A collaboration between researchers in the UTS School of Communication and the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, the Pink Sari project has dramatically increased breast screening rates among Indian and Sri Lankan women in NSW.
UTS research matches quality with impact
29 Mar 2019
A new national research assessment has shown UTS is leading the country when it comes to research impact
The Engagement and Impact Assessment is Australia’s first analysis of how universities engage outside of academia and translate research into benefits for society
In a nation-leading result, almost eighty per cent of assessed UTS research has been rated as having a ‘high’ impact on the community, well above the sector average of 43 per cent, according to data released today by the Australian Government.
The inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA) accompanies the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment exercise, which measures research quality. The EIA is Australia’s first national assessment of how universities engage outside of academia, and translate research into benefits for society.
“Throughout its history, UTS has prided itself on doing real-world research, working hand-in-hand with industry and the community,” says Acting UTS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Parfitt. “To have this verified by a national Government review, and UTS named as leading the country when it comes to research impact, is extremely gratifying.
“This week’s assessments have shown that UTS is not just delivering research of an exceptionally high standard – all of our broad research areas were assessed at world standard or better – but also that it is making a very real and positive impact in our society, economy and environment, helping to solve the most challenging and complex problems faced by everyday Australians.”
UTS received a ‘high’ rating for impact, combined with an ‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard rating in quality, in 10 broad areas: Physical Science; Environmental Science; Agriculture and Veterinary Science; Chemical Science; Biological Science; Engineering; Medical and Health Sciences (Biomed Clinical); Economics; Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; and Law and Legal Studies.
EIA also assesses how well researchers and teams are engaging with communities and industry, and shows how universities are translating their research into economic, social, environmental, cultural and other impacts. The Units of Assessment are assessed by panels using submitted qualitative impact studies and engagement narratives.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Kate McGrath, says the EIA and ERA results show the university is laying a strong foundation for achieving the goals of the UTS 2027 strategy.
“UTS is a public purpose university, and high-quality, connected research plays a critical role in delivering on that commitment,” she says.
“We also have a strong focus on research that is Indigenous-led and has tangible positive benefits for Indigenous people. So to have that recognised with a ‘high’ rating in both Impact and Approach to Impact shows our Indigenous leaders are building a culture of excellence in research and community engagement, providing a new benchmark for the Australian higher education sector.”