ERA Research Excellence Rankings of Australian Universities

ERA Research Excellence Rankings of Australian Universities

Research has always been integral to the modern university system but it is an aspect of higher education that has been threatened by the increasing tendency of universities to function as vocational training institutions. To counter the effects of this tendency there have been an increasing number of initiatives in areas such as funding and the encouragement of scholarship.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) makes a contribution in this direction by conducting the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation of research conducted within Australia's higher education research institutions. The objectives of ERA are to:

* Establish an evaluation framework: - provide assurance to all stakeholders regarding the quality of Australian research

* Provide a national stocktake: - identify research strengths and areas of opportunity

* Identify excellence: - uncover and promote high quality research performance

* Identify emerging research: - find opportunities for further development

* Allow for comparisons: - match up and evaluate similar national and international research efforts

There are four broad indicator categories which are used to develop the ERA ratings comprised of:

* Indicators of research quality: - there are a number of different elements contributing to the evaluation of research quality namely publishing profile and citation analusis, peer reviewed international and Australian research income, and ERA peer review

* Indicators of research volume and activity: - key indicators are total research outputs and research income along with research items relevant to the context of the research being conducted.

* Indicators of research application: - measures how the research was commercialised or otherwise contributed to the generation of income or was applied in some other measurable way.

* Indicators of recognition: - recognition is established through the application of esteem measurements

It is from these measurements that a general overview of excellence in Australian research has been established.

ERA Research Excellence Australia Rankings
RankUniversityExcellence %
1University of Melbourne85.45%
2University of Sydney84.54%
3=Australian National University80%
3=University of Queensland80%
4University of New South Wales75.24%
5Monash University68%
6University of Western Australia47.62%
7University of Adelaide46.36%
8Macquarie University35%
9University of Wollongong32.22%
10Southern Cross University31.11%
11University of Tasmania26.67%
12Queensland University of Technology26.32%
13=University of Technology Sydney25.56%
13=University of Newcastle25.56%
14University of South Australia22.67%
15Swinburne University of Technology21.67%
16=Griffith University20%
16=RMIT University20%
17Deakin University18.95%
18James Cook University17.89%
19University of Western Sydney16%
20La Trobe University15.56%
21CQ University15.38%
22Charles Darwin University14.55%
23Murdoch University14.44%
24=Bond University8.89%
24=University of the Sunshine Coast8.89%
25Charles Sturt University5.33%
26Curtin University5%
27University of New England4.71%
28Flinders University3.81%
29=University of Southern Queensland0%
29=Victoria University0%
29=University of Canberra0%
29=Edith Cowan University0%
29=Australian Catholic University0%
29=University of Notre Dame0%
29=Federation University0%

Source: Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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