Universities

Auckland University of Technology

Chancellor: John Maasland
Vice-Chancellor: Derek McCormack
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Auckland City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
North Shore (Auckland),
South Campus (Auckland),
AUT Millennium Campus (Auckland)
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: 2015
Audit Report: September 2011
Funding by TEC
91.8% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
8.1% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
4.5% Level 3–4
4.5% Level 5–6
84.6% Level 7–8
6.3% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
24.9% Management and Commerce
22.0% Health
15.6% Society and Culture
14.7% Creative Arts
5.8% Education
17.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) continued to improve its overall educational performance, and remained in a healthy financial position.

Responsiveness

In its 2013 annual report Chancellor John Maasland highlighted a number of AUT’s achievements, including the expansion at its Auckland South campus and the Government’s commitment to fund further expansion to cater for 4,000 EFTS by 2020. He also underscored the improvement of AUT’s rankings in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings to the 471-480 band, as well as AUT’s strengthening and broadening collaborations with industry, particularly companies involved in Information Technology and Engineering, and the awarding of four Honorary Doctorates to individuals in recognition of contributions and excellence in their fields.

Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack also recognised a number of AUT’s achievements, including the opening of the Sir Paul Reeves Building in the city campus, expanded provision at the Auckland South campus, along with the solid relationships AUT has built with the Manukau community. In 2013, AUT offered its first interNZ scholarships to enable nine of its exceptional graduates to gain work experience in the United States through partnership with the New York-based Friends of AUT Foundation. Through investment and partnerships created through the establishment of the AUT Millennium Campus, AUT achieved the top ranking for research in sport and exercise science following the 2012 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation. AUT staff also notably undertook the world’s largest clinical study of problem gambling treatments, funded by the Ministry of Health.

AUT’s enrolments remained virtually unchanged from the previous year. The majority of AUT’s delivery was focused at Levels 7–8 (85%), with the remainder spread across Levels 9–10 (6%), Levels 3–4 (5%) and Levels 5–6 (4%). The main fields of study were Management and Commerce (25%), Health (22%), Society and Culture (15%), and Creative Arts (15%).

Participation at AUT was on par with the university sector average for Māori and well above average for Pasifika, while under-25-year-olds remained just below the sector average. Compared with 2012, participation increased for each of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds). AUT had 3,085 full-fee paying international EFTS (4,195 students).

EffectivenessTop

AUT achieved increases for two of the education performance indicators (EPIs) (qualification completion and student retention), while its course completion remained on par with the previous year and student progression dropped slightly. AUT performed above the university sector average for student progression but just below average for the other three EPIs.

Performance by the TES priority groups was generally above the university sector averages for Māori and Pasifika but below average for under-25-year-olds. Achievement across the measures generally improved on 2012 levels for these groups, with the exception of course completion, which was unchanged from the previous year.

Financial performanceTop

AUT produced a net surplus in 2013 that is $7.4m lower than the 2012 result. This is primarily due to changes in the size of the consolidated share of jointly-controlled entities. Excluding AUT’s share of surpluses from jointly-controlled entities, the 2013 result was down $0.3 million and largely unchanged from 2012.

From 2012 to 2013 AUT’s total revenue increased by $14.4 million (4.6%), while total expenditure rose by $14.7 million (4.9%). Total assets grew by $60.9 million (10.1%), mainly as a result of land and building revaluations and changes to the way in which student fees are accounted for. In 2013 AUT had one significant subsidiary investment: a 50 percent share of the AUT Millennium Trust currently valued at $18.5 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance AUT University
sector
Students under 25 71% 74%
Māori 10% 10%
Pasifika 15% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance AUT University
sector
All 84% 86%
Students under 25 83% 86%
Māori 80% 80%
Pasifika 71% 70%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance AUT University
sector
All 79% 81%
Students under 25 65% 72%
Māori 69% 71%
Pasifika 65% 59%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of University sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 13% 15,056 15,622 15,632
SAC Students 14% 20,621 21,010 21,280
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 86% 83% 84% 84%
Qualification Completion 81% 66% 74% 79%
Student Retention 84% 79% 82% 83%
Student Progression L1-4 49% 80% 85% 83%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $141,620 $142,002 $150,053
Domestic student fees $69,387 $70,337 $79,927
International student fees $47,050 $53,600 $58,492
Other income (including research) $43,134 $47,687 $39,537
Total revenue $301,191 $313,626 $328,009
Expenses      
Personnel $183,794 $192,059 $194,199
Total expenses $291,841 $299,598 $314,284
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $10,087 $22,150 $14,799
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $498,418 $558,303 $584,603
Total Assets $530,844 $604,155 $665,036
Equity (net assets) $368,144 $402,140 $447,744
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $55,424 $55,740 $63,191
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $57,574 $69,088 $41,482
Other      
Staffing FTE 2,063 2,106 2,143
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 9 : 1 9 : 1 9 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 17 : 1 18 : 1 18 : 1