UNE continues to score high ratings for research quality and innovation

Published 27 March 2019

University of New England’s (UNE) research excellence across a diverse range of fields has been recognised in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 National Report, released today.

The National Report acknowledges the world-class quality of research conducted in Australian universities, based on a national assessment led by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

UNE has continued its tradition of achieving high ratings across a number of key areas, including, for the first time, genetics and veterinary science.

In total, UNE achieved the highest rating of 5 (well above world standard) in 18 disciplines, including Environmental Sciences, Agriculture, and Mathematics. This represents a doubling in number of UNE’s 5-star rated research disciplines, from the ERA 2015 assessment three years ago.

Across the biological sciences, UNE achieved 5-star ratings in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics and Zoology. Geology, Soil Sciences and Macromolecular Chemistry also feature 5-star ratings. Among other areas of strength, UNE received the highest rating for a number of research disciplines within the medical and health sciences, including sport sciences and psychology.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan said these results reflect the strengths of UNE’s distinctive research culture.

“Quality and community are the building blocks that have always underpinned our approach to education and research,” Prof Duncan said.

“UNE is one of the largest regionally-based research organisations in Australia, and we are very proud of our enduring commitment to supporting regional innovation.

“This commitment, combined with our focus on quality and rigour, mean that many of our researchers are making remarkable contributions to science and knowledge internationally."