Universities

Auckland University of Technology

Chancellor: John Maasland
Vice-Chancellor: Derek McCormack
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Auckland City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
North Shore Campus (Auckland),
AUT South Campus (Auckland),
AUT Millennium Campus (Auckland)
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: November 2015
Audit Report: September 2011
Funding by TEC
91.4%Teaching and Learning
0.0%Capability
8.6%Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
3.5% Level 3–4
3.8% Level 5–6
85.8% Level 7–8
6.9% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
23.6% Management and Commerce
23.0% Health
15.7% Society and Culture
14.7% Creative Arts
5.4% Education
17.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) continued to improve its educational performance and remained financially strong.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chancellor John Maasland highlighted several of AUT’s achievements including: the university achieving significant growth in student numbers, with total student enrolments in 2014 being the highest in the university’s history; AUT’s research performance continuing to develop with AUT signing external research contracts worth more than $10 million. The Chancellor also drew attention to the fact that AUT is about to start an extensive building programme to accommodate this growth and provide further world-class facilities for students and staff.

The Vice-Chancellor, Derek McCormack, also noted several of AUT’s achievements in 2014, which included the launch of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Tertiary Education Centre (STEM-TEC), the only centre of its kind in the country; the establishment of a pilot project to increase the university’s industry partnerships and encourage entrepreneurship among staff and students; and continuation of the He Huatau Auaha and Te Whanake initiatives, which aim to strengthen AUT’s contribution to Māori advancement by encouraging and promoting writing and scholarship in te reo Māori.

AUT’s enrolments remained consistent with 2013. Most of AUT’s delivery was focused at Levels 7–8 (86%), with the remainder spread across Levels 9–10 (7%), Levels 5-6 (4%) and Levels 3-4 (4%). The main fields of study were Management and Commerce (24%), Health (23%), Society and Culture (16%) and Creative Arts (15%).

Participation at AUT remained similar to 2013, but was below the university sector average for under-25-year-olds, on par for Māori and well above average for Pasifika. AUT had 3,276 full-fee paying international EFTS (4,468 students), a 6 percent increase on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

AUT achieved a small increase in student retention, while its qualification completion remained on par with the previous year and student progression dropped by 2 percentage points.

Achievement across the EPIs improved or remained on par with 2013 levels for course and qualification completions, while retention decreased slightly for Māori and increased slightly for Pasifika; progression remained on par or decreased for all groups.

Performance of the TES priority groups was on par or above the university sector averages for both Māori and Pasifika apart from Pasifika progression, which was slightly below. Under-25-year-olds were below the average on all measures apart from progression, which was above.

Financial performanceTop

AUT achieved a net surplus of $19.4 million (5.7%), an improvement of $4.6 million (31.2%) over 2013, driven by a $4.5 million increase in AUT’s share of subsidiary and associate entity profits.

AUT’s total revenue increased by $14.4 million (4.4%) from 2013 to 2014, while total expenditure rose by $14.3 million (4.6%). Total assets remained largely unchanged, at $665 million. In 2014, AUT had one significant subsidiary investment – a 50 percent share of the AUT Millennium Trust, valued at $18.5 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance AUT University
sector
Students under 25 72% 75%
Māori 10% 10%
Pasifika 15% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance AUT University
sector
All 85% 86%
Students under 25 84% 86%
Māori 82% 80%
Pasifika 72% 71%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance AUT University
sector
All 79% 81%
Students under 25 68% 74%
Māori 72% 66%
Pasifika 65% 55%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of University sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 14% 15,622 15,632 15,935
SAC Students 14% 21,010 21,280 21,409
International full fee paying students EFTS 23% 2,941 3,085 3,276
International full fee paying students 23% 4,038 4,195 4,468
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 86% 84% 84% 85%
Qualification Completion 81% 74% 79% 79%
Student Retention 84% 82% 83% 84%
Student Progression L1-4 50% 85% 83% 81%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $142,002 $150,053 $152,475
Domestic student fees $78,217 $79,927 $83,914
International student fees $53,600 $58,492 $63,036
Total revenue $313,626 $328,009 $342,431
Expenses      
Personnel $192,059 $194,199 $203,657
Total expenses $299,598 $314,284 $328,602
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $22,150 $14,799 $19,424
Assets      
Total Assets $604,155 $665,036 $665,019
Equity (net assets) $389,883 $447,744 $478,853
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $55,544 $63,191 $62,392
Other      
Staffing FTE 2,099 2,143 2,204
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 9.1:1 9.0:1 8.9:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 17.9:1 18.1:1 18.1:1