Chapter 4: Research degree completions

Research Degree Completions funding allocations for 2011, 2012, and 2013

Table 4.4: Final 2011 and final 2012 funding allocations – RDC measure

TEO RDC Final 2011 RDC Final 2012 Change($) Change(%)
University of Auckland $19,703,061 $20,021,776 $318,715 1.62%
University of Otago $10,612,380 $10,565,142 -$47,238 -0.45%
Massey University $8,104,393 $7,636,798 -$467,595 -5.77%
University of Canterbury $8,238,228 $7,255,801 -$982,427 -11.93%
Victoria University of Wellington $5,548,702 $6,034,751 $486,049 8.76%
University of Waikato $3,984,663 $4,137,787 $153,124 3.84%
Auckland University of Technology $3,228,996 $3,192,820 -$36,176 -1.12%
Lincoln University $1,806,913 $1,958,441 $151,528 8.39%
Unitec New Zealand $683,746 $924,740 $240,994 35.25%
Waikato Institute of Technology $211,410 $252,407 $40,997 19.39%
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design $115,275 $169,111 $53,836 46.70%
Otago Polytechnic $136,082 $123,816 -$12,266 -9.01%
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi $47,487 $117,052 $69,565 146.49%
Eastern Institute of Technology $43,500 $62,803 $19,303 44.37%
Laidlaw College $35,162 $46,754 $11,592 32.97%
Total $62,499,999 $62,500,000 $1 0.00%

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4.11Four of the eight universities received increases on their 2011 RDC funding for 2012, namely the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Waikato, and Lincoln University. The largest increase for this measure in both proportion and monetary terms was achieved by Victoria University of Wellington, up $486,049 or 8.76 percent between 2011 and 2012.

4.12In total the university sector received $424,020 (0.69 percent) less final RDC funding in 2012 than 2011. The largest decrease occurred at the University of Canterbury which saw its final allocation for 2012 drop by 11.93 percent ($982,427) on the previous year.

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4.13Overall, the ITP sector’s RDC funding in 2012 increased by 26.89 percent or $289,028 on its 2011 baseline. Four of the ten participating ITPs received RDC funding for 2012. Unitec New Zealand again generated the highest proportion of RDC funding and notably increased its allocation on 2011 by 35.25 percent or $240,994 to tally $924,740 in 2012. The next highest performing RDC recipient in the sector, Waikato Institute of Technology, received $252,407 in 2012, a significant increase of 19.39 percent.

4.14In 2012, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi more than doubled its 2011 RDC funding levels, increasing by 146.49 percent or $69,565 to reach $117,052. This growth is notable given that this institution only began awarding RDCs in 2011.

4.15Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and Laidlaw College were the only two PTEs to receive RDC funding in 2012, each rising by significant proportions on their 2011 allocations (up 46.70 percent or $53,836 and 32.97 percent or $11,592 percent respectively).

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Table 4.5: Indicative and final RDC funding allocations for 2012 – RDC measure

TEO RDC Indicative 2012 RDC Final 2012 Change($) Change(%)
University of Auckland $20,281,250 $20,021,776 -$259,474 -1.28%
University of Otago $10,650,000 $10,565,142 -$84,858 -0.80%
Massey University $7,625,000 $7,636,798 $11,798 0.15%
University of Canterbury $7,325,000 $7,255,801 -$69,199 -0.94%
Victoria University of Wellington $6,143,750 $6,034,751 -$108,999 -1.77%
University of Waikato $4,143,750 $4,137,787 -$5,963 -0.14%
Auckland University of Technology $2,762,500 $3,192,820 $430,320 15.58%
Lincoln University $1,981,250 $1,958,441 -$22,809 -1.15%
Unitec New Zealand $943,750 $924,740 -$19,010 -2.01%
Waikato Institute of Technology $256,250 $252,407 -$3,843 -1.50%
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design $137,500 $169,111 $31,611 22.99%
Otago Polytechnic $112,500 $123,816 $11,316 10.06%
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi $75,000 $117,052 $42,052 56.07%
Eastern Institute of Technology $31,250 $62,803 $31,553 100.97%
Laidlaw College $31,250 $46,754 $15,504 49.61%

4.16Although the final wash-up for the 2012 RDC funding made no change to the total allocation, several providers’ final allocations varied significantly from indicative amounts.

4.17The university sector experienced minor fluctuations with a mix of small increases and decreases. Auckland University of Technology was the exception to this, with a significant increase of 15.58 percent ($430,320) compared with its 2012 indicative RDC amount. 2012 final RDC funding for six universities decreased compared with their indicative funding. The decreases were relatively small for the most part in both percentage and monetary terms, with the largest drops coming from the University of Auckland (down $259,474 or 1.28 percent) and Victoria University of Wellington (down $108,999 or 1.77 percent).

4.182012 final and 2013 indicative allocations across the ITPs, Unitec New Zealand received by far the largest share of RDC funding although its 2012 final allocation decreased slightly by 2.01 percent or $19,010 compared with its 2012 indicative allocation. The largest increase in both monetary terms and percentage was achieved by the Eastern Institute of Technology, with an increase of $31,553 or 100.97 percent.

4.19The other three participating providers that returned RDC data experienced significant percentage increases between indicative and final funding on a wide range of baselines. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi experienced an increase of 56.07 percent or $42,052, Laidlaw College saw its indicative 2012 RDC allocation rise by 49.61 percent or $15,504, and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design grew its allocation by 22.99 percent or $31,611.

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4.20For 2012 final funding, $62.50 million was available for allocation through the RDC measure, based on 2008 to 2010 data. Total funding increased by $3.13 million for the 2013 indicative RDC allocations which were based on 2009 to 2011 data.

4.21Fifteen TEOs were eligible for 2012 final and 2013 indicative funding allocations for the RDC measure, as set out in Table 4.6 below.9 Detailed information about RDCs for 2008 to 2011 is provided later in the chapter.

Table 4.6: Indicative 2013 funding compared to final 2012 funding – RDC measure

TEO Ratio 2012 Final Funding 2012 Ratio 2013 Indicative Funding 
2013
Ratio Difference Change($) Change(%)
University of Auckland 32.03% $20,021,776 33.18% $21,773,223 1.14% $1,751,447 8.75%
University of Otago 16.90% $10,565,142 16.94% $11,115,785 0.03% $550,643 5.21%
Massey University 12.22% $7,636,798 10.77% $7,070,970 -1.44% -$565,829 -7.41%
University of Canterbury 11.61% $7,255,801 10.01% $6,571,582 -1.60% -$684,219 -9.43%
Victoria University of Wellington 9.66% $6,034,751 11.60% $7,611,273 1.94% $1,576,521 26.12%
University of Waikato 6.62% $4,137,787 6.76% $4,435,671 0.14% $297,884 7.20%
Auckland University of Technology 5.11% $3,192,820 5.33% $3,499,414 0.22% $306,593 9.60%
Lincoln University 3.13% $1,958,441 3.24% $2,128,136 0.11% $169,695 8.66%
Unitec New Zealand 1.48% $924,740 1.06% $695,677 -0.42% -$229,063 -24.77%
Waikato Institute of Technology 0.40% $252,407 0.38% $250,586 -0.02% -$1,820 -0.72%
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design 0.27% $169,111 0.14% $94,320 -0.13% -$74,791 -44.23%
Otago Polytechnic 0.20% $123,816 0.33% $213,878 0.13% $90,062 72.74%
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi 0.19% $117,052 0.15% $95,914 -0.04% -$21,138 -18.06%
Eastern Institute of Technology 0.10% $62,803 0.06% $39,895 -0.04% -$22,908 -36.48%
Laidlaw College 0.07% $46,754 0.04% $28,678 -0.03% -$18,076 -38.66%
Total 100.00% $62,500,000 100.00% $65,625,000 - $3,125,000 5.00%

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4.22The university sector continued to perform most strongly against the RDC measure at an aggregate level, receiving 97.29 percent of the available funding in the final 2012 allocation and 97.84 percent in the 2013 indicative allocation. This equated to an increase of $3.40 million.

4.23The University of Auckland was again the top performer by a large margin: of the total RDC funding, this institution received 32.03 percent ($20.02 million) in 2012 and was allocated 33.18 percent of the pool ($21.77 million) for 2013, a rise of 8.75 percent or $1.75 million. This was almost double the RDC funding of the next highest performer for this measure: the University of Otago received $10.57 million in 2012 and an indicative allocation of $11.12 million for 2013, growing this measure more modestly by 5.21 percent.

4.24Victoria University of Wellington had the largest proportional rise in indicative RDC funding across the universities, with a 26.12 percent ($1.58 million) increase for 2013 on its 2012 final funding. Conversely, the University of Canterbury and Massey University underwent respective decreases of 9.43 percent ($684,219) and 7.41 percent ($565,829) in their 2013 indicative allocations.

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4.25Apart from Otago Polytechnic which increased its RDC allocation by 72.74 percent or $90,062 for 2013, all of the ITPs that received funding for this measure were allocated decreases on their 2012 funding. The largest reduction in monetary terms was experienced by Unitec New Zealand which, after rising by 35.25 percent between 2011 and 2012, saw its 2013 RDC allocation fall by 24.77 percent ($229,063) compared with its 2012 final funding. The Eastern Institute of Technology underwent the largest percentage decrease for this sector, down 36.48 percent ($22,908). The Eastern Institute of Technology’s comparatively low baseline magnifies the effects of fluctuating RDC counts.

4.26Likewise, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and Laidlaw College saw reductions in their 2013 RDC indicative funding, down respectively by 44.23 percent ($74,791), 18.06 percent ($21,138), and 38.66 percent ($18,076) on their 2012 final funding.

9The RDC figures for over-lapping years (2009 and 2010) may not match due to data accuracy work. Updated figures will be reported in the PBRF annual report for 2013.