Universities

Auckland University of Technology

Chancellor: Sir Paul Reeves from 2005–2011 (Current: John Maasland)
Vice-Chancellor: Derek McCormack
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Auckland City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
North Shore (Auckland)
Manukau City (Auckland)
NZUAAU Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: March–June 2011
Audit Report: September 2011
Funding by TEC
94.1% Teaching and Learning
0.7% Capability
5.2% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
 Level 1–2
4.7% Level 3–4
6.8% Level 5–6
82.1% Level 7–8
6.5% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
26.7% Management and Commerce
21.1% Health
15.6% Creative Arts
13.9% Society and Culture
6.5% Education
16.2% Other
Delivery By Subject

The educational performance of Auckland University of Technology (AUT) improved overall from 2010 and remains comparable with the rest of the university sector. AUT is in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

AUT’s Strategic Plan 2012–2016 was developed in 2011 and articulates the university’s vision for the future. AUT intends to be known for a high-quality learning experience, inspired by innovative teaching and stimulated by research that advances intellectual debate, discovery and change. One of the year’s most significant highlights was the business school receiving accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

AUT had a successful year in terms of research, securing a number of contracts with the Health Research Council, the Marsden Fund and the Ministry of Health. In November, the National Training Centre for High Performance Athletes, a collaboration with High Performance Sport New Zealand, was opened at AUT’s Millennium Campus. AUT also launched the International Centre for Language Revitalisation, dedicated to the preservation and revival of the world’s indigenous languages.

Enrolments at postgraduate Levels 9–10 accounted for six percent of total provision (unchanged from 2010), with 12 percent of all enrolments at postgraduate Levels 8–10 (up from 11 percent in 2010). AUT’s main fields of study were Management and Commerce (27%), Health (21%) and Creative Arts (16%). AUT’s enrolment profile continued to shift from sub-degree programmes to degree-level or higher qualifications.

Participation by Māori remained comparable to the university sector average. Pasifika participation, at 14 percent of enrolments, was again above the sector average of six percent. The proportion of under-25-year-olds remained steady at 69 percent of all enrolments, but was below the university average of 72 percent. In 2011 AUT had 2,861 full fee-paying international EFTS (4,075 students).

Effectiveness

AUT’s educational performance has remained relatively steady over recent years, with a notable improvement in progression by Levels 1–4 students, from 64 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2011.

In 2011 AUT was below the university sector average in its achievement against educational performance indicators for the priority groups set out in the TES, except for student progression across these groups which was well above the sector average.

AUT received three percent of the 2011 allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), the same proportion as in 2010, and a six percent increase in actual monetary value. AUT’s PBRF-eligible external research income was $9.5 million, an increase of 69 percent over 2010.

Capability

The Rt Revd and The Hon Sir Paul Reeves, Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology, died in August 2011. Tributes highlighted commitment and strategic vision as hallmarks of his leadership. Lex Henry, Pro-Chancellor, took over as Acting Chancellor until John Maasland was elected Chancellor in March 2012.

In 2011, AUT reported a net surplus of 3.4 percent ($10.1 million), down on the 7.2 percent result achieved in 2010. The university’s total revenue increased by 3.4 percent, or $9.8 million, from 2010 to 2011, with $2.9 million (2.1% year on year) of that arising from increased total government revenue.

AUT’s net surplus decreased significantly due to higher expenses, particularly personnel costs, which increased by $14.0 million (8.3%) over 2010.

Despite operating below the TEC’s recommended liquidity levels, AUT had $29 million of undrawn capacity within the $110 million borrowing approval for its substantial campus- redevelopment programme.

The majority of AUT's planned capital expenditure between 2012 and 2021 is to refurbish and replace assets in its central Auckland campus, and to meet demand by building new assets on its Manukau campus.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance AUT University
sector 
Students under 25 69% 72%
Māori 9% 10%
Pasifika 14% 6%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  AUT University
sector 
All  83% 86%
Students under 25 82% 86%
Māori 79% 80%
Pasifika 70% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  AUT University
sector 
All 66% 75%
Students under 25 59% 68%
Māori 58% 62%
Pasifika 48% 54%
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of University sector
EFTS 14,803 15,484 15,056 13%
Students 20,605 21,413 20,621 13%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 University sector
Successful Course Completion 81% 81% 83% 86%
Qualification Completion 64% 63% 66% 75%
Student Retention 79% 80% 79% 79%
Student Progression L1-4 66% 64% 80% 40%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 3.1% 7.2% 3.4% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 124.5% 125.4% 122.0% 111.0%
Liquid funds 1.0% 2.1% 1.6% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 8.2% 9.3% 9.9% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $131,909 $138,709 $141,620 47%
Domestic student fees $57,494 $67,758 $69,387 23%
International student fees $38,675 $45,091 $47,050 16%
Other income (including research) $32,714 $38,542 $41,888 14%
Total revenue $260,792 $290,100 $299,945 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $161,372 $168,268 $182,286 63%
Total expenses $252,684 $269,288 $289,858 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $8,108 $20,812 $10,087  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $467,126 $467,967 $498,418 94%
Total Assets $490,088 $519,410 $530,844 100%
Equity (net assets) $338,026 $358,050 $368,144  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $52,127 $58,849 $55,424  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $40,650 $27,044 $57,574  
Other        
Staffing FTE 1,882 1,961 2,063  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 9:1 10:1 9:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 18:1 18:1 17:1