Significant growth in the quantity and quality of applied research by WelTec and Whitireia staff has been recognised by the latest government research funding allocation.
The Tertiary Education Commission’s 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation report has awarded WelTec a 71 percent increase in research funding, and Whitireia a 118% increase, as a result of the high quality of applied research produced by both institutes and the associated industry engagement and student learning.
The funding increases at WelTec and Whitireia are the highest of the polytechnic sector in New Zealand.
The purpose of the PBRF is to reward and encourage excellent research in the tertiary sector. Staff at each institution were asked to submit a portfolio of evidence to the TEC for evaluation. The amount of funding allocated by the TEC is a reflection of the quality of the portfolio grades.
The combined annual funding for WelTec and Whitireia in the last PBRF evaluation in 2012, was $300k. The new funding level of $600k per annum is made up of $230k towards WelTec research, and $370k towards Whitireia research.
WelTec and Whitireia Chief Executive Chris Gosling said, “We are delighted that the high quality of research by our staff has been recognised and rewarded. It is a testament to our teaching staff and their ongoing engagement with industry.”
Mr Gosling said WelTec and Whitireia staff’s commitment to applied research and strong engagement with business and industry contributes significantly to students’ understanding of current industry problems and potential solutions. In addition, students have opportunity to better understand the process of research and the part it plays in advancing knowledge.