Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
UOW Delivers World Class Research
The results of the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 Initiative (ERA) announced (in December 2012) by Senator The Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research have confirmed 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, over 1000 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. 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 Materials and Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. This collective effort has contributed to an outstanding success.” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Judy 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” said Professor Will Price, Dean of the Faculty of Science.
The ERA2012 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” said Professor Raper.
“Our UOW ERA 2012 success, the recently announced $31M 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” said Professor Paul Wellings, Vice Chancellor.
03 Chemical Sciences
0301 Analytical Chemistry
0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
0306 Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
0912 Materials Engineering
0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering
1103 Clinical Sciences
01 Mathematical Sciences
0102 Applied Mathematics
0299 Other Physical Sciences
0304 Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
04 Earth Sciences
0401 Atmospheric Sciences
0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
0905 Civil Engineering
0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
0910 Manufacturing Engineering
1117 Public Health and Health Services
1604 Human Geography
18 Law and Legal Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
1904 Performing Arts and Creative Arts
21 History and Archaeology
0101 Pure Mathematics
02 Physical Sciences
0204 Condensed Matter Physics
0305 Organic Chemistry
0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geography
06 Biological Sciences
08 Information and Computing Sciences
0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
0806 Information Systems
0913 Mechanical Engineering
0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
1402 Applied Economics
1503 Business and Management
16 Studies in Human Society
1699 Other Studies in Human Society
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
20 Language, Communication and Culture
2002 Cultural Studies
2005 Literary Studies
2103 Historical Studies
22 Philosophy, Communication and Culture
Further information regarding ERA is available from:
- ARC ERA2012 Outcomes
- UOW Intranet (Staff Only)
- 2010 ERA Outcomes featuring 'Tourism'
- Research Services Office – contact reception on (02) 4221 3386.