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VU research tops world standards and brings success to the west

Victoria University has been rated at the top of Australian universities in key research areas while improving knowledge and skills in Melbourne’s west.

Experts rated Victoria University’s research as well above world standard with the top ERA rating of 5 in: 

  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Nursing.

Victoria University's Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Research Training) Professor Warren Payne said the results, released by the Australian Research Council as part of the 2015 ERA round, reflected the talent, hard work and commitment of the University’s researchers.

“These results are strong evidence that we are achieving at the highest level and carving out a very strong reputation in applied and translational research,” Professor Payne said.

“We have focused on investment and developing support structures around key areas and it is very exciting to be rated so highly for the quality of our research.”

Professor Payne said the ratings were a result of a Victoria University push to further develop its strength in research. He pointed to the University's strategic plan, which supported efforts to grow research in several key areas including sport, exercise and active living.

“We are pleased to cement our position as Australia’s leading sports university with the highest possible rating for research in Human Movement and Sports Science,” Professor Payne said.

He added that while expert ratings are important, the aim for VU’s research is to have real-world impact and advance knowledge so individuals, communities and industry can harness their full potential.

VU rated above world standard with an ERA rating of 4 in Mathematical Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

The University was rated at world standard with an ERA rating of 3 in eight other areas including Artificial Intelligence, Computing and IT, Education, Language, Tourism and Cultural Fields.

Professor Payne said these areas are boosting industries and innovation in the west of Melbourne, the University’s heartland.

“Our research institutes and centres are playing a major role in developing our research capability in areas of strategic focus to bring about change,” he said.

“We may be one of Australia's smaller research institutions but we’re performing at or above world standard in a number of areas where we really make a difference.” ENDS

Media contacts: Julia Johnston, 03 9919 4549, 0401 136 114, julia.johnston@vu.edu.au;
Elisabeth Tarica 03 9919 9491, 0435 960 793 or elisabeth.tarica@vu.edu.au

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