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Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) (opens in a new window) is a nationwide assessment of Australia's research performance which highlights national research strengths in disciplines of critical economic and social importance. For the purpose of ERA, research disciplines are assessed in two-digit and four digit classifications, with two-digit fields the broadest disciplinary classification.
In the latest ERA evaluation in 2018, 85% of the University’s research was identified as ‘world standard or above’, and at the two-digit discipline level, 90% of our research was assessed at ‘world standard or above’. These results cement Western Sydney University’s standing as a world-class university with a growing international reach and a reputation for excellence.
Disciplines that scored a '5' rating, identifying them as 'well above world standard'
Two-digit Fields of Research: Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Biological Sciences; and Environmental Sciences.
Four-digit Fields of Research: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Cultural Studies; Ecology; Ecological Applications; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Evolutionary Biology; Forestry Sciences; Microbiology; Nursing; Oncology and Carcinogenesis; Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Plant Biology; Soil Sciences; and Zoology.
Disciplines that scored a '4' rating, identifying them as 'above world standard'
Two-digit Fields of Research: Language, Communication and Culture; Mathematical Sciences; Medical and Health Sciences; and Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Four-Digit Fields of Research: Applied Mathematics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Communication and Media Studies; Environmental Science and Management; Human Geography; Human Movement and Sports Science; Linguistics; Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry; Materials Engineering; Performing Arts and Creative Writing; Psychology; Pure Mathematics; Sociology; and Statistics.
Overview of Results
|ERA RATING|| 4-DIGIT|
FIELDS OF RESEARCH
FIELDS OF RESEARCH
Agricultural and Veterinary|
|Cultural Studies||Nursing||Biological Sciences|
Electrical and Electronic|
|Evolutionary Biology||Soils Sciences|
|Materials Engineering||Mathematical Sciences|
Performing Arts and|
|Medical and Health Sciences|
Psychology and Cognitive|
|Human Geography||Pure Mathematics|
Human Movement and|
|Analytical Chemistry||Law||Built Environment and Design|
Artificial Intelligence and|
|Literary Studies||Chemical Sciences|
Other Studies in Human|
|History and Archaeology|
|Criminology||Philosophy||Law and Legal Studies|
Curatorial and Related|
Public Health and|
|Education Systems||Social Work||
Studies in Creative Art|
Film, Television and|
Specialist Studies in|
|Studies in Human Society|
Delivering better birthing strategies
Educating pregnant women about complementary therapies could save millions of dollars every year.
Accidental trip reveals a hidden pathway
An unexpected discovery could lead to new predictive biomarkers of drug response for cancer patients.
Realising a dream technology
Tackling the condition of sleep apnoea could be as simple as slipping on a T-shirt.
A gut feeling
Work to understand the gut bacteria of koalas could enhance survival rates of this vulnerable species.
Focusing on space junk
Biologically-inspired cameras can track satellites that even the best optical
In making plans to withstand a globally devastating bee parasite, researchers are finding other ways to help crops thrive.
Blueprint for a land of droughts and flooding rains
‘Stress testing’ pasture plant species to help safeguard Australia’s livestock and dairy industries.
Helping children reach their potential
A maternal visiting programme developed in Western Sydney is helping children in Australia, and around the world, thrive.
How an enclave became a cultural hub
From a haven for new migrants, to an attraction for curious Sydney-siders, Chinatown is now a cosmopolitan bridge between Australia and Asia.