Massey celebrates world-class
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
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
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
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.