Research that changes lives: Monash tops the nation for research engagement

Monash University has emerged as a national leader in the inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI) of its research, released by the Australian Government today.

The EI, to be completed every three years, assesses how well universities are engaged in the broader community and how research is being translated into economic, social, environmental, cultural and other impacts.

Monash research achieved excellent results across all three areas of Engagement, Impact and Approach to Impact, topping the nation in assessment of ‘High’ ratings for Engagement.

The EI is a companion report to the Excellence in Research for Australia report, released earlier this week, in which Monash research also ranked well above world standard for the quality of research across a broad range of fields.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the results reflect the University’s endeavour to advance research that changes lives and creates positive impact for communities locally, nationally and internationally.

“Monash research is geared toward making lasting, positive changes in the world and taking on big challenges. These results demonstrate that we are having real impact, and engaging with the community about how research translates into real-world benefits,” Professor Gardner said.

“We are rapidly advancing our ability to solve the great human challenges of our times through our commitment to the translation of quality research, commercialisation and building global alliances and partnerships with industry, government and beyond”.

Many ideas born at Monash have been commercialised and make a difference every day including Pfizer - Cancer research, the Oxytocin inhaler, World Mosquito Program, the Amaero - additive manufacturing of aerospace equipment and many more.

Monash scored a high rating across all three categories for research in the broad fields of Chemical Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Public and Allied Health Sciences, Built Environment and Design, Commerce, Law and Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Monash Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Marc Parlange, said “the University has established the benchmarks for our research impact and notably how we engage with industries, governments and communities across Humanities, Arts and Social Science and STEM.”

Nationwide, the EI 2018 rated over 88 per cent of university research at a medium or high level with a positive impact for the wider community.