Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Unitec Institute of Technology

Chair: Ted van Arkel
Chief Executive: Dr Rick Ede
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Mt Albert, Auckland
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Newmarket (Auckland), Waitakere (Auckland), Albany (Auckland)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
96.2% Teaching and Learning
Capability
3.8% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
8.5% Level 1–2
26.9% Level 3–4
17.4% Level 5–6
43.7% Level 7–8
3.5% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
17.0% Architecture and Building
16.3% Society and Culture
13.5% Creative Arts
12.1% Management and Commerce
11.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
29.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

The financial performance of Unitec Institute of Technology was satisfactory overall in 2011. Its educational performance was comparable with the ITP sector as a whole, and for the most part improved on its 2010 performance.

Responsiveness

In 2011 Unitec launched its Northern campus in Albany, increasing the vocational education opportunities available to students in the area. Unitec developed links with industry and continued with its self-assessment system to focus on the relevance of its programmes and the interaction each has with its relevant industry. Unitec worked on supporting learners, notably by implementing a new system to give students better access to information.

Unitec has continued to increase its focus on higher-level provision. In 2011 Unitec delivered 44 percent of its overall provision at Levels 7–8 and three percent at Levels 9–10. Its main fields of study were Architecture and Building (17%), Society and Culture (16%) and Creative Arts (14%).

In 2010 Unitec’s student demography was representative of its region. Māori and Pasifika student participation has increased over the years, with Pasifika participation at 15 percent (above the ITP sector average of 10%) and Māori accounting for 11 percent of total enrolments. Enrolment by students under 25 years also increased (56% of enrolments, above the ITP sector average). In 2011 Unitec had 1,691 full fee-paying international EFTS (3,081 students).

Unitec met most of the targets set in its Statement of Service Performance for 2011.

Effectiveness

In 2011 the effectiveness of Unitec’s education delivery was evidenced by achieving above or equal to the ITP sector average on three out of the four educational performance indicators. Qualification completions were below average, but improved by five percentage points from 2010. Performance by the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and students aged under 25) was better than the ITP sector averages for Pasifika and Māori, but below average for course and qualification completions by under-25-year-olds.

NZQA completed Unitec’s external evaluation and review in 2011 and gave Unitec a ‘highly confident‘ rating for its educational performance and a ’confident‘ rating for its self-assessment processes.

Unitec received 1.25 percent of the 2011 total allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), an increase from 1.17 percent compared with 2010. It earned PBRF-eligible external research income of $3,116,282 in 2011, a 57 percent decrease on 2010.

Capability

In 2011, the Unitec 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 Unitec council deciding to appoint two new members.

In 2011 Unitec reported a net surplus of 3.4 percent ($4.8 million), down on the 6.4 percent surplus in 2010. Unitec’s total revenue increased by 2.1 percent ($3.0 million) from 2010 to 2011, including a $3.4 million (20.4%) increase in international student fees. Unitec’s total borrowing increased from $5.3 million in 2010 to $10.4 million in 2011. The borrowing facility is helping to fund campus redevelopments.

Unitec's capital expenditure is forecast to average around $35 million annually over the next ten years, although no major capital projects have been individually reported beyond 2012.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance Unitec ITP sector 
Students under 25 56% 51%
Māori 11% 21%
Pasifika 15% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Unitec ITP sector 
All  78% 78%
Students under 25 75% 76%
Māori 72% 70%
Pasifika 65% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Unitec ITP sector 
All 57% 63%
Students under 25 51% 57%
Māori 45% 54%
Pasifika 42% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Unitec region, 11% were identified as Māori, 14% as Pasifika, and 15% as under the age of 25 years. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of ITP sector
EFTS 8,344 8,378 8,319 13%
Students 15,083 15,143 13,470 10%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 75% 77% 78% 78%
Qualification Completion 55% 52% 57% 63%
Student Retention 59% 64% 59% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 31% 35% 37% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 6.4% 6.4% 3.4% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 114.5% 117.1% 111.5% 111.0%
Liquid funds 3.6% 1.5% 2.5% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 6.6% 7.6% 8.3% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $76,793 $79,087 $79,167 56%
Domestic student fees $30,712 $32,449 $33,309 23%
International student fees $15,390 $16,866 $20,299 14%
Other income (including research) $8,890 $10,701 $9,301 7%
Total revenue $131,785 $139,103 $142,076 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $78,897 $81,712 $86,824 63%
Total expenses $123,353 $130,229 $137,305 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $8,432 $8,874 $4,771  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $223,434 $222,047 $229,531 96%
Total Assets $232,873 $228,832 $238,865 100%
Equity (net assets) $195,962 $197,746 $203,180  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $18,013 $22,110 $15,791  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $8,661 $15,053 $18,247  
Other        
Staffing FTE 1,103 1,119 1,181  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 9:1 9:1 9:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 17:1 18:1 17:1