Author(s): Nicholas Reid
In the early 21st century, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary, The University of Auckland is New Zealand's biggest, best-endowed, most research-driven university. Formally opened in May 1883 as Auckland University College, it then comprised a disused courthouse and jail, 95 students and just 4 teaching staff. By 1901, the roll had risen to 156 students, mostly part-timers training as teachers or law clerks. Today it is New Zealand's largest university, hosting more than 40,000 students on its 5 Auckland campuses - every year over 10,000 students graduate. The university now boasts a School of Theology, 8 faculties - Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Education, Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science - 4 of the 8 government-approved New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence and a variety of biomedical and clinical research centres including the Liggins Institute, one of the world's leading centres for research on fetal and child health and breast cancer. among other areas.
Nicholas Reid is a writer, historian, poet, critic and teacher. He has an M Theol from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in history from The University of Auckland. He held the JD Stout Research Fellowship at Victoria University (in 2004) and has taught at both secondary and tertiary levels, most recently holding a teaching fellowship in history at the University of Otago in Dunedin. For more than 30 years he has also been a well-known book and film reviewer for various publications and broadcast media and he was a finalist for the 2007 BPANZ Reviewer of the Year Award, run in conjunction with the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. He is a published poet and regularly writes the programme notes for Opera New Zealand productions. Reid is the author of several books including A Decade of New Zealand Film: Sleeping Dogs to Come a Hot Friday, The Bishop's Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland and James Michael Liston - A Life, a well-received biography which drew on his PhD thesis on Bishop Liston.
Table of Contents; Foreword; Essay: The University That Was; Picture Section: A STORY OF GROWTH: The university that used to be; An icon and its making; Other campuses; Student life, as it was; Student life, as it is; Men, women and graduation; Making the past public; Essay: The University That Is; Picture Section: CREATIVITY: Creative artS; A legacy of art; Performance; A literary tradition; The importance of the book; Creativity in science; Science in the sea; Picture Section: INNOVATION: A place of business; Innovation and enterprise; Medicine and the university; Exploring health and disease; The Liggins Institute; Engineering reinvented; Engineering, diversity and innovation; The new face of law; Picture Section: DIVERSITY: Tangata whenua; Voices for Maori; Pasifika; Internationalisation; Pure, speculative thought with the world in view; Picture Section: COMMUNITY: Direct community impact; Education and the community; Public intellectuals; Acknowledgements