Celebrating world-leading research at Western Sydney University
Findings from Australia’s largest climate change experiment, a symposium about preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and culture, and a forum addressing the future of work in Western Sydney are among the activities planned for Western Sydney University’s Research Week – the University’s annual showcase of research that’s making a difference to the region and to the nation.
From Monday 23 to Friday 27 October, Research Week will celebrate research at Western Sydney University, with this year’s activities focused on how the University’s research is making an impact across the areas of environmental sustainability, education and aspirational change, health and wellbeing, and urban living and society.
The highlight of Research Week is the annual Research Impact Competition, which sees researchers from across the University compete to see who can best communicate their findings in a five-minute presentation and demonstrate the positive impact their research has on the community.
Western Sydney University is rated in the top two per cent of universities in the world according to the prestigious Times Higher Education rankings, and the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation rates 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research at world standard or above.
Professor Scott Holmes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Engagement, Development and International), says the University's innovative, dynamic approach to tackling some of the nation's most pressing research challenges is what sets it apart from its contemporaries.
"We are proud to be a research university that is about producing world-leading research that is not only about practical outcomes particularly for our region of western Sydney, but also advancing Australia's understanding of the world," says Professor Holmes.
“We are a young university and prepared to do things differently. As such, our research doesn’t just happen in the lab – we collaborate with regional, national and international partners on research and translate those findings into real-world solutions, whether it be helping to shape government policy or working with industry to develop innovative ways of doing business.
“We are delighted to celebrate Research Week, and showcase just some of the exciting research underway at Western Sydney University to our staff, students and the wider community.”
To find out more about what’s on for Research Week, visit the event calendar.
17 October 2017
Amanda Whibley, Manager, Media and Public Relations
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The Research Impact Competition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase high-quality projects making a difference to the community and nation alike.
This year’s Research Week activities focus on how the University’s research is making an impact across the areas of environmental sustainability, education, health and wellbeing, and urban living and society.