Universities

The University of Canterbury

Chancellor: Rex Williams
(Dr John Wood from January 2012)
Vice-Chancellor: Dr Rod Carr
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch
NZUAAU Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: April–June 2010
Audit Report : August 2010
Funding by TEC
80.7% Teaching and Learning
0.5% Capability
18.6% Research
0.2% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
Level 1–2
1.2% Level 3–4
0.2% Level 5–6
87.9% Level 7–8
10.8% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
30.3% Society and Culture
16.8% Education
15.1% Natural and Physical Sciences
14.6% Engineering and Related Technologies
9.9% Management and Commerce
13.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

Despite challenging times due to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the University of Canterbury again improved its educational performance and performed well financially, including meeting the TEC’s surplus guideline.

Responsiveness

Canterbury initiated or completed more than 170 earthquake-related research projects during 2011, covering all disciplines and helping to provide solutions for rebuilding Christchurch.

In 2011 Canterbury responded to the needs of its students by creating 15,000 square metres of new facilities, including teaching rooms, study spaces and cafes.

Canterbury signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ngāi Tahu to develop the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, founded to be a leader in indigenous scholarships and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu.

Canterbury has one Partnership for Excellence: the NZ ICT Innovation Institute (NZi3), and has partnerships with five Centres of Research Excellence. Additionally, Canterbury is responding to the needs of the New Zealand wine industry in a major project to automate the vine-pruning process

In 2011 EFTS at Canterbury decreased by 1,584 EFTS (down 11% compared with 2010), primarily at Levels 7–8 (lower by 1,632 EFTS or 13%). This decrease is attributable to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Most of Canterbury’s enrolments remained at Levels 7–8 (88%), with most of the rest in postgraduate study at Levels 9–10 (11%). Canterbury’s main fields of study were Society and Culture (30%) and Education (17%). The largest share of delivery was in the Bachelor of Engineering (15% of all EFTS).

Participation rates for Māori (7%) and Pasifika (2%) remained unchanged in 2011 and were below the university sector average (10% and 6% respectively), but not materially out of line with the demography of its region. Participation by students aged under 25 years (75%) increased in 2011 and was above the university average. In 2011 Canterbury had 950 full fee-paying international EFTS (1273 students).

Effectiveness

In 2011, Canterbury’s educational performance continued to increase and remained above the university sector average. Educational performance by the TES priority groups at Canterbury (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-old students) also improved and was above the university sector average in 2011. Despite the major earthquakes, Canterbury delivered a full academic programme and graduated the largest class in its history in December.

Canterbury received 11 percent of the 2011 total allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), equal to its share in 2010 and with a small monetary increase. Canterbury’s PBRF-eligible external research income was $27.5 million in 2011, an eight percent increase on 2010.

Capability

Canterbury has continued to respond to the challenging operating conditions created by the earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. Excluding earthquake impacts, the university’s net surplus was 3.3 percent in 2011, with operating revenue falling by $8.8 million. The drop was principally from tuition fees from both domestic and international students and other income falling, while government revenue was up. Total expenditure fell $6.1 million compared with 2010, with personnel costs down and other expenses (including depreciation) increasing.

Earthquake impacts increased the net surplus by $21.5 million. Contributions to this included insurance proceeds of $56.6 million, offset by one-off costs of $22.5 million, asset demolition write-offs of $2.6 million, and write-downs of $10.1 million that were unable to be taken through revaluation reserves. Earthquake impacts also had a large impact on equity in Canterbury’s statement of financial position, with revaluation reserves decreasing by $144 million.

Canterbury administers a number of Trusts that are not consolidated into the above results. These had equity (net assets) of $91.1 million at 31 December 2011.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance Canterbury University
sector 
Students under 25 75% 72%
Māori 7% 10%
Pasifika 2% 6%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Canterbury University
sector 
All  88% 86%
Students under 25 88% 86%
Māori 83% 80%
Pasifika 73% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Canterbury University
sector 
All 76% 75%
Students under 25 70% 68%
Māori 68% 62%
Pasifika 59% 54%
Overview of Educational Performance - Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of University sector
EFTS 13,871 14,107 12,523 11%
Students 16,661 16,907 15,028 10%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 University sector
Successful Course Completion 83% 85% 88% 86%
Qualification Completion 66% 66% 76% 75%
Student Retention 84% 84% 81% 79%
Student Progression L1-4 75% 75% 88% 40%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 3.2% 4.1% 10.7% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 117.2% 112.7% 112.2% 111.0%
Liquid funds 37.9% 34.5% 24.3% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 4.6% 4.8% 5.3% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $140,269 $142,716 $152,624 52%
Domestic student fees $58,531 $63,444 $58,809 20%
International student fees $24,315 $24,322 $19,403 7%
Other income (including research) $61,058 $69,015 $59,880 21%
Total revenue $284,173 $299,497 $290,716 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $171,217 $178,921 $172,119 61%
Total expenses $275,118 $287,374 $281,249 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $9,055 $12,393 $30,963  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $740,001 $751,231 $654,440 86%
Total Assets $860,193 $870,608 $764,752 100%
Equity (net assets) $708,895 $719,476 $604,657  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $42,939 $33,569 $33,296  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $45,444 $37,612 $89,892  
Other        
Staffing FTE 2,041 2,012 1,870  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 8:1 8:01 7:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 19:1 20:1 19:1