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UOW delivers an ERA of world class research

The results of the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 Initiative (ERA) announced today (6 December) by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, establish UOW’s position as a world class, research intensive university, delivering research well above world standards.

A strategic approach to building research capacity has resulted in an outstanding result for UOW, with 90% of its Fields of Research assessed as delivering research at, above, or well above world standard.

ERA 2012 has confirmed UOW’s research excellence in areas such as Chemical Sciences, Geology, Materials and Interdisciplinary Engineering, Clinical Sciences, Tourism and Human Geography.

Administered by the Australian Research Council, ERA is an assessment system that evaluates the quality of the research conducted at Australian universities by discipline.

ERA uses committees of internationally-recognised researchers to evaluate disciplinary excellence in Australian universities relative to a world standard. Nationally, more than 1,000 researchers were involved in the 2012 evaluations, as committee members or peer reviewers. Each research active discipline at each university was awarded a rating on a five-point scale, where three is world standard and five is the highest rating indicating research well above world standards.

“ERA 2012 confirms that UOW researchers are among the world’s best in their disciplines. UOW has a highly productive and talented workforce,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper said.

“These ERA outcomes recognise the research effort across all UOW faculties and areas of research strength, including for example the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials and Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. This collective effort has contributed to an outstanding success,” Professor Raper said.

The University of Wollongong received the highest national rating in the broad discipline area of Chemical Sciences. Areas such as Law, Public Health, Psychology, Mathematical Sciences, Earth Sciences, History and Archaeology and Creative Arts at UOW were also recognised as leaders for their high quality research outputs and contributions to their discipline.

“The University has invested wisely over a long period, recruiting and supporting quality staff in the Chemical Sciences.  The very strong ERA outcomes are a testament to the great work and high standing our research has nationally and internationally across the range of chemical science sub-disciplines,” according to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Will Price.

The ERA 2012 outcomes reflect significant improvement across many fields of research at UOW and provide a foundation upon which to launch a number of new research initiatives in 2013.

“We will be aiming to realise a number of strategic research goals, by bringing together scholarly expertise across, and within disciplines, to focus on projects of national and international significance, responding to complex global challenges” Professor Raper said.

“Our UOW ERA 2012 success, the recently announced $31 million grant for the UOW Early Start Program and a fresh strategic plan bring UOW’s aspiration of a position in the top 1% of world universities a step closer,” Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings said.

Last reviewed: 6 December, 2012

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