Murdoch’s research assessed above world-standard

December 4, 2015

Murdoch University is hosting the Africa-Australia Research ForumMurdoch University’s position as a world-leader in agriculture, medical research and science has been cemented by an assessment released by the Australian Research Council today.

Conducted every few years, the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) evaluations judge the quality of research conducted at Australian universities.

The percentage of Murdoch’s research assessed at or above world standard is 87%, which sits above the target set out in the University’s Research Strategic Plan.

“The ERA result reinforces and reflects the areas of research strength at Murdoch with every one of our submissions in the science disciplines assessed at world standard or better,” said Professor David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development at Murdoch University.

“In addition to our science disciplines continuing to shine, I am extremely proud that arts and humanities at Murdoch has seen the biggest improvement overall. Notably, Political Science, Religion and Religious Studies and History and Archaeology have, amongst other improvements, been assessed above world standard.”

Agricultural Biotechnology continues to be rated as well above world standard (5), highlighting the work Murdoch carries out in the food production and environment sustainability area.

In the health and medical sciences areas Murdoch has performed extremely well, with Medical Microbiology being consistently assessed at well above world standards (5) in all three ERA rounds, and Clinical Sciences remaining at well above world standard (5).

Both Immunology and Human Movement and Sports Science were assessed at above world standard (4). These areas provide great benefit for the wider community with Murdoch researchers making ground-breaking discoveries in treating disease, and human movement and sports science research providing a better quality of life for all.

New entrants assessed for the first time rated at above world standard include Human Movement and Sports Science, Forestry Sciences, and Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry.

“It’s wonderful to see some of the new areas of research emerging from our established areas, which reflects how we are adapting to a new research environment. We will see more emerging areas into the future as we continue to grow our staff and move into research that, in particular, hooks us into regional priorities through our industry and regional collaborations,” added Professor Morrison.

“When we made the submission we took the approach that we wanted to support the research areas of the University that were likely to be assessed for the first time. It is great that we now have that information to showcase our emerging research areas.

“The future is to make what we can sell rather than selling what we can make. As always, of course, the caveat is our work must be underpinned by traditional discipline strengths.”

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