Research Achievements

In all the research undertaken in the Faculty, our aim is to produce world-class scholarship, often in collaboration with international colleagues and those from other faculties within the University. Our research in the Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Science responds to some of the major issues of our age, such as violence, religious tolerance, disability, equity in education, global language loss, and obesity.

Our researchers have achieved awards and international recognition for their work and are actively engaged in publishing in high quality journals and with prestigious book publishers, in gaining research grants, participating in international exchange and connecting with the community through frequent public lectures, performances and seminars. They are also regular contributors to the print and broadcast media, and are regularly interviewed by Australian and international media for their knowledge and views.

Our research performance helped drive an excellent result for the Faculty in the 2014 QS World University subject rankings with three subject areas in the Faculty ranked in the top 200: Linguistics has entered the world's Top 100, increasing its ranking by 21 places up to 88th in the world; Education is within the top 150 – ranked 127th in the world; and Sociology stands well within the top 200 at 179.

The Faculty of Education and Arts enjoyed a very good result from the National Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment exercise in 2012, when 78% of the fields of research submitted were rated at 'world standard' or above.

We have also achieved the top rating of 5 for Social Work – this is a wonderful achievement and especially impressive given that Newcastle is the only university in the country to be awarded a 5 in this field of research.

The Faculty is proud to host four externally funded Fellowships and Chairs and have its researchers recognised by learned academics and other measures of peer esteem.

We have placed a deliberate focus on building teams to escalate research intensity and build excellence and practical research outcomes. The research teams in the Faculty are clustered into Research Programs, Research Centres, Research Networks, and Research Groups.

Our Research Programs are distinctive concentrations of excellence in five areas of established research strength: Endangered Languages, Research Training and Transformational Knowledge, Social Work, Teachers and Teaching, and Violence Studies. In addition, our Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition is a leading example of interdisciplinary collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

We also feature our Research Networks, which are areas of emerging research strength, such as Religion and Radicalism, the Early Modern Women's Research Network, and the Early Childhood Research Network.

Our researchers are also linked into the University interdisciplinary research clusters. For example, both the 'Teachers and Teaching' and 'Research Training and Transformational Knowledge' Research Programs are key contributors to the University's Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education.