The number of world-class researchers at the University of Waikato has jumped dramatically, according to the latest government assessment.

The results from an evaluation of thousands of academics for the Performance Based Research Fund has been released this week.

At the University of Waikato, the number of A graded researchers (those evaluated as producing world-class research) has risen from 39 to just over 60. The number of B graded researchers (those producing high-quality research recognised at a national level) is stable at 203. The combined proportion of A & B researchers (61.5%) puts Waikato in the top bracket of NZ universities.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Bruce Clarkson says the University has seen a reduction in C graded researchers, from 156 in 2012 to 116 in 2018, which further  enhances our profile and reflects the good number of previous C’s becoming B’s.

He says that as noted recently by Universities New Zealand, increasing the cohort of new and emerging researchers is challenging due to the constrained funding environment.  Professor Clarkson says that overall the picture is of strong progress with good potential for further improvement.

Latest stories

Related stories

University of Waikato Radiocarbon dating

Waikato researcher re-writing history of ancient human movement across the Pacific

A University of Waikato researcher is re-writing the history of ancient human movement across the…

Maui Hudson

Indigenous genomics under the microscope at SING conference

The University of Waikato is hosted the first ever SING Indigenous Genomics Conference as international…

It's time to care about our insects

Dr Chrissie Painting, along with 70 other researchers from 21 countries, are calling for immediate…

University education researchers receive over $822,000 in research funding

Three research projects involving Waikato researchers have received funding from the Teaching and Learning Research…

Professor Bryony James appointed new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Waikato

Professor Bryony James has been appointed as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University…

Michèle Prinsep

Waikato academic ranked in top one per cent in the world for research citations

A University of Waikato researcher who identifies compounds in marine species which could be used…

Professor Troy Baisden

Professor named new president of the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS)

Professor Troy Baisden, who is based in School of Science at the University of Waikato,…

Sharna McCleary

Science student uses mushrooms to help clean up Whakatāne canal

Oyster mushrooms are helping to clean up an historically contaminated timber processing site in Whakatāne,…

Project to investigate earthquake frequency and activity on Hamilton’s faults

Newly discovered hidden faults in Hamilton, an area once thought devoid of any active faults,…

University of Waikato researchers awarded $5.6m from Marsden Fund

Four University of Waikato researchers were today awarded Marsden Fund grants for 2019.

Jessica Pasisi

Research aims to shed light on health and wellbeing of Niuean people

Waikato University PhD student, Jessica Pasisi, is seeking to better understand the mental health and…

Research uncovers sense of belonging for refugee and immigrant families through early childhood education

Two major studies are putting refugee and immigrant children in early childhood education at the…