Monash IT recognised for research collaboration with social impact

1 April 2019

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has just released its inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI 2018), with outstanding results for Monash IT.

Monash University received the highest possible ratings for both ‘Engagement’ and ‘Impact’ in the Information and Computing Sciences discipline.

This achievement complements the recently released Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, which identified Monash as the only Australian institution to rate ‘above world standard’ across Information and Computing Sciences.

According to the Dean of the Faculty of IT, Professor Jon Whittle, this is an outstanding result and well-deserved recognition for the researchers and students in Information and Computing Sciences.

‘These ratings recognise more than just the quality of our research. They recognise the Faculty’s interaction with, and contribution to, end-users outside of academia,’ said Professor Whittle.

With a mission to use IT research as a vehicle for social good, Monash IT researchers collaborate with diverse industries such as transport, energy, manufacturing and health.

‘This is an exciting time for Monash IT as industry innovators and researchers from a wide range of disciplines are beating a path to our door, requesting our skills and partnership,’ said Professor Whittle.

EI 2018 was introduced to assess how well researchers are engaging with end users of research – and how effectively they’re translating research into tangible benefits for industry and community, beyond academia. A companion exercise to ERA, it was a key outcome of the Australian government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).

Professor Whittle believes the recent achievements are an important reminder of the vital role IT research plays in solving real-world problems.

Learn more about EI 2018

For more information about Monash IT and industry engagement, contact Tim Dwyer +61 3 9905 0234.