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Research Excellence

CDU's research is recognised nationally and internationally. The Commonwealth Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 showed that there has been an improvement in research quality across Australia since the last assessment in 2010.

In this context, it is an endorsement of CDU’s research strength that CDU was ranked at or above world average on 71 per cent (10 of 14) of the research disciplines for which it was assessed in the broad fields of:

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Economics
  • Medical and Health Sciences.

The pinnacle of achievement was CDU’s research in Clinical Science, conducted primarily through the Menzies School of Health Research, which received the highest possible score of five, ranking the discipline’s performance as outstanding, and well above world standard.

In 2012 CDU participated in a national trial, the Excellence in Innovation in Australia (EIA) trial, aimed at demonstrating the economic, social and environmental benefits of research undertaken by Australian universities.

The EIA trial aimed to show how research is bringing tangible end-user benefits to the nation.

The trial used case studies of research in contrast to the traditional research metrics that focus on publications and citations. This enabled the provenance of research to be traced and the impact documented more appropriate timeframes.

Led by the Group of 8 and Australian Technology Network universities including Charles Darwin University, the University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania the trial involved seven assessment panels of 75 volunteers, 70 per cent of whom were external industry, community and business sector leaders and experts.

Up to 162 case studies were submitted for assessment by the participating universities. Of these case studies, 87 per cent were found to have considerable, very considerable or outstanding impact.

CDU submitted 10 case studies to the trial, nine of which were assessed, some by multiple panels. All nine of these case studies were found to have considerable, very considerable or outstanding impact.