Universities

The University of Waikato

Chancellor: Rt. Hon Jim Bolger
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Roy Crawford (Professor Neil Quigley from February 2015)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Hamilton
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Tauranga
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: August 2015
Audit Report: November 2010
Funding by TEC
82.4%Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
17.6% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
0.0% Level 3–4
0.9% Level 5–6
86.9% Level 7–8
12.2% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
34.8% Society and Culture
19.6% Education 
17.7% Management and Commerce
11.5% Natural and Physical Sciences
6.1% Creative Arts
10.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, the educational performance of the University of Waikato (Waikato) was largely consistent with the university sector. Waikato also continued to improve its financial position in 2014.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chancellor Rt Hon James Bolger highlighted several of Waikato’s achievements. These included ranking among the Times Higher Education top 50 universities under 50 years old, and continuing to move up this list, increasing the number of postgraduate students and continuing to improve student retention rates.

The Chancellor also acknowledged, on behalf of the Council, the work and guidance of Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, who has since retired after 10 years with the university.

The Vice-Chancellor recognised further achievements including the use of the Curriculum Enhancement Programme to design a more future-focused curriculum, having five subject areas ranked among the world’s best in the QS World University Subject Rankings, with education ranked the highest at 46 in the world, and beginning construction on the new Law and Management building, anticipated to be in use by 2016.

Waikato’s enrolments decreased by 3 percent (253 EFTS). Its provision was primarily focused at Levels 7–8 (87%) and Levels 9–10 (12%), with delivery concentrated in Society and Culture (35%), Education (20%), Management and Commerce (18%) and Natural and Physical Sciences (12%).

TES priority group participation (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was similar to the previous year. Māori participation (22%) was well above the university sector average (10%). However, Pasifika participation (6%) was slightly below the sector average (7%). Participation of under-25-year-olds (69%) remained below the university sector average (75%). Waikato had 1,320 full-fee paying international EFTS (1,778 students).

EffectivenessTop

Waikato’s EPIs were similar to 2013 and generally consistent with the university sector averages.

Overall performance of under-25-year-olds decreased slightly and was slightly below the sector averages for all EPIs. Māori performed below the sector averages for course and qualification completions but above for retention and progression. Māori had a significant (15 percentage point) drop in qualification completion.

Pasifika performance increased for course and qualification completions but both were below the university sector averages as was student retention.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Waikato achieved a net surplus of $11.6 million (5.0%), an improvement of $1.9 million (19.5%) over 2013, which was driven by cost savings of $2.7 million.

Waikato’s total revenue decreased by $0.8 million (–0.3%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to a reduction of $1.8 million (–1.8%) in government revenue and other income, which reduced by $1.6 million (–6.0%). Increases in international student fees ($1.2 million) and donations ($1.2 million) partially offset these reductions.

Despite an increase in personnel expenditure of $1.1 million, total expenditure decreased by $2.7 million (–1.2%) due to a reduction in other expenditure.

Total assets increased by $34.5 million (8.1%) to $457.5 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Waikato University
sector 
Students under 25 69% 75%
Māori 22% 10%
Pasifika 6% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Waikato University
sector 
All 85% 86%
Students under 25 84% 86%
Māori 79% 80%
Pasifika 69% 71%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Waikato University
sector 
All 81% 81%
Students under 25 72% 74%
Māori 66% 66%
Pasifika 49% 55%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of University sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 7% 8,776 8,726 8,473
SAC Students 7% 11,117 11,029 10,747
International full fee paying students EFTS 9% 1,336 1,324 1,320
International full fee paying students 9% 1,776 1,682 1,778
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 86% 86% 85% 85%
Qualification Completion 81% 82% 84% 81%
Student Retention 84% 86% 85% 85%
Student Progression L1-4 50% - 50% 67%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $98,005 $101,623 $99,819
Domestic student fees $42,714 $44,182 $44,628
International student fees $26,100 $26,197 $27,372
Total revenue $222,915 $230,866 $230,060
Expenses      
Personnel $126,518 $128,287 $129,341
Total expenses $217,048 $221,319 $218,620
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $5,831 $9,694 $11,587
Assets      
Total Assets $414,857 $423,036 $457,508
Equity (net assets) $342,947 $353,285 $385,077
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $29,035 $24,158 $39,575
Other      
Staffing FTE 1,513 1,520 1,483
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 6.9:1 6.7:1 6.7:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 16.3:1 15.9:1 15.6:1