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ERA 2018 Research Excellence Rankings Australia

The research ERA 2018 ranking results highlight once again the strong position Australian universities are in when it comes to research excellence. Not all of the universities focus on research, and many others focus their resources on a targeted range of research fields, but the overall outcome highlights one of the strengths of Australia’s higher education sector on the world stage.

ERA Research Excellence Australia Rankings Analysis 2018
RankUniversityBreadth %Depth %Tally
1 University of Melbourne 100.0 92.7 473
2 University of Queensland 100.0 88.2 440
3 University of Sydney 100.0 90.0 439
4 Monash University 95.5 88.6 408
5 University of New South Wales 95.5 96.2 404
6 Australian National University 95.5 92.4 328
7 University of Western Australia 95.5 82.9 301
8 University of Adelaide 100.0 81.8 299
9 Queensland University of Technology 86.4 78.9 248
10 University of Wollongong 86.4 73.7 247
11 Macquarie University 90.9 77.0 243
=12 Griffith University 90.9 72.0 242
=12 University of Tasmania 95.5 68.6 242
14 University of Technology Sydney 86.4 76.8 241
15 University of Newcastle 90.9 73.0 239
16 Curtin University 90.9 69.0 229
17 La Trobe University 86.4 76.8 228
18 Deakin University 86.4 76.8 221
19 Western Sydney University 86.4 73.7 213
20 RMIT University 86.4 67.4 200
21 Flinders University 90.9 63.0 174
22 James Cook University 90.9 65.0 162
23 Swinburne University of Technology 77.3 74.1 159
24 University of South Australia 72.7 73.8 156
25 Murdoch University 90.9 63.0 140
26 University of New England 77.3 65.9 122
27 University of Southern Queensland 81.8 63.3 108
28 Charles Sturt University 77.3 50.6 97
29 Victoria University 63.6 61.4 88
30 University of the Sunshine Coast 63.6 62.9 84
31 Southern Cross University 45.5 68.0 83
32 Edith Cowan University 63.6 61.4 82
33 University of Canberra 59.1 61.5 76
34 Australian Catholic University 45.5 66.0 75
35 CQUniversity 59.1 61.5 65
36 Federation University 59.1 52.3 54
37 Charles Darwin University 40.9 62.2 42
38 Bond University 31.8 42.9 27
39 University of Notre Dame 31.8 37.1 26

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

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.


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