UNSW has gained outstanding results for world-class research in the latest Excellence for Research in Australia report.
Research from UNSW Sydney is among the best in the world with the University receiving more top ratings in broad fields of research than any other Australian university in the 2018 Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) analysis.
The ERA results, published today by the Australian Research Council, benchmark the country’s university research against international standards. The ‘State of Australian University Research 2018-19’ report assessed performance across broad fields and specific subject areas.
“This is an exceptional result for UNSW that showcases the world-class research environment at UNSW,” said Professor Nicholas Fisk, UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. “I want to congratulate our researchers for continuing the University’s steep growth in research performance that is outpacing goals set out in our ambitious 2025 Strategy. The ERA results support the University’s strategic approach to raising its research profile so that in the future, even more research is recognised as world-leading.”
In the 2018 report, ERA assessed 21 broad fields of research and 89 specialised areas of research at UNSW. All 21 broad fields assessed saw UNSW receive a rating of four or five, indicating outstanding performance above or well above world standard. UNSW obtained more ratings of five than any other university with 17. ANU was next with 15.
The UNSW broad fields obtaining a rating of five are: Mathematical Sciences; Physical Sciences; Chemical Sciences; Earth Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Biological Sciences; Information and Computing Sciences; Engineering; Technology; Medical and Health Sciences; Education; Economics; Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; Studies in Human Society; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences; Law and Legal Studies; and Studies in Creative Arts and Writing.
The broad fields that received a rating of four are: Built Environment and Design; Language, Communication and Culture; History and Archaeology; and Philosophy and Religious Studies.
UNSW is again the only university to score a top rating of five in the broad field of Studies in Creative Arts and Writing, and joins the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and University of Sydney as the only institutions with all broad field groups rated above or well above world standard.
When broken down by subject, UNSW had 81 subjects rated above or well above world standard, up from 65 in the previous report published in 2015. Of those, 57 subjects received a rating of five, the highest number among universities in NSW and second among Go8 institutions after the University of Melbourne.
UNSW was the only university to earn a rating of five in three specialised areas: Food Sciences; Film, Television and Digital Media; and Performing Arts and Creative Writing.
“UNSW’s outstanding results in the 2018 ERA analysis exemplify the University’s commitment to producing world-class research across all fields of academia,” said UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs. “Our researchers have excelled in all areas – from medicine and STEM subjects to the humanities and arts – propelling UNSW to among the best research universities in the world.”
ERA results are based on a range of indicators including publications and citations, expert review and international benchmarks. For the full report visit the ARC website.