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New ERA for ECU research

Wednesday, 27 March 2019


ECU has doubled the number of its research groups rated at 'well above world standard' in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) round results, released today.

The University received the maximum rating of 5 in six disciplines at the four-digit FoR code level, up from three in the 2015 ERA round.

These disciplines include: Environmental Science and Management, Ecology, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Clinical Sciences and Neurosciences.

The University has also received a rating of 5 in two disciplines at the two-digit FoR code level, including Chemical Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Caroline Finch AO welcomed the latest ERA results.

"The ERA 2018 round shows ECU's rapid transformation towards a research-intensive university is on track," Professor Finch said.

"It also demonstrates how our Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Research Fellow recruitment scheme is making an impact.

"Since 2015 we have sought to recruit more than 20 Professors from around the world to increase ECU’s research activity in key areas."

"ECU's Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is recognised for delivering high quality teaching to produce world renowned graduates. It is pleasing to see that research in this area is  also at a world standard, as reflected in a rating of 3 for Performing Arts and Creative Writing in the 2018 ERA round” Professor Finch said.

ERA is Australia's national research evaluation framework. It identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions.

The complete national results are available via the Australian Research Council (ARC) website.

For more information on ECU’s research, see


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