ACU has prioritised the intensification of research. In line with our mission, each priority research area strives to make a positive difference in our communities and the world at large. Our University’s priority research areas, including theology and philosophy, reflect our Catholic ethos, and revolve around key societal needs.
Our commitment to engaging in significant, high quality research of international standing was most recently recognised by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015 Report, undertaken by the Australian Research Council. The ERA report rated our research in Philosophy, and Religion and Religious Studies as “above world standard” (with scores of 4 in each category). Our ranking in religion and religious studies placed us at equal first in the country.
In March 2018, the QS World Rankings placed Australian Catholic University at number 53 in the world in the category of Theology, Divinity and Religion, some of the core discipline areas which we contribute to.
Impact and engagement
There is a strong connection between the research pursued by the institute and the learning and teaching that takes place across the faculty. This synergy is unique to our faculty and is animated by events. Held across all ACU campuses, including the Rome campus, these important events highlight the comprehensive network of international partnerships and collaborations, bringing faculty and institute staff together into critical dialogue with international scholars. The range of events on offer (including the ACU Luminaries Series, and other public lectures) ensures that world-leading research is accessible to the ACU student body, and members of the general public.