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External Research Assessment, or ERA19, is an evaluation of the quality of research at Malmö University. The assessment will be carried out during the course of 2019 and focus on processes driving quality within research. ERA19 aims to contribute to the goals laid out in Strategy 2022, specifically that research should be carried out in cohesive and interdisciplinary academic environments, as well as be internationally outstanding.


The main purpose of ERA19 is to contribute to the development of research quality at the University. In order to achieve this, the University will employ external evaluators with extensive experience of the conditions and processes that create successful research environments.

Assessment environments

The assessment will be carried out at three different levels:

  • departmental (The Faculty of Odontology will be assessed as a research environment);
  • faculty-level; and
  • university-wide.

Documentation and site visit

ERA19 will be based on documentation such as:

  • bibliometrics;
  • staff and financial data;
  • reflective self-evaluations; and
  • overall information about Malmö University.

The external evaluators will assess the self-evaluations with regard to the documentation. They will also conduct a site visit in Malmö during autumn 2019.


The assessment will result in a report including recommendations for continued quality development of research activities at the University. Representatives from the respective research environments, Deans, as well as the Vice-Chancellor will contribute to the report.

Key recommendations will be included in the planning of future activities at the University. Follow up on these measures will also be undertaken in accordance with the routines outlined in Malmö University’s forthcoming framework for quality assurance in research. Ultimately, ERA19 will be an important tool for developing research in different research environments.

Background information

In 2018, Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham was tasked by the University Board to carry out an assessment of the quality of research at Malmö University. The underlying objective was to contribute to the University’s long-term goals described in Strategy 2022 — of achieving “internationally outstanding research” as well as “cohesive, strong and multidisciplinary international academic environments where education research and collaboration are integrated.”