An ERA of success at La Trobe

'Our research strength will further increase in coming years as we deliver our Future Ready strategic plan, under which we will invest even more in key research focus areas we have identified for their ability to address the big social and environmental issues of our time,’ he said.' - Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar.

The Australian Government’s Australia Research Council conducts yearly audits into Australian Universities. The Excellence in Research for Australia, or 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. The unit of evaluation is broadly defined as the Field of Research (FoR) within an institution based on the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification (ANZSRC).

La Trobe is a leading Australian university that is clearly amongst the top 10 nationally, and one of the big three in Victoria, when it comes to the number of fields rated at 5 ('well above world standard'), and ahead of some smaller Group of Eight Universities on this measure. We are also amongst the top 10 most improving universities since 2012.

You can read the more detailed results here, but the summary results are below:

  • the best university in Australia for Biological Sciences (equal with ANU)
  • the best university in Australia for Agricultural and Veterinary Studies
  • the only top-rated university in Australia for Physiology
  • top rated with only two other universities in Veterinary Sciences, Animal Production, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Other Medical and Health Science
  • top rated with only three other universities in Archaeology, Analytical Chemistry, Crop and Pasture Production, and Microbiology
  • Political Science, Social Work and Banking, Finance and Investment are ranked above world standard.

In addition to the outstanding ERA results, La Trobe is:

  • placed in the Top 400 universities in the world according to both the QS and Times Higher Education rankings
  • ranked number 75 in the Times Higher Education list of the world's Top 100 universities under 50 years of age and ranks amongst the Top 100 universities in the world for Arts and Humanities.