Academic audit

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington undergoes a regular audit that involves a self-review and external evaluation of our academic quality.

New Zealand’s universities all participate in an externally led quality-assurance process called an ‘academic audit’.

The audit is intended to assure students, staff, and other members of a university’s community of the quality of the university’s learning and teaching programmes and its support for wellbeing and other aspects of student life.

The audit commends good practice and makes recommendations to help universities in their programmes of continuous improvement.

It involves a self-review, a visit by an external panel, publication of a report, and a follow-up process. Students, academics, and professional staff contribute to both the self-review and external evaluation.

Academic audits are conducted by the Academic Quality Agency (AQA) for New Zealand Universities.

Cycle 6 (2016-2022)

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is currently undergoing its sixth audit, the start of which was delayed from 2020 because of COVID-19. The final report of the audit will be in late 2022.

Each audit cycle includes an ‘enhancement theme’ in which all universities address an issue of national significance.

For Cycle 6, from September 2017 to March 2020 universities engaged in the theme “Access, outcomes and opportunities for Māori students and for Pasifika students”. Each university developed its own objectives and plan at the start of 2018 and then reported on both progress and challenges. Further progress on the theme will be included in Victoria University of Wellington’s academic audit self-review.

You can find more information about enhancement themes on Universities New Zealand’s theme website and can read about the final reports of the Cycle 6 theme.

General information about the academic audit process is available on the AQA website.

If you would like more information about how the process is being implemented at Victoria University of Wellington, contact senior academic quality adviser Claire Williams.

Cycle 5 Academic Audit Report (2014)

Cycle 5 (2013–2016) focused on teaching and learning and student support.

Victoria University of Wellington’s 2014 academic audit commended us for a large number of initiatives, particularly those focusing on Māori and Pasifika students.

Overall, we received 12 commendations, covering areas such as commitment to teaching excellence, the strength of our strategic planning, engagement, and partnership with students, and our focus on retention and academic frameworks.

Along with the commendations, the University received seven affirmations and eight recommendations.

Download the University's Cycle 5 report from the AQA website.

Read the University's Cycle 5 mid-cycle update report accepted by the AQA in November 2018.

Cycle 4 Academic Audit Report (2009)

Download Victoria University of Wellington’s Cycle 4 report from the AQA website.