4 December 2015

The exceptional quality of research at The University of Queensland has been reaffirmed in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment released today. 

One hundred percent of UQ’s research— evaluated across all 22 broad fields of research and 97 specialised fields of research — has been ranked at world standard or above.

Ninety five percent of UQ’s broad fields of research is rated above (4) or well above (5) world standard, with 55 per cent receiving the highest rating – well above world standard.

UQ topped the nation in five fields: environmental engineering, environmental biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, tourism, and social work. 

UQ was rated equal first in 58 broad and specialised fields, including engineering, medical and health sciences, statistics, business and management, and cultural studies.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the results reaffirmed that UQ was one of the nation’s three leading research-focused institutions, offering world-class research-led education across all fields.

“These results demonstrate the high calibre of our researchers, who excel across all disciplines to produce benefits for society through outstanding research on problems of global significance,” he said.

“They also show why so many international companies and organisations engage with UQ to jointly push innovation at an accelerated pace. Transformative innovation is invariably built on a base of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary excellence.”

Professor Høj said UQ results had improved since the 2012 ERA assessment, with 29 per cent of assessed fields of research receiving higher ratings.

“I congratulate all our researchers, professional staff and students whose hard work and dedication to creating change in the world is reflected in these results.  Research of such high quality is the basis for a strong innovation system,” he said.

Professor Høj said UQ was continuing to consolidate its position as a University in the world’s top 50, and as a globally renowned, research-intensive institution.

ERA rates fields of research as: 1, well below world standard; 2, below world standard; 3, at world standard; 4, above world standard; and 5, well above world standard.

The ERA results can be seen here.

Media: UQ Communications, communications@uq.edu.au, 3365 1120.