Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Otago Polytechnic

Chair: Kathy Grant
Chief Executive: Phil Ker
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Dunedin
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Cromwell, Auckland
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Highly Confident
Funding by TEC
97.9% Teaching and Learning
Capability
2.1% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
5.1% Level 1–2
27.7% Level 3–4
16.4% Level 5–6
49.8% Level 7–8
0.9% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
33.1% Health
15.7% Creative Arts
10.6% Management and Commerce
10.1% Society and Culture
7.2% Engineering and Related Technologies
23.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, Otago Polytechnic continued to be a strong educational and financial performer. Otago Polytechnic remains well placed to advance the TES priorities in 2013.

Responsiveness

The council Chair, Kathy Grant, and the Chief Executive, Phil Ker, provided a joint review for the 2012 Annual Report, reflecting the complementary nature of governance and management at Otago Polytechnic. Their review highlighted the quality of staff and the achievement in 2012 of the seventh Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in six years.

Other 2012 achievements included: the introduction of the Altitude programme, in partnership with the Malcam Trust, aimed at reducing youth unemployment in Dunedin; the opening of a new campus in Auckland, in partnership with the Future Skills Academy, to provide applied management and English language programmes to international students; and the launch of two new trades initiatives – a kaupapa Māori trades programme and a trades academy in Central Otago.

Curriculum developments also included two new professional practice qualifications: a graduate diploma and Master’s degree. Both are work-based learning programmes and unique in New Zealand. The polytechnic also successfully piloted the ‘Scarfie Army’ volunteer community service projects, which will become a permanent feature of the polytechnic. The development of a carbon mitigation scheme is also under-way for implementation in 2013.

In 2012, Otago Polytechnic increased its enrolments by 4 percent (131 EFTS). Most of the increase was at Levels 7–8, where 50 percent of Otago Polytechnic’s delivery was focused, with the remainder being spread across Levels 3–4 (28%), Levels 5–6 (16%), Levels 1–2 (5%) and Levels 9–10 (1%). The largest fields of study were Health (33%), Creative Arts (16%) and Management and Commerce (11%).

Participation was well above the ITP sector average for students under the age of 25. Participation for Māori at 11 percent and Pasifika at 3 percent, while below the sector average, significantly exceeded the regions demographics at 4 percent and 1 percent respectively and was above the polytechnic’s own targets (8% for Māori and 2.5% for Pasifika). Otago Polytechnic had the highest student participation rate in the AUSSE, the comparative survey of Australasian tertiary institutions.

Otago Polytechnic had 231 full fee-paying international EFTS in 2012 (529 students).

Otago Polytechnic achieved the majority of the key performance indicators as outlined in its Statement of Service Performance. Where indicators were not met, results were only fractionally below target.

EffectivenessTop

Otago Polytechnic continued to be a strong educational performer and maintained its high placing in the polytechnic sector for qualification and course completions.

Improvements on 2011 performance were achieved across three of the four educational performance indicators (EPIs), and Otago Polytechnic was above sector average for all EPIs. For each of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika, and under-25-year-olds), the polytechnic performed on a par with, or above, the ITP sector average. In each case, achievement improved compared with 2011 results and included good increases for Pasifika.

CapabilityTop

Total revenue increased by $4.5 million (8.0%) from 2011 to 2012, with an additional $2.0 million of government funding and $2.0 million in student tuition fees. Total expenditure increased by $4.1 million (7.8%) in the same period, mainly due to increased personnel costs of $2.9 million. Otago Polytechnic reported a net surplus of $3.7 million (6.1%) in 2012, which was up on the 2011 result of $3.3 million (6.0%).

Otago Polytechnic applied for the transfer into its ownership of the Crown titled land and building assets that it manages at its Dunedin and Cromwell sites. These form the bulk of the assets managed by the polytechnic.

TES Priorities

Participation
2012 Performance Otago
Polytechnic
ITP sector
Students under 25 64% 52%
Māori 11% 22%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance Otago
Polytechnic
ITP sector
All 83% 79%
Students under 25 83% 78%
Māori 76% 73%
Pasifika 73% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance Otago
Polytechnic
ITP sector
All 78% 70%
Students under 25 69% 63%
Māori 65% 61%
Pasifika 62% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Otago Polytechnic region, 4% were identified as Māori, Pasifika as 1% and 19% as under the age of 25 years. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections.)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments % of ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
EFTS 5% 3,337 3,314 3,445
Students 4% 6,190 4,977 4,824
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 78% 83% 83%
Qualification Completion 70% 62% 74% 78%
Student Retention 60% 48% 54% 67%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 33% 37% 41%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Revenue      
Total government revenue $33,840 $31,465 $33,425
Domestic student fees $14,120 $15,106 $16,134
International student fees $2,392 $2,467 $3,422
Other income (including research) $6,246 $6,900 $7,441
Total revenue $56,598 $55,938 $60,422
Expenses      
Personnel $33,753 $33,403 $36,262
Total expenses $54,334 $52,840 $56,986
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $2,264 $3,342 $3,704
Assets      
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $83,625 $82,845 $84,748
Total assets $90,476 $92,400 $96,144
Equity (net assets) $82,677 $84,063 $87,767
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $8,568 $8,131 $9,000
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $5,457 $6,630 $7,103
Other      
Staffing FTE 447 437 461
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 8 : 1 8 : 1 8 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 19 : 1 19 : 1 19 : 1