Australian Research Council Engagement and Impact Assessment results revealed

The ARC has now released results for the first Engagement and Impact assessment that accompanied the ERA research exercise.

The E & I assessment was introduced in December 2015 by the federal government to examine how universities translate their research into economic, environmental, social, cultural and other benefits. Each Unit of Assessment (UoA) was considered, with Field of Research 19 ( Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) and 12 ( Built Environment and Design) of most relevance to creative arts researchers.

High – medium – low assessments were made in three areas:

  • Engagement: the extent to which university research engages with ‘end users’ outside academia

  • Impact:  the impact that university research has outside academia; and

  • Approach to impact: institutional approaches to facilitating the impacts.

FOR 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing E & I assessments

Institution Engagement Impact Approach to Impact
Bond University n/a n/a n/a
Charles Darwin University n/a n/a n/a
Charles Sturt University medium high medium
Central Queensland University n/a medium medium
Curtin University of
  Technology
high medium medium
Deakin University high high high
Edith Cowan University medium high high
Federation University
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
Flinders University medium medium medium
Griffith University medium medium medium
James Cook University n/a n/a n/a
La Trobe University medium medium medium
Macquarie University medium medium high
Monash University medium medium medium
Murdoch University n/a n/a n/a
Queensland University of
  Technology
high high high
RMIT University high low medium
Southern Cross University n/a n/a n/a
Swinburne University of
  Technology
medium low low
The Australian National
  University
medium medium low
The University of Adelaide medium medium low
The University of Melbourne high high High
The University of New England n/a n/a n/a
The University of Newcastle high high High
The University of Notre Dame
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
The University of Queensland medium medium Medium
The University of Sydney medium high High
The University of Western
  Australia
medium medium Low
University of Canberra medium high Medium
University of Divinity n/a n/a n/a
University of New South Wales high high High
University of South Australia n/a medium Low
University of Southern
  Queensland
n/a n/a n/a
University of Tasmania medium low Medium
University of Technology
  Sydney
n/a n/a n/a
University of the Sunshine
  Coast
n/a n/a n/a
University of Wollongong high high Medium
Victoria University n/a n/a n/a
Western Sydney University medium high High

FOR 12 Built Environment and Design E & I assessments

Institution Engagement Impact Approach to Impact
Australian Catholic University n/a n/a n/a
Bond University low n/a n/a
Charles Darwin University n/a n/a n/a
Charles Sturt University n/a n/a n/a
Central Queensland University n/a n/a n/a
Curtin University of
  Technology
high low medium
Deakin University medium medium high
Edith Cowan University n/a n/a n/a
Federation University
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
Flinders University n/a n/a n/a
Griffith University high high high
James Cook University n/a n/a n/a
La Trobe University n/a n/a n/a
Macquarie University n/a n/a n/a
Monash University high high high
Murdoch University n/a n/a n/a
Queensland University of
  Technology
high medium high
RMIT University high high high
Southern Cross University n/a n/a n/a
Swinburne University of
  Technology
high high high
The Australian National
  University
n/a n/a n/a
The University of Adelaide high medium low
The University of Melbourne high high high
The University of New England n/a n/a n/a
The University of Newcastle medium medium medium
The University of Notre Dame
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
The University of Queensland high high/medium high/low
The University of Sydney high high high
The University of Western
  Australia
medium high medium
University of Canberra n/a n/a n/a
University of Divinity n/a n/a n/a
University of New South Wales high high medium
University of South Australia high high medium
University of Southern
  Queensland
n/a n/a n/a
University of Tasmania high medium medium
University of Technology
  Sydney
high high high
University of the Sunshine
  Coast
n/a n/a n/a
University of Wollongong n/a n/a n/a
Victoria University n/a n/a n/a
Western Sydney University medium high high

Julianne Schultz steps down as Griffith Review Editor

After 15 years in the Editor’s seat at Griffith Review, Julianne Schultz is handing over to author and journalist Associate Professor Ashley Hay who will take up the position in July. 

Under Julianne’s editorship Griffith Review has featured many Australian writers, artists and academics and has brought the work of academia to broader public attention.

Julianne will combine her role as publisher with her own writing and research as Professor of Media and Culture in the Griffith Social and Cultural Research Centre.

Creative arts one of impact trial disciplines

As anticipated, Creative Arts has been announced by the ARC as one of the disciplinary groups to trial the new impact measures in preparation for the ERA 2018 exercise.  The trial disciplines which also include environment, agriculture, engineering, education and language, communication and culture, will use both quantitative data and case studies.  Engagement measures, which will be trialed by a different set of disciplines will use quantitative data and accompanying narrative statements.

According to advice provided to University Offices for Research on how the Impact Assessment Pilots are to be implemented, each institution will be invited to submit one impact study for each Unit of Assessment (UoA) which will be the primary FoR code associated with the submission.  Studies in Creative Arts and Writing (FOR 19) will be assessed within Group D, which also includes FOR 13 (Education) and FOR 20 (Language, Communication and Culture). 

Following a narrative describing the ‘goals, plans and activities for supporting and enabling impact’ , each statement will summarise the impact (50 words); provide narrative details of the impact (750 words); and describe the underpinning research (200 words)  The submission also provides space for other quantitative indicators for impact to be included (250 words)

The submissions will be assessed by multi-disciplinary panels established to review all submissions in their allocated FoR codes. Assessment Panel D will be responsible for impact statements for FOR codes 13, 19 and 20. These assessments will then go to a Review panel comprised of experts from each of the FOR codes participating in the Engagement and Impact trials.

It is understood that the submission guidelines have been provided to every university office for research, however publicly available copies have yet to be released.

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Creative arts one of impact trial disciplines

As anticipated, Creative Arts has been announced by the ARC as one of the disciplinary groups to trial the new impact measures in preparation for the ERA 2018 exercise.  The trial disciplines which also include environment, agriculture, engineering, education and language, communication and culture, will use both quantitative data and case studies.  Engagement measures, which will be trialled by a different set of disciplines will use quantitative data and accompanying narrative statements.

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