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Excellence in Research for Australia


No.1 in Australia for Research Impact and Engagement

100% of our research at or above world-class

UniSA’s strong commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 100 per cent of our detail fields of research rated at or above world-class standard (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018). This is an impressive result for a young university and we are proud of our achievements. 

Led by the Australian Research Council, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is the national research evaluation framework. ERA identifies research excellence by providing a comprehensive quality assessment of all research produced by Australian higher education institutions against both national and international benchmarks.

In 2018, 39 of UniSA’s detailed (4-digit) assessed fields of research were rated at or above world-standard. Many of the University's research strengths are represented in the top-tier rankings, with a mix of traditional and emerging disciplines, demonstrating the remarkable growth trajectory of UniSA as a young, but significant research institution.

Additionally, UniSA has been ranked no.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement according to the results of the 2018 Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment (Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields).

We are extremely proud of these recognitions, having produced high-level research that has the potential to make a difference both locally and abroad. For more information, see the UniSA Media Release about ERA and the UniSA Media Release about the ARC’s Engagement and Impact Assessment.

Assessed research in which our 4-digit fields of research performance is at or above world-class include (ERA 2018):

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physical Chemistry (Inc. Structural)
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Medical Physiology 
  • Psychology
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Specialist Studies In Education
  • Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Sociology
  • Distributed Computing
  • Information Systems
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Building
  • Design Practice and Management
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Education Systems
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
  • Banking, Finance and Investment
  • Social Work
  • Law
  • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Linguistics


Assessed research in which our 2-digit fields of research performance is at or above world-class include (ERA 2018):

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Built Environment and Design
  • Education
  • Studies in Human Society
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • Language, Communications and Culture

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