Universities New Zealand


Universities New Zealand is the peak body for New Zealand’s eight universities, representing their collective views and interests, nationally and internationally. It is a statutory body established under the Education Act 1961 as the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. Since 2010 it has operated as Universities New Zealand.

Universities New Zealand signed the Groningen Declaration on 18 May 2016.

Postal address

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara
PO Box 11915
Wellington 6142, NEW ZEALAND

Physical Address

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara
Level 9, 142 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6142, NEW ZEALAND

Web: www.universitiesnz.ac.nz
Twitter: @UniversitiesNZ
Facebook: /UniversitiesNZ

Universities New Zealand Executive Director

Mr Chris Whelan


Digital Student Data (DSD) Reference Group New Zealand


Chris Whelan

Dr Patrick Sandbrook
Member DSD Steering Group, Chair of Universities New Zealand Committee on Student Administration and Academic Services, Director Student Administration Massey University

DSD Reference Group New Zealand Contact Email Address


Statement of Interest: Universities Australia / Universities New Zealand Digital Student Data Reference Group


The Digital student Data (DSD) Reference Group was formed in 2013 as a sub-group of the Australian and New Zealand Heads of Student Administration (HoSA) in response to a presentation on the Groningen Declaration, and the enthusiasm this generated.

The DSD Taskforce, which is overseen by the Reference Group, was established in March 2015 as a tangible sign of the sector’s commitment to fully participating in the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) to develop a mechanism for managing digital student academic record data across Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) universities.

The key objectives of the Reference Group are:

  • Student mobility and data portability through giving students control of their academic records in a form that is easily accessible and secure both locally and globally.
  • Credential integrity and security through the ability to provide third-parties with a verified document from a secure and trusted source reducing the need for the production and verification of hard copy documents and opportunities for fraud.
  • Productivity improvements for universities through streamlined academic record production and management and, most significantly, the ability for universities to provide and access secure academic records from local and, critically, international institutions via international nodes.

The Reference Group is currently planning the next steps towards implementation of the ANZ solution to realise the objectives and enable full participation in the GDN.