James Cook University’s world-class research report card
James Cook University has strengthened its research credentials, more than doubling the number of research fields that receive the highest possible rating for research excellence.
A definitive report card of Australian university research quality has been published, rating JCU “world class or better” in 35 areas of research.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluates the quality of research in each field at every Australian university.
Universities are rated on a scale of one to five for each research field, with a rating of three representing “at world standard,” a rating of four is considered “above world standard,” and a rating of five represents “well above world standard.”
Of the 35 fields of research in which James Cook University is rated world class or above, the university received the highest possible rating (“well above standard”) in eight research areas—more than double the number it received when the ERA assessment was last published in 2012 (three in 2012 and eight in 2015).
JCU received the highest possible rating (“well above world standard”) in the following research fields:
- Environmental sciences and management
- Physical geography and environmental geoscience
- Ecological applications
- Plant biology
- Medical microbiology
The university was found to be “above world standard” in another 11 areas including public health, fisheries science, materials engineering, and archaeology. JCU was rated “at world standard” in another 16 areas of research.
JCU Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin said the results confirm James Cook University’s research excellence, particularly in the fields of environmental science and management, ecology, geology, and public health.
“JCU’s goal is to create a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference, and these results clearly show we are delivering world-class research that improving the lives of those who reside in the tropics.”
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.