Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Southern Institute of Technology

Chair: Graham Cooney
(Sarah Brown from June 2011)
Chief Executive: Penny Simmonds
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Invercargill
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Gore, Christchurch, Queenstown
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Scheduled for July 2012
Self-assessment:
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
13.9% Level 1–2
38.7% Level 3–4
26.0% Level 5–6
21.4% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
21.1% Health
18.7% Management and Commerce
15.7% Society and Culture
14.7% Creative Arts
8.0% Engineering and Related Technologies
21.9% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2011 the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) improved its educational performance across most measures, though it remains below the ITP sector average. SIT delivered a sound financial performance in 2011, meeting TEC financial guidelines.

Responsiveness

SIT continued its strong focus on halting the exodus of young students from the Southland region by providing attractive study options for students. In 2011, SIT completed a major refurbishment of its Invercargill campus and increased its international student enrolments by 25 percent on 2010.

SIT’s Christchurch campus received only minimal damage in the February earthquakes, and thus SIT is well placed to contribute quality vocational training and education to support Canterbury. SIT was able to house some Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology programmes and staff for half of the 2011 year at no charge and some Aoraki Polytechnic staff and programmes for the entire year.

In 2011, 47 percent of SIT’s provision was delivered at Levels 5–8, with 53 percent at Levels 1–4. Provision has steadily shifted from lower to higher level study over the past four years. In 2011, the largest fields of study at SIT were Health (21%), Management and Commerce (19%) and Society and Culture (16%). The Bachelor of Nursing had the largest enrolment in 2011, with six percent of overall provision.

In 2011 Māori and Pasifika students made up 15 percent and three percent of SIT’s enrolments respectively, similar to the region’s demography. Participation by under-25-year-olds was under the ITP sector average (43% compared to 51%) but has increased over the last four years. In 2011 SIT had 451 full fee-paying international EFTS (730 students).

SIT achieved the majority of the key performance indicators outlined in its 2011 Statement of Service Performance. Where indicators were not met, the difference between actual and target was marginal.

Effectiveness

In 2011 the effectiveness of SIT’s education delivery was evidenced by improvements in course completion, qualification completion and student retention rates (although each was below the ITP sector average). Student progression from Levels 1–4 to higher levels was above the ITP sector average and participation at these levels accounted for over half of SIT’s delivery in 2011. Performance by the three TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and students aged under 25) was below the ITP sector average, with the exception of student progression among Māori and youth.

SIT’s external evaluation and review is scheduled for July 2012. In the meantime, SIT retains its Quality Assured status.

Capability

In 2011 the SIT council re-assessed the capability of its membership following the reconstitution of ITP councils, which had restricted council-appointed members to an initial term of one year. The assessment resulted in the SIT council deciding to retain its existing members. In July 2011, the Minister appointed a new Council Chair and a Deputy Chair. The previous Chair continues as a council-appointed member.

In 2011 SIT reported a net surplus of 6.5 percent ($2.9 million), down on the 13.1 percent surplus achieved in 2010. SIT’s total revenue decreased by 7.8 percent ($3.8 million) from 2010 to 2011, including a $4.8 million (13.7%) fall in total government revenue.

SIT's capital expenditure is forecast to average around $7 million annually over the next ten years. The major capital items are non-residential buildings and IT equipment plus large one-off expenditure on accommodation (about $7.8 million) and non-accommodation (about $12.5 million) buildings between 2012 and 2014.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance SIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 43% 51%
Māori 15% 21%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All  70% 78%
Students under 25 67% 76%
Māori 64% 70%
Pasifika 52% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All 55% 63%
Students under 25 50% 57%
Māori 54% 54%
Pasifika 26% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the SIT region, 10% were identified as Māori and13% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were unavailable. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of ITP sector
EFTS 3,887 3,815 3,582 5%
Students 9,733 9,178 6,474 5%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 66% 65% 70% 78%
Qualification Completion 42% 43% 55% 63%
Student Retention 38% 39% 38% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 43% 45% 40% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 8.1% 13.1% 6.5% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 117.6% 124.0% 116.0% 111.0%
Liquid funds 65.4% 71.2% 79.0% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 16.1% 14.3% 11.7% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $33,328 $35,355 $30,514 68%
Domestic student fees $5,785 $7,539 $6,303 14%
International student fees $1,674 $2,852 $3,601 8%
Other income (including research) $3,984 $2,856 $4,373 10%
Total revenue $44,771 $48,602 $44,791 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $17,406 $17,786 $18,625 44%
Total expenses $41,130 $42,234 $41,862 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,641 $6,368 $2,929  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $41,995 $58,802 $59,817 64%
Total Assets $70,449 $90,421 $94,061 100%
Equity (net assets) $64,270 $84,336 $88,017  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $6,720 $9,612 $6,162  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $9,869 $7,628 $4,735  
Other        
Staffing FTE 303 312 317  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 16:1 16:1 14:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 31:1 30:1 28:1