Run by the Australian Research Council (ARC), Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) is a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of research in Australian universities using a combination of indicators and expert review. 

The next ERA exercise will run in 2018 alongside the first Engagement and Impact Assessment.

The latest ERA exercise, conducted in 2015, evaluated research undertaken between 2008 and 2013. There have been two prior ERA evaluations: one in 2012 and one in 2010.

In 2015, UQ submitted in all broad fields, confirming it as one of Australia’s most comprehensive universities.

  • ERA 2015 rated 100 per cent of UQ research – evaluated across 22 broad categories and 97 specialised categories – at world standard or above. 
  • 47 specialised fields of research at UQ received the highest possible rating of five.
  • UQ was the highest or equal highest rated university in 12 broad fields.
  • UQ was rated above or well above world standard in 21 of the 22 broad fields. 
  • UQ was the only university to achieve the maximum rating of five in the specialised fields of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Tourism, and Social Work.