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Research performance

ECU is committed to undertaking high-quality research that has strong social, economic, environmental and cultural impact. As a researcher or research student, you are expected to undertake research in alignment with these goals.

Performance indicators

The ECU 2017-2021 Strategic Plan sets out a strategic goal of advancing research and knowledge translation through: growth in research capacity and culture; extensive research collaboration; increased knowledge translation; and growth in research training.

In order to monitor the University’s progress against these objectives, data on research income, research outputs and research training (HDR supervision) are collected and form the basis of a range of internal and external reports.  Reporting occurs across Schools and Research Institutes/Centres.  Data also inform HDR supervisor eligibility, academic performance management and promotions.

All research performance activities must meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Government, particularly in terms of meeting the ‘definition of research’.  For research outputs, please refer to the Government Specifications for verification of research outputs in RAS.


ECU’s Academic Staff Performance Expectations and Outcomes (ASPEO) Framework is managed by the Human Resources Service Centre, which is designed to provide academic staff with clarity on performance expectations in the core areas of academic work at ECU, including Learning and Teaching; Research and Creativity; and, Academic Leadership and Service.

The ASPEO Framework is used in conjunction with other University policies, processes and systems, staff planning, recruitment, induction and probation, performance planning and review, career planning and development, academic workload, academic promotion, and other relevant University-wide processes.


For further information regarding research performance, contact:

Senior Manager, Research Analytics, Systems and Performance
Michelle Duryea
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2617

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