Research Excellence

Research excellence: firm foundations for a better future

In a world of so many challenges, it is more important than ever for researchers to be able to explore, analyse, innovate and excel.

At Southern Cross University, our researchers are finding solutions and making a difference in almost every area of life – from the classroom to the laboratory, the forests to the oceans, the farm to the factory and from our local communities to the wider world.

United by a commitment to the highest standards, our research is inextricably tied to a foundation of integrity and ethics, compliance and governance, cultural respect and recognition, and importantly, care for each other.

Together, such qualities inform the research excellence that defines Southern Cross University and is transforming tomorrow.

Ratings and Rankings

Southern Cross University’s reputation as a leading regional research university is affirmed by the prestigious Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results. 

Released through the Australian Research Council (ARC), the 2018 ERA results show Southern Cross University as performing at or above world standard in 23 different areas of research. Of these, 14 received the highest possible classification of 'well above world standard’.

ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the research spectrum. The ARC will use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) 2020 Fields of Research codes for ERA 2023.

The next round of ERA will take place in 2023.

Reference Periods

Submission data for ERA 2023 will be collected for the following reference periods:

Data Type Reference Period Years
Research Outputs 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2021 6
Research Income 1 January 209 - 31 December 2021 3
Staff Census Date As at 31 March 2022  

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 national report.

ERA affirms Southern Cross research excellence

Excellence in Research for Australia

Areas of Research Excellence

In 2022, Southern Cross University has achieved its best ever result in the QS World University Rankings, which list the world’s top universities in 100 locations.

Our ranking of 701-750 is outstanding for a non-metropolitan Australian university competing against 1422 universities globally. It continues an upward trajectory since entering the list in 2018.

Read more on our news: Strong Result for Southern Cross in QS Rankings.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (THE)

Southern Cross University has maintained its strong global position in the 2022 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (THE).

We are ranked 164th in a highly reputed system assessing 539 universities that are 50 years old or younger. THE factors in core missions in research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international outlook, recalibrated to reflect the profile of younger universities.

Read more on our news: Southern Cross maintains global top 200 place in young university ranking.

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