Lincoln University

Chancellor: Tom C. Lambie
Vice-Chancellor: Dr Andrew West (John Hay [interim] from June 2015)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch - Lincoln
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Balclutha - Telford
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: May 2016
Audit Report: October 2012
Funding by TEC
70.0% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
30.0% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
3.7% Level 1–2
21.0% Level 3–4
8.2% Level 5–6
55.3% Level 7–8
11.8% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
39.0% ​Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
22.5% ​Management and Commerce
14.5% ​Natural and Physical Sciences
12.8% ​Society and Culture
3.8% ​Engineering and Related Technologies
7.3% ​Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, Lincoln University (Lincoln) continued to improve its educational performance and remained in a stable financial position.


In the 2014 annual report, Chancellor Tom Lambie highlighted several of Lincoln’s achievements. These included securing $107.5 million in government capital funding for the rebuilding of the university’s science facilities after the Canterbury earthquakes, the opening of Te Kete Ika (the university's new food and function centre) and the longstanding partnership with Ngāi Tahu, with the focus on developing the Whenua Kura programme to support the sustainable development of the Ngāi Tahu farming portfolio.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrew West, noted a comprehensive reform of Master’s degree qualifications, building upon 2013’s reform of Bachelor’s degree qualifications. Lincoln continued its work in partnership with Crown research institutes AgResearch Limited, Plant and Food Research Limited and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research Limited, and industry-good body DairyNZ to begin the formation of a world-class, land-based hub in education, research and outreach on extensive agriculture and intensive horticulture and forestry.

Lincoln’s enrolments decreased by 15 percent (398 EFTS). This decrease was primarily at Level 2, in line with its strategic priorities. Most of Lincoln’s delivery was at Levels 7–8 (55%), followed by Levels 3–4 (21%) and Levels 9–10 (12%). Lincoln’s main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (39%), Management and Commerce (23%) and Natural and Physical Sciences (15%).

Māori participation increased on the previous year by 1 percentage point and was on par with the university sector average. Pasifika participation remained at 1 percent, well below the university sector average. Participation for under-25-year-olds increased by 6 percentage points remaining at 3 percentage points below the university sector average. Lincoln had 465 full-fee paying international EFTS (655 students).


Lincoln’s course completion, qualification completion and student retention rates improved, compared with 2013, by 2, 6 and 2 percentage points respectively, while student progression decreased slightly. Lincoln remained below the university sector average for all educational performance indicators apart from qualification completion where it was above the sector average by 4 percentage points at 85 percent. Lincoln’s high proportion of Levels 1–4 programmes, and their nature, limits the applicability of comparison with other universities. As such, a more fitting comparison is at Levels 7–10 where overall performance was above the university sector averages.

Performance of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was generally improved on the previous year for each group. However, Māori qualification completion and student retention decreased by 10 percentage points and 5 percentage points respectively. Under-25-year-olds were generally above or on par with the university sector averages, Māori were below for course and qualification completions, and Pasifika were slightly below for course completion and 15 percentage points above for qualification completion.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Lincoln achieved a net deficit before earthquake impacts of $0.1 million (–0.09%), an improvement of $0.3 million over the 2013 deficit. Government funding decreased by $3.6 million. However, Lincoln’s total revenue increased by $0.9 million (0.7%) from 2013, primarily due to a $2.1 million gain on the sale of fixed assets. Despite an increase in personnel expenditure of $3.9 million due to one-off factors, total expenditure increased by just $0.6 million (0.5%) mainly because of constraints in other expenditure categories.

The net deficit after earthquake impacts increased to a total deficit of $1.7 million (–1.4%), which compares to a 2013 net surplus of $3.6 million (3.1%). This is primarily due to Lincoln not receiving insurance proceeds in 2014 (2013: $5.2 million).

Total assets have reduced by $18.3 million (–6.9%) falling to $244.9 million. Total equity has fallen by $27.3 million (–12.2%) to $196.1 million. This is driven by the $36 million impairment of building valuations, partly offset by a $7.5 million Crown capital injection.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Lincoln
Students under 25 72% 75%
Māori 10% 10%
Pasifika 1% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Lincoln
All 85% 86%
Students under 25 86% 86%
Māori 73% 80%
Pasifika 69% 71%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Lincoln
All 85% 81%
Students under 25 79% 74%
Māori 58% 66%
Pasifika 70% 55%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of University sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 2% 3,082 2,740 2,342
SAC Students 3% 6,680 5,710 4,356
International full fee paying students EFTS 3% 469 487 465
International full fee paying students 3% 635 648 655
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 86% 80% 83% 85%
Qualification Completion 81% 66% 80% 85%
Student Retention 84% 62% 59% 61%
Student Progression L1-4 50% 31% 25% 24%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Total government revenue $40,598 $41,050 $37,471
Domestic student fees $8,924 $8,902 $8,997
International student fees $10,416 $11,333 $11,188
Total revenue $113,026 $117,007 $117,881
Personnel $59,972 $61,196 $65,110
Total expenses $116,810 $117,389 $117,991
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) ($3,401) $3,564 ($1,670)
Total Assets $250,012 $263,135 $244,869
Equity (net assets) $211,145 $223,398 $196,102
Net cashflow from operations $5,762 $9,708 ($915)
Staffing FTE 666 681 659
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 4.0:1 5.1:1 4.5:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 10.8:1 13.6:1 12.9:1