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SCU ‘well above world standard’ in six research areas

Southern Cross UniversitySouthern Cross University’s research in six key areas has been given the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’ in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 national report released.

The top rating of five for ‘well above world standard’ was given in the specific research fields of geochemistry, zoology, crop and pasture production, and forestry sciences. Nursing research has been rated as ‘above world standard’ and tourism research at ‘world standard’.

In the broader research fields, the University received the top rating of ‘well above world standard’ in earth sciences, and agricultural and veterinary sciences.

This places the University among the top two universities in the country for research in crop and pasture production, in the top three universities in the country for zoology, top four in agriculture and veterinary sciences and forestry sciences, and in the top five in the field of geochemistry and earth sciences.

The University also received the rating of ‘above world standard’ in the broader research field of biological sciences, and ‘world standard’ in studies in creative arts and writing.

Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said these were outstanding results for Southern Cross University, and indicated the depth of its research capacity across a diverse range of areas.

“This is a tremendous result and I congratulate all the researchers and support staff who have contributed to this success,” Professor Lee said.

“Southern Cross University has placed a strong emphasis on building its research capacity and these results are evidence of the contribution we are making both regionally and internationally. This builds on from our classification as a research intensive university.”

Professor Neal Ryan, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), said the result was exceptional.

“Southern Cross University provides an outstanding example of the capacity of regional universities to contribute to Australia’s high quality world research,” Professor Ryan said.

The ERA 2012 report is a comprehensive review of research across all Australian universities. It provides an evaluation, over time and relative to world standards, to measure the quality and range of research areas in Australia.

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