Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

ERA 2015

The excellence of Western Sydney University research has been recognised in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment with the University achieving its best ever results.

11 of the University's disciplines were given the highest possible rating of five, denoting the quality of the research as being well above world standard.

80% of the University's Fields of Research were assessed as being at, above or well above world standard.

"These results confirm what we in the University already know: we are a world-leading, research-led university, making a real difference to people's lives and communities through our research capabilities," says Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover.

"The unlimited opportunities we offer our students are underpinned by the world's best research. These outstanding ERA results cap off what has been a wonderful year for Western Sydney University."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Development), Professor Scott Holmes, 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 a young university and prepared to do things differently. Quality research is the first step. Many universities stop there, however, we are a university that takes its high quality research and makes an impact."

The ERA initiative is aimed at evaluating excellence in all areas of research within the Australian higher education sector. It seeks to assess research quality using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

ERA is a national evaluation of research quality in Australian universities conducted by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) (opens in a new window)

See below for stories about our researchers and the projects that drove some of these results:

ERA 2015 results

Results by 4-digit fields of research


  • Applied Mathematics
  • Ecological Applications
  • Soil Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Plant Biology
  • Forestry Sciences
  • Materials Engineering
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Cultural Studies


  • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Human Geography
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Historical Studies


  • Pure Mathematics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Zoology
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Neurosciences
  • Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
  • Building
  • Education Systems
  • Specialist Studies in Education
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Other Studies in Human Society
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Curatorial and Related Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and Religious Studies