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