Universities

The University of Auckland

Chancellor: Roger France
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Stuart McCutcheon
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Auckland City (Auckland)
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Northland
NZUAAU Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: April–May 2009
Audit Report : August  2009
Funding by TEC
74.4% Teaching and Learning
0.6% Capability
24.1% Research
1.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
Level 1–2
1.1% Level 3–4
Level 5–6
88.3% Level 7–8
10.6% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
30.9% Society and Culture
16.7% Natural and Physical Sciences
10.3% Management and Commerce
10.2% Health
9.7% Education
22.2% Other
Delivery By Subject

The University of Auckland’s educational performance improved overall in 2011 and remained above the sector average. The university’s financial performance is strong and aligns to its longer-term planning.

Responsiveness

In 2011, Auckland established five joint graduate schools with Crown Research Institutes and industry partners, resulting in stronger relationships and higher numbers of postgraduate research students. Collaboration increased across the university and with other national and international research organisations through three research initiatives: Biopharma, Transforming Cities and Te Whare Kura. Auckland’s researchers undertook a range of commercial and applied research activities including the transfer of intellectual property in 2011 to allow commercial development of induction power technology developed within the university.

Auckland completed several construction projects, creating better spaces for teaching, learning and research, and an additional 442 places for student accommodation.

Auckland has four Partnerships for Excellence: the Centre for Plastics Innovation and Technology; the Institute of Innovation in Biotechnology; the National Institute of Health Innovation; and Starpath. Auckland hosts three Centres of Research Excellence: the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery; the National Research Centre for Growth and Development; and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence. Auckland has partnerships with the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, and with the Riddet Institute.

In 2011, 88 percent of Auckland’s enrolments were at Levels 7–8 and 11 percent were at postgraduate Levels 9–10, a one percentage point increase from 2010. A total of 1,468 EFTS were enrolled in doctorates (5% of all provision).

Auckland’s main fields of study are Society and Culture (31%) and Natural and Physical Sciences (17%). Auckland offers a diverse range of undergraduate programmes, with areas of strength including Arts, Science, Engineering, Commerce, Medicine and Health, Education, and Law. Participation by Māori (7% of all students) was below the university sector average of ten percent, but has increased over the past few years. Participation rates by Pasifika and students under the age of 25 are both well above the university sector averages, at nine percent and 77 percent respectively. In 2011 Auckland had 3,007 full fee-paying international EFTS (3,857 students).

Effectiveness

In 2011 Auckland again performed above the university sector average across all four educational performance indicators. Performance by the TES priority groups was also well above the university sector average, with significant increases in qualification completions by Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds.

Auckland received 30 percent of the 2011 total allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) – the largest of any institution, proportionally the same as its 2010 allocation, and a monetary increase of one percent. It’s PBRF-eligible external research income was $143.9 million in 2011, a four percent decrease on 2010.

Capability

Auckland reported a net surplus of 3.5 percent ($32.3 million) in 2011, up from a 3.1 percent surplus in 2010. The university’s total revenue increased by five percent ($44.5 million) from 2010 to 2011, including an $18.4 million (5.3%) increase in total government revenue. The university received approval for a revolving credit facility during 2011 to support its planned $1.2 billion investment in campus facilities over the next ten years.

The majority of Auckland University's planned capital expenditure between 2012 and 2021 is to refurbish and replace assets, with a smaller but still significant proportion for changing functionality and to meet new demand. Auckland’s planned annual capital expenditure over the next ten years is the highest of any New Zealand tertiary institution and reflects its position as New Zealand's largest tertiary institution.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance Auckland University
sector 
Students under 25 77% 72%
Māori 7% 10%
Pasifika 9% 6%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Auckland University
sector 
All  88% 86%
Students under 25 88% 86%
Māori 84% 80%
Pasifika 75% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Auckland University
sector 
All 88% 75%
Students under 25 76% 68%
Māori 73% 62%
Pasifika 63% 54%
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of University sector
EFTS 28,536 29,296 28,865 24%
Students 37,950 37,957 36,254 23%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 University sector
Successful Course Completion 87% 87% 88% 86%
Qualification Completion 74% 72% 88% 75%
Student Retention 87% 88% 87% 79%
Student Progression L1-4 93% 92% 90% 40%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 3.4% 3.1% 3.5% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 118.2% 115.0% 114.5% 111.0%
Liquid funds 18.0% 22.0% 24.9% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 8.2% 8.0% 8.2% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $337,013 $351,077 $369,525 40%
Domestic student fees $127,915 $132,365 $136,016 15%
International student fees $60,403 $68,552 $70,564 8%
Other income (including research) $317,789 $336,515 $356,883 38%
Total revenue $843,120 $888,509 $932,988 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $478,175 $516,107 $555,625 62%
Total expenses $814,583 $861,225 $900,722 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $28,537 $27,284 $32,266  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $1,399,660 $1,456,475 $1,581,329 94%
Total Assets $1,605,985 $1,616,078 $1,678,509 100%
Equity (net assets) $1,332,183 $1,338,353 $1,372,010  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $129,167 $112,630 $130,120  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $88,170 $167,590 $220,957  
Other        
Staffing FTE 4,608 4,725 4,784  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 7:1 7:1 7:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 15:1 16:1 16:1