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: Anticipated release October 2014
Funding by TEC
74.6% Teaching and Learning
0.3% Capability
24.0% Research
1.1% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
1.3% Level 3–4
0.0% Level 5–6
87.8% Level 7–8
10.9% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
30.2% Society and Culture
17.5% Natural and Physical Sciences
11.3% Health 
10.4% Engineering and Related Technologies
9.6% Management and Commerce
21.1% Other
Delivery By Subject

The University of Auckland (Auckland) continued to be a strong overall performer in 2013. It remained in a sound financial position and was well placed to advance the TES priorities.

Responsiveness

As noted by Chancellor Dr Ian Parton in Auckland’s 2013 Annual Report, a number of the university’s academic staff received prestigious awards, including three National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards; the Prime Minister’s Science Prize; the Callaghan Medal for Science Communication; the Thomson Medal for an outstanding contribution to the commercialisation of scientific research; the Pickering Medal for innovation in acoustic design; and the Royal Society’s Rutherford Medal.

Another highlight was the purchase of the former Lion Breweries site in Newmarket as a basis for a new campus, to be integrated with the existing City and Grafton campuses. The resulting consolidated city-based campus will provide better support for students wishing to study conjoint degrees and interdisciplinary research.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon recognised Auckland retaining its position in the top 100 universities in the 2013 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, with a number of individual subject areas ranked in the top 30 (Accounting and Finance, Psychology, Law, Education and Linguistics), and a further 13 ranked in the top 50. Auckland also maintained its recent trend of increasing the numbers of students achieving top grades. It further responded to strong demand from Māori and Pasifika students for access to programmes designed to support their successful transitions to university, and to progress towards equity in participation and achievement for priority learners.

Auckland increased its domestic enrolments by one percent (290 EFTS) and concentrated its delivery at Levels 7–8 (88%) and Levels 9–10 (11%). The main fields of study were Society and Culture (30%), Natural and Physical Sciences (18%), and Health (11%).

Participation for under-25-year-olds and Pasifika students was above the 2013 university sector average, with the latter up one percentage point from 2012. Auckland had 3,245 full fee-paying international EFTS (4,206 students) and this increased the proportion of international students to 13.2 percent of its student body.

EffectivenessTop

Auckland achieved above or on par with the university sector averages for each of the four educational performance indicators (EPIs) in 2013. Student retention and progression measures both increased from 2012.

Performance by the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was above the university sector averages in 2013. Student retention and progression EPIs also improved on 2012 levels for each of the three TES priority groups.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 Auckland had a net surplus of $29.5 million (3.0%), which is largely comparable with the 2012 result ($29.1 million (3.1%). Total revenue increased by $42.1 million (4.5%) between 2012 and 2013. Increases in Government revenue ($18.9 million) and student tuition fees ($15.3 million) were offset by increases in personnel expenditure ($10.7 million); operating expenditure ($20.0 million); and depreciation and amortisation ($11.2 million).

Total assets increased by $174 million from 2012 to 2013, owing to $60.7 million of property held for sale and an increase in the value of property, plant and equipment of $113 million, owing to acquisitions, and revaluations of existing property.

Auckland has one subsidiary, Auckland UniServices Limited (AUSL), which materially impacts on the financial statements of Auckland in that AUSL contributes $87.2 million in research revenue to the consolidated result.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Auckland University
sector 
Students under 25 78% 74%
Māori 8% 10%
Pasifika 10% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Auckland University
sector 
All  88% 86%
Students under 25 88% 86%
Māori 83% 80%
Pasifika 74% 70%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Auckland University
sector 
All 81% 81%
Students under 25 72% 72%
Māori 73% 71%
Pasifika 64% 59%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of University sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 25% 28,865 29,090 29,380
SAC Students 24% 36,254 36,236 36,575
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 86% 88% 89% 88%
Qualification Completion 81% 88% 84% 81%
Student Retention 84% 87% 88% 89%
Student Progression L1-4 49% 90% 85% 94%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $369,525 $369,905 $388,839
Domestic student fees $136,016 $143,411 $150,911
International student fees $70,564 $80,101 $87,885
Other income (including research) $356,883 $337,991 $345,836
Total revenue $932,988 $931,408 $973,471
Expenses      
Personnel $545,004 $557,297 $568,007
Total expenses $900,722 $902,046 $943,784
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $32,266 $29,094 $29,461
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $1,581,329 $1,613,677 $1,724,178
Total Assets $1,678,509 $1,750,888 $1,924,899
Equity (net assets) $1,372,010 $1,404,905 $1,543,523
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $130,038 $120,831 $148,546
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $220,957 $134,486 $117,618
Other      
Staffing FTE 4,784 5,019 4,909
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 7 : 1 7 : 1 7 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 16 : 1 17 : 1 18 : 1