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Note to staff

4 December 2015


Excellence in Research for Australia 2015

Curtin’s national and international reputation for research excellence has been confirmed in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 results released today.

A total of 26 discipline areas at the University were ranked at four or five, meaning above or well above world standard respectively.

We received the highest ranking of five in the following fields, which align with areas of key investment by the University:

  • astronomical and space sciences
  • physical chemistry
  • geochemistry
  • geology
  • crop and pasture production
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • medical microbiology
  • nursing
  • nutrition and dietetics.

We received a ranking of four in the following fields:

  • applied mathematics
  • numerical and computational mathematics
  • condensed matter physics
  • analytical chemistry
  • geophysics
  • environmental science and management
  • plant biology
  • zoology
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • materials engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • human movement and sports science
  • pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
  • urban and regional planning
  • psychology
  • cultural studies.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the members of our research community, led by Professor Graeme Wright as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, for their excellent and consistent work over a number of years to consolidate and lift Curtin’s research performance.   It is very pleasing to see this effort rewarded by such positive outcomes.

Curtin’s research trajectory is very strong.  The percentage of discipline areas in our ERA submissions ranked at three, four or five has increased from 36 percent in 2010, to 71 percent in 2012 and 86 percent in 2015.

The University will continue to focus on academic excellence and engagement with industry which these results show can go hand in hand.

The ERA results are aligned with Curtin’s recent advances in international ranking exercises such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the QS World University Rankings Top 50 under 50.  They cap off an outstanding year in research for the University.

Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful achievement for the University.

  1. Jo Clements December 4, 2015 10:49am

    Congratulations Melinda Thompson for your dedication to ERA – great results.

  2. Kyle Chow December 4, 2015 10:54am

    Congratulations Graeme and Melinda.

  3. Al Moataz Hassan December 4, 2015 10:58am

    I would like to receive a copy of the VC’s End of Year Forum presentation last Monday. It is very helpful presentation with loads of data and analysis, and I would like to receive a copy of it. Finally, congratulations for ERA great news. Thanks.

  4. Helen Verhoeff December 4, 2015 11:04am

    Wonderful recognition for our hard-working researchers. It takes a huge amount of passion and commitment to achieve outcomes that are at or above world class standards. Take a bow, all of you. Thank you for letting us mere mortals reflect in your glory :)

  5. Richard Addiscott December 4, 2015 11:05am

    Awesome news – well done to all involved!

  6. Carey Curtis December 4, 2015 1:39pm

    Thanks Helen for this acknowledgement – I couldn’t agree more – succeeding in research and delivering such a result takes considerable energy and resilience. I also want to acknowledge that it relies on the support of a dedicated and passionate research team and strong relationships with colleagues at Curtin and beyond.

  7. Julian Inchauspe December 4, 2015 5:51pm

    Congratulations to everyone involved in the achievements. Excellent news!

  8. Graeme Wright December 5, 2015 4:22pm

    Thank you Helen (Helen Verhoeff) for your generous comment. I understand your use of ‘mere mortals’ is a term of endearment, however research (and quality learning and teaching outcomes) only happen with the support of all who contribute to Curtin as a whole. I hope that everyone at Curtin can take pride in the results that are shown here and in full knowledge they have contributed in some way.

  9. Farzad Habibbeygi December 8, 2015 10:06am

    Great job… well done to all.

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