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2009 PCE Trial Outcomes

Please note that material on this page is strictly related to the ERA 2009 Trial and may not be relevant for the current ERA process.

In preparation for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation in 2010, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research asked the Australian Research Council (ARC) to undertake a trial during 2009. This trial involved the evaluation of two ERA clusters: Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences (PCE) and Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA).

The evaluations of the submitted ERA data remained consistent with the mission and methodology which was developed for the trial. ERA aims at assessing research quality within Australia's higher education institutions, by using a combination of discipline-specific indicators alongside expert review by Research Evaluation Committees (RECs) comprised of experienced, internationally recognised experts.

Both trials have now concluded. The outcomes for the HCA trial were released in December. Outcomes of the PCE trial have been finalised and are outlined below.

PCE Trial Evaluation

Thirty-nine institutions participated in the PCE trial. Evaluations were conducted at the two- and four-digit Field of Research (FoR) level, as defined by ANZSRC. Alongside the quantitative data submitted by each institution for each Unit of Evaluation, three stages of evaluation were undertaken by the REC.

These stages of evaluation took place from 1 June to 2 October 2009. They were:

Stage 1 = Preliminary evaluation of four-digit Units of Evaluation by REC members independently.

Stage 2 = Review and revision of evaluation of four-digit Units of Evaluation by REC members, taking account of other four-digit evaluations by REC co-members assigned to the same Units of Evaluation. Preliminary evaluation of two-digit Units of Evaluation by REC Members independently.

Stage 3 = Final meeting by PCE REC to provide final ratings and comments for all assessable Units of Evaluation at the two- and four-digit level.

Please note: More information about the evaluation processes can be found in the ERA 2010 Evaluation Guidelines.

Seventeen eminent researchers from the sector were appointed to the PCE REC by the ARC CEO in August 2009.

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Australian National Report for PCE

The following tables summarise the research activity in each of the two- and four-digit FoRs evaluated in the 2009 PCE ERA trial.

2009 ERA Trial - Australian national report for PCE Cluster - 02 Physical Sciences

 

2009 ERA Trial - Australian national report for PCE Cluster - 03 Chemical Sciences

 

2009 ERA Trial - Australian national report for PCE Cluster - 04 Earth Sciences

* No institution met the threshold in the 0307 and 0499 FoRs.

World performance received a Rating of 2.

The Maximum rating refers to the highest rating that was given for an FoR to one or more institutions.

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ERA Rating Scale as used by the PCE REC

Rating
Descriptor
5 Exceptional quality research outputs consistently and substantially exceeding world performance in this Field of Research. The Unit of Evaluation profile is characterised by evidence of outstanding performance presented by the suite of indicators used for evaluation. The research outputs demonstrate the highest standards of quality and scholarly impact.
4 Very high quality research outputs consistently exceeding world performance in this Field of Research. The Unit of Evaluation profile is characterised by evidence of excellent performance presented by the suite of indicators used for evaluation. The research outputs have made several major international contributions.
3 High quality research outputs generally exceeding world performance in this Field of Research. The Unit of Evaluation profile is characterised by evidence of above world performance presented by the suite of indicators used for evaluation.
2 Research outputs commensurate with world performance in this Field of Research. The Unit of Evaluation profile is characterised by evidence of world performance presented by the suite of indicators used for evaluation.
1 Research outputs generally below world performance in this Field of Research. The Unit of Evaluation profile is characterised by evidence of below world performance presented by the suite of indicators used for evaluation.

In order to achieve a rating at a particular point on the scale, the majority of the output from the Unit of Evaluation would normally be expected to meet the standard for that rating point.

Individual institutional reports have been prepared for each of the participating institutions. Institutional information will not be publicly released by the ARC.

Content Last Modified:

23/06/2011


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