The University Advisory Group (UAG) will proceed with several consultation phases. Phase 1 consultation will consider the role of universities in New Zealand and the shape of the sector to inform the initial report to Government. Subsequent phases will consider quality and excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer, efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability as well as fiscal and policy considerations.

We are now seeking public submissions for Phase 1 for the University Advisory Group. Submissions for phase 1 will close at 11.59pm, Friday 31 May 2024.

Submission guidelines

Submission questions for Phase 1

Make a submission

Submission guidelines

Submissions are publicly released.

There are two steps to the submission process.

Step 1: Fill in the online submission form. Any contact details in the online form will NOT be made public.

Step 2: At the bottom of the form, upload your submission document. Any information in the submission document WILL be publicly released.

Please only upload one PDF document. The document needs to contain the following details:

  • Your first and last name
  • Specify if you’re making a submission as an individual or on behalf of an organisation
  • The name of the organisation (if applicable)
  • It can be up to four A4 pages outlining your feedback.

Any information that you include in the uploaded submission document will be publicly released (and available to public search engines) as part of your submission. Your submission will be published under your or your organisation’s name.

If you have any questions about your submission or the submission process please contact

Key points

  • Please fill in the online form and upload a submission in PDF format.
  • You may answer all questions or as few as one.
  • Please number your response to the questions.
  • Only one document can be uploaded (up to four A4 pages of feedback.)
  • We will only accept one submission per individual. During the submission round, if you have submitted your application and want to update your submission, please email

How to name your document

  • Please name your document using this file naming convention:

[First name]_[Last Name]_[Organisation if named]_Phase1

  • Do not use macrons or special characters.

Further guidance on making a submission can be found on the Submissions section on the FAQ page.

Submission questions:
Phase 1

Phase 1 consultation will consider the role of universities in New Zealand and the shape of the sector that will inform subsequent phases. It is not intended that we consider operational or fiscal detail at this stage and there are many other issues not considered at this stage. Where possible it may be useful to distinguish short-term issues from longer-term desired outcomes.


  1. What should be the primary functions of universities for a contemporary world?

  1. What should be the long-term shape of the university sector in New Zealand so that it meets these primary roles?

  1. What are the barriers (excluding fiscal) that limit the universities from operating efficiently and effectively for the benefit of New Zealand?

  1. Can the eight universities function better as a holistic system to meet New Zealand’s needs? If so, how to establish a more differentiated yet cooperative sector?

  1. How research-intensive do New Zealand universities have to be? Do they need to be research intensive in all subjects?

  1. What is the appropriate mix of offerings in teaching, research, and knowledge transfer across the system to meet economic, environmental, and social challenges?

  1. What are the most appropriate approaches to ensure excellence in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and community engagement?

  1. How to ensure universities play their role in advancing all segments of New Zealand society without compromising on the goals of excellence?

  1. What is the appropriate size for the domestic student body in the New Zealand universities?

  1. How well are universities performing in the role as critics and consciences of society?

  1. How well are the universities complying with the requirements in the Education and Training Act 2020 with regards to the Treaty/Te Tiriti?
Make a submission

Further guidance on making a submission can be found on the Submissions section on the FAQ page.