Universities

The University of Waikato

Chancellor: Rt. Hon Jim Bolger
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Roy Crawford
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Hamilton
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Tauranga
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: 2015
Audit Report: November 2010
Funding by TEC
83.0% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
17.0% Research
0.1% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
0.0% Level 3–4
0.9% Level 5–6
88.3% Level 7–8
10.8% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
35.2% Society and Culture
20.9% Education 
16.7% Management and Commerce
10.8% Natural and Physical Sciences
6.4% Creative Arts
10.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

The University of Waikato (Waikato) continued to be a strong educational performer and improved its financial performance to consolidate its healthy overall position in 2013.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Chancellor Rt. Hon Jim Bolger highlighted a number of Waikato’s achievements, including its ranking among the Times Higher Education top 50 universities under 50 years old and its inclusion in the top two percent of all universities worldwide. He also cited Waikato’s continued success in fostering strong relationships with communities, iwi, and other nations, and in making vital research contributions to national and international challenges in climate change, sustainability, education and technology. Waikato looks forward to celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2014.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford recognised a number of additional achievements, including reaching participation targets while enrolments softened across the tertiary sector, and positive results in the International Student Barometer Survey.

A further highlight was the adoption of a new strategy to build on its successful foundations and become more imaginative, innovative and entrepreneurial. Evidence of Waikato adapting to a rapidly changing environment can be seen in its launch of New Zealand’s first Master’s degree in Cyber Security.

Waikato’s enrolments decreased by one percent (50 EFTS). Its provision was primarily focused at Levels 7–8 (88%) and Levels 9–10 (11%), with delivery concentrated in Society and Culture (35%), Education (21%), and Management and Commerce (17%).

TES priority group participation (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was similar to the previous year. Māori participation totalled 21 percent and was well above the university sector average (10%) and remained the highest amongst the universities. Pasifika participation was the same as in 2012 at six percent. Waikato had 1,324 full-fee paying international EFTS (1,682 students).

EffectivenessTop

All Waikato’s educational performance indicators (EPIs) were slightly above the sector average, except course completion, which was one percentage point below the university sector average and dropped by the same amount compared with 2012.

Performance of the TES priority groups was above or on par with sector averages for Māori and under-25-year-olds but below for Pasifika across both completion measures. Qualification completions for Māori improved significantly (from 68% in 2012 to 81% in 2013), and were notably higher than the university sector average for Māori of 71 percent.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 Waikato had a net surplus that exceeded its 2012 result by $3.9 million. This was owing in part to Waikato recording a write down of $2.3 million in the value of capitalised development projects held for commercialisation in 2012.

Total revenue increased by $8.0 million (3.6%) from 2012 to 2013, while total expenditure increased by $4.3 million (2.0%).

Depreciation and amortisation costs reduced by $2.1 million to normal levels after a one-off impairment in the value of capitalised development projects held for commercialisation in 2012. Total assets increased by $8.2 million (1.9%).

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Waikato University
sector 
Students under 25 69% 74%
Māori 21% 10%
Pasifika 6% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Waikato University
sector 
All  85% 86%
Students under 25 84% 86%
Māori 80% 80%
Pasifika 65% 70%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Waikato University
sector 
All 84% 81%
Students under 25 73% 72%
Māori 81% 71%
Pasifika 45% 59%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of University sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 7% 8,660 8,776 8,726
SAC Students 7% 10,924 11,117 11,029
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 86% 87% 86% 85%
Qualification Completion 81% 78% 82% 84%
Student Retention 84% 84% 86% 85%
Student Progression L1-4 49% 85% 0% 50%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $97,642 $98,005 $101,623
Domestic student fees $40,590 $42,714 $44,182
International student fees $26,663 $26,100 $26,197
Other income (including research) $59,362 $56,096 $58,864
Total revenue $224,257 $222,915 $230,866
Expenses      
Personnel $128,656 $126,518 $128,287
Total expenses $215,518 $217,048 $221,319
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $8,805 $5,831 $9,694
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $357,947 $364,349 $368,683
Total Assets $404,929 $414,857 $423,036
Equity (net assets) $337,109 $342,947 $353,285
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $26,646 $29,035 $24,158
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $29,085 $29,068 $24,301
Other      
Staffing FTE 1,543 1,513 1,543
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 7 : 1 7 : 1 7 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 18 : 1 18 : 1 19 : 1