Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Southern Institute of Technology

Chair: Sarah Brown (to 30 April 2015)
Chief Executive: Penny Simmonds
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Invercargill
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Gore, Christchurch, Queenstown
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
12.9% Level 1–2
35.2% Level 3–4
36.0% Level 5–6
15.9% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
20.6% Health
17.8% Management and Commerce
17.7% Society and Culture
14.1% Creative Arts
8.2% Engineering and Related Technologies
21.7% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) continued to improve its educational performance compared with the previous year but remained below sector averages for three indicators. SIT remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Chair Sarah Brown highlighted a number of SIT’s achievements, including its new Bachelor of Commerce programme, which is attracting students from around the country as well as overseas. SIT’s sound financial performance is enabling its successful Zero Fees initiative to continue into the foreseeable future, while its increased volume of international students in 2013 is providing lasting benefits to the Southland community, both economically and culturally.

Chief Executive Penny Simmonds recognised a number of additional achievements for SIT, including significant improvement in course and qualification completion rates and continued strong enrolments in allied trades and construction programmes in Invercargill and Queenstown as well as Gore (for the first time). In 2013 SIT completed additional student living accommodation in Invercargill and Queenstown and the introduction of an Allied Trades Training programme into Invercargill Prison.

SIT’s enrolments decreased by three percent (105 EFTS) on 2012 volumes. The distribution of delivery at SIT shifted in 2013, with Levels 3–4 dropping sharply (from 44% in 2012 to 35% in 2013), while Levels 5–6 increased (from 31% in 2012 to 36% in 2013). The main fields of study were Health (21%), Management and Commerce (18%), and Society and Culture (18%).

Participation for Māori went up compared with the previous year but dropped fractionally for both the Pasifika and under-25-year-old groups. Participation of these three TES priority groups reflected the region’s demographics. SIT had 60 Youth Guarantee EFTS (74 students) and 551 full-fee paying international EFTS (852 students).

EffectivenessTop

Between 2012 and 2013, SIT achieved increases across three of the four educational performance indicators (EPIs).

Under-25-year-olds generally maintained or improved their achievement rates in each of the EPIs, with above average performance in qualification completion at 71 percent. Māori were above the ITP sector average for student progression (56%) but below on the other three measures. Pasifika were notably 12 percentage points above the sector average for qualification completion (59%) but below on the other measures.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 SIT had a net surplus of $1.4 million (3.0%), down $1.7 million (56.0%) on its 2012 result. This was primarily owing to increases in expenditure ($1.7 million or 4.1%) and a slight decline in total revenue, less than $100,000 between 2012 and 2013.

Total assets rose by $6.6 million (6.7%) in the same period, driven by increases in property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets of $11.8 million, largely from expansions to the Gore campus and student accommodation. This also contributed to SIT’s $1.0 million increase in depreciation costs.

Sarah Brown was reappointed Chair until the end of her term as a council-appointed member in 2015.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance SIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 42% 52%
Māori 15% 23%
Pasifika 2% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All  77% 80%
Students under 25 77% 78%
Māori 66% 75%
Pasifika 67% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All 71% 73%
Students under 25 71% 66%
Māori 59% 65%
Pasifika 71% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the SIT region, 11% identified as Māori and 19% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 2% (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 5% 3,582 3,581 3,476
SAC Students 5% 6,474 6,878 6,519
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 3% - - 60
YG Students 3% - - 74
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 70% 72% 77%
Qualification Completion 73% 55% 64% 71%
Student Retention 64% 38% 59% 58%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 40% 40% 37%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     75%
Qualification Completion 60%     62%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $30,514 $31,302 $32,121
Domestic student fees $6,303 $6,763 $4,939
International student fees $3,601 $3,919 $4,595
Other income (including research) $4,373 $3,234 $3,503
Total revenue $44,791 $45,218 $45,158
Expenses      
Personnel $18,625 $19,479 $20,250
Total expenses $41,862 $42,108 $43,795
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $2,929 $3,110 $1,363
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $59,817 $66,363 $78,200
Total Assets $94,061 $97,668 $104,222
Equity (net assets) $88,017 $91,150 $96,133
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $6,162 $7,843 $6,286
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $4,735 $10,126 $13,250
Other      
Staffing FTE 317 332 332
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 14 : 1 14 : 1 14 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 28 : 1 28 : 1 28 : 1