We are working really hard to ensure we continue to be recognised as one of Australia’s best law schools, not just for our educational programs but also for the high quality of our research.
The Australian National University (ANU) has reaffirmed its reputation as one of the country’s top universities for law and legal research by receiving the highest possible ranking in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
Run every three years by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the ERA provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality and breadth of university research. It measures the quality of research against national and international benchmarks.
ANU legal scholars have received a five-star rating in all four rounds of the ERA since it began in 2010.
The ERA results recognise the University’s continuing tradition of global excellence in legal research, according to Associate Dean (Research) Jeremy Farrall.
“These results demonstrate that the ANU College of Law is consistently among the best in terms of research excellence. We are working really hard to ensure we continue to be recognised as one of Australia’s best law schools, not just for our educational programs but also for the high quality of our research,” he said.
“I am very proud of the College’s high-quality research and the breadth and depth of our scholarly achievements. The results reflect a collaborative effort across a wide range of disciplines, confirming our national status as a hub for expertise.”
Law and Legal Studies (18) contributed approximately two per cent of the research outputs to ERA 2018. Journal articles were the main research output type (63 per cent) followed by book chapters (30 per cent). Law (1801) accounted for the majority of all research outputs, research income and staff FTE in the discipline. There was no research commercialisation for Law and Legal Studies.
“In both categories (Law and Legal Studies; Law), we have always received a five-out-of-five which is fantastic,” said Associate Professor Farrall.
“These results bode well for our future research and strategic partnerships with top law schools around the world.”
Elsewhere across other disciplines, outstanding results confirmed the ambition and scale of research excellence at the University. A total of 15 top ratings out of 21 broad disciplines assessed at ANU improved based performance from the 2015 ERA outcomes, when 11 top ratings were awarded.
In the four-digit fields of research, which cover narrow sub-disciplines, ANU recorded an extraordinary 47 top ratings out of 71 assessed, up from 38 in 2015. In addition, a further 21 sub-disciplines were given the rating of 'above world-standard', while three were 'at world standard'. No sub-disciplines were rated below this level.
A summary of Law and Legal Studies in ERA 2018 is available here.