Key Statistics and Performance
Division of Research
UNSW, as one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight research intensive universities and a member of Universitas 21, a consortium of world class universities, is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the Asian region. UNSW is a major recipient of competitive research grants from industry and government bodies in Australia.
At a Glance
Research Performance Against Key Indicators
|Weighted Publications Total||4,271||3,553|
|Research Block Grant Funding||$121M||$104M|
|Linkage Grant Funding||$21M||$13M|
|Higher Degree Research Student Load||2,821||2,594|
From 2009 to 2010 UNSW's Block Grant Funding Increased by 16.4%, the largest increase of any Group of Eight university.
- ARC Grants: UNSW received $47.8 million in grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2010 - more research funding than any other Australian university.
- ARC Linkage Grants: In 2010 UNSW once again received the most funding of any university under the ARC Linkage Grants program. It was the third consecutive year that UNSW topped the scheme, which enables institutions to undertake innovative research projects in collaboration with industry and other partners.
UNSW has close relationships with leading companies from Australia and overseas. Industry links include the commercialisation of UNSW inventions through NewSouth Innovations.
- UNSW Australia's 'Most Innovative University': UNSW was named “Australia’s most innovative university”, winning the higher education category of the Thomson Reuters Citation and Innovation Awards for 2012. Criteria used to assess the level of innovation included size of patent portfolio, success rate of patents, extent of globalisation and influence of the innovations.
- 2011 Good Universities Guide: UNSW scored highly in the 2011 Good Universities Guide, being awarded the maximum five-star rating for eight key performance indicators: including research grants, research intensivity and staff qualifications.
- QS World University Rankings: UNSW ranked 49th worldwide on the 2011 QS World University Rankings, one of four Australian institutions to make the top 50.
Centres and Institutes
The University is involved in more than a hundred research, teaching program and community centres including:
- NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence
UNSW was awarded 3 new NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence in 2011, the largest number of new Centres awarded to any university in Australia. The three Centres of Research Excellence - Traumatic Brain Injury, Immunisation in Understudied and Special Risk Populations, and E-health - received $7.5 million from the NHMRC.
- Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence
In 2010, UNSW was awarded 3 new Centres of Excellence by the Australian Research Council - Climate System Science, Population Ageing Research and Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. The centres receive $58.6 million in combined funding over seven years – the best result of any university.
- National Research Centres
UNSW hosts 12 national research centres, including the Australian Solar Institute, Bionic Vision Australia, the Kirby Institute and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
- Affiliated Medical Institutes
A number of outstanding research institutes are affiliated with UNSW, including: Neuroscience Research Australia, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Children's Cancer Institute Australia.
For more information on Centres please visit the Centres Secretariat website.
Excellence in Research for Australia
UNSW is the state’s top ranked university based on the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, which evaluated research activity and quality in the country’s 41 higher education institutions.
The analysis, produced by the Australian Research Council, assessed performance across eight broad discipline groups. Results are based on a range of indicators including publications and citations, expert review and international benchmarks.
Nationally, UNSW received the fourth highest rating – 4.04 of a maximum five – measuring its performances in all broad fields of research as “at, above or well above” world standard.
For more information please visit the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Office.