Academic audit

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External University Academic Audit

In November 2014, the fifth academic audit of the University of Canterbury was undertaken by the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA, formerly the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit). The report is available at In accordance with international best practice, the University is continuing to reflect and review its quality systems and processes as evidenced by its mid cycle report which is available Mid cycle final report.

AQA is an independent body established by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee to carry out an academic audit of universities. AQA audits are predicated on the principles of being evidence-based; enhancement-led; externally benchmarked and undertaken by peers. The Cycle 6 framework which begins in 2021 was developed in consultation with staff and Vice-Chancellors of New Zealand universities, internationally experienced auditors and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations. Further information about the basis for audit may be found in the Handbook for Universities at 

The University of Canterbury's next audit visit will take place in 2022. In the interim, the University is taking part in a national enhancement theme audit focussing on Māori and Pasifika student achievement, retention and success and is reporting back to the AQA and other universities on progress on a regular basis.   

Further information about the audit process is available from:

Eleri Nugent

Kaitohutohu Kounga Akoranga
Academic Quality Assurance Advisor
Matariki Level 5 Sth
Internal Phone: 93966