Cycle 5 academic audits (2013 - 2016)

Cycle 5 academic audits of New Zealand universities commenced in the second half of 2013. Further information is available from the brochure: Cycle 5 Academic Audit Framework. Printed copies are available on request.

Indicative site visit timings for Cycle 5 academic audits of New Zealand universities are as follows:


UniversityCycle 5 site visitPublished audit report
Massey UniversityNovember 2013March 2014
University of AucklandJuly 2014November 2014
Victoria University of WellingtonAugust 2014December 2014
University of CanterburyNovember 2014March 2015
University of WaikatoAugust 2015December 2015
AUT UniversityNovember 2015April 2016
University of OtagoMay 2016September 2016
Lincoln UniversityAugust 2016 December 2016 

Cycle 5 Academic Audit Handbook for Universities. Note: final requirements and timelines for Cycle 5 audits will be confirmed with individual universities.

Cycle 5 is framed around academic activities related to teaching and learning and student support, and focuses on key academic activities and quality assurance processes which might be expected as fundamental in a contemporary university of good standing. Seven key Academic Activity Themes form the framework for both self-review and the academic audit:

  1. Leadership and Management of Teaching and Learning
  2. Student Profile: Access, Transition and Admission Processes
  3. Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Student Engagement and Achievement
  5. Student Feedback and Support
  6. Teaching Quality
  7. Supervision of Research Students.

Under each of these Activities, the framework articulates guideline statements against which universities will undertake their self-review and will be evaluated by audit panels. For each Academic Activity Theme, universities should address not just whether they do undertake the activities or processes identified in the guideline statements, but also evaluate how well they do so, and on what evidence they base their own self-evaluation.

Last updated: 13 December 2016