Research Excellence

At CQUniversity we're proud to be a benchmark leader for how universities should engage with industry to deliver research with true impact. Our focus on practical, applied research sees us deliver real-world solutions that make a difference to our communities both locally and globally.

A commitment to strong business and community partnerships allows us to develop constructive outcomes and identify new opportunities for advancement in a huge range of fields.

This approach has seen us recognised as conducting research that is at, above or well above world standard in an impressive 22 categories in the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results.

Research at a Glance

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  • 520 research staff
  • $15.5m research income in 2018
  • $70m+ in competitive research income 2010 – 2018
  • 650+ annual peer-reviewed research publications
  • 470 research higher degree students
  • 2 research institutes and 7 research centres

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CQUniversity's research focus and engaged research agenda are already making positive impacts on individuals, communities and industries across the world. In coming years, this impact will continue to grow, expanding into new focus areas and transforming the way we think about current challenges. Our impact is demonstrated in improved industry processes, regional and economic development, business improvement, productivity and innovation, social advancement and equity and healthier communities.

From spinal cord injuries to astronaut fatigue, our research case studies show our diverse impact. Find a case study in your area of interest, or watch some of the below video examples.

CQUniversity's research agenda is built around deep engagement with communities, industries and government. The focus is firmly on the delivery of research that is primarily relevant to the Northern Australia region. To deliver great research that is meaningful and relevant, researchers work directly with stakeholders to identify challenges and deliver solutions. The end user is involved throughout the entire research project. This approach ensures CQUniversity's research delivers direct benefit and long-lasting impact.

CQUniversity is officially recognised as Australia's only Changemaker Campus by global social innovation group Ashoka U. CQUniversity achieved this reputation because of its strong engagement agenda and inclusive approach to the delivery of research, education and training. Social innovation is about working with communities in a collaborative way, using a range of strategies, to find innovative and sustainable solutions to social needs or problems. Ultimately, the philosophy is driven by the simple need to improve lives and create positive change within the world around us.
At CQUniversity, social innovation is at the core of our strategic vision and for many years has been entrenched in our core values. This approach sets CQUniversity's research apart, as it means end users are involved in the research process, and research success is measured by the visible impact it is having on the communities and industries we seek to help.

The research conducted at CQUniversity helps to guide the design and delivery of learning and teaching. CQUniversity strives to achieve a connected approach to research, learning and teaching, believing that 'real-world' research impacts not only the community it operates in, but so too a student's experience across disciplines. This is evident in the way academics draw on their personal research in designing and teaching courses, where their research informs learning activities and academic discussion on contemporary issues. Research tasks are also embedded in many undergraduate coursework programs, providing students with opportunities to grow their understanding through knowledge creation. High achieving undergraduate students also have the opportunity to work closely with discipline research leads through programs such as the Rising Stars program.

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