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Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP)

About the Committee

The Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) considers academic matters across the university system including the exercise of programme approval and moderation procedures, advice and comment on academic developments, and encouraging the universities to develop courses of study that will facilitate the transfer of students between programmes and institutions.

What we do

Under New Zealand legislation, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (Universities NZ) exercises the powers with respect to programme approval and accreditation that are held by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for the rest of the tertiary education sector. Universities NZ has delegated its powers to CUAP. CUAP undertakes its programme approval and accreditation functions within policies, such as the gazetted criteria for programme approval, developed by NZQA following consultation with the university sector. Representatives of CUAP meet representatives of NZQA four times annually to discuss matters of mutual interest, and CUAP nominates university representatives to working groups convened by NZQA to consider a range of academic matters when invited to do so.

Frequency of meetings

CUAP meets twice a year (usually July and October) to consider proposals by universities for new qualification or major changes to existing ones, as well as additional meeting to action a range of academic matters.

Other information

Lists of the qualifications approved, deleted and renamed since 1990 are available. 

New qualifications that are approved by CUAP may be found on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework - a comprehensive list of all quality-assured qualifications in New Zealand.

CUAP publishes a handbook describing the work of the committee, offering definitions of qualifications and outlining procedures to be followed in the submission of material.

Key UNZ contact 

Wendy Robinson, Portfolio Manager - Academic Programmes

Committee members:

  • Professor Bruce McKenzie (Chair), Lincoln University
  • Emeritus Professor Dugald Scott (Deputy Chair)
  • Associate Professor Bridget Kool, University of Auckland
  • Professor Kath McPherson, AUT
  • Professor Robyn Longhurst, University of Waikato
  • Damian Lodge, Massey University
  • Professor Stuart Brock, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Catherine Moran, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Lorraine Petelo, Lincoln University
  • Professor Tim Cooper, University of Otago
  • Ellen Dixon, Student Representative