Celebrating a record year of great research

Friday, 19 December 2008

The University of Adelaide is celebrating record research results for 2008 with significant increases in research income and outcomes.

While financial results have not yet been finalised this year, the University's research income looks set to exceed its target of $131 million - up from last year's $116 million. Research income comes from winning national competitive grants plus funding from government, industry and other funding bodies.

The number of students completing PhDs this year will pass 300 - up from 270 last year - and the latest figure for the number of research publications is up 14% on the previous year.

University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor James McWha said the results were a tribute to the hard work undertaken by our staff, students and affiliates, and reflected the University's position as the premier research university in the State.

"This has turned out to be a very successful year for the research performance of the University and our partners in terms of attaining external funding, increasing our research outputs, and attracting peer recognition," said Professor McWha.

"A significant number of our staff, students and affiliates have been recognised by external bodies this year for their outstanding research work."

Other significant results included a successful Education Investment Fund bid of $28.8m for a new Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, which will make the University a world leader in this field.

The University has also recently announced two major new research institutes respectively tackling serious health and environmental challenges, the Robinson Institute and the Environment Institute, and will be announcing several more large institutes over the coming year in line with its strategy to build concentrations of research strength in priority research areas.

"2008 has produced some outstanding research results for us, all strengthening our research reputation internationally and increasing the impact we make on the local and wider communities," said Professor McWha.

 

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