CQUni builds on research excellence in nationwide assessment

Published:26 March 2019

CQUniversity has achieved its highest ever ratings in the Commonwealth Government’s periodic assessment of Australian research.

The new Australian Research Council’s (ARC) 2018 Excellence for Research Australia (ERA) results show that CQUniversity is conducting research rated as ‘at’, ‘above’, or ‘well above’ world standard, in 22 different research categories. 

This is a remarkable achievement and builds on its previous success of having achieved research ranked as ‘at’, ‘above’, or ‘well above’ world standard, in 14 different research categories, as part of the last assessment conducted in 2015.

CQUniversity’s dramatic leap in research performance has been underpinned by record investments in research facilities and personnel, an innovative research strategy, a focus on key research collaborations, and tremendous success in attracting and securing more highly competitive national research grants in recent years. 

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp welcomed the latest ERA results, explaining that the success validates the University’s sharp focus on research informed by industry and community collaboration.

“What we have seen in recent years is consistent acceleration of CQUniversity’s research strengths in line with our focus on industry and community engagement. 

“We have placed a firm focus on driving a research agenda that is informed by the short-term and long-term needs of those we seek to serve and because of this we are building a reputation as one of Australia’s most engaged and collaborative universities.

“We are excelling in areas of research including mathematical sciences, agriculture, engineering, nursing, public health, psychology, environmental sciences, artificial intelligence and image processing, human movement and sports science, and specialist studies in education, and much of this is because we are working so deeply with industry and community partners to research challenges and identify long-term, sustainable solutions,” said Professor Klomp.

“Having so many research areas recognised within this important national assessment is a tremendous reward for the University and our many talented researchers.

“Likewise, I think these results show that great research doesn’t just happen in our cities – there is valuable research being delivered right across Australia and I hope these results start to challenge entrenched perceptions that highly successful innovation and research can only be found at metropolitan universities”.

ERA is administered by the Australian Research Council and is a national research evaluation framework to identify and promote research excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions.

The ratings are determined and moderated by committees of distinguished researchers, drawn from Australia and overseas. The unit of evaluation is broadly defined as the Field of Research (FoR) within an institution based on the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification (ANZSRC). Ratings are administered along a scale of one to five, with five being classified as 'well above world standard'. 

CQUniversity’s 2018 ERA results:

* 5 in Mathematical Sciences 

* 5 in Applied Mathematics 

* 5 in Horticultural Production

* 5 in Electrical Engineering

* 5 in Mechanical Engineering

* 5 in Psychological and Cognitive Science

* 5 in Other Psychology and Cognitive Services

* 4 in Agriculture & Vet Sciences

* 4 in Agricultural, Land and Farm Management

* 4 in Engineering

* 4 in Nursing

* 4 in Public Health and Health Services

* 4 in Psychology

* 3 in Environmental Sciences 

* 3 in Environmental Science & Management

* 3 in Biological Sciences

* 3 in Zoology

* 3 in Information and Computing Sciences

* 3 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing

* 3 in Medical & Health Sciences 

* 3 in Human Movement and Sports Science

* 3 in Specialist Studies in Education

ERA Rankings Explained

5 = Research is rated well above world standard

4 = Research is rated above world standard

3 = Research is rated at world standard

2 = Research is rated below world standard

1 = Research is rated well below world standard