The 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) assessment has placed UON 8th in Australia and found 90% of our research to be world standard or above.

ERA 2015 Outcomes

In 2015 the University of Newcastle ranked 8th nationally for research 'well above world standard' in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. 90% of our research was rated 'at world standard' or above.

ERA assessments are conducted by the Australian Government to measure the research performance of Australia's universities. Results are based on a number of factors including review by an expert committee.

Our performance in 2015

Our outstanding ERA results acknowledge UON's place as one of the top research universities in the country. Some of our key achievements include:

  • Placed 8th in the nation for research that is 'well above world standard'
  • 22 fields of research achieved an ERA rating of '5' or 'well above world standard'
  • 16 fields of research achieved an ERA rating of '4' or 'above world standard'
  • 14 fields of research achieved an ERA rating of '3' or 'at world standard'

Faculty of Business and Law

  • Marketing and Business and Management were awarded a rating of '4'.  This is the first time this faculty has ever been awarded a rating of '4'
  • Law - after not being assessed in 2012 was awarded a rating of '3'

Faculty of Education and Arts

  • An impressive rise from 2 codes rated 'above world standard or better' in 2012 to 6 codes rated 'above world standard or better' with a rating of '5' in Human Movement and Sports Science and a rating of '4' in Social Work, Sociology, Literary Studies, Historical Studies and Religion and Religious Studies

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

  • UON is the only university to achieve a rating of '5' in Civil Engineering across all three ERA assessments - 2010, 2012 and 2015
  • UON is one of only two universities to achieve a rating of '5' in Electrical and Electronic Engineering across all three ERA assessments - 2010, 2012 and 2015
  • One of two universities to achieve a rating of '5' in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy

Faculty of Health and Medicine

  • 10 of 13 Medical and Health Sciences codes were awarded a '5' rating with Nursing, Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Public Health and Health Services all being awarded a '5 rating for the first time.

Faculty of Science and IT

  • One of three universities to achieve a rating of '5' in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Cognitive Sciences – this is the first time any University has been awarded the top rating of '5' in Cognitive Sciences
  • Across the 17 codes assessed that could be considered core for the faculty within the broad FoRs of Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Human Geography, Psychology and Cognitive Sciences – the faculty recorded 9 '5' ratings, improved the rating in 8 codes and maintained the rating in another 6 codes.

2015 ERA Outcomes


4-digit fields
of research

2-digit fields
of research

5 well
above
world
standards

  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Immunology
  • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
  • Neurosciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
  • Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
  • Plant Biology
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Statistics

4 above
world
standards

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Business and Management
  • Computation Theory and Mathematics
  • Geology
  • Historical Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Physiology
  • Other Physical Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Religion and Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Zoology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • History and Archaeology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

3 world
standard

  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Building
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Human Geography
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Other Medical and Health Sciences
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing
  • Policy and Administration
  • Specialist Studies In Education
  • Built Environment and Design
  • Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
  • Education
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Language, Communication and Culture
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Studies In Creative Arts and Writing
  • Studies In Human Society