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Swinburne receives five star rating for physical science research

Tuesday February 8 2011

In the recently announced Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) ratings, Swinburne's physical science has been rated to be 5 star. Overall, Swinburne was rated the 4th best university in Australia for Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences research. The Centre for Micro-Photonics has been one of the major University Centres in physical science at Swinburne since its inception in 2000.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts. ERA uses leading researchers to evaluate research in eight discipline clusters. ERA will detail areas within institutions and disciplines that are internationally competitive, as well as point to emerging areas where there are opportunities for development and further investment.1

The evaluation of data submitted for the 2010 ERA initiative by Australia's higher education institutions was undertaken by Research Evaluation Committees (RECs). RECs are established at the discipline cluster level and comprise distinguished and internationally-recognised researchers with expertise in research evaluation. There are 149 REC members in total appointed from Australia and overseas, and broadly representative of the disciplines within each Cluster.2

Further information can be found at the ARC ERA website (