Universities

Lincoln University

Chancellor: Tom C. Lambie
Vice-Chancellor: Emeritus Professor Roger Field to April 2012; currently Dr Andrew West
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch - Lincoin
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Balclutha - Telford
AQA Academic Audit
Whole institution audit timeline: 2016
Audit Report: October 2012
Funding by TEC
71.7% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
28.2% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
25.0% Level 1–2
13.2 Level 3–4
8.6% Level 5–6
43.8% Level 7–8
9.3% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
52.4% ​Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
18.6% ​Management and Commerce
12.0% ​Natural and Physical Sciences
9.7% ​Society and Culture
2.4% ​Architecture and Building
4.7% ​Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, Lincoln University’s educational performance showed signs of improvement following a dip in 2011 after the merger with Telford Rural Polytechnic (Telford) in 2011. Lincoln was below the TEC financial guidelines on some measures in 2012.

Responsiveness

In the 2012 Annual Report, Chancellor Tom Lambie, noted that a major focus for council and senior management had been addressing the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes – on the physical infrastructure, student enrolment and the university’s financial position. A Master Plan had been developed and, in late 2012, the brief was completed for an innovative Campus Development Plan to provide a clear direction for both short-term rebuilding and long-term campus development.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrew West, highlighted the need to reinforce Lincoln’s position as a specialist, research-led, land-based educational institution. The Master Plan had informed the concept of a Lincoln Hub that involved collaboration and cooperation with Crown Research Institutes, DairyNZ and the broader Lincoln township. Despite the impact of the earthquakes, the strength of the university’s core activities remained undiminished and this was reaffirmed in 2012 by independent judgements of the quality of the university’s teaching and of its research.

In 2012, Lincoln’s enrolments increased by 10 percent (285 EFTS). This increase was primarily at Levels 1–2 and was largely due to the merger with Telford. The majority of Lincoln’s delivery was at Levels 7–8 (44%), Levels 1–2 (25%) and Levels 3–4 (13%). Lincoln’s main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (52%), Management and Commerce (19%), and Natural and Physical Sciences (12%).

Māori participation increased on the previous year by 2 percentage points and was above the university sector average. Pasifika and under-25-year-old participation remained at 2011 levels and was below the university sector average. In 2012, Lincoln had 517 full fee-paying international EFTS (704 students).

EffectivenessTop

Lincoln achieved increases across three of the four educational performance indicators (EPIs) in 2012. These increases demonstrate a recovery from the 2011 drop in performance against the EPIs that followed the merger with Telford and the resulting additional Telford Level 1–4 provision. Course completion was the only indictor not to improve, flowing from the Levels 1–4 inclusion. Performance in all EPI measures for Levels 7–10 remained above the university sector average.

Performance of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) improved on several indicators in 2012 but was below the university sector average for each measure. While Pasifika course completion increased substantially (up from 49% in 2011 to 71% in 2012), it represented a relatively small cohort of 44 EFTS in 2012. Course completion also increased for Māori (up from 48% in 2011 to 55% in 2012), and under-25-year-olds increased on both course and qualification completion.

CapabilityTop

A key task for the council at the start of 2012 was recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor to replace Emeritus Professor Roger Field on his retirement. The appointment attracted high-calibre applicants and, after a rigorous selection process, the council appointed Dr Andrew West.

Total revenue increased by $1.8 million (1.6%) from 2011 to 2012. It included an increase in government funding of $3.8 million that was partially offset by a $2.2 million decrease in other income.

Total expenditure increased by $4.7 million (4.2%) in the period, and Lincoln reported a net deficit of $3.4 million (3.0%) in 2012. This was a reversal of the $0.5 million (0.5%) achieved in 2011.

TES Priorities

Participation
2012 Performance Lincoln
University
University
sector
Students under 25 63% 73%
Māori 11% 10%
Pasifika 1% 6%
Course Completion
2012 Performance Lincoln
University
University
sector
All 80% 86%
Students under 25 84% 86%
Māori 74% 80%
Pasifika 71% 72%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance Lincoln
University
University
​sector
All 66% 80%
Students under 25 64% 72%
Māori 55% 68%
Pasifika 52% 60%
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments % of University sector 2010 2011 2012
EFTS 3% 1,956 2,797 3,082
Students 4% 2,514 5,404 6,680
Educational Performance Indicators University sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 86% 84% 82% 80%
Qualification Completion 80% 68% 65% 66%
Student Retention 82% 84% 55% 62%
Student Progression L1-4 62% 100% 20% 31%
Overview of Financial Performance*  
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Revenue      
Total government revenue $32,490 $41,101 $44,867
Domestic student fees $7,861 $8,459 $8,924
International student fees $10,910 $10,616 $10,416
Other income (including research) $45,230 $51,023 $48,819
Total revenue $96,491 $111,199 $113,026
Expenses      
Personnel $55,226 $58,973 $59,972
Total expenses $100,369 $112,138 $116,800
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) -$3,878 $509 -$3,401
Assets      
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $185,183 $187,272 $194,546
Total assets $236,416 $251,505 $250,012
Equity (net assets) $201,775 $216,079 $211,145
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $5,684 $4,375 $5,762
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $7,058 $7,958 $15,806
Other      
Staffing FTE 652 681 666
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 4 : 1 5 : 1 6 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 11 : 1 14 : 1 15 : 1