How Massey operates , Te Taha Whakahaere o Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

Learn how Massey works, including the people, places and processes involved in helping the university thrive.

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Like all universities, Massey is a complex organisation

We have:

  • more than 30,000 students from over 120 countries
  • 3,200 academic and professional staff
  • 5 colleges
  • 21 academic schools
  • 200+ qualifications
  • 20 professional services departments.

To make sure the university operates smoothly we have management systems in place, undertaken by an extensive staff.

People and roles

We have a University Council and Senior Leadership Team, responsible for leading Massey strategically and operationally.

Academic teaching, research and professional staff work throughout the university and are crucial to our success and reputation.

Chancellor – University Council

The Council elects the Chair, known as the university Chancellor from among its members. The Chancellor provides leadership in developing an effective governance culture and makes sure there are strong communication flows between the Council and management.

The Chancellor role involves corporate chairmanship with some ceremonial requirements. The appointee is often chosen for their strong corporate governance and leadership experience.

Pro-Chancellor – University Council

The Pro-Chancellor acts as the deputy to the Chancellor, and takes on other specific roles as assigned by the Chancellor or the wider Council.

Vice-Chancellor – Senior Leadership Team

The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive of the University, who leads and directs its strategy and overall operations.

The Vice-Chancellor also:

  • chairs the University Senior Leadership Team
  • sits on the University Council
  • is responsible for securing sufficient funding
  • represents the University externally.

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellors – Senior Leadership Team

The Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVC) are the second most senior staff members of the university, who often act in place of the Vice-Chancellor. At Massey, the Provost and DVC roles are divided into four specific focuses.


Responsible for leading the research, teaching and learning priorities of the University, including relevant academic services. The Provost is a special type of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who focuses on academic and research areas of leadership in the university and externally.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Māori

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Māori is a key role that supports the university to honour te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi is one of New Zealand’s founding documents), and in all areas of te ao Māori. This role oversees our relationships with local mana whenua, iwi and hapū, and has close links with Māori staff and students.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi @ Massey

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students and Global Engagement, and University Registrar

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students and Global Engagement, and University Registrar is responsible for a range of services that support all students, from answering questions for prospective and current students through past student alumni. They also have oversight of all campuses and teaching centres in New Zealand and overseas.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Services

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Services is responsible for all our corporate services, including finance, human resources, information technology and facilities.

Pro Vice-Chancellors – Senior Leadership Team

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) leads each of our five academic colleges:

Colleges manage the day to day running with PVCs overseeing academic and research direction. PVCs often have a significant academic reputation on top of the responsibility of managing a substantial business unit of the university.

Governance and management

The university has a structure made up of a formal governance council, a deliberative board, and an executive team.

The University Council – governance

The University Council is charged with:

  • determining the educational character and mission of the university
  • overseeing its activities
  • monitoring effective and efficient use of resources
  • safeguarding the solvency and assets of the university
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.

The Council is also responsible for appointing the Vice-Chancellor.

About the University Council

The Academic Board – deliberative

The Academic Board is a sub-committee of the University Council by delegation from the Vice-Chancellor. It includes responsibilities relating to:

  • determining the strategic direction of the university
  • setting the educational strategy and ensuring quality and excellence
  • ensuring the institution remains sustainable and financially viable
  • monitoring performance and results – to ensure the university is meeting its goals and delivering quality outcomes for learners.

The Board also advises the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on academic and research matters, where appropriate.

More on University Board and committees

The Senior Leadership Team – executive

The Senior Leadership Team is the senior management group of the university, with a range of responsibilities relating to setting strategy and overseeing operations. It also advises the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on management and other matters, where appropriate.

The Senior Leadership Team or SLT is made up of the executive leads of the university, including the VC, the Provost, DVCs and PVCs.

Management leadership


Massey has a number of committees that together consult and advise on administrative policies and programmes. They help achieve the goals for the university set by governance and management.

University Council committees

University decision-making

Decisions are made at Massey through:

  • statutes
  • regulations
  • policy
  • procedures
  • finance
  • operations
  • other methods.

Organisational structure

The university is made up of five academic colleges and 20 professional services.

How we are funded

Massey University receives funding from a variety of sources including:

  • government
  • domestic students
  • international students
  • research grants
  • commercialisation opportunities
  • trading activities
  • philanthropy.

In 2020, our main funding sources were as shown here.

This table shows the sources of funding for Massey University in 2020.
Funding source Approximate percentage of funding
Government grants 38.6%
Student fees 36.1%
Charges for services 23.1%
Trust funds 1.9%
Interest 0.6%
Other losses/gains -0.3%

The university then spent this funding on expenses as shown here.

This table shows the Massey University funding expenditure in 2020.
Expense Approximate percentage of spending
Staffing 60.8%
Other direct costs (including consumables, scholarships, repairs and maintenance, computing, contracted services, travel and accommodation) 26.4%
Depreciation and amortisation 12.4%
Trust funds 0.4%

The university is a public institution and so we are not permitted to make any profits. However, we are required by the Tertiary Education Commission to make a 3% surplus annually, in order to maintain financial stability and invest in future activities, such as:

  • the university
  • our staff and students
  • teaching and learning
  • research
  • our campus
  • facilities
  • IT infrastructure
  • support services
  • community.

Without this surplus, we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the things we are doing now.


Maryse Ropiha

Executive Officer to Council, Governance and Assurance

Contact Maryse at the Governance and Assurance office for Governance enquiries.

Brigid Kavanagh-Dee

SLT Secretary and Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Contact Brigid at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Senior Leadership Team and management enquiries.

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