Chapter 4: Research degree completions

Research Degree Completions funding allocations for 2010, 2011, and 2012

2010 final and 2011 final allocations

Table 4.4: Final 2010 and final 2011 funding allocations – RDC measure

TEO RDC Final
2010
RDC Final
2011
Change
($)
Change
(%)
University of Auckland $18,880,667 $19,703,061 $822,394 4.36%
University of Otago $10,729,964 $10,612,380 ($117,584) (1.10%)
Massey University $8,553,337 $8,104,393 ($448,944) (5.25%)
University of Canterbury $8,628,278 $8,238,228 ($390,050) (4.52%)
Victoria University of Wellington $5,727,470 $5,548,702 ($178,768) (3.12%)
University of Waikato $4,272,878 $3,984,663 ($288,215) (6.75%)
Lincoln University $1,847,373 $1,806,913 ($40,460) (2.19%)
Auckland University of Technology $2,750,001 $3,228,996 $478,995 17.42%
Unitec New Zealand $431,075 $683,746 $252,671 58.61%
Otago Polytechnic $179,314 $136,082 ($43,232) (24.11%)
Waikato Institute of Technology $238,888 $211,410 ($27,478) (11.50%)
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi $59,771 $47,487 ($12,284) (20.55%)
Eastern Institute of Technology - $43,500 $43,500  
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design $167,835 $115,275 ($52,560) (31.32%)
Laidlaw College $25,334 $35,162 $9,828 38.79%
Total $62,492,185 $62,499,999 $7,814 0.01%

4.11Between the final 2010 and final 2011 allocations, funding for the RDC component increased by just 0.01 percent. TEOs’ shares of this pool were determined by their relative success against the RDC measure for the respective three year periods.

4.12In the university sub-sector, only two universities received increases on their 2010 RDC funding for 2011, namely the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. The former received proportionally the largest share of RDC funding ($19,703,061) across all providers, increasing on its 2010 allocation by 4.36 percent. Auckland University of Technology received the lowest amount of RDC funding in the sub-sector but realised a significant increase of 17.42 percent or $478,995 on its 2010 allocation.

4.13The largest decreases in terms of final RDC funding for 2011 compared with 2010 occurred at the University of Waikato and Massey University, which dropped by 6.75 percent and 5.25 percent respectively. Overall the university sub-sector received fractionally less RDC funding in 2011 than it did in 2010, amounting to a difference of $162,631 on $61.39 million – largely as a result of Unitec’s increase.

4.14In the ITP sub-sector, four of the ten participating ITPs received RDC funding in 2011 compared with three in 2010. Unitec received the highest proportion of RDC funding and in 2011 increased its allocation by 58.61 percent or $252,671. Unitec’s increase between 2010 and 2011 alone was greater than the total share of RDC funding allocated to the next highest performing RDC recipient in the sub-sector, Waikato Institute of Technology which received $211,410 in 2011.

4.15With the exception of the Eastern Institute of Technology, which was allocated RDC funding for the first time in 2011 and Unitec, which had a substantial increase, the two remaining ITPs’ final allocations reduced considerably compared with 2010. Otago Polytechnic’s 2011 RDC allocation was down by 24.11 percent compared with 2011, while the Waikato Institute of Technology’s dropped by 11.50 percent over the same period.

4.16Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi was the only one of the two participating wānanga to be allocated RDC funding in 2011, albeit a 20.55 percent decrease ($12,284) on its 2010 allocation. Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and Laidlaw College were the only two PTEs to receive RDC funding. The former, and significantly larger of the two in terms of its RDC allocation, had a 31.32 percent decrease while the latter experienced a 38.79 percent increase compared with 2010.

2011 indicative and 2011 final allocationsTop

Table 4.5: Indicative and final funding allocations for 2011 – RDC measure

TEO RDC 2011
Indicative
RDC 2011
Final
Change
($)
Change
(%)
University of Auckland $20,339,615 $19,703,061 ($636,554) (3.13%)
University of Otago $11,034,832 $10,612,380 ($422,452) (3.83%)
Massey University $8,653,207 $8,104,393 ($548,814) (6.34%)
University of Canterbury $7,933,547 $8,238,228 $304,681 3.84%
Victoria University of Wellington $5,235,176 $5,548,702 $313,526 5.99%
University of Waikato $4,036,217 $3,984,663 ($51,554) (1.28%)
Lincoln University $1,861,238 $1,806,913 ($54,325) (2.92%)
Auckland University of Technology $2,297,775 $3,228,996 $931,221 40.53%
Unitec New Zealand $578,905 $683,746 $104,841 18.11%
Otago Polytechnic $123,310 $136,082 $12,772 10.36%
Waikato Institute of Technology $217,288 $211,410 ($5,878) (2.71%)
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi $48,950 $47,487 ($1,463) (2.99%)
Eastern Institute of Technology $53,248 $43,500 ($9,748) (18.31%)
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design $51,566 $115,275 $63,709 123.55%
Laidlaw College $35,125 $35,162 $37 0.11%
Total $62,499,999 $62,499,999 ($0) (0.00%)

4.17Although the final wash-up for the 2011 RDC funding made no change to the total allocations, many providers’ final allocations varied significantly from indicative amounts.

4.18The university sub-sector had, in general, minor fluctuations with a mix of small increases and decreases. Auckland University of Technology, the smallest of the universities in terms of RDC allocation, was the exception to this with a significant increase of 40.53 percent ($931,221) compared with its 2011 indicative RDC amount. 2011 final RDC funding for the University of Auckland, University of Otago, and Massey University decreased by 3.13, 3.83, and 6.34 percent respectively compared with indicative funding for 2011. Although small in terms of percentage these drops between indicative and final allocations were significant in monetary terms, with universities losing $636,554, $422,452, and $548,814 respectively. The University of Waikato and Lincoln University experienced minor decreases of 1.28 percent (-$51,554) and 2.92 percent (-$54,325) respectively. There were also increases at the University of Canterbury 3.84 percent ($304,681) and Victoria University of Wellington 5.99 percent ($313,526).

4.19Across the ITPs, Unitec received by far the largest share of RDC funding and its 2011 final allocation increased by 18.11 percent or $104,841 compared with its 2011 indicative allocation. The next largest in terms of its RDC allocation in the sub-sector, Otago Polytechnic, also had an increase of 10.36 percent compared with its 2011 indicative allocation, which amounted to $12,772 in monetary terms. The only other change of significance in the ITP sub-sector was an 18.31 percent drop between the 2011 indicative allocation and 2011 final RDC funding for the Eastern Institute of Technology.

4.20Amongst the other three participating providers that returned RDC data, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi experienced a decrease of 2.99 percent and Laidlaw College increased its indicative 2011 RDC allocation by 0.11 percent. Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design had a significant increase between its allocation and final funding increasing by 123.55 percent, starting from a small baseline of $51,566 however in monetary terms this was only a difference of $63,709.

2011 final and 2012 indicative allocationsTop

4.21For 2011 final funding, $62.50 million was available for allocation through the RDC measure, based on 2007–2009 data. Total funding remained the same for the 2011 indicative RDC allocations, based on 2008-2010 data.

4.22Fifteen TEOs were eligible to receive indicative RDC funding for 2011. Detailed information about RDCs for 2007 to 2010 is provided later in the chapter.

4.23Table 4.6 compares 2011 final and 2012 indicative funding allocations for the RDC measure.8

Table 4.6: Indicative 2012 funding compared to final 2011 funding – RDC measure

TEO 2011 Ratio 2011 Final Funding 2012 Ratio 2012 Indicative Funding Ratio
Difference
Funding Change
($)
Funding Change
(%)
University of Auckland 31.52% $19,703,061 32.45% $20,281,250 0.93% $578,189 2.93%
University of Otago 16.98% $10,612,380 17.04% $10,650,000 0.06% $37,620 0.35%
Massey University 12.97% $8,104,393 12.20% $7,625,000 (0.77%) ($479,393) (5.92%)
University of Canterbury 13.18% $8,238,228 11.72% $7,325,000 (1.46%) ($913,228) (11.09%)
Victoria University of Wellington 8.88% $5,548,702 9.83% $6,143,750 0.95% $595,048 10.72%
University of Waikato 6.38% $3,984,663 6.63% $4,143,750 0.25% $159,087 3.99%
Lincoln University 2.89% $1,806,913 3.17% $1,981,250 0.28% $174,337 9.65%
Auckland University of Technology 5.17% $3,228,996 4.42% $2,762,500 (0.75%) ($466,496) (14.45%)
Unitec New Zealand 1.09% $683,746 1.51% $943,750 0.42% $260,004 38.03%
Otago Polytechnic 0.22% $136,082 0.18% $112,500 (0.04%) ($23,582) (17.33%)
Waikato Institute of Technology 0.34% $211,410 0.41% $256,250 0.07% $44,840 21.21%
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi 0.08% $47,487 0.12% $75,000 0.04% $27,513 57.94%
Eastern Institute of Technology 0.07% $43,500 0.05% $31,250 (0.02%) ($12,250) (28.16%)
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design 0.18% $115,275 0.22% $137,500 0.04% $22,225 19.28%
Laidlaw College 0.06% $35,162 0.05% $31,250 (0.01%) ($3,912) (11.13%)
Total 100.00% $62,499,999 100.00% $62,500,000 - $1 0.00%

4.24The university sub-sector continued to perform most strongly against the RDC measure, receiving 97.96 percent of the available funding in their final 2011 allocation and 97.46 percent in the 2012 indicative allocation.

4.25The University of Auckland and the University of Otago were again the top performers, jointly receiving 48.50 percent ($30.3 million) of the available funding in 2011, and increasing to just over 49.49 percent ($30.9 million) in 2012 indicative allocations.

4.26The University of Auckland made a relatively modest increase on its indicative allocation, leading to a funding change of 2.93 percent ($578,189). Victoria University of Wellington had the largest proportional increase across the universities, with a 10.72 percent ($595,048) increase compared with its 2011 final funding. There were also large decreases between 2011 final RDC funding and 2012 indicative allocations for the University of Canterbury (down 11.09 percent or $913,228), Massey University (down 5.92 percent or $479,393), and Auckland University of Technology (down 14.45 percent or $466,496).

4.27Overall the university sub-sector decreased in terms of its total share of the 2012 allocation compared with its 2011 final funding by $314,837. This reduction is largely attributable to the increased allocation received by Unitec, which received the majority of funding outside of the universities. Unitec increased its 2012 RDC allocation by 38.03 percent ($260,004) compared with its 2011 final funding as did the Waikato University of Technology with an increase of 21.21 percent ($44,840). In contrast Eastern Institute of Technology experienced a sharp decrease of 28.16 percent ($12,250) in its 2012 RDC allocation compared with 2011 final funding. However, in monetary terms this decrease was relatively insignificant for the ITP sub-sector.

4.28Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design both had strong increases in terms of their 2012 RDC indicative funding compared with 2011 final funding, increasing by 57.94 and 19.28 percent respectively – starting from relatively low baselines these increases were significant in terms of monetary value for these providers.

8 The RDC figures for over-lapping years (2008 and 2009) may not match due to current data accuracy work. Updated figures will be reported in the 2012 annual report.