ACU above world standard in theology research

Friday, 4 February 2011

The quality of research at Australian Catholic University (ACU), especially in theology, has been recognised through the Federal Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.

The ERA initiative, showing how Australia’s research efforts compare to the rest of the world, gave ACU a score of four out of five for the Religion and Religious Studies category – a performance above world standard. 

This result puts ACU equal with some of the country’s most prestigious universities – and in the very top class of achievement in Australia, with no other theology provider receiving a higher score. 

ERA used leading researchers to evaluate research in eight discipline clusters. 

Professor Thomas Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), said ACU was continuing to build its research profile, and that he was delighted to see the University perform so strongly in an area aligned with its unique identity and Mission. 

“The future is very bright for us at ACU, with the University continuing to build its research profile,” he said. “I am confident that we will continue to grow in strength and output in coming years.” 

Executive Dean of Theology, Professor Anne Hunt, said the ERA results were a remarkable achievement for a young institution. 

“This fantastic ranking begins to repay the investment made by the University and the Catholic Church in Australia in developing a major theological faculty,” she said. 

“The Church as a whole can be proud of this achievement, and we look forward to building on this result.” 

ERA outcomes will inform the allocation of funding through the Sustainable Research Excellence program, and will be included as a key measure of research performance in the Government’s Compacts negotiations with universities.