Australian University Rankings Guide

ERA Research Excellence Rankings

ERA Research Excellence Rankings Australia

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 %
1 University of Melbourne 85.45%
2 University of Sydney 84.54%
3= Australian National University 80%
3= University of Queensland 80%
4 University of New South Wales 75.24%
5 Monash University 68%
6 University of Western Australia 47.62%
7 University of Adelaide 46.36%
8 Macquarie University 35%
9 University of Wollongong 32.22%
10 Southern Cross University 31.11%
11 University of Tasmania 26.67%
12 Queensland University of Technology 26.32%
13= University of Technology Sydney 25.56%
13= University of Newcastle 25.56%
14 University of South Australia 22.67%
15 Swinburne University of Technology 21.67%
16= Griffith University 20%
16= RMIT University 20%
17 Deakin University 18.95%
18 James Cook University 17.89%
19 University of Western Sydney 16%
20 La Trobe University 15.56%
21 CQ University 15.38%
22 Charles Darwin University 14.55%
23 Murdoch University 14.44%
24= Bond University 8.89%
24= University of the Sunshine Coast 8.89%
25 Charles Sturt University 5.33%
26 Curtin University 5%
27 University of New England 4.71%
28 Flinders University 3.81%
29= University of Southern Queensland 0%
29= Victoria University 0%
29= University of Canberra 0%
29= Edith Cowan University 0%
29= Australian Catholic University 0%
29= University of Notre Dame 0%
29= Federation University 0%

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

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