Ako Aronui is a professional learning programme for all Auckland University of Technology (AUT) staff involved in learning and teaching. It is underpinned by Māori values and principles reflecting our unique Aotearoa New Zealand university environment.  It is a holistic programme that provides a coherent and systematic approach to that aligns strategically to the university’s direction and supports all staff to provide exceptional learning experiences. It includes: workshops, short courses, and a pathway to HEA Fellowship.

The Ako Aronui Pathway to HEA Fellowship

Ako Aronui uniquely contextualises the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)  in Māori values and principles through The Ako Aronui Professional Standards Framework, underpinned by the Iho Matua (philosophy) of manaaki. This ensures that the standards and framework embody our local context and environment.

The Ako Aronui team is currently working to have a pathway to Fellowship accredited by the HEA, that will be launched in March 2018. AUT will be accredited by the HEA to confer three categories of HEA’s international recognition of professionals in higher education teaching and learning. It will be open to all AUT staff that teach and/or support learning in higher education and will build on the successful pilot run from 2015 to 2017 which has seen over 30 Fellowships awarded across all four categories.