Universities

The University of Auckland

Chancellor: Dr Ian Parton
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Stuart McCutcheon
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Auckland City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Northland
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: July 2014
Audit Report: November 2014
Funding by TEC
74.2% Teaching and Learning
0.4% Capability
24.2% Research
1.2% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
1.4% Level 3–4
0.0% Level 5–6
86.9% Level 7–8
11.6% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
29.7% Society and Culture
17.1% Natural and Physical Sciences
11.7% Health 
10.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
9.5% Management and Commerce
21.1% Other
Delivery By Subject

The University of Auckland (Auckland) continued to show strong educational and financial performance in 2014.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chancellor Dr Ian Parton highlighted several of Auckland’s achievements, both academic and otherwise. Of particular note is the progress in creating the engineering research facility at the Newmarket campus and starting construction of the new Science Tower on the City campus.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, highlighted several of Auckland’s achievements including: continued strong demand for access to programmes and growth in postgraduate programmes reflected in 388 doctoral completions in 2014, up from 318 the year before; and opening a 433-bed student accommodation block at Carlaw Park.

Auckland increased its domestic enrolments by 1 percent (330 EFTS) and concentrated its delivery primarily at Levels 7–8 (87%) followed by Levels 9–10 (12%). The main fields of study were Society and Culture (30%), Natural and Physical Sciences (17%) and Health (12%).

Participation for Pasifika students and under-25-year-olds was above the 2014 university sector by 3 percentage and 4 percentage points respectively. Māori participation remained below the sector rate. Auckland had 3,450 full fee-paying international EFTS (4,500) students), an increase of 6 percent on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

Auckland achieved above the university sector rate for each of the four EPIs in 2014. While the student progression rate decreased by 3 percentage points to 91 percent, it remained well above the university sector rate of 50 percent.

The course completion rate was above the sector average for all priority groups. The increased enrolment of Māori and Pasifika contributed to a significantly decreased qualification completion rate for Māori and Pasifika, which was below the sector average. Qualification completion for under-25-year-olds increased slightly and was slightly above the sector average.

Student progression and retention remained on par or decreased, compared with 2013, and were above the sector average for all groups.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Auckland achieved a net surplus of $44.6 million (4.4%), an improvement of $15.1 million (51.4%) over 2013. This was largely the result of the loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment of $14.5 million declared in 2013, which was not experienced in 2014. An increase in international student fee revenue and meeting Partnerships for Excellence milestones also contributed to the improved surplus.

Auckland’s total revenue increased by $39.4 million (4.0%) from 2013 to 2014 to exceed $1 billion in revenue for the first time. This comprised a $19.0 million (7.9%) increase in student fees, increased government revenue of $10.4 million (2.7%) and increases in both services income ($5.3 million) and research and contracts revenue ($4.5 million).

Total expenditure increased by $24.4 million (2.6%) mainly due to a $17.6 million (3.1%) increase in personnel expenditure and a $7.4 million (6.7%) increase in depreciation and amortisation.

Total assets increased by $37.9 million (2.0%) between 2013 and 2014 to $1.96 billion.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Auckland University
Sector
Students under 25 79% 75%
Māori 8% 10%
Pasifika 10% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Auckland University
Sector
All 88% 86%
Students under 25 88% 86%
Māori 84% 80%
Pasifika 72% 71%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Auckland University
Sector
All 82% 81%
Students under 25 74% 74%
Māori 59% 66%
Pasifika 49% 55%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of University sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 26% 29,090 29,380 29,711
SAC Students 25% 36,236 36,575 36,979
International full fee paying students EFTS 24% 3,124 3,245 3,450
International full fee paying students 23% 4,063 4,206 4,500
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 86% 89% 88% 88%
Qualification Completion 81% 84% 81% 82%
Student Retention 84% 88% 89% 89%
Student Progression L1-4 50% 85% 94% 91%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $369,905 $388,839 $399,278
Domestic student fees $143,411 $150,911 $163,001
International student fees $80,101 $87,885 $94,764
Total revenue $931,408 $973,471 $1,012,839
Expenses      
Personnel $557,297 $568,007 $585,598
Total expenses $902,046 $943,784 $968,230
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $29,040 $29,461 $44,603
Assets      
Total Assets $1,750,888 $1,924,899 $1,962,761
Equity (net assets) $1,404,905 $1,543,523 $1,624,737
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $120,831 $148,546 $182,836
Other      
Staffing FTE 4,876 4,909 4,943
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 6.7:1 6.7:1 6.8:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 15.5:1 15.5:1 15.5:1