law, Raj Bhala, will join the Auckland Law School’s own Associate Professor Scott Optican to present this one-hour lecture on the benefits of postgraduate study to your career in law.

Scott is passionate about the benefits of postgraduate study, and holds a master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (England), and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. Raj and Scott will provide insights into their own experiences of postgraduate study, and provide some guidance on available study options.

Date: 23 May
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: Northey Lecture Theatre (801-204), Level 2, Building 801, 9 Eden Crescent, City Campus

Arts postgraduate evening: Boost your degree, enhance your career

Come along to our Arts postgraduate evening and hear from former postgraduate students who will give you insights into how their study prepared them for their current jobs, the postgraduate experience and the exciting career pathways it can prepare you for. You can also find out more about study options, scholarships and the next steps to take.

Date: 23 May
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Level 1 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus

Information Session: Postgraduate study in Social Work, Social and Community Leadership, Professional Supervision and Counselling

  • Gain a higher qualification to support you career goals.
  • Advance your expertise in an area of personal interest.
  • Focus on a professional practice area.

Whatever your motivations to consider postgraduate study, this information session is a fantastic opportunity to see how the Faculty of Education and Social Work can support and assist you to reach your goals.

Find out about taught courses, research opportunities, how you can mix the two together and what programme is best suited to your needs and aspirations.

This event will include information on these postgraduate programmes:

  • Social and Community Leadership
  • Professional Supervision
  • Social Work
  • Counselling
  • Doctoral study

Master of Social Work (Professional)
There will be a separate session running at the same time for people interested in the Master of Social Work (Professional) starting in Feb/March 2018. This is a unique degree for people who wish to move into a career in social work by gaining a social work qualification at masters level.

Date: 25 May
Time: 6-7.30pm
Venue: Room A201, Level 2, A Block, Gate 3, 74 Epsom Ave, Epsom Campus

Business School postgraduate showcase

Find out about the diverse range of honours, masters and PhD programmes offered at the Business School at this exciting showcase. Talk to leading academics about the research opportunities available across our departments and how your chosen specialisation can kick-start your career in academia or industry. Register now for this showcase event featuring guest speakers, information booths, networking and refreshments.

Date: 25 May
Time: 5-7:30pm
Venue: Case Room 3, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus

Inaugural lecture: Professor Simon Bickerton

Inaugural lectures are a milestone for newly-promoted Professors – they provide the public with opportunities to learn about an academic’s research interests and personal career journey.

Join us as we celebrate with Professor Simon Bickerton, whose passion for materials engineering has taken him to BMW, among other notable places.

Fun with the Sticky Stuff: Manufacturing the Future of Composites
Materials shape the world around us, and manufacturing is defined as the process of converting materials into useful, commercially viable products. The manufacture of polymer composites is in essence the process of combining small diameter fibres and particles, within a protective polymer, to produce materials with enhanced properties. This leads to the availability of an ever-widening array of materials, creating new applications in various sectors – from marine to automotive, and aerospace to infrastructure. This lecture addresses the key challenges for polymer composites manufacturing:

  • How do we develop processes that are faster, smarter, and cheaper?
  • How can we ensure our processes provide required quality?

Simon will reflect on a career that has taken him from Auckland to the rest of the world, and endeavours to impart his enthusiasm for the sticky stuff (fluids, rheology, thermodynamics, and solid mechanics). Looking forward, he will challenge the audience to consider and contribute to the future of composites manufacturing in New Zealand.

This lecture will commence at 5pm, with drinks to follow.

Date: 25 May
Time: 5pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 401.439, Level 4 (street level), Faculty of Engineering Building, 20 Symonds Street, City Campus

Engineering: Boosting your qualification with a Summer Research Scholarship

Summer Research Scholarships provide opportunities to develop valuable research experience by working directly with our University’s world-class researchers, add something unique to your CV, and discover potential topics to explore as a postgraduate student – all while receiving a $6,000 tax-free scholarship.

Learn more about the Faculty of Engineering’s offerings by checking out our best Summer Research posters from 2016–17.

Date: 15–26 May
Time: All day
Venue: Faculty of Engineering Buildings 401 and 402, 20 Symonds Street, City Campus