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Massey Magazine Issue 13 November 2002

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College of Creative Arts College award recipients Dr Claire Robinson, Jacqueline Naismith, and Professor Donald Maurice in Wellington. Massey celebrates world-class research

Massey researchers have this year again proved themselves of national and international standing, reflected by their achievements in boosting the University’s profile and world ranking.

For the fourth year Massey News devotes an issue to acknowledging and celebrating the individual and collaborative efforts of staff whose research work is making vital contributions across a wide range of disciplines and those younger academics already receiving recognition as rising stars of research.

In May the Tertiary Education Commission announced results of last year’s Performance-Based Research Fund quality evaluation, which saw the University’s score increase 45 per cent over the inaugural 2003 PBRF result – the biggest increase of any university.

Its PBRF-based funding, now $34.7 million, is the third highest in New Zealand, while the results also saw a 52 per cent increase in the number of A-ranked researchers and a 27 per cent overall increase in A, B and C-ranked researchers.

Massey is ranked first for research in Design, Nursing, Veterinary Science and in the top three in New Zealand for Agriculture and Applied Biological Sciences, Public Health, Pure and Applied Mathematics, Visual Arts and Craft, Clinical Medicine, Engineering and Technology, other Health Studies, Physics, Sport and Exercise Science, and Statistics.

Earlier this month Massey recorded the biggest gain of the New Zealand universities in the annual Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, moving from a ranking of between 401 and 500 last year to between 305 and 401 this year.

It now ranks second-equal with Otago, behind only Auckland, and ahead of Canterbury and Victoria, the only other New Zealand institutions to make the 500. Of the universities in the Asia-Pacific region, it is ranked between 43 and 64, compared with 64-92 last year.

The research medals are to be presented at a dinner at Parliament Buildings on 25 October, hosted by Education Minister and Palmerston North MP Steve Maharey with Vice-Chancellor Professor Judith Kinnear.

The team medal has been won by the Research Centre for Mäori Health and Development from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the individual medal goes to Professor Neil Pearce from the same college, and the supervisor’s medal to Professor Barry Scott from the College of Science.

Early career research medals have gone to Dr Ajay Awati, College of Sciences, Dr Ben Marshall, College of Business and Dr Glen Pettigrove, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Their stories and those of the other winners – of college research awards, technicians’ awards, Mäori and women’s awards, postdoctoral fellowships – are here, as well as the recently-announced Marsden funding of close to $6 million for a dozen Massey staff.

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