AUT Excellence Awards winners – New Zealand Work Research Institute
The New Zealand Work Research Institute won the Research Team award at the AUT Excellence Awards 2019. They won the award for their interdisciplinary, enquiry-driven research with social impact.
Drawing particularly on their Big Data expertise, the team's research influence extends to government policy and ministerial advice targeting inequality and wellbeing.
One of the most well-cited examples of the team's impact was its collaborative research with the Ministry for Women on the gender pay gap. This has led to many positive outcomes, including the development of guidelines for employers and employees for steps to take in their workplace.
Institute Administrator Alexandra Turcu says the team was very appreciative of the recognition of their work. "NZWRI is a true collaboration; bringing together people from a multitude of disciplines with different interest areas and approaches to research, all working together toward common goals. Winning an Excellence Award solidifies the sense that our diversity is a strength."
She says that the awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise excellence and celebrate the fantastic work that AUT staff from all areas of the University do every day. "AUT's promotion to the 3rd ranked university in New Zealand reflects the dedication of AUT's staff."
AUT Excellence Awards
Established in 2012, the annual AUT Excellence Awards is the biggest event on the University calendar.
Celebrating our outstanding teachers, researchers and professional staff, the awards recognise and acknowledge the exceptional work that takes place at AUT every day.