ERA confirms strong research performance

Monday, 7 February 2011  Features

The Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales performed very strongly in the Federal Government's inaugural Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, a scorecard of research performance in Australian higher education institutions, compared with international peers.

ERA specifically looked at academics who were at the Australian School of Business as of 31 March 2009, and also categorised research on the basis of fixed research codes across the University of New South Wales.

The Australian School of Business came equal first in Commerce, Management, Tourism & Services (FoR code 15), and equal second in Economics (FoR code 14), with both results representing performance above world standard. ASB staff have also contributed significantly to UNSW's performance in Information and Computing Sciences (FoR 8- above world standard result) and Law and Legal studies (FoR 18 - above world standard result).

Professor Alec Cameron, Dean of the Australian School of Business, said the School's strong performance in the ERA reflects its focus on building high impact research. "The Australian School of Business aims to foster research which is highly regarded in academic circles for its rigour and is valued by the broader community for its relevance. Our research strategy is built on world-class academics, nationally competitive research funding and high calibre research students."

"The ERA ranking drives research funding so it is critical to our capacity to continue our investment in world-class research."

The Federal Government used a range of indicators to evaluate the research performance of individual disciplines at Australian institutions for the period 2003-2008: research quality, research volume, application of research and a range of 'esteem' measures. Research performance was scored from 1-5, with '3' representing international average performance at world standard; '4' representing performance above world standard, and '5' outstanding performance well above world standard.

View the full report on the Australian Research Coun​cil website.