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: August 2010
Funding by TEC
82.9% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
17.1% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.0% Level 1–2
1.2% Level 3–4
0.1% Level 5–6
87.4% Level 7–8
11.4% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
30.0% Society and Culture
16.1% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.7% Natural and Physical Sciences
15.4% Education
9.1% Management and Commerce
13.7% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 the University of Canterbury (Canterbury) continued its strong educational performance. Despite ongoing impacts of the earthquakes, it remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In Canterbury’s 2013 Annual Report Chancellor Dr John Wood’s major highlights included the completion of a number of building projects (the James Hight Library, the Ilam Homestead and the Central Lecture Theatres) along with the announcement of the Government contribution of up to $260 million to redevelop the science and engineering facilities. Other achievements included the implementation of Canterbury’s Māori Development Strategy, in conjunction with local iwi, and the advancement of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre to support Canterbury’s leadership in indigenous scholarship.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr recognised a number of achievements for 2013, including the roll-out of a graduate profile and the Canterbury Navigator initiative to ensure students have relevant work experience before graduating. Other highlights were the launch of the Canterbury International College, in partnership with Navitas, to triple international student numbers in 10 years and the introduction of a domestic recruitment initiative, Canterbury Explore, enabling Year 13 secondary school students to experience Canterbury first hand.

Canterbury’s enrolments fell by eight percent (932 EFTS). The majority of provision was at Levels 7–8 (88%) and Levels 9–10 (11%); concentrated in Society and Culture (30%), Engineering and Related Technologies (16%), and Natural and Physical Sciences (16%).

Participation of Māori (7%) and Pasifika (2%) students remained relatively unchanged over the previous four years. Participation of under-25-year-olds (76%) was above the university sector average and increased by one percentage point from 2012. Canterbury had 794 full-fee paying international EFTS (1,004 students).

EffectivenessTop

Canterbury was the top-performing university across two of the educational performance indicators (EPIs) (qualification completion and student progression) and also achieved above the sector average for all four indicators.

Performance for the TES priority groups saw under-25-year-olds above the university sector average for all indicators, Māori performed above average for each EPI except qualification completions, while Pasifika performed below the sector average for all except course completions.

Financial performanceTop

Canterbury had an operating deficit of $3.0 million, a $3.2 million improvement on the $6.2 million deficit of 2012. Total operating revenue decreased by $11.8 million (4.0%) from 2012 to 2013, while total operating expenditure decreased by $15.0 million (5.0%).

The significant impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes continue to impact Canterbury’s financial results, with $79.3 million in earthquake and other related adjustments improving the overall result to a surplus of $76.3 million. This represents an improvement of $142.9 million on the deficit from the earthquake and other adjustments of $66.6 million in 2012.

Total assets increased by $79.2 million, driven by increases in the value of property, plant and equipment ($36.0 million) and capital works in progress ($25.6 million). In addition to the $79.3 million surplus, Government capital contributions and insurance settlement reserves increased the total equity by a further $27.5 million.

There were two Ministerial appointments to the council in 2013: Tony Hall, the Pro-Chancellor of Lincoln University and Bruce Gemmell, who was also appointed to the Lincoln University council. These appointments, and the appointment of Dr John Wood, the Chancellor of Canterbury, to Lincoln University’s council, were aimed at promoting closer working relationships.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Canterbury University
sector 
Students under 25 76% 74%
Māori 7% 10%
Pasifika 2% 7%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Canterbury University
sector 
All  87% 86%
Students under 25 87% 86%
Māori 80% 80%
Pasifika 70% 70%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Canterbury University
sector 
All 88% 81%
Students under 25 78% 72%
Māori 68% 71%
Pasifika 51% 59%
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of University sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 9% 12,523 12,181 11,249
SAC Students 9% 15,028 14,520 13,648
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC University sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 86% 88% 87% 87%
Qualification Completion 81% 76% 85% 88%
Student Retention 84% 81% 87% 86%
Student Progression L1-4 49% 88% 86% 95%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $152,624 $151,521 $151,562
Domestic student fees $58,809 $60,171 $57,478
International student fees $19,403 $18,568 $18,371
Other income (including research) $59,880 $62,982 $54,078
Total revenue $290,716 $293,242 $281,489
Expenses      
Personnel $172,119 $175,293 $161,823
Total expenses $283,371 $299,471 $284,458
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $28,841 -$66,600 $76,328
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $634,494 $586,618 $646,447
Total Assets $744,806 $688,355 $671,411
Equity (net assets) $584,711 $522,099 $604,205
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $33,296 $44,264 $24,913
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $89,892 $71,362 $90,545
Other      
Staffing FTE 1,870 1,956 1,907
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 7 : 1 7 : 1 6 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 19 : 1 18 : 1 17 : 1