Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
Run by the Australian Research Council (ARC), Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) is a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of research in Australian universities using a combination of indicators and expert review.
The latest ERA exercise, conducted in 2015, evaluated research undertaken between 2008 and 2013.
There have been two prior ERA evaluations: one in 2012 and one in 2010.
In 2015, UQ submitted in all broad fields, confirming it as one of Australia’s most comprehensive universities.
- ERA 2015 rated 100 per cent of UQ research – evaluated across 22 broad categories and 97 specialised categories – at world standard or above.
- 47 specialised fields of research at UQ received the highest possible rating of five.
- UQ was the highest or equal highest rated university in 12 broad fields.
- UQ was rated above or well above world standard in 21 of the 22 broad fields.
- UQ was the only university to achieve the maximum rating of five in the specialised fields of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Tourism, and Social Work.
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