Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is an initiative of the Federal Government. ERA is a research quality and evaluation system developed by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in conjunction with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR).
The ERA initiative aims to provide a transparent system to assess research quality, utilising a combination of metrics focused on researchers, research outputs, research income, esteem and applied measures. The information is reviewed at the national level by evaluation committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.
The second round of ERA results were made available in December 2012, and provide a comprehensive assessment of our research groups and outputs. Although this is be a retrospective picture of our performance (2005-10), it serves to indicate our areas of research strength.
A “report card” has been delivered to each university in which discipline areas are rated on a scale of 1 to 5. A rating of 3 is to be interpreted as “world class”, while a rating of 5 can be thought of as an academic “gold medal”. Ratings apply to academic areas, not university departments or schools.
The University of Adelaide ERA website has information for staff, including contact details for the team behind ERA at the University of Adelaide.
The ARC ERA website is the central and official source of information including: