Universities

University of Canterbury

Chancellor: Dr John Wood
Vice-Chancellor: Dr Rod Carr
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: November 2014
Audit Report: March 2015
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
1.1% Level 3–4
0.2% Level 5–6
85.6% Level 7–8
13.1% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
29.7% Society and Culture
17.2% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.3% Natural and Physical Sciences
14.7% Education
9.6% Management and Commerce
13.6%Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, the University of Canterbury (Canterbury) continued its strong educational performance and remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chancellor Dr John Wood highlighted several of Canterbury’s achievements including: the settlement of $550 million of the university’s earthquake-related insurance claims, and capital developments that are being planned, or under way, as part of the UC Futures programme that received $100 million in 2014. The university awarded 3,926 qualifications to 3,600 people in 2014 and has awarded 18,718 qualifications to 15,889 people since the September 2010 earthquake (to 10 February 2015).

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Rod Carr, also noted several of Canterbury’s achievements in 2014, which included the significant progress of the UC Futures programme during 2014, the reopening of the Butterfly Building (renamed as the Angus Tait building) and the former Law Building; the launch of the Pathways programme to help first-year students with transitioning to tertiary study; the implementation of Te Rautaki Whakawhanake Kaupapa Māori – Canterbury’s Strategy for Māori Development along with Ngāi Tahu; and the adoption of the Pasifika Strategy 2014–2018 (this strategy, launched in November, was developed in consultation with the Pasifika community and outlines the university’s approach to supporting the educational needs of Pasifika learners).

Canterbury’s enrolments fell by 2 percent (218 EFTS). Most provision was at Levels 7–8 (86%) and Levels 9–10 (13%); concentrated in Society and Culture (30%), Engineering and Related Technologies (17%), Natural and Physical Sciences (15%) and Education (15%).

Participation of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was similar to 2013 for Māori (7%) and Pasifika (3%) and remained below the university sector average. Participation of under-25-year-olds (77%) increased slightly, compared with the previous year, and was above the university sector average.

Canterbury had 739 full-fee paying international EFTS (967 students).

EffectivenessTop

No major changes occurred to Canterbury’s overall EPIs, all of which remained above the university sector averages.

Performance for the TES priority groups saw under-25-year-olds and Māori above the university sector average for all indicators. Pasifika performance was below the university sector average for course and qualification completions and above the sector averages for student retention and progression (which increased by 22 percentage points on 2013).

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Canterbury achieved a net surplus of $433 million (58.4%). However, this includes $436.8 million of earthquake-related impacts. The net operating result, excluding earthquake impacts and other adjustments, was a deficit of $3.3 million – a decline of $0.3 million compared with the 2013 net operating deficit of $3.0 million.

If the unusual items identified by Canterbury are removed, the underlying revenue has increased by $16.9 million (6.0%). This has been driven by an increase in other revenue of $9.4 million (62.3%), a $1.8 million (40.7%) increase in interest income and a $2.3 million (3.1%) increase in student fees.

Current assets increased to $452 million (up from $96 million in 2013), while net assets increased to $1.2 billion (up from $604 million in 2013).

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Canterbury University
Sector
Students under 25 77% 75%
Māori 7% 10%
Pasifika 3% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Canterbury University
Sector
All 87% 86%
Students under 25 87% 86%
Māori 81% 80%
Pasifika 70% 71%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Canterbury University
Sector
All 86% 81%
Students under 25 79% 74%
Māori 68% 66%
Pasifika 43% 55%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of University sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 10% 12,181 11,249 11,031
SAC Students 9% 14,520 13,648 13,492
International full fee paying students EFTS 5% 831 794 739
International full fee paying students 5% 1,024 1,004 967
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 86% 87% 87% 87%
Qualification Completion 81% 85% 88% 86%
Student Retention 84% 87% 86% 87%
Student Progression L1-4 50% 86% 95% 90%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $151,521 $151,562 $153,972
Domestic student fees $59,580 $57,478 $59,673
International student fees $19,159 $18,371 $18,521
Total revenue $368,521 $425,605 $742,092
Expenses      
Personnel $175,293 $159,185 $167,790
Total expenses $435,121 $349,278 $308,815
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) ($66,600) $76,328 $433,277
Assets      
Total Assets $688,355 $767,549 $1,325,200
Equity (net assets) $522,100 $604,205 $1,164,512
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $44,265 $24,932 $38,138
Other      
Staffing FTE 1,973 1,906 1,886
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 6.6:1 6.3:1 6.2:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 17.6:1 16.5:1 16.5:1