NEWCASTLE University has been ranked equal seventh on a list of Australian universities for completing research well above world standard.
Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Mike Calford said he popped a bottle of champagne when he was told that yesterday’s 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment had shown 90per cent of the university’s assessed research was rated as world standard and above.
The ERA assessment measures the quality of research in 157 research areas and allocates a ranking of one to five.
A rating of four is given to research ‘‘above world standard’’ and a rating of five is given to research deemed ‘‘well above world standard’’.
Newcastle University was assessed in 49 research areas and was awarded a rating of five in 18 areas.
It was the only Australian university to receive the top rating for social work research and one of only two universities to receive ratings of five in the areas of applied mathematics; biochemistry and cell biology; civil engineering; and mechanical engineering.
For the first time, the university received a rating of five in earth sciences; psychology; nutrition and dietetics; human movement and sports science; neuroscience; and mechanical engineering.
‘‘The university went through a fundamental change in its support for research since 2005,’’ Professor Calford said.
‘‘We identified the areas where we had strong and engaging research taking place at the university and put support behind them. That support was in more PHD students, more support funding, equipment and the like.’’
This led to a big improvement on the 2010 ERA report, when the university received ratings of five in seven research areas.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH RANKING
1. The University of Queensland: 35
2. The University of Sydney: 34
3. The University of Melbourne: 30
4. Australian National University: 27
5. The University of New South Wales: 25
6. Monash University: 22
7. The University of Newcastle and The University of Adelaide: 18.
8. The University of Western Australia: 16
9: Macquarie University, University of Tasmania and La Trobe University: 9.
*For well-above world standard
UNDERGRADUATE applications are on the rise, according to new figures from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
At the end of November, 82,399 people had applied through UAC to attend university, compared with 81,148 at the same time last year.
This number does not include applications from international students.
The period for applications for next year closes on Thursday, January 31.
Today is the last day for potential students who want to be guaranteed inclusion in the January 16 main round of offers to file their applications.
Most offers are made in the main round – including approximately 74per cent of offers last year.