Academic orientation and TILT

This two-part orientation programme introduces new academic staff to academic life at the University.

All new academic staff need to attend Orientation to Academic Life at the University within 12 months of starting at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. This includes experienced staff and those on short-term appointments. All staff new to teaching must also attend Introduction to Learning and Teaching (TILT).

The Centre for Academic Development runs the Orientation to Academic Life programme twice a year, in February and August as part of the New Staff Orientation Programme. TILT also runs twice a year, in February and August.

You will find out about the University's values, academic career framework, expectations, and students, as well as the support available for your teaching and research. All the workshops are interactive, practical sessions. They are informed by relevant research and run by experienced facilitators

Timing and registration

Register through the training calendar for Orientation to Academic Life and TiLT on the dates below.

Orientation to Academic Life

This one-day training is held on 2 February 2024.

The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (TILT)

The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (TILT) is a two-day programme. Register for both TiLT days through the training calendar.  It will next take place 8–9 February 2024.

You are also encouraged to attend the Part 1 New Staff Welcome and Orientation Programme, which is a general welcome to the University for all professional and academic staff.

If you have questions about Orientation to Academic Life or TILT, email

Other requirements for new staff

Orientation to PGR supervision

The Faculty of Graduate Research requires all supervisors who are new to the University (as well as any staff who are new to supervision) to complete an orientation course before starting to supervise research students at Victoria University of Wellington. Visit the FGR website for more details.

The Centre for Academic Development manages professional development for teachers. The team can help you find opportunities that match your career goals. Contact