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Faculty research ranked above world standard

1st April 2019

The Australian Government’s latest assessment of university research quality confirms QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty (SEF) reputation for world-class research.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment rated 90 per cent of SEF’s research as above or well above world standard, placing the faculty among the very best STEM faculties in Australia for quality of research.

The ERA assessment system ranks research quality at Australian universities on a scale of one to five.

A rating of five places performance at ‘well above world standard’ and four is considered ‘above world standard’.  

Executive Dean Professor Gordon Wyeth said SEF’s rankings reflected the outstanding quality of work being undertaken by SEF researchers across all disciplines.

In the high-level, two-digit codes, we were assessed in 10 fields – three of those fields (Mathematical Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Technology) achieved a rating of five and the other seven were rated at four,” Professor Wyeth said.

“This is a remarkable improvement on 2015, where only one of our fields achieved a five and nine others achieved a four or a three.

“You could say our ‘grade point average’ has jumped from 3.6 to 4.3 out of five.

“In the more detailed analysis, SEF was assessed in 34 fields of research, with 16 rated at five, 15 rated at four and only three rated at three - another astounding improvement on 2015.  

“I sincerely congratulate all staff and students who have published the high-quality work that makes these results possible.”

In addition to SEF’s outstanding performance, 80 per cent of QUT’s research is rated above world standard, up from 60 per cent in 2015. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Arun Sharma said the rankings reflected the university’s commitment to undertaking world-class research in collaboration with globally leading universities and external partners.  

He said the university’s research success aligned with QUT’s ability to attract external investment in areas of institutional strength such as the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing, led by SEF’s Distinguished Professor Dietmar Hutmacher. 

“QUT’s continued focus on quality publications had also contributed to our improved ERA performance,” Professor Sharma said.

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