Academic Audit

The University of Auckland is audited every seven to eight years by the Academic Quality Agency, the body with responsibility through Universities New Zealand for quality assurance of New Zealand universities.

Academic Audits require the University to examine learning, teaching and student support and submit a self-review document to the AQA.  A panel of external peer reviewers is appointed to review the University’s portfolio, and visits the University to meet with staff, students and other stakeholders. 

A public report contains recommendations and commendations.  The University is expected to report on implementation of recommendations. The University was last audited in 2014 (Cycle 5)

Click here to find out more about the Academic Quality Agency.  

Cycle 6 Academic Audit


The University is preparing its self-review portfolio for submission to the Academic Quality Agency in March 2022.  The self-review portfolio is a descriptive and reflective document on the University's activities under each of the areas of the audit framework:  

  • Leadership and management of teaching and learning and academic quality 
  • Student life-cycle, support and well-being 
  • Curriculum, assessment and delivery 
  • Teaching quality
  • Supervision of postgraduate research students


Feedback on the draft self-review portfolio

The University's draft self-review portfolio was available for feedback from staff through 4 October 2021.  Requests for feedback were also sent to faculties and to key staff in service divisions.

The draft portfolio has also been made available to students for feedback. Staff and students were invited to provide feedback on any or all of the sections and particularly on:

  • the coverage and accuracy of the content
  • the balance of descriptive content vs reflection
  • important areas that have been overlooked or require strengthening

Questions to consider whe reviewing the draft:

  • Are the University's objectives with respect to each area the audit covers clearly presented?
  • Does the portfolio demonstrate how well the University is achieving its objectives in each of the audit areas?
  • Does the evidence provided suggest there are embedded practices across the University in each of these areas?

Update 7 October 2021

The Consultation Draft Self-Review Portfolio was available for download and comment by University staff until 4 October. The consultation period has now closed. Thank you to staff and students who provided feedback on the draft self-review document. The audit self-review portfolio will be finalised at the end of 2021.


Preparation for audit

Co-ordinated by the Academic Quality Office and overseen by an Audit Steering Group, the University's self-review has involved:

  • Six working groups looking at different audit framework areas.  The groups had academic, professional and student members from across the University.
  • Consultation with two advisory groups on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori student participation and success.
  • Consultation with key committees including Teaching and Learning Quality Committee, Education Committee, Board of Graduate Studies, Rūnanga, and Equity Leadership Committee.
  • Working with faculties, service divisions and the Planning and Information Office to gather evidence and information.


Audit activities in 2022

The Academic Audit Panel will visit the University in the week of 25 July 2022.  The panel will meet with staff in a variety of roles in faculties and service divisions, and with undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Academic Quality Office will work with the staff and students invited to meet with the panel to brief them on audit framework and process.

Cycle 5 Academic Audit

The Cycle 5 academic audit was framed around academic activities related to teaching and learning and student support.

The framework articulated these expectations in a series of guideline statements. For each academic activity theme, universities were expected not just to address whether they had undertaken the activities or processes identified in the guideline statements, but to evaluate how well they did this, and on what evidence they based their self evaluation.

For more information about the Cycle 5 Academic Audit, see the Academic Quality Agency's website.