Media release: Uni’s research performance shines well above world standard

The University of Adelaide has received an outstanding result in the latest national measure of research quality in Australia, with 82% of the University’s research areas considered to be above or well above world standard.

The latest results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) process show strong growth in quality of world-class research at the University.

Of the 67 individual research areas assessed at the University of Adelaide, more than half achieved the maximum rating of 5 (“well above world standard’), up from about one fifth in 2012.

“This is an outstanding result, reflecting great depth of research quality and the huge regard in which the University’s researchers are held within Australia and globally,” says the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington.

“Indeed, more than 82% of our fields in all were assessed as “above or well above world standard” (rating of 4 or 5), which means we have achieved — and exceeded — the 10-year target in our Strategic Plan Beacon of Enlightenment more than seven years early,” Professor Bebbington says.

“Importantly, each of our five major research Institutes has been associated with the maximum rating of 5 for research quality in their fields.

“While this is a time of congratulations for our researchers, it is also a time to reflect on the enormous potential for our research to make a difference to people’s lives, to health, the environment, business and industry, the economy and to government.”

More than 18,600 individual research outputs by academic staff and affiliates of the University of Adelaide were assessed as part of the latest ERA process, including published papers, authored and edited books, book chapters, conference papers, and creative works.

“We have seen a significant lift in both volume and quality of our research output in recent years, which is consistent with the University of Adelaide’s rise in international rankings this year,” Professor Bebbington says.

For the full details of ERA ratings across each research area, see the ERA Institution Report.

Watch a video about the University’s 2015 ERA results — with Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide.

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