GCI Research Awarded Rating of 5 in Latest ERA Report
On December 4 2015 the Australian Research Council released the results of the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. The Criminology submission from Griffith University, comprised of members from the Griffith Criminology Institute, was awarded a top score of 5 on a 1-5 quality scale. A 5 identifies submissions considered to be “well above world standard” and this excellent achievement is a clear indication of the overall breadth and quality of research being carried out in GCI as well as a reflection of the world class researchers who are members of the Institute.
The Griffith Criminology Institute is understandably excited to have received such a positive outcome, one that is put into further perspective by the fact that we are one of only two criminology submissions by Australian universities to achieve a 5.
Prof Ross Coomber
More about ERA:
The Australian Research Council (ARC) is responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), Australia’s national research evaluation framework. ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions.
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assesses research quality within Australia’s higher education institutions and the outcomes give government, industry, business and the wider community assurance of the excellence of research conducted. It also provides a national stocktake, by research discipline areas, of research strength against international benchmarks.
ERA is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks. The ratings are determined and moderated by committees of distinguished researchers, drawn from Australia and overseas.
The first full round of ERA occurred in 2010 and the results were published in early 2011. This was the first time a nationwide stock take of discipline strengths and areas for development had ever been conducted in Australia. There have been two subsequent rounds of ERA in 2012 and 2015. The results from each ERA round are published in the ERA 2010 National Report, and the ERA 2012 National Report, which are available online in ERA Reports. (Australian Research Council, 2015).