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Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities

AQA provides external academic quality assurance for all New Zealand universities via a five-yearly cycle of audits. Key principles underpinning AQA academic audits are: peer review, evidence-based, externally benchmarked, and enhancement-led. Learn more about our current cycle of academic audits here.

Recent reports: 2015 Academic Audit of Auckland University of Technology

AUT Cycle 5The report of the 2015 Academic Audit of the Auckland University of Technology was released on 18 April, 2016. The AUT academic audit was the sixth to be conducted of a New Zealand university using the Cycle 5 methodology. Cycle 5 audits cover all aspects of a university which are related to teaching, learning and student support. The audit panel made a total of eleven commendations, three affirmations and six recommendations. The full report and executive summary can be found here.


Support for Quality Conference 2016

AQA’s Support for Quality conference will be held on Thursday, 13 October, 2016 at Te Wharewake o Pōneke on the Wellington waterfront.  The day is organized into 4 sessions: (1) Reflecting on Cycle 5 and previous cycles; (2) Considering quality assurance models in other jurisdictions; (3) Current issues and sharing good practice – with guest speaker Dr Sara Booth from the University of Tasmania; (4) Discussing options for Cycle 6.  A draft programme is available here.  Further contributions and ideas for sessions are invited.  Registration for the day is $220 plus GST.  Please contact for further information.

Latest Newsletter

30 June 2016: Our March/ June 2016 newsletter is available now. The AQA newsletter is produced four times each year - in March, June, September and December. You can subscribe to our email distribution list. To unsubscribe at any time, click here.

Auckland University of Technology Audit Report

18 April 2016: The Board of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities has released the report of the 2015 Cycle 5 Academic Audit of Auckland University of Technology.