Victoria University of Wellington was created by its own Act of Parliament, which came into force on 1 January 1962. Prior to that Victoria University College was a constituent part of the University of New Zealand. Victoria College commenced teaching in 1899 and the original part of that building now known as Hunter was opened in 1906.
Academic decisions and qualifications are the responsibility of the University and its five Faculties. Teaching, learning and research are carried out by 24 Schools and a number of Institutes and Centres.
The University operates from several sites. The Kelburn Campus is the home of the University's administration and Schools with interests in science and humanities and social sciences. The Te Aro Campus, on the southern fringe of the central business district, is the home of the Schools of Architecture and Design. The Pipitea Campus, close to Parliament and the courts, consists of the Government Buildings Historic Reserve and the neighbouring Rutherford House and, from 2004, the Wellington Railway Station. This Campus is home of the University's schools specialising in the study of law, government, commerce and administration and professional development. The Karori Campus is the home of the Wellington College of Education with which the University has a strategic alliance, is the base of the University's Foundation Studies programme. The University also offers this programme in Auckland in association with Academic Colleges Group and teaches an International Master of Business Administration programme in Hong Kong in association with the Asia-Pacific Institute of Business, part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Total equivalent full-time students (EFTS) inclusive of international and contract EFTS numbers increased by 843 compared to 2003. Over the past six years EFTS numbers have increased by 3,109, or 25.9 percent.
Student enrolments increased by 1,021 compared to 2003. Female students make up 56 percent of the total enrolment. Over the past six years student enrolments have increased by 5,233 or 37.5 percent.
Māori students increased by 28 compared to 2003 and comprised 7.8 percent of the total student enrolments and 9.4 percent of domestic enrolments. Over the past six years enrolments by Māori have increased by 319, or 26.9 percent.
Pacific students increased by 50 compared to 2003 and comprised 3.9 percent of the total student enrolments and 4.7 percent of domestic enrolments. Over the past six years, enrolments by Pacific students have increased by 303 or 67.8 percent.
International students increased by 661 compared to 2003 and comprised 16.9 percent of total student enrolments. Over the past six years international enrolments have increased by 2,695 or 493.6 percent.
The number of degrees, diplomas and certificates has increased by 43.8 percent since 1998. There was an increase of 15.7 percent between 2003 and 2004. Fifty-seven students graduated with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.
Faculty Enrolments as at October 2004
*Faculty enrolments are higher than total enrolments as students may enrol in more than one Faculty, such as those studying towards a conjoint degree.
Statement of Resources
for the year ended 31 December 2004
Full-time Equivalent Staff
*Academic Support includes Faculty managers and technical, administrative and secretarial support staff within Schools and Faculties.
To calculate FTEs, permanent and part-time staff records were extracted from the payroll system. Full-time staff are counted as one FTE and part-time as hours worked divided by standard hours.
Prior to 2001, full-time equivalent staffing for casual workers was calculated by dividing the total payments to such staff in each category by the annual salary for a given step on the relevant salary scale. From 2001, actual hours worked by each casual worker were expressed as a fraction of the hours worked by a full-time member of staff and the total of all casuals then summed by category of employment. This has made comparisons with previous years' FTEs difficult for areas with large numbers of casual staff.
The principal resources of the University Library are its staff, its collections of electronic and printed materials, its national and international document retrieval and supply networks, and the environments—physical and virtual—that it provides for readers and for the secure housing of recorded knowledge.
Those collections owned, as distinct from licensed, by the Library are capitalised for valuation and annual reporting purposes. The annual revaluation methodology adopted in 1993 was replaced in 2000 by straight-line depreciation as reported in the Statement of Accounting Policies.
The Library is accessible through its website and distance delivery services, through all Student Computing Suites, and through four full-service campus sites. These are on the Pipitea Campus in the Government Buildings Historic Reserve (Law) and in the Railway Building (Commerce), on the Te Aro Campus (Architecture and Design), and on the Kelburn Campus in the Rankine Brown Building (Central Library). The Kelburn Campus is also served by the Language Learning Centre in the Von Zedlitz Building. All branch libraries are served by delivery systems from the Central Library. The Commerce Library started operations in July 2004. The Wellington College of Education Library has been managed by the University Library under a service level agreement since February 2004.
Within these campus sites occupied by Library services, provision is made for the storage and presentation of collections, and for reader spaces both with and without computer access. A summary of total net space, reader spaces and full-time equivalent staff (excluding the College of Education library) for 2004 is:
The 83.5 FTE staff comprises 102 people (including part-timers) of whom 46 have professional library qualifications. In addition, throughout 2004 more than 60 student casual assistants, equivalent to nine FTE, were employed for Library services
Subject to minor variations between sites and between trimesters, the Library is open at each site for 86 hours a week (Monday to Sunday). Access to resources through the Library website (www.vuw.ac.nz/library) is continuous.
The Library embarked upon a collection appraisal process to identify lesser-used material from its collections. Following the appointment of a new University Librarian, a collection management policy for the Library is being developed, and it will offer a framework in which academic needs can best be reflected in the Library's collections.
Victoria University owns and occupies approximately 22.2 hectares.
Excluded from the above are:
- three properties acquired jointly since 1990 with the Wellington College of Education as tenants in common, for use by the Helen Lowry Hall of Residence in Karori and
- two farming properties in the Taranaki District from which the University enjoys endowment rents.
The buildings occupied by the University are diverse with the majority of space provided in purpose built buildings constructed between 1931 and 1991.
The development of the West Wing of the Railway Station and a building at Wigan Street 2004 to accommodate growth in the number of equivalent full-time students (EFTS) in the Pipitea and Te Aro Campuses resulted in a net increase in space leased by the University. Two short-term leases on properties occupied by the School of Design expired or were terminated during the period.
The Railway West Wing upgrade to house Commerce and Law students was completed in the first half of the year. A major refit of the lower floors of Rutherford House and the construction of two new lecture theatres, both completed for the commencement of lectures in March 2004 have significantly enhanced the facilities at Pipitea Campus.
A purpose-built building was developed at Wigan St and linked to the existing premises at Vivian Street to create a single facility for the Schools of Architecture and Design. The University occupies the new building under a long-term lease with a private developer, enabling the University to terminate short-term leases as noted above.
Redevelopment of part of the Central Services Building was completed in July 2004 to facilitate the move of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research onto the Kelburn Campus. Work commenced within the New Kirk Building to significantly upgrade the facilities to an advanced standard, retro-fitting new laboratories and providing additional staff and student space to accommodate the expansion in student numbers within the School of Biological Sciences.
Other projects of note were the re-fit of Levels 3-7 of the Murphy Building, a new entrance for the Old Kirk Building to improve flow-through of foot-traffic, the demolition of several pre-fabricated buildings to create a new parking area at Gate 7, and the fit-out of the Victoria Psychology Clinic in leased premises in the Central Business District. The year also saw the completion of major projects that commenced in 2003, being the seismic strengthening of the Rankine Brown Building and the upgrade of the Easterfield Building, both being key components in upgrading the focal point of Kelburn Campus.
Summary of net usable square metres occupied
* 'Other Research Centres' are included in 'Administration' from 2001.
** The total space occupied by Schools of Architecture and Design prior to 2001 was incorporated within Science.
Student living accommodation - Halls
of Residence as at 31 March 2004
Students enrolled at Victoria University were accommodated in Halls of Residence as follows:
*Before 2003, the Annual Report listed the total accommodation at Helen Lowry Hall and those students studying at Victoria University with the difference between the two figures being Wellington College of Education students. With the University and the College signing a service level agreement for the provision of student services in 2002, College students may now use any of the University's student accommodation providers and the service no longer distinguishes between the two groups.
** houses at Landcross St, Salamanca Rd, Clermont Tce, Adams Tce
The University operates Weir House, Whānau House, Te Aro Mahana, Wai-te-ata Apartments @ University Hall, University Hall and Te Kotahinga @ University Hall. Stafford House, VicCentral and Unicomm are privately owned, but the University has a formal agreement with both ensuring they accommodate only Victoria University students and meet University quality standards.
Helen Lowry Hall, Victoria House, Unicomm (McKenzies and Cumberland House) and Weir House provide fully catered accommodation. University Hall (including Wai-te-ata Apartments and Te Kotahinga), Whānau House, Unicomm (Education House), Stafford House, VicCentral, Te Aro Mahana and Everton Hall offer self catered accommodation.
The total number of students in residence increased in 2004 by 448 due to a new provider of accommodation, VicCentral, supplying 50 beds in single and shared studios, plus two bedroom apartments in trimester one, with a further 50 beds becoming available in trimester two. The number of beds available for students wanting to share accommodation within a Māori cultural environment rose by five through the establishment of Te Aro Mahana.
The University Council
Role of the Council
The powers, functions and duties of the Council are set out in the Education Act 1989. A principal function of the Council is to appoint, monitor and evaluate the performance of the Vice-Chancellor. The principal recurring functions of the Council are to prepare, negotiate and adopt a Charter for the institution, to adopt a Profile for the institution, to ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with its Charter and its Profile, and to determine the policies of the institution in relation to the implementation of its Charter, the carrying out of its Profile and, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the management of its affairs. The Council also adopts an annual report and financial statements and sets tuition fees. The day-to-day management of the University is the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor. The State Sector Act 1988 designates the Vice-Chancellor as the employer. Further information is held at www.vuw.ac.nz/council
Council membership for 2004
Period of current appointment, election or co-option is placed after each name.
Committees of the Council
The Council has established specific committees to consider issues under approved Terms of Reference. In 2004 these committees were:
- Academic Board
- Audit Committee
- Course Statutes Committee
- Disciplinary Appeals Committee
- Finance Committee
- Governance Committee
- Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee
Council Meetings Attended and Payments to Councillors
The Council met 14 times during 2004 and the payments listed below cover attendance at Council workshops and committees as well as Council meetings. Council members can elect not to receive payments. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor McCutcheon, was not eligible to receive fee payments.
The University Management
Victoria University of Wellington
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