Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Southern Institute of Technology

Chair: Sarah Brown
Chief Executive: Penny Simmonds
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Invercargill
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Gore, Christchurch, Queenstown
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
12.1% Level 1–2
42.5% Level 3–4
29.7% Level 5–6
15.7% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
21.2% Health
19.2% Management and Commerce
15.1% Society and Culture
14.3% Creative Arts
8.0% Engineering and Related Technologies
22.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) generally improved its educational performance in 2012. Financially, SIT remained in a strong position.

Responsiveness

In SIT’s 2012 Annual Report, Chair Sarah Brown, highlighted the completion of a $5.5 million trades centre on SIT’s Invercargill campus. The Trade Centre has a mix of new and redeveloped facilities, and is expected to provide job seekers with the skills and qualifications to support regional economic growth and to contribute to the Canterbury rebuild.

Further building and infrastructure development was covered by the Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds, in her review of the year. In 2012, SIT completed development of a $1 million upgrade of the Nursing School to enhance nursing simulation and clinical suites. Building started on the student accommodation site that was purchased in Invercargill in 2011, and Hansen Hall, on the Tay Street campus, was substantially renovated. International educational partnership arrangements increased in 2012, with international student growth continuing to occur, although at a lower rate than in previous years.

Participation rates remained at almost the same levels to 2011. The majority of delivery was at Levels 3–4 (43%), Levels 5–6 (30%) and Levels 7–8 (16%). Provision increased at Levels 3–6, compared with 2011, and reduced at Levels 7–8, which went against the trend for the previous year. In 2012, the main fields of study at SIT were Health (21%), Management and Commerce (19%) and Society and Culture (15%). A significant proportion of SIT’s delivery is via distance learning.

In 2012, Māori and Pasifika participation made up 14 percent and 3 percent of SIT’s enrolments respectively, reflecting the region’s demography. Māori participation was slightly down on the previous year. Participation for under-25-year-olds continued to show year-on-year increases but remained below the sector average, which is consistent with the region’s demography. In 2012, SIT had 496 full fee-paying international EFTS (778 students).

SIT achieved many of its key performance indicators as outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.

EffectivenessTop

In 2012, SIT achieved increases across three of the four educational performance indicators, compared with the previous year. However, with the exception of student progression, SIT remained below the ITP sector average on each indicator.

Achievement of under-25-year-olds and Pasifika students improved notably on the previous year, with course completion up by 6 percent and 4 percent respectively and qualification completion up by 17 percent and 13 percent respectively. Māori achievement also increased and moved closer to the ITP sector average.

CapabilityTop

Total revenue increased by $0.4 million (0.9%) from 2011 to 2012, and SIT continues to maintain a strong liquidity position. In 2012, SIT reported a net surplus of $3.1 million (6.9% of total revenue), which was up on the 2011 result of $2.9 million (6.5%).

SIT has applied to transfer into its own title the Crown titled land and buildings that it manages in Invercargill. The application was being assessed against the Cabinet-agreed criteria at year end.

TES Priorities

Participation
2012 Performance SIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 44% 52%
Māori 14% 22%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All  72% 79%
Students under 25 73% 78%
Māori 67% 73%
Pasifika 56% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All 64% 70%
Students under 25 67% 63%
Māori 60% 61%
Pasifika 39% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the SIT region, 10% were identified as Māori and 20% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 1%. (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% 3,815 3,582 3,581
Students 5% 9,178 6,474 6,878
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 65% 70% 72%
Qualification Completion 70% 43% 55% 64%
Student Retention 60% 39% 38% 59%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 45% 40% 40%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Revenue      
Total government revenue $35,355 $30,514 $31,302
Domestic student fees $7,539 $6,303 $6,763
International student fees $2,852 $3,601 $3,919
Other income (including research) $2,856 $4,373 $3,234
Total revenue $48,602 $44,791 $45,218
Expenses      
Personnel $17,786 $18,625 $19,479
Total expenses $42,234 $41,862 $42,108
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $6,368 $2,929 $3,110
Assets      
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $58,802 $59,817 $66,363
Total assets $90,421 $94,061 $97,668
Equity (net assets) $84,336 $88,017 $91,150
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $9,612 $6,162 $7,843
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $7,628 $4,735 $10,126
Other      
Staffing FTE 312 317 332
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 16 : 1 14 : 1 14 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 30 : 1 28 : 1 28 : 1