Chapter 3: External research income

External research income declared for the 2011 funding calculation

3.7In 2007–2009, the total ERI declared by the 20 TEOs participating in the ERI measure was $1.11 billion.6 Table 3.1 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 3.1: External research income 2007 to 2009

TEO 2007 Change
2007 → 2008
2008 Change
2008 → 2009
2009 PBRF-weighted total
(numerator)
University of Auckland $116,683,274 18.73% $138,540,191 7.98% $149,595,526 $140,789,321
University of Otago $72,047,118 20.97% $87,154,298 (0.16%) $87,018,665 $84,820,405
Massey University $41,427,653 7.91% $44,706,446 19.10% $53,244,095 $48,483,452
University of Canterbury $22,670,439 14.41% $25,936,887 41.68% $36,746,477 $30,851,715
Victoria University of Wellington $24,029,305 22.01% $29,317,878 11.18% $32,595,392 $30,163,349
University of Waikato $16,341,904 3.10% $16,848,972 22.31% $20,608,092 $18,652,472
Lincoln University $18,691,168 9.88% $20,538,537 1.94% $20,937,208 $20,460,767
Auckland University of Technology $6,728,068 (3.39%) $6,500,276 19.93% $7,795,524 $7,182,069
Unitec New Zealand $1,582,521 (2.64%) $1,540,671 (66.44%) $516,996 $1,035,111
Otago Polytechnic $101,195 44.69% $146,416 396.78% $727,370 $430,110
Waikato Institute of Technology $278,074 (30.21%) $194,061 - $194,061 $206,663
Manukau Institute of Technology $89,559 (38.83%) $54,782 247.73% $190,493 $127,854
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology $841,540 (75.36%) $207,363 (22.30%) $161,119 $279,368
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi -   $164,779 189.79% $477,510 $296,428
Eastern Institute of Technology $16,765 469.37% $95,455 143.40% $232,339 $152,093
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand $45,778 96.15% $89,795 (100.00%) - $38,295
Whitireia Community Polytechnic $201,799 (65.19%) $70,249 (61.14%) $27,301 $68,508
Northland Polytechnic $28,062 274.28% $105,032 (77.15%) $24,000 $52,971
Carey Baptist College $6,602 (100.00%) -   - $990
Bethlehem Institute of Education $60,000 16.83% $70,100 0.43% $70,400 $68,735
Total $321,870,825 15.66% $372,282,188 10.44% $411,162,569 $384,160,674

3.8The $1.10 billion in ERI declared by universities formed 99.36 percent of the total in 2007-2009. The remaining TEOs reported less than one percent of the total ERI, totalling $8.61 million over the three year period.

3.9Total ERI reported by TEOs increased overall by 15.66 percent between 2007 and 2008, and by 10.44 percent between 2008 and 2009. This most recent growth is largely attributable to increases in ERI generated by the university sub-sector. While the University of Auckland’s ERI continued to grow (albeit at a decelerated rate on previous years), particularly strong growth was realised at Auckland University of Technology (recovering from 3.39 percent reduction in ERI between 2007 and 2009 to rise by 19.93 percent in the 2008 and 2009 period). There were similarly strong increases at the University of Canterbury (14.41 percent between 2007 and 2008 to 41.68 percent between 2008 and 2009), University of Waikato (3.10 percent between 2007 and 2008 to 22.31 percent between 2008 and 2009), and Massey University (7.91 percent between 2007 and 2008 to 19.10 percent between 2008 and 2009).

3.10Whether positive or negative, year-on-year changes in the amount of ERI declared varied widely for many TEOs, and were often substantial in dollar terms. There was, however, overall stability within the ranks in terms of relative performance, with individual TEOs’ shares of the total ERI pool fluctuating by one percent to two percent or less over the period. The University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and Massey University remained the only providers with a double-digit share of the pool (averaging approximately 37 percent, 22 percent, and 13 percent respectively over the three year period), together accounting for more than 71 percent of the ERI funds in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

6The total ERI for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 calendar years has been updated to reflect changes in the returns, and so may differ from that previously reported.