Image credit: Bellevue Hill Primary School and NSW Department of Education
30 April 2018

Educational researchers based at The University of Melbourne are using funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme to study how innovations in school architecture affect student learning, and develop tools which are helping teachers to bridge the gap between the educational potential of classroom designs, and their actual performance.The design of a school classroom is intimately connected with the quality of education that students receive, but there is a limited amount of evidence to inform how new innovations in learning environments can be effectively used by teachers and students.

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15 April 2018

It’s full steam ahead here at the ARC to deliver this year’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI). With submissions now open for ERA 2018, and EI submissions to follow shortly, Australia’s universities are working hard on their input to these two important processes.

2018 will mark the fourth round of ERA since its inception in 2010. ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s universities. It is a wide-ranging and comprehensive evaluation—in 2015, ERA assessed 2,460 units of evaluation involving over 430,000 unique research outputs produced by more than 67,000 researchers. By comparing Australia’s research effort against international benchmarks, ERA provides a national stocktake of areas of research strength, and, in turn, creates incentives for universities to improve the quality of their research.