Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) aims to identify and promote excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions. ERA evaluates the quality of the research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks. The ratings are determined and moderated by committees of distinguished researchers, drawn from Australia and overseas. 

The indicators used in ERA include a range of metrics such as citation profiles which are common to disciplines in the natural sciences, and peer review of a sample of research outputs which is more broadly common in the humanities and social sciences. ERA is a comprehensive collection. 

The data submitted by Flinders University covers all eligible researchers and their research outputs. The precise set of indicators used has been developed in close consultation with the research community. 

The first full round of ERA occurred in 2010 with the results published in 2011. The second round of ERA was completed with the publication of the ERA 2012 National Report in December 2012. The next ERA round is scheduled for 2015 and preparations are currently under way.

Outcomes of ERA 2012

In 2012, the Australian Research Council (ARC) conducted the second Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation.

View the outcomes for Flinders University (staff login with FAN required).

Flinders had 39 disciplines assessed with 29 or 74% of the disciplines assessed at or above world standard. This is a significant increase from the ERA2010 assessment, where Flinders was assessed in 44 disciplines with 22 (50%) of these 44 disciplines assessed as being at or above world standard.

Eight disciplines were assessed as being above world or well above world standard, including outstanding results for Nanotechnology, Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology, and Ophthalmology and Optometry that achieved the highest rating of “5” or well above world standard.

ARC information about ERA and updates

View the outcomes and information provided by the ARC about ERA 2012.


For ERA and RMIS: email research.data@flinders.edu.au