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PBRF was introduced in 2003 to encourage and reward research excellence in New Zealand's tertiary education sector. It is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and it has progressively replaced a student numbers-based model for supporting research. Any Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO), which is approved to teach degree programmes is eligible to take part in the PBRF. PBRF provides criteria for evaluating research performance. The most significant of these is the Quality Evaluation exercise (60 per cent weighting) carried out to date in 2003, 2006, and 2012.

The Quality Evaluation is an assessment of the research performance of staff at participating tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by a national and international expert peer-review panel. It is held every six years 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. Specialist 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.

Update on release of PBRF results to University of Otago Staff

The panel assessment process for the 2018 PBRF Quality Evaluation (QE) is now complete and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) have announced their programme for the release of results. Interim results and reports at an institutional level and by assessment panels will be released on the TEC website on Tuesday 30th April, including infographics of the sector performance as well as longitudinal analysis over all four QE rounds.

As a university, we will receive under strict embargo our QE results on Monday 29th April for checking gross errors, from which we will be able to prepare breakdowns of results at divisional and academic-unit levels. These results and breakdowns will not contain individual researcher results.

Individual results for all staff who participated in the 2018 PBRF QE round will soon after be available in the University HR system (Web Kiosk). Staff will be notified by email on 30 April when the upload of data into Web Kiosk is complete and ready to access.

How to view your PBRF result?

1. Log into the Web Kiosk

2. From the menu select My HR

3. Select Personal Information

4. Select PBRF 2018 Information

5. Click on the Details section, and your PBRF details will be displayed

Unlike the 2012 PBRF Quality Evaluation, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) will not be automatically sending a component score breakdown to researchers, however, you can request this directly from the TEC. Please note that the University of Otago cannot request the breakdown on behalf of any individual staff member.

In order to request the component score breakdown, you will be required to complete a PDF form that can be filled, saved and sent electronically. This form will be provided in the email announcing the completed upload of results into Web Kiosk. It will also be available to download in MyResearch. You will need to insert your National Student Number (NSN) and EP ID in the form to ensure the EP information is correctly identified – your unique NSN and EP ID will be shown alongside the score in Web Kiosk. You will have a choice between receiving your breakdown by email or post, however, the email option is preferred by the TEC.

Any staff who submitted an EP and are no longer employed at the University, are able to contact Dr Donna Hendry, PBRF and Publications Manager (; ext. 5391) to request their score from 30 April onwards.

If you have any questions please contact the PBRF and Publications Office,, Ext. 5391.