The E tū, kia ora staff survey was conducted earlier this year as part of the academic planning process for UC.

We had a great response to the survey, with around 700 respondents, and a representative split between academic and general staff. Thanks to all who took the time to participate.

The survey asked staff to think about UC’s place in the world, and what is important to its academic success. In the survey, staff were asked to rate their satisfaction and perceived importance in relation to the following six attributes: international ranking, teaching quality, learning experience, research quality, research focus, and tools and support.

What the results show:

While all six attributes were regarded as important, that importance varied – with some clear differences between academic and general staff in the fields of international rankings, research focus and research quality.

      • More than two thirds of staff agreed that they were satisfied with UC’s overall teaching quality and with the learning experience we give students
      • More than 50% agreed they are satisfied with UC’s overall research quality, but only 40% agreed that they were satisfied with the focus of the University’s research
      • Academic staff placed more importance on research quality, while research focus was perceived as more important for general staff
      • Academic staff also placed more importance, and had a higher satisfaction level in terms of international rankings.

For some attributes, a high percentage of staff considered them important, but were dissatisfied with UC’s performance in that area.

      • More than 90 percent of respondents agreed that tools and support were important to carry out their role, but just under half (45%) agreed they were satisfied with the tools and support provided
      • 78% agreed UC’s place in international rankings was important, but just 44% were satisfied with UC’s current placing.

Comments received revealed there were seven categories of interest for staff: operations, values and culture, quality education, quality research, reputation and relationships, growth and size, and becoming an anchor university.

There were very few differences between the written comments made by academic and general staff, and the most frequently mentioned themes in those areas related to: improving IT, supporting quality education, decreasing bureaucracy, changing funding priorities, improving UC’s values and culture, and providing more support for administrative tasks.

The final E tū, kia ora workshop is due to take place on 7 June. There are still spots available, see here for registration details>

Once the sessions are complete the feedback will be collated and work on the draft strategy will begin.