Chapter 3: External research income

External research income declared for 2012 indicative funding calculations

3.11In 2008-2010, the total ERI declared by the 19 TEOs participating in the ERI measure was $1.19 billion. Table 3.2 shows the ERI declared in each of these three years, the changes from year-to-year, and the weighted three-year averages used to allocate PBRF funding for this measure.

Table 3.2: External research income 2008 to 2010

TEO 2008 Change
2008 → 2009
2009 Change
2009 → 2010
2010 PBRF-weighted total
(numerator)
University of Auckland $138,540,191 7.98% $149,595,526 0.10% $149,747,687 $148,013,306
University of Otago $87,154,298 (0.16%) $87,018,665 3.50% $90,064,602 $88,561,978
Massey University $44,706,446 19.10% $53,244,095 5.01% $55,911,764 $53,297,282
University of Canterbury $25,936,887 41.68% $36,746,477 (30.38%) $25,582,559 $29,543,080
Victoria University of Wellington $29,317,878 11.18% $32,595,392 (1.71%) $32,038,397 $31,825,267
University of Waikato $16,848,972 22.31% $20,608,092 (9.79%) $18,589,606 $19,034,981
Lincoln University $20,538,537 1.94% $20,937,208 8.83% $22,785,129 $21,801,368
Auckland University of Technology $6,500,276 19.93% $7,795,524 (27.87%) $5,623,292 $6,515,121
Unitec New Zealand $1,540,671 (66.44%) $516,996 (14.17%) $443,738 $633,918
Otago Polytechnic $146,416 396.78% $727,370 52.91% $1,112,234 $832,659
Waikato Institute of Technology $194,061 - $194,061 (94.07%) $11,500 $102,781
Manukau Institute of Technology $54,782 247.73% $190,493 (19.09%) $154,124 $151,952
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology $207,363 (22.30%) $161,119 60.89% $259,231 $217,112
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi $164,779 189.79% $477,510 77.32% $846,732 $615,211
Eastern Institute of Technology $95,455 143.40% $232,339 22.58% $284,791 $238,033
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand $89,795 (100.00%) - - $87,504 $57,221
Whitireia Community Polytechnic $70,249 (61.14%) $27,301 892.92% $271,082 $155,634
Northland Polytechnic $105,032 (77.15%) $24,000 (100.00%) - $24,155
Bethlehem Institute of Education $70,100 0.43% $70,400 41.16% $99,379 $84,845
Total $372,282,188 10.44% $411,162,569  (1.76%) $403,913,351 $401,705,903

3.12The $1.18 billion in ERI declared by universities formed 99.25 percent of the total across 2008, 2009, and 2010. The remaining TEOs reported just under one percent of the total ERI, amounting to $8.93 million over the three year period. Overall there was a drop in ERI funding across all eligible providers in the period between 2009 and 2010 of 1.76 percent.

3.13Between 2008 and 2010 each of the eight universities increased the amount of ERI it received. Only three of the universities (the University of Auckland, Massey University, and Lincoln University) were able to make successive increases between 2008 and 2009 and 2009 and 2010. The remainder increased in one period and decreased in the other with the largest variation experienced at the University of Canterbury with an increase of 41.68 percent between 2008 and 2009 followed by a 30.38 percent decrease between 2009 and 2010; likewise the Auckland University of Technology increased by 19.93 percent between 2008 and 2009 and decreased by 27.87 percent between 2009 and 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, the University of Auckland and Massey University generated the largest increases in ERI which equated to approximately $10 million each.

3.14Across the ITPs increases in the amount of ERI funding generated ranged from as much as an 892.92 percent increase (Whitireia Community Polytechnic 2008 and 2009) to a 94.07 percent decrease (Waikato Institute of Technology 2009 and 2010). Only Otago Polytechnic and the Eastern Institute of Technology were able to make consecutive increases on this measure. After starting from a relatively low base in 2008, Otago Polytechnic overtook Unitec as the largest recipient of ERI funding in the ITP sub-sector on the back of 396.78 and 52.91 percent gains, this shift also related to Unitec’s successive reductions in reported ERI. Also starting from a small base, Whitireia Community Polytechnic made a substantial increase between 2009 and 2010 of 892.92 percent which saw its ERI for 2012 rise to $155,634 from $68,508 in 2011.

3.15Across the wānanga and PTEs there were only two providers participating, namely Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Bethlehem Institute of Education, both of which made consecutive increases. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi made a substantial increase across each year (189.79 percent and 77.32 percent), increasing its reported ERI by $681,953 between 2008 and 2010 and netting it $615,211 in its allocation for 2012.