The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

Since its founding in 1883, the University of Auckland has grown to become New Zealand’s flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to local, national and international communities.

We have more than 40,000 students of whom 11,000 are postgraduate and 6,000 are international. Nearly 10,000 students graduate annually and our research programmes range across all disciplines.

Placed #85 in the world, the University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings.

Our challenge is to help to generate ideas that will benefit society, and to educate and train people to work in fields where they will be valued both for their specialised knowledge, and for their ability to research, communicate and solve problems.

To meet these challenges it is important we keep close to our wider communities of interest within New Zealand and internationally. This will help to ensure the ongoing relevance of our academic programmes and the continued excellence of our teaching, learning and research.


The Department of Mathematics

Hosted in the Faculty of Science, the Department of Mathematics is the largest and most diverse in New Zealand. In pure mathematics we have internationally acclaimed research groups in analysis, cryptography, computational algebra and topology, while in applied mathematics we are known across the world for our research in areas ranging from mathematical biology to nonlinear dynamical systems to industrial tomography.

Our staff include world-leaders in many areas of theoretical and applied mathematics. We are known for high-quality teaching and we have a strong focus on student well-being and achievement. Our degrees and diplomas enjoy widespread recognition from employers in New Zealand and throughout the world. Graduates of the department take up positions in business, industry, planning and environmental organisations, academia and a wide range of other areas.

The Mathematics Education Unit (MEU) is situated within our department. The MEU was established in 1992 and focuses its research on undergraduate mathematics education. The unit has built strong links with the international community, which includes a formal link with the Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University, one of the leading European Centres for research in undergraduate mathematics education. Nationally, the MEU has strong links with local schools, the New Zealand Mathematics Society (Education Group) and the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (New Zealand branch).

Team members

Tanya Evans
Mike Thomas
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