Graduating year reviews

All New Zealand universities are required by Universities New Zealand—Te Pōkai Tara to conduct graduating year reviews (GYRs).

This review is undertaken soon after the first cohort of students have graduated from a recently approved qualification or major.

GYRs verify the academic quality of new programmes and are effectively the final stage in the nationwide approval process administered by Universities New Zealand’s Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP).

The GYR is intended to ensure that the programmes are meeting an acceptable standard of delivery. The preparation of the GYR is also used to stimulate discussion and internal self-reflection on whether the newly introduced qualifications have accomplished what was intended when they were initially proposed.


The process is outlined in the Academic Reviews and Monitoring Policy.


The Academic Office prepares a University specific variant of the CUAP Graduating Year Review template. The data is important for the GYR coordinator and the Academic Office recommends including Table 1 in the GYR.

To find out more

If you have questions about GYR, contact:

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Dr Robert Stratford

Manager, Quality and Policy
Academic Office