Auckland University of Technology

Chancellor: John Maasland
Vice-Chancellor: Derek McCormack
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Auckland City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Manukau, North Shore (Auckland)
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: 2015
Audit Report: September 2011
Funding by TEC
94.5% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
5.4% Research
0.1% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
0.2% Level 1–2
4.2% Level 3–4
5.7% Level 5–6
83.8% Level 7–8
6.2% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
25.6% Management and Commerce
21.3% Health
15.4% Society and Culture
15.0% Creative Arts
6.6% Education
16.1% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) improved its overall educational performance, compared with the previous year, and maintained a healthy financial position.


In the 2012 Annual Report, Chancellor John Maasland focused on the university’s engagement with stakeholders and industry groups, both in Auckland and the wider Pacific region. In April 2012, AUT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cook Islands Government to promote collaborative development and educational opportunities for government officials and students in the South Pacific region. In 2012, AUT became a founding member of both the Auckland Tertiary Education Network (ATEN) and the RAISE Pasifika initiative. AUT Millennium Campus’ profile and partnerships continued to gain recognition, with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and other national sporting organisations providing post-graduate scholarships.

Both the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack highlighted AUT’s entry, for the first time, in the world’s top 500 universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. AUT achieved all of its performance indicators for engagement with communities including 70 externally funded research and consultancy projects with industry, developed a new holistic peer mentoring programme for Māori students and a new Pasifika Action Plan, and launched a new International Centre for Language Revitalisation. The most significant campus development was the completion of the Sir Paul Reeves Building, which has brought new world-class facilities for collaborative research, teaching and learning to AUT’s city campus.

In 2012, AUT’s domestic enrolments increased by 4 percent, compared with 2011. The majority of AUT’s delivery was focused at Levels 7–8 (84%), which also received most of the increase in enrolments. The largest fields of study were Management and Commerce (26%), Health (21%) and Society and Culture (15%).

Participation for under-25-year-old and Māori students was just below the university sector average, while Pasifika participation was significantly above average, at 15 percent. In 2012, AUT had 2953 full fee-paying international EFTS (4149 students). AUT met its target for international EFTS, with 15 percent of total EFTS coming from this student group.


AUT achieved increases across all of the four educational performance indicators, compared with the previous year, with an 11 percentage point increase in qualification completion. AUT was on a par with the sector for student progression and has narrowed the gap for course completion but remains slightly below for qualification completion.

Performance of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) continued to increase steadily, and each improved on their 2011 performance. However, performance was generally slightly below the university sector average, with only Māori course completion above average.


John Maasland was elected Chancellor in March 2012, following the passing of Sir Paul Reeves in 2011. During 2012, the council reappointed Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack for a further five-year term; the growth and development of AUT during the Vice-Chancellor’s term was one of the factors that council members took into account.

In 2012, AUT reported a net surplus of $22.2 million (7.1%), which was up on the 2011 result of $10.1 million (3.3%). Total revenue increased by $12.4 million (4.1%) from 2011, due largely to additional revenue that included an increase in domestic and international student tuition fees.

The substantial campus redevelopment programme contributed to an increase in total debt, which remained within AUT’s borrowing consent at $99.6 million at year end.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance AUT University
Students under 25 70% 73%
Māori 9% 10%
Pasifika 15% 6%
Course Completion
2012 Performance AUT University
All 84% 86%
Students under 25 83% 86%
Māori 81% 80%
Pasifika 71% 72%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance AUT University
All 74% 80%
Students under 25 65% 72%
Māori 65% 68%
Pasifika 54% 60%
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments % of University sector 2010 2011 2012
EFTS 13% 15489 15057 15624
Students 13% 21,413 20,621 21,010
Educational Performance Indicators University sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 86% 81% 83% 84%
Qualification Completion 80% 63% 66% 74%
Student Retention 82% 80% 79% 82%
Student Progression L1-4 62% 64% 80% 85%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $138,709 $141,620 $142,002
Domestic student fees $67,758 $69,387 $70,337
International student fees $45,091 $47,050 $53,600
Other income (including research) $38,542 $43,134 $47,687
Total revenue $290,100 $301,191 $313,626
Personnel $168,268 $183,794 $192,059
Total expenses $269,288 $291,841 $299,598
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $20,812 $10,087 $22,150
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $467,967 $498,418 $558,303
Total assets $519,410 $530,844 $604,155
Equity (net assets) $358,050 $368,144 $402,140
Net cashflow from operations $58,849 $55,424 $55,740
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $27,044 $57,574 $69,088
Staffing FTE 1,961 2,063 2,106
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 10 : 1 9 : 1 9 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 18 : 1 17 : 1 18 : 1