Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Improved effectiveness & lower compliance in PBRF

Improved effectiveness & lower compliance in PBRF

Tertiary education research funding will be simplified and strengthened in changes announced today by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.

The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) rewards and encourages excellent tertiary education research by assessing research quality, allocating funding based on results, and publishing information on research performance. It also contributes to the Government’s wider science, research and innovation objectives, by supporting research activities that provide social and economic benefits to New Zealand.

The changes to the PBRF are being made following a review announced as part of the Government's Building Innovation programme, that was carried out over the course of 2012/13.

“In 2012, we committed to invest an additional $100 million in PBRF over four years. This will result in the fund reaching $300 million in 2016/17. This is a significant investment by the Government, so it is appropriate to review the settings of the PBRF to ensure we are getting the best results possible from that investment,” Mr Joyce says.

The review showed that the PBRF is generally working well. It has contributed to an increase in the research performance and productivity of New Zealand tertiary education organisations and is well-regarded internationally.

“We have a system with a number of strengths when compared with other performance-based funding systems around the world. However it is complex and it carries significant compliance costs for institutions and researchers. The changes we’re making will build on the strengths of the PBRF and lower compliance costs,” Mr Joyce says.

The changes will support tertiary education organisations to increase their future research performance by:
• Simplifying the research assessment process, saving time and reducing costs
• Rewarding tertiary education organisations that attract external research income from international sources, New Zealand industry, iwi and not-for-profit organisations – and so placing a higher value on research that meets user needs
• Rewarding tertiary education organisations that recruit, develop and retain new and emerging researchers – supporting the sustainability of the tertiary education research workforce
• Strengthening public reporting on research performance.

Along with these changes, the Government is considering one further proposal to increase the proportion of PBRF income allocated based on external research income (from 15 per cent to 20 per cent of the fund). This would better reward tertiary education organisations that attract income from contestable research funds and contract research, and strengthen incentives to for tertiary education organisations to actively seek out additional research income. The change would bring the New Zealand system more in line with international practice.

The Ministry of Education will undertake a short, targeted consultation with the most affected tertiary education organisations and some science organisations before the Government finalises this proposal.

The changes announced today will be introduced between 2015 and the next Quality Evaluation in 2018.

More information about the PBRF review is available at:www.minedu.govt.nz/PBRF


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news