PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation

PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation

Last updated 29 March 2019
Last updated 29 March 2019

This page includes information on the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation, including the submission, assessment and auditing processes

What is the Quality Evaluation?

The Quality Evaluation is an assessment of the research performance of staff at participating tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by an expert peer review panel. It is held periodically and is the major component of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF).

The Quality Evaluation process is based on the submission and assessment of Evidence Portfolios. Peer review panels assess Evidence Portfolios against agreed standards and this process is moderated by the Principal Moderator and Deputy Moderators.

Participating TEOs are also required to review their staff against the eligibility criteria and participate in our audit processes.

Once the panel decisions have been made and approved, the results are given to each participating TEO and a report on the Quality Evaluation results is published.

Guidelines for the 2018 Quality Evaluation

The TEC and the Sector Reference Group (SRG) developed operational guidelines for the 2018 Quality Evaluation. These guidelines incorporated the valuable feedback provided by the sector and other stakeholders as a part of the SRG consultation process.

Refer to the PBRF Resources and publications page to view operational guidelines.


Moderators, Chairs, Deputy Chairs and Panel Members for the 2018 Quality Evaluation


  • Principal Moderator: Professor Paula Jameson is a Professor of Biology and the former Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. She chaired the Biological Sciences Panel in the 2012 Quality Evaluation. She was a member of the Biological Sciences Panel in the 2003 and 2006 Quality Evaluations.
  • Deputy Moderator: Distinguished Professor Marston Conder was a Deputy Moderator for the 2012 Quality Evaluation and the former Co-Director of NZ Institute of Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Auckland. He was the Chair of the working group that worked with the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission on the development of the PBRF in 2002. He was the Deputy Chair of the Sector Reference Group that designed the 2012 Quality Evaluation.
  • Deputy Moderator: Emeritus Professor Helen May retired from the University of Otago in 2016 and was appointed an Emeritus Professor. Until her retirement, she was a Professor of Education in the field of early childhood education at the university and the former Dean (2006–2011) of the College of Education. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. She chaired the Education Panel in the 2012 Quality Evaluation. She was a member of the Education Panel in the 2006 Quality Evaluation.

Chairs, Deputy Chairs and Panel Members

Evidence Portfolios (EPs) submitted as part of the PBRF Quality Evaluation process were assigned to one of 13 peer-review panels that assessed the EPs. You can view the list of panels and panellists (Chairs, Deputy Chairs and Panel Members) for the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation.

The panel appointment process occurred in two stages. The first stage closed in September 2015 and included the appointment of Chairs, Deputy Chairs, and an initial cohort of panel members. The second stage of the nomination process closed 26 February 2018. Below is information on the nomination and selection process. 

Participating TEOs

There were 36 TEOs that participated in the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation.

Participating TEOs included all eight universities, two wānanga, 14 institutes of technology and polytechnics, and 12 private training establishments.

Audit process

The PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation has been supported by a comprehensive compliance audit programme. The objective of the audit programme has been to provide assurance to the TEC that the guidelines for the 2018 Quality Evaluation were consistently and correctly applied by all participating tertiary education organisations. The audit process had two phases: Process assurance and Data evaluation.

KPMG was appointed as the auditor for the 2018 Quality Evaluation following a competitive procurement process. 



2018 Quality Evaluation – PBRF Sector Reference Group

Information about the 2018 Quality Evaluation Sector Reference Group (SRG) and consultations can be found on the Sector Reference Group page