02 February 2011
Research focus pays dividends
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RMIT University's focus on key research areas has paid its first dividend, with "above world standard" results in six disciplines in the Excellence in Research Australia assessment.
ERA is the first nationwide analysis of research quality conducted in Australia.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, said the outcomes underlined RMIT's status as a global university of technology and design.
"It also confirms that our research is global, partnered with industry and relevant to the world community.
"Guided by our new Strategic Plan, Transforming the Future, we will continue to build on this foundation and I anticipate RMIT's research will strengthen in quality and focus."
Professor Daine Alcorn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, congratulated RMIT's researchers who achieved "above world standard" results in the following disciplines:
- Communication and Media Studies
- Human Movement and Sports Science (well above world standard)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Urban and Regional Planning
RMIT research was judged to be at world standard in a further 18 disciplines.
The quality was further highlighted with RMIT research assessed as at or above world standard in the following clusters:
- Built Environment and Design
- Chemical Sciences
- Information and Computing Sciences
- Language, Communication and Culture
- Medical and Health Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Professor Alcorn said: "This round of ERA data covers the period 2003 to 2008 and RMIT has made substantial progress in strengthening its research profile since then, with the establishment of four Research Institutes in the fields of Design, Global Cities, Platform Technologies and Health Innovation.
"RMIT is considerably more focused in its research efforts than many other universities, with our research concentrated in 39 of the 157 four-digit Field of Research codes," Professor Alcorn said.
"We are, of course, committed to ensuring our areas of research are at world standard and beyond, because we understand that research strengths underpin quality learning and teaching at RMIT."