Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Unitec Institute of Technology

Chair: Dr Lee Mathias from May 2014 (Ted Van Arkel to May 2014)
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
95.6% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
4.4% Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
3.0% Level 1–2
30.0% Level 3–4
14.2% Level 5–6
49.8% Level 7–8
3.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
18.6% Architecture and Building
15.8% Society and Culture
12.8% Creative Arts
12.2% Management and Commerce
11.2% Engineering and Related Technologies
29.4% Other
Delivery By Subject

Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec) performed well both educationally and financially in 2014.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chair Dr Lee Mathias and Chief Executive Dr Rick Ede highlighted several achievements, including work to test, refine and implement contemporary teaching, learning and delivery models, including online and work-based learning. They noted that 73 percent of Unitec’s graduates were employed in jobs related to their areas of study.

A venture with The Mind Lab began, offering an accessible and practical way for teachers to upskill in teaching practices and technologies; and Pathways West was launched with the Waitemata District Health Board and New Zealand Career College. This provides a clearer pathway to employment for students from four West Auckland secondary schools. Another highlight was gaining the approval from the Unitec Council for a comprehensive property strategy for the Mount Albert campus.

Finally, the contribution of former Chair Ted van Arkel, who served on the Unitec Council for over nine years, was acknowledged.

Unitec’s enrolments declined again in 2014 by 7 percent (574 EFTS), with the bulk of this decrease at Levels 4 and 5. Unitec’s delivery remained primarily at Levels 7–8 (50%), Levels 3–4 (30%) and Levels 5–6 (14%). The main fields of study were Architecture and Building (19%), Society and Culture (16%), Creative Arts (13%) and Management and Commerce (12%).

Participation of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) remained unchanged and was above the ITP sector average for under-25-year-olds and Pasifika. Māori participation, at 11 percent, was well below the ITP sector average of 24 percent. However, participation for all of these groups was well above the regional demographic. Unitec had 108 YG EFTS (171 students) and 1,866 full-fee paying international EFTS (3,041 students), an increase of 14 percent on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

Unitec was above the ITP sector averages for each of the EPIs, except qualification completion, which was slightly below. Compared with the previous year, achievement improved across all measures, except student progression.

Performance for the TES priority groups improved for most indicators, and was also equal to or above the ITP sector averages for all priority groups apart from qualification completion, which was below.

YG educational performance increased across all indicators, with particular improvement in course and qualification completions (12 percentage points and 27 percentage points respectively). Performance was generally above the ITP sector averages and exceeded the TEC’s minimum performance expectations.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Unitec achieved a net surplus of $1.8 million (1.2%), a result that is comparable to the 2013 surplus of $1.9 million. Despite reductions in government funding ($4.0 million or –5.3%) and domestic student fees ($2.7 million or –7.9%), Unitec’s total revenue increased by $0.6 million (0.4%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to an increase in international student fees of $3.6 million (15.3%) and a $3.1 million (44.4%) increase in other income. Despite a reduction in personnel expenditure of $1.9 million (–2.0%), total expenditure increased by $0.5 million (0.4%).

Total assets decreased by $0.6 million (–0.2%) between 2013 and 2014 to $275.6 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Unitec ITP sector 
Students under 25 59% 51%
Māori 11% 24%
Pasifika 17% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Unitec ITP sector 
All 82% 80%
Students under 25 80% 79%
Māori 75% 74%
Pasifika 74% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Unitec ITP sector 
All 70% 73%
Students under 25 63% 67%
Māori 57% 64%
Pasifika 55% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Unitec region, 9% identified as Māori, 12% as Pasifika and 22% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 12% 8,483 7,859 7,285
SAC Students 10% 13,072 12,019 11,432
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 5% - 103 108
YG Students 5% - 172 171
International full fee paying students EFTS 22% 1,621 1,631 1,866
International full fee paying students 22% 2,773 2,692 3,041
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 79% 82% 82%
Qualification Completion 73% 64% 65% 70%
Student Retention 66% 69% 72% 72%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 41% 38% 37%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 70% 81%
Qualification Completion 65% - 49% 76%
Student Retention 68% - - 65%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 67%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $80,982 $75,224 $71,228
Domestic student fees $34,089 $34,659 $31,929
International student fees $21,743 $23,715 $27,343
Total revenue $151,974 $147,948 $148,597
Expenses      
Personnel $92,434 $92,445 $90,569
Total expenses $148,075 $145,991 $146,512
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,899 $1,957 $1,818
Assets      
Total Assets $236,552 $276,126 $275,556
Equity (net assets) $205,129 $240,838 $242,000
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $19,719 $18,399 $12,943
Other      
Staffing FTE 1,185 1,166 1,115
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 17.5:1 17.1:1 18.0:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 9.1:1 8.7:1 8.8:1