Deakin Research's ERA Result: 'World Standard'

6 December 2012

Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, has welcomed today's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results which show that Deakin Research is world standard or above in nearly three quarters of the Fields of Research submitted to the Australian Research Council.

Professor den Hollander paid tribute to the world class efforts of Deakin's many research teams and the leadership of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Lee Astheimer, to ensure this outcome.

“Our improved ERA result is testament to the hard work of Deakin's researchers who work every day to undertake excellent research that benefits the communities we serve.”

“Deakin has achieved world standard or above in 74 per cent of our Broad Fields of Research compared with 40 per cent in the 2010 round,” Professor den Hollander said.

“I am particularly pleased to announce 'at or above world standard' rankings in 69 per cent of our specific discipline fields, up from 44 per cent.”

“Deakin Research in Medical and Health Sciences and in Chemistry is well-above world standard, the highest rating achievable under ERA,” she said.

“It is outstanding when you consider that our medical school is only four years old and was Victoria’s first rural and regional medical school.”

Deakin research in the broad disciplines of Engineering and in Technology was also found to be above world standard.

“This is a fantastic effort from research teams directly contributing to national productivity as they assist Australian industries in transition to remain competitive,” Professor den Hollander pointed out.

Deakin received the highest rating possible for its research in Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Human Movement and Sports Science, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in Medical Physiology.

The university's research was also found to be above world standard in Physical Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Zoology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health and Health Services and Performing Arts and Creative Writing.

News facts
  • ERA results show Deakin research is at or above world standard in 74 percent of the Broad Fields of Research
  • Deakin Research in Medical and Health Sciences and Chemistry is well-above world standard
  • Deakin received the highest rating possible in a range of fields

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6th December 2012