Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Universal College of Learning

Chair: Malcolm Inglis from May 2014 (Trevor Goodwin to May 2014)
Chief Executive: Paul McElroy (Leeza Boyce from January 2015)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Palmerston North
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Whanganui, Masterton
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.0% Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
6.4% Level 1–2
42.9% Level 3–4
14.4% Level 5–6
36.3% Level 7–8
0.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
31.8% Health
11.7%Creative Arts
10.9% Management and Commerce
10.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
8.1% Engineering and Related Technologies
26.8% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, Universal College of Learning’s (UCOL’s) educational performance was mixed, compared with 2013. Financially, UCOL remained in a solid position.

Responsiveness

In the annual report, Chair Malcolm Inglis and Chief Executive Leeza Boyce highlighted several of UCOL’s achievements in 2014. These included building closer relationships with the communities served by UCOL, continuing to support iwi in the region to develop education strategies and initiatives, and the launch of a plan by the Joint Taskforce and Whanganui District Council to ensure a self-sustaining campus in Whanganui. UCOL emphasised its commitment to Māori students achieving success as Māori through the framework provided by the Ministry of Education’s Māori Education Strategy: Ka Hikitia and UCOL’s Rourou Aronui Māori Education Strategy and engagement with the 13 iwi in its region.

UCOL’s enrolments decreased by 4 percent (124 EFTS) on 2013, with most of the drop at Levels 4, 7 and 2. Most of UCOL’s delivery remains at Levels 3–4 (43%), Levels 7–8 (36%) and Levels 5–6 (14%). The main fields of study were Health (32%), Creative Arts (12%), Management and Commerce (11%) and Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (11%).

Participation of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) remained consistent with 2013 and was above the 2014 ITP sector average for under-25-year-olds and Māori and below the sector average for Pasifika. Participation for all groups was above the regional demography.

UCOL had 122 YG EFTS (164 students), a 31 percent increase on 2013, and 202 full-fee paying international EFTS (360 students), a decrease of 18 percent on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

UCOL performed below the ITP sector averages for course and qualification completions and above for student retention and student progression. UCOL’s educational performance remained similar to the previous year.

Performance for the TES priority groups was above the ITP sector average for student progression. Māori and under-25-year-olds were also above the ITP sector average for student retention but below for course and qualification completions. Pasifika were on par for course completion but remained below ITP sector averages for qualification completion and student retention.

Educational performance for YG learners improved and was above the ITP sector average for all measures apart from student progression, which dropped by 10 percentage points. YG performance exceeded almost all of the TEC’s minimum performance expectations for EPIs.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, UCOL achieved a net surplus of $15,000 (0.03%), similar to the 2013 result ($12,000) despite reduced income due to a lower level of enrolments. The reduction in income was largely offset by a reduction in employee benefit expenditure.

The 2014 results include $0.05 million in relation to change management, integration and development, the Safer UCOL buildings initiative and a share of associate losses of $0.4 million. UCOL’s total revenue decreased by $2.2 million (4.6%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to reduced student tuition fees ($1.0 million) as a result of lower EFTS numbers and lower other income earned ($1.0 million).

Total expenditure decreased by $1.0 million (-2.1%), which was mainly due to lower employee benefit expenditure ($1.5 million), in line with the lower level of enrolments, and lower depreciation charges ($0.5 million).

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance UCOL ITP sector 
Students under 25 62% 51%
Māori 30% 24%
Pasifika 6% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  UCOL ITP sector 
All 75% 80%
Students under 25 74% 79%
Māori 65% 74%
Pasifika 74% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  UCOL ITP sector 
All 67% 73%
Students under 25 62% 67%
Māori 56% 64%
Pasifika 51% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the UCOL region, 18% identified as Māori, 3% 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 5% 3,151 3,013 2,889
SAC Students 3% 4,242 4,020 4,150
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 5% - 93 122
YG Students 5% - 112 164
International full fee paying students EFTS 2% 252 247 202
International full fee paying students 3% 424 429 360
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 73% 76% 75%
Qualification Completion 73% 65% 65% 67%
Student Retention 66% 65% 68% 71%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 43% 43% 41%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 73% 80%
Qualification Completion 65% - 64% 77%
Student Retention 68% - - 72%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 34%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $29,940 $28,669 $28,343
Domestic student fees $14,900 $14,131 $13,330
International student fees $3,398 $2,636 $2,397
Total revenue $53,126 $49,374 $47,126
Expenses      
Personnel $28,383 $27,399 $25,878
Total expenses $50,051 $47,748 $46,730
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $56 $12 $15
Assets      
Total Assets $131,007 $122,515 $119,382
Equity (net assets) $109,246 $99,870 $97,722
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $5,475 $4,569 $5,257
Other      
Staffing FTE 447 425 399
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 8.2:1 8.6:1 8.7:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 16.2:1 16.0:1 16.4:1