Equity and diversity at Victoria Business School

Victoria Business School has a strong commitment to providing a learning environment that is friendly, supportive and culturally inclusive to all students.

Introduction

Victoria Business School has a strong commitment to providing a learning environment that is friendly, supportive and culturally inclusive to all students. Through a number of initiatives we actively seek to create a learning space that promotes student success and one where students can see themselves reflected in their environment.

Our main student Equity groups are Māori, Pasifika, International, and students with disabilities.

Welcome from the Dean

Professor Bob Buckle, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce, Victoria Business School
"A learning environment that is friendly, supportive and culturally inclusive to all students" - Professor Ian O. Willamson, Dean of Commerce

Welcome to Victoria Business School. We aim to support Māori and Pasifika students across the full range of business, economics, and public sector disciplines and professions, helping them to succeed in their study, preparing them for their chosen careers, and helping them to make a positive contribution to Māori and Pasifika community development.

To support these aims, we have put in place a number of initiatives that seek to create a highly supportive environment for creating and developing relationships and promoting learning.

Te Pu Umanga, a joint Māori and Pasifika study space, was opened on 23 April 2012. We hope students will use this facility for relaxing, engaging in conversations, and developing relationships that promote learning and enhance their experience at Victoria University.

In addition, Victoria Business School seeks to assist Māori and Pasifika students in their studies by offering dedicated tutorials in large 100-level BCom courses. These tutorials cover the same material as other tutorials, but are led by tutors who are more attuned to the distinctive learning needs of Māori and Pasifika students.

Each School also has a designated staff member who is available for Māori and Pasifika students to discuss issues and seek advice on any aspect of their study and university life.

Our staff work very closely with other University agencies that are involved in supporting students, including the Offices of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) and the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Student Learning Support Services , the Te Pūtahi Atawhai Mentoring Programme, Te Herenga Waka staff, and equity support staff in other faculties.

We are delighted you have chosen to join Victoria University and look forward to working with you. On behalf of the Victoria Business School, I wish you success in your studies.

Professor Ian O. Williamson
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
Victoria Business School