Universities

Lincoln University

Chancellor: Tom C. Lambie 
Vice-Chancellor:  Prof. Roger Field
(Dr Andy West from April 2012)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Balclutha
NZUAAU Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: April–July 2012
Audit Report : October  2012
Funding by TEC
69.7% Teaching and Learning
0.1% Capability
30.3% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
18.0% Level 1–2
13.6% Level 3–4
8.3% Level 5–6
48.5% Level 7–8
11.7% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
45.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
21.4% Management and Commerce
13.7% Natural and Physical Sciences
11.1% Society and Culture
2.9% Information Technology
6.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2011, Lincoln University (Lincoln) merged with Telford Rural Polytechnic (Telford) located in Balclutha. Lincoln’s 2011 results are not necessarily comparable to previous years, given the merger of Lincoln with Telford on 1 January 2011 and the effects of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Responsiveness

Lincoln’s merger with Telford on 1 January 2011 allowed the university to offer integrated pathways for students from secondary school level through to doctoral level across the full ambit of agricultural and land-based provision. Despite challenging times due to the Canterbury earthquakes, the implementation of the merger progressed well in 2011.

In 2011 Lincoln launched a Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management and two research centres; The National Centre for Nitrous Oxide Measurement and the Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation.

Lincoln has one Partnership for Excellence (Agriculture and Life Sciences, in conjunction with Massey), hosts one Centre of Research Excellence (the Bio-Protection Research Centre) and has a partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence.

Enrolments in 2011 increased by 43 percent (841 EFTS) due to the merger with Telford Polytechnic. The increased enrolments were predominantly at Levels 1–3 and delivered out of Telford, with 29 percent of EFTS delivered in 2011 at this level.

While the proportion of delivery at Levels 7–8 decreased to 48 percent in 2011 from 70 percent the year before, actual EFTS delivery fell by only 20 EFTS to 1,356 with all postgraduate enrolments decreasing by 30 EFTS. Lincoln’s main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (45%) and Management and Commerce (21%). The merger with Telford is the main driver for the large increase in Agriculture delivery, which is up from 28 percent in 2010. The largest proportion of delivery was in the Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture), with eight percent of all provision.

Māori, youth and Pasifika enrolments all saw an overall volume increase in 2011. The participation rates for Māori increased from six percent in 2010 to nine percent in 2011, and youth participation fell from 69 percent in 2010 to 63 percent in 2011. These shifts are largely due to the merger. In 2011 Lincoln had 561 full fee-paying international EFTS (817 students).

Effectiveness

In 2011 Lincoln saw a decrease across all its educational performance indicators (EPIs). Student progression fell from 100 percent in 2010 to 20 percent in 2011 due to the increase in delivery of Level 1–3 qualifications resulting from the merger with Telford.

Lincoln was below the university sector average for achievement of EPIs by all TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and students under the age of 25). Under-25-year-olds qualification completions increased from 58 percent in 2010 to 61 percent in 2011, as did course completions by Pasifika students (from 34% to 49%).

Lincoln received three percent of the 2011 total allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), proportionally the same as in 2010, but an almost two percent decrease in actual monetary value. Lincoln’s PBRF-eligible external research income in 2010 was $25.4 million, an increase of 12 percent compared with 2010.

Capability

In 2011, Lincoln university reported a net surplus of 0.5 percent ($0.5 million), up on the 4.0 percent deficit in 2010. The university’s total revenue increased by 18.6 percent ($17.9 million) from 2010 to 2011, including $8.6 million (26.5%) higher government revenue.

Insurance recoveries net of earthquake costs improved the 2011 net surplus by $1.5 million. The result was also enhanced by $1.1 million of gains on asset sales. Within this period, two buildings were closed following seismic evaluations and written down to a zero book value.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance Lincoln University
sector 
Students under 25 63% 72%
Māori 9% 10%
Pasifika 1% 6%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Lincoln University
sector 
All  82% 86%
Students under 25 83% 86%
Māori 75% 80%
Pasifika 49% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Lincoln University
sector 
All 65% 75%
Students under 25 61% 68%
Māori 48% 62%
Pasifika 55% 54%
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of University sector
EFTS 1,937 1,956 2,797 2%
Students 2,476 2,514 5,404 3%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 University sector
Successful Course Completion 84% 84% 82% 86%
Qualification Completion 66% 68% 65% 75%
Student Retention 85% 84% 55% 79%
Student Progression L1-4 89% 100% 20% 40%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) -3.1% -4.0% 0.5% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 112.1% 106.3% 104.1% 111.0%
Liquid funds 28.1% 21.0% 22.8% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 2.0% 1.7% 2.9% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $31,433 $32,490 $41,101 38%
Domestic student fees $7,168 $7,861 $8,459 7%
International student fees $11,240 $10,910 $10,616 9%
Other income (including research) $40,384 $45,230 $54,259 44%
Total revenue $90,225 $96,491 $114,435 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $51,634 $55,226 $58,973 52%
Total expenses $94,503 $100,369 $113,897 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) -$2,796 -$3,878 $538  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $187,542 $185,183 $187,272 74%
Total Assets $239,393 $236,416 $251,505 100%
Equity (net assets) $205,821 $201,775 $216,079  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $10,201 $5,684 $4,375  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $11,303 $7,058 $7,958  
Other        
Staffing FTE 641 652 681  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 4:1 4:1 5:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 12:1 11:1 14:1