Rising up the ranks

Published: Thursday 17th December 2015

ACU has been rated the most improved research university in Australia thanks to outstanding Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results. Check out the table and see where we now rank.

Professor Wayne McKenna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said the excellent results demonstrate that ACU is positioning itself to become a leading research university.

“Our strong performance in our priority areas of research shows how our research exemplifies the ACU Mission by reaching out into the community to make a difference.  Our rich research culture informs our teaching – to the benefit of our students – and engages our staff with researchers across the world,” Professor McKenna said.

The news comes as ACU reflects on its second successful year of research intensification – a five-year strategy developed in response to changes in the Australian Higher Education sector.

“The strategy drives excellence in research for the benefit of our students, our communities, and the world – as demonstrated by our ERA results,” Professor McKenna said.

The initial phase of research intensification has included the establishment of seven research institutes, which have brought together world-class researchers who are committed to developing research expertise in ACU’s priority areas of education, health (including mental health), theology and philosophy and social justice and the common good.

It has also involved significant investment in research across ACU’s four faculties through the ACU Research Fund.