CSU: Engagement and Impact (EI) Assessment 2018-19 report

Well done: CSU receives positive assessment in national report

Charles Sturt University (CSU) says its results in a new national report show that it is "an engaged university that improves our world".

CSU has received a positive assessment for most disciplines in the Federal Government's Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018-19 National Report.

CSU received a medium or higher rating in 11 of 13 disciplines assessed for engagement, and 11 of 15 disciplines assessed for impact.

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CSU deputy vice-chancellor for research, development and industry Professor Heather Cavanagh. Photo: SUPPLIED.

CSU deputy vice-chancellor for research, development and industry Professor Heather Cavanagh. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Professor Heather Cavanagh, CSU's deputy vice-chancellor for research, development and industry, said the results were indicative of the university's focus on producing research.

"These results confirm that Charles Sturt University is delivering on its mission to build knowledge and skills in our regions through innovative, applied research that engages with the community to generate positive change," Professor Cavanagh said.

"Our ethos is described by the Wiradjuri phrase yindyamarra winhanganha, meaning the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.

"These words are how we do business, and the results show that we are an engaged university that improves our world."

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The Federal Government announced the development of an engagement and impact (EI) assessment as part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda in December 2015.

The EI assessment examines how universities are translating their research into economic, environmental, social, cultural and other benefits.

Its objectives are to provide clarity to the Federal Government and public about how their investments in university research translate into tangible benefits beyond academia.

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CSU achieved the high impact rating in the disciplines of Indigenous Research; Biological Sciences; Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Studies in Human Society; and Studies in Creative Arts and Writing.

It got a medium impact rating in six disciplines: Environmental Sciences; Education; Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences; Philosophy and Religious Studies; and Interdisciplinary.

The university achieved medium and high ratings for engagement in 11 of 13 disciplines in which CSU was assessed.

These disciplines were Environmental Sciences; Biological Sciences; Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Information and Computing Sciences; Engineering; Public and Allied Health Sciences; Education; Studies In Human Society; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences; Studies In Creative Arts and Writing; and Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Engagement rating scale

High: Research engagement is well integrated into the development and ongoing conduct of research within the university.

Medium: Evidence that research engagement is incorporated into relevant parts of the research process within the university and/or that research engagement is improving.

Low: Little or no evidence that research engagement is incorporated into the research process or that research engagement activities are being developed.

Impact rating scale

High: A clear link between the associated research and the impact was demonstrated.

Medium: A clear link between the associated research and the impact was demonstrated.

Low: The impact has made little or no contribution beyond academia.

Approach to impact rating scale

High: Mechanisms for translating research facilitated the impact described.

Medium: Mechanisms for translating research facilitated the impact described.

Low: The mechanisms for translation did not facilitate the impact described.

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