The Australian Research Council's 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations confirm what UTS researchers already knew - that UTS research is world-class.
"This is the second comprehensive review of research at Australian universities that has been completed and the results speak for themselves," said UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Attila Brungs.
"UTS research, across the board, is rated world-class or higher at the two digit summary level, with our endeavours in a number of areas, including economics, environmental sciences, human movement and sports science, nursing and agriculture science all rated as world-leading. We are pleased that the ERA results demonstrate the upward trajectory of research capacity and excellence at UTS.
"Of the 30 Australian universities rated in the field of applied economics only one, UTS, was well above world standard.
"Young universities like UTS contribute a great deal to discovery in this country. All five ATN universities, for instance, have improved on their 2010 ratings. I think one take-away message from the 2012 process is the rapidly growing strength and research excellence of younger universities and the benefits this offers Australia," he said.
ERA data informs the Government’s strategic research investment decision-making process. It provides information about the nation's research strengths (and weaknesses) relative to the rest of the world.
The process also helps Australian universities measure their efforts to improve their research outputs such as impact.
"UTS focuses on producing applied, impact-driven research with capacity to create positive change and great benefits for society," Professor Brungs said.
"We strongly believe measurements of research impact are also important when assessing the big picture of research in Australia."