$1.219 million ARC funding for ACU

Friday, 6 May 2016

ACU DVCR Professor Wayne McKenna ACU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Wayne McKenna.

ACU researchers are celebrating success in the 2016 Australian Research Council Linkage Grants, with funding for three key projects.

Education and positive psychology are the focus of the three Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grants awarded to Australian Catholic University (ACU) researchers, at a value of $1.219 million. Two of the grants are located within the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education and one within the Learning Sciences Institute Australia.

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham MP announced on Friday 6 May 2016 that the following ACU projects would receive ARC funding:

  • $500,000 grant for researchers at the Learning Sciences Institute of Australia (LSIA): Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science;
  • $264,000 for researchers at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education: A RCT of an education reengagement program for at-risk youth;
  • $455,000 for the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education: School Principals Diminishing Wellbeing: What Makes A Positive Difference?

Key to each project is the University’s linkage with industry partners to examine meaningful research that can be translated into effective outcomes for students, young people and principals.

The news that ACU’s success rate of 50 per cent compared to a scheme success rate of 31 per cent demonstrates that ACU’s five-year research intensification strategy is already generating significant results.

The strategy aims for better performance in priority research areas, improved reputation, ERA results, and overall improved research rankings. World-class researchers at ACU’s seven new research institutes are committed to developing research expertise in the University’s priority areas of education, health, theology and philosophy and social justice.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Wayne McKenna said that the success of the grants was a testament to the ACU’s willingness to make bold decisions to support research.

“These results demonstrate that ACU is positioning itself to become a leading research university and highlight our commitment to supporting and developing excellence in research,” he said.

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