UOW up with world's best in research

A report into the quality of research taking place in Australian universities confirms that University of Wollongong researchers are among the world's best.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 report takes into account more than 60,000 staff, $8.7 billion in external research funding and 413,000 publi-cations.

The report says that 90 per cent of the fields of research assessed at UOW delivered at or above world standard.

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The assessment system confirmed UOW's research excellence in areas including chemical sciences, geology, materials and interdisciplinary engineering, clinical sciences, tourism and human geography.

"These ERA outcomes recognise the research effort across all UOW faculties and areas of research strength," UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Judy Raper said yesterday.

"[These include] for example the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials and Materials and Manufacturing Engineering," Professor Raper said.

"This collective effort has contributed to an outstanding success."

The University of Wollongong received the highest national rating in the broad discipline area of chemical sciences.

Areas such as law, public health, psychology, mathematical sciences, earth sciences, history and archaeology, and creative arts were also recognised as leaders for their high quality research and contributions to their disciplines.

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