Published:01 April 2019

Over the past two decades, more than 400 Bachelor of Theatre and Bachelor of Music students have provided their talents to produce, direct and star in Choices productions, which deliver safety messages to Year 12 students in the lead-up to Schoolies Week.

A new national research assessment that examines the engagement and impact outcomes of Australian research has just been released and shows that CQUniversity has performed strongly across a number of areas.

The aim of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Engagement and Impact assessment is to understand how well universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and to encourage greater collaboration between universities, industries and other end-users of research.

The assessment rates university research case studies across engagement, impact and approach to impact, as either low, medium or high. Out of the 13 case studies submitted as part of the assessment, CQUniversity was found to be performing strongly across all three areas.

When it comes to research engagement, CQUniversity received a rating of medium to high in nine research categories.

In terms of research impact, CQUniversity is outperforming many other Australian universities by receiving a medium or high rating for 11 out of the 13 case studies submitted.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Klomp explained that the results affirmed the University’s research focus and the determination to conduct research that drives impact for community and industry partners.

“These results show that great research doesn’t just happen in our cities – we have talented researchers working right across a national footprint to create impact and drive positive and tangible outcomes in key areas including biological sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences, engineering, medical and health sciences, education, economics, commerce, law and legal studies, psychological and cognitive sciences and the arts.

“CQUniversity is completely focused on our engagement agenda and in recent years we have seen a consistent acceleration in our research strengths because of this.

“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,” said Professor Klomp.

The results from this assessment complement the results of the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results that were released last week and showed that CQUniversity was conducting research rated as ‘at’, ‘above’ and ‘well above’ world standard in 22 different categories of research.