Outstanding results for UNE’s research quality

Published 03 December 2015
UNE researcher, Dr Mark Trotter, on trip with students to the UNE Kirby-Newholme farm

UNE researcher, Dr Mark Trotter, on trip with students to the UNE Kirby-Newholme farm

The University of New England has today been recognised for its longstanding world-class research, according to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 National Report.

ERA is the national assessment of research quality across all Australian universities and is conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Since the last assessment in 2012, UNE has continued to build its research capacity in key areas such as in the agricultural, biological, environmental and health sciences, and sustained world standard excellence across the social sciences, humanities and creative arts.

UNE has achieved the highest rating of 5 (well above world standard) in a range of areas including Geology; Soil Sciences; Ecology; Zoology; Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Agriculture, Land and Farm Management; Animal Production; Human Movement and Sports Science; Other Medical and Health Sciences.

UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan is delighted by these results and says they demonstrate UNE’s success in developing top-tier research portfolios of international excellence in recent years.

“The latest ERA ratings acknowledge UNE’s commitment to delivering high quality research across a number of national priority areas, including food security and environmental management.”

Professor Duncan says these results are underpinned by UNE’s focus on delivering a socially-connected research and innovation program.

“While these results are hugely encouraging for UNE, it is important not to lose sight of why universities are funded to do research.

Our researchers are addressing the most challenging threats to the health, sustainability and prosperity of regional communities, which underpin the national economy, throughout Australia and abroad.

Our objective is to harness these strengths to ensure regional development remains a key feature in the Australian research landscape.”

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