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February 2017

The preparations for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 are now underway and the ARC has released the Consultation Guidelines for the Journal List that will inform the evaluation of the journal outputs in the submission.

UNSW  has been invited to participate in the Consultation by (1) recommending NEW journal titles that are not yet in the Draft Journal List and (2) commenting on journal titles that are in the Draft Journal List.

For details of the Consultation, please follow the link to the guidelines and files on this website.


October 2016

Times Higher Education has released its 2016-2017 World University Rankings (WUR) in September and UNSW was ranked at 78th globally, 4 places better than in the 2015-2016 rankings. For more details on the Rankings, go to the THE Rankings website.

Following the release of the WUR, the Subject Rankings were also released. THE has added two new Subjects in this year's rankings, namely, Business and Economics, and Computer Science, where UNSW ranked 52 and 51, respectively.  

Of the remaining six (6) Subjects, UNSW increased its ranking in the following four subjects:

  • Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health, 13 points from 2015, at 81 globally, and 4th in the Go8;
  • Engineering: 12 points from 2015, at rank 56 globally, and 2nd in the Go8;
  • Social Sciences: 20 points from 2015, at rank 66 globally, and 4th in the Go8; and
  • Physical Sciences: 13 points from 2015, at rank 83 globally, and maintained its 3rd position in the Go8.
UNSW decreased in ranking in Life Sciences, and did not rank in the top 100 in the subject of Arts and Humanities.

September 2016

QS (Quaqcarelli Symonds) has released its World University Rankings for 2016-2017.

UNSW ranked in the top 50 of the best world universities at 49th. 



Details of the QS World University Rankings are on the QS website.


August 2016

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has released its 2016 Rankings with the following press release:

"The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and third-party data. Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the 14th year. Berkeley raise from the 4th to the 3rd. Oxford soars from the 10th place to the 7th. ETH Zurich (19th) takes first place in Continental Europe, and University of Copenhagen (31st) in Denmark overtakes Pierre & Marie Curie (39th) in France as the second best university in this area. In Asia, University of Tokyo is back to Top 20 but Kyoto University drop from 26th to 32nd. University of Melbourne (40th) tops other universities in Oceania, followed by University of Queensland (55th)."

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) ranked int the 101-150 band worldwide, and 7th in the Go8.

For details and information about the rankings, follow the link to ARWU.

We've moved offices!

The Research Analysis, Performance and Profile Office (RAPPO) has moved to another location on campus. 

Our new location is on

Level 3, Research Services
Rupert Myers Building South Wing
Gate 14 Barker Street Entrance
University of New South Wales


All telephone contact numbers remain unchanged.

Consultation Paper: Engagement and Impact Assessment (Closed)

The ARC has released the public Consultation Paper on the Engagement and Impact Assessment and invited institutions to submit feedback responses on various questions that will help shape the assessment and its processes.  For more information and details, please go to the NISA section of the ARC website, or contact the RAPP Office at 

 March 2016

Engagement and Impact Technical Working Groups

The members of the two technical working groups were announced on 30 March 2016The two working groups are: Engagement and Impact Technical Working Group; and Performance and Incentives Working Group. These working groups will provide critical advice and support to the Engagement and Impact Steering Committee during development of the new assessment. Professor Andy Pitman,  Director of the ARC Centre for Climate System Science at UNSW will be part of the Technical Working Group.

Following are members of the two working groups:

Engagement and Impact—Technical Working Group

  • Leanne Harvey, Executive General Manager, Australian Research Council (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Virginia Hart, Branch Manager, Research Funding and Policy, Department of Education and Training (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Eric Archambault, President, Science-Metrix (Canada)
  • Professor Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Queensland
  • Professor Andy Pitman, Director, ARC Centre for Climate System Science, The University of New South Wales
  • Mr Tony Sheil, Deputy Director, Research Policy, Griffith University
  • Dr Sybille Hinze, Deputy Director, Research System and Research Dynamics, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochscul und Wissenschaftsforschung (Germany)
  • Dr Diana Hicks, Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Tech (USA)
  • Mr Andrew Calder, Director of Research Services, Bond University
  • Ms Sue Mikilewicz, Director, Business Intelligence and Planning, University of South Australia
  • Professor Richard A Jefferson, Chief Executive Officer, Cambia
  • Dr Marcus Nicol, Director, Research Excellence Branch, Australian Research Council

 Engagement and Impact—Performance and Incentives Working Group

  • Leanne Harvey, EGM, Australian Research Council (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Virginia Hart, Branch Manager, Research Funding and Policy, Department of Education and Training (Co-Chair)
  • Mr Conor King, Executive Director, IRU (Innovative Universities Australia)
  • Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Kevin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University of Newcastle
  • Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Arun Sharma, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation), Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia
  • Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor Mark Harvey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Southern Queensland
  • Professor Andrew Reeves, Senior Research Adviser to The Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
  • Mr Mark Bazzacco, Executive Manager, Performance and Evaluation, CSIRO
  • Mr Luke Meehan, Senior Economist, IP Australia
  • Professor Duncan Ivison, Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Professor Margaret Sheil, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 
  • Professor David Day, Australian Academy of Science
  • Professor Glenn Withers, President, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

ARC National Engagement and Impact Assessment:  Steering Committee Membership

In December 2015 as part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) the Government announced the development of a national engagement and impact assessment which will examine how universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and incentivise greater collaboration between universities, industry and other end-users of research.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Department of Education and Training will develop and implement this assessment. It will run as a companion to Australia’s national evaluation of university research quality—Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

This month the ARC has released the members of the Steering Committee that will will provide invaluable advice and guidance on the way forward for the national assessment of research engagement and impact. Our own President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs, has been named as one of the experts who will will help develop a process that uses clear and transparent measures of non-academic impact, and industry and end-user engagement, to assess our nation’s university research performance and inform future funding structures. 

Following are all the members of the steering committee, who were appointed for a term of two years:

  • Mr Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company Australia
  • Dr Shanny Dyer, Managing Director, Wavefront Biometric Technologies
  • Mr Ken Boal, Vice-President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand
  • Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson, University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University
  • Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of New South Wales
  • Ms Belinda Robinson, CEO, Universities Australia
  • Professor Scott Bowman, Vice-Chancellor and President, CQ University Australia
  • Professor Anne Kelso, CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Dr Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist
  • Professor Shearer West, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield.

The Steering Committee will be co-chaired by Professor Aidan Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of the ARC, and Mr Dominic English, Group Manager, Research and Economic Group, Department of Education and Training.

QS Rankings by Subject

QS has released the 2015-2016 QS Rankings by Subject, and UNSW ranked 6 Subjects in the Top 20, and 14 subjects in the Top 50.

6 Subjects ranked in top 2014 Subjects ranked in top 21-50
Accounting & Finance (13) Business & Management Studies (24)
Law (13) Environmental Sciences (24)
Engineering - Civil & Structural (16) Art & Design (29)
Engineering - Mineral & Mining (16) Engineering – Chemical (33)
Psychology (16) Materials Science (33)
Architecture & Built Environment (19) Engineering – Mechanical (34)
  Computer Science & Info Systems (35)
  Social Policy & Administration (38)
  Economics & Econometrics (38)
  Communication & Media Studies (40)
  Engineering - Electrical (43)
  Medicine (46)
  Geography (46)
  Education (48)


Details of the UNSW results are found in the QS Rankings website.

October 2015

The Times Higher Education World Rankings for 2015 has been released. UNSW rose from a global rank of #109 from last year  to #82 – this was driven by the increases in the indicator scores obtained for citation, international outlook, industry income and research.  UNSW’s score this year is 61, 7.3 points up from 53.7 in 2014.

The reputation scores are based on an annual survey of ~16,000 peers. UNSW's score for teaching reputation rose two points  from a score of 26 to 28, whilst the score for research reputation rose from 28 to 32.2.  This score makes up 18% of the overall score.  There was a significant improvement in the citation impact indicator, 61 to 82.1, which certainly have greatly influenced the total score for UNSW as it makes up 30% of the overall score. This improvement could be attributed to the change in the citation methodology and the use of Scopus database.
Apart from the Citation indicator, UNSW’s performance in other indicators was not significantly different from last year’s, in fact more on the upward trend than downward, save for the Teaching indicator.
Overall, UNSW’s position in the world rankings moved to #82 and was #6 in the Go8. Six of the Go8 members improved in their rankings this year, with UNSW and UWA improving its ranks significantly by 27 and 48 places, respectively.  ANU dropped 7 places, whilst Melbourne remained at 33.
The Times Higher Education World University Ranking is based on scores across 13 indicators, in five broad categories:
  • Teaching: teaching reputation, staff to student ratio, number of PhDs to bachelor degrees, number of PhDs per staff member and institutional income
  • Research: research reputation, number of papers per academic staff, research income per staff member
  • Citations: normalized average citations per paper
  • Industry income
  • International outlook: international staff, students and research collaboration with international partners
The California Institute of Technology beat Oxford to retain the top spot yet again.  The top 10 universities also included Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Imperial College London, ETH Zurich and University of Chicago. The UC, Berkeley and Yale lost their spot in the top 10, whilst ETH Zurich joined the list at #10 for the first time.  Nationally, the University of Melbourne topped the list of Australian universities at #33, followed by ANU (#52), Sydney University (#56), and the University of Queensland (#60). 


U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges for more than 30 years, also released the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities. The rankings help students evaluate higher education options worldwide as well as by region, country and subject. U.S. universities remain the global leaders among research institutions, with Harvard University claiming No. 1, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2, the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3 and Stanford University at No. 4. U.K. universities take the next top spots with the University of Oxford at No. 5, followed by the University of Cambridge at No. 6.

Six of the of the Go8 ranked in the top 100, with UNSW at rank 90 worldwide. Twenty-six (26) Australian universities were ranked in the 2016 Best Global Universities Rankings.

For the results, go to the U.S. News & World Report website. 

September 2015

QS has released its World University Rankings for 2015-2016. Following are the highlights of UNSW's performance in this year's rankings:

  • UNSW rose 2 places from 48 in 2014-2015 to 46 in the 2015-2016 round, maintaining the top 50 rank in the last two years.
  • The increase was due to the citations/faculty indicator which rose from a score of 73.8 in 2014-2015 to 80.0 this year.  Other indicators were within 2% of last year’s scores. (The citations/faculty indicator counts the number of citations, excluding self-citations, appearing in Scopus indexed publications over a 5 year period (2010-2014).  In 2015, these are now normalised for faculty area, whereas they were not in previous years.)
  • UNSW’s position amongst the Go8 is at #4, with University of Queensland sharing the same rank.
  • QS publishes results for the top 400 universities in five broad faculty areas.  UNSW placed in the top 50 in four categories, Engineering and Technology and Social Sciences and Management, Arts and Humanities, and Life Sciences and Medicine. Natural Sciences leaped back in the top 100.
  • The methodology underlying the QS Faculty rankings relies upon four indicators: Academic Reputation; Employer Reputation; Citations per paper; and, the H-index of papers published in the faculty area.  These indicators are weighted differently for each of the five faculty areas. QS indicated a significant change in the methodology from in the 2015-2016 results, and should be interpreted based on these changes. Comparison between previous years’ results and the 2015-2016 should be qualified.
  • UNSW rose in rank in all areas: 
          o  Life Sciences and Medicine rose 4 spots from 47 in 2014-2015 to a rank of 43.
          o  Engineering and Technology, which rose 6 places to 21, from a rank of 27 in 2014-2015.    
          o  Social Sciences and Management rose 1 spot to 21 from 2014-2015. 
          o  Arts and Humanities was ranked at 41, up by 10 spots from 51 in 2014-2015.
          o  Natural Sciences rose 43 spots to 61 from 104 in 2014-2015, mainly due to the increase in Academic Reputation indicator this year.
For more information on this year's QS ranking results, go to the QS website.

August 2015

UNSW Australia has proved yet again its consistent upward trajectory in university rankings based on the latest Shanghai Jiao Tong Rankings, with a rank of 125 this year, 5 notches up from rank 130 in 2014. In the Go8, UNSW Australia ranked 7th based on the Total ARWU published score.  A recalculation of scores not counting "Awards" and "Alumni", indicators in which the university did not score, UNSW Australia's alternative ranking would be 4th in the Go8 and 86th in the World Rankings.

For the complete ARWU Shanghai Jiao Tong 2015 results, visit their website:

July 2015

The Research Analysis, Performance and Profile Office (RAPPO) has moved to a new location in G37B The Chancellery. All other contact details remain the same.

May 2015

The ARC has released the names of the members of each Research Evaluation Committee (REC) for the ERA 2015 Submissions.  The following UNSW researchers have been selected as REC members.  For details about the REC panel membership, please go to the ARC website, or click on the panel next to the researcher's name below.

  • Professor Pierre Del Moral (MIC)
  • Professor Robert Freestone (HCA)
  • Professor John Gascoigne (HCA)
  • Professor Louisa Jorm (MHS)
  • Professor Melissa Knothe Tate (EE)
  • Professor Roger Layton (EC)
  • Professor Paul Patterson (EC)
  • Professor Chris Rizos (EE)
  • Professor Igor Shparlinski (MIC)
  • Professor Chris Tinney (PCE)
  • Professor Brian Uy (EE)


November 2014

The ARC has today announced the appointment of the Research Evaluation Committee (REC) Chairs for ERA 2015. 

 The Chairs for ERA 2015 are: 

Humanities and Creative Arts Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner, University of Queensland
Engineering and Environmental Sciences Professor Hugh Possingham, University of Queensland
Education and Human Society Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Deakin University
Economics and Commerce Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, University of Melbourne
Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences Professor Leon Sterling, Swinburne University of Technology
Biological and Biotechnological Sciences Professor Merlin Crossley, University of New South Wales
Medical and Health Sciences Professor Terry Nolan, University of Melbourne

August 2014

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankings (also known as Academic World Ranking of World Universities - AWRU) for 2014 was released in August and has ranked UNSW in the top 101-150, at 130, 3 notches up from 2013 Rankings results of 133.

For the third consecutive year, UNSW Mathematics has ranked first in Australia in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

UNSW Mathematics has had a very strong result in the ARWU rankings over the past five years. From 2010-2011 UNSW ranked equal first in Australia, and in 2009 UNSW ranked second in the country. This year, UNSW is one of only two Australian universities (including the University of Melbourne) to rank in the top 100.

UNSW Engineering has ranked 42 in the world, making it the best performing Australian university in the broad subject field of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. It also improved its global ranking that was achieved in 2013.

Ranking indicators for ARWU include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals and Turing Awards, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, amount of papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). The percentage of papers published in the top 20% journals of each field is also included.


July 2014

The ARC has invited UNSW to nominate potential members and Chairs for the Research Evaluation Committees (REC) in the forthcoming ERA 2015 Submissions.

Researchers are encouraged to express interest in being nominated by addressing the selection criteria and filling in the EOI form.  The following documents found on this webpage detail the Nomination procedure and documentation requirements:

  • REC Nomination - EOI form
  • REC Selection Criteria
  • REC Nomination Procedure - ERA 2015

Researchers must submit these documents, together with their 2-page CV,  to the RAPP Office on or before 15 August 2014

For further information, you may contact the RAPP Office.

March 2014

The ARC has advised that the Public Consultation on the ERA 2015 Journal and Conference Series Lists that will support the ERA 2015 Submissions is now CLOSED.

ERA 2015 Submissions Reference Period

The ARC has released the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reference periods for the types of data that will be used in the submissions.

Data Type

Reference Period


Research Outputs

1 January 2008–31 December 2013


Research Income

1 January 2011–31 December 2013


Applied Measures

1 January 2011–31 December 2013


Esteem Measures

1 January 2011–31 December 2013


Staff Eligibility Period

As at 31 March 2014

Census Date

Source: ARC Website

February 2014

The ARC has advised that the Public Consultation on the ERA 2015 Journal and Conference Series Lists that will support the ERA 2015. Submissions is now CLOSED.

Anyone who would like to participate in the consultation should go to the ARC website  to register, in order to be able to login, access the files, and submit their comments and/or recommendations to the Lists directly to the ARC.

The ERA 2015 Journal and Conference Interface allows users to:

  • download a spreadsheet of the Draft ERA 2015 Journal and/or Conference Lists;
  • comment on an existing outlet; and/or
  • add new journals or conferences.

These Lists may also be downloaded from the "Related Documents" section on this page.

The public consultation closes on 14 March 2014.

For further information on the ERA 2015 Public Consultations, follow the link.

January 2014

The ARC is seeking feedback on the following key documents that will guide the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submissions:

  • Draft ERA 2015 Submission Guidelines, which provide guidance about the ERA 2015 submission rules and components;
  • Draft ERA-SEER 2015 Business Rules and Verification, which provide information about the system checks that SEER will perform against institution submission data to ensure data integrity;
  • Draft ERA-SEER 2015 Technical Specifications, which provide technical instructions in preparing the ERA submissions;
  • Draft ERA 2015 Discipline Matrix, which shows the indicators that apply to each Field of Research (FoR) codes;and 
  • Draft ERA-SEER 2015 Technology Pack, which contains a number of files to assist institutions in preparing their XML submission files.

UNSW will be making an institutional submission and we request that all feedback be sent to us by email to, on or before COB on 10 February.

October 2013

The Times Higher Education has released its World University Rankings for 2013-14. 

UNSW was ranked at 114 alongside with Universite Paris-Sud, France and Queen Mary, University of London, UK, with an overall score of 51.7% based on the THE's criteria for ranking.

Amongst the Go8, UNSW ranked 6th in the THE's World University Rankings.

For complete reports and details of the Rankings results, go to the THE's website.

August 2013

Strong research performance has boosted UNSW’s position in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  UNSW has jumped 10 places from 142 to 132, continuing the positive trend of recent years.  Strong results in Mathematics (79) – UNSW is the top ranked Australian university – Chemistry (90) and Economics/Business, up 25 places to 89, underlined the results.  Australia has 19 of its 39 universities in the top 500.

A full list of Universities in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings can be found at

May 2013

In the latest QS World University Ranking by Subject, UNSW came out in the world's top 10 universities, with five subjects in the top 20 and Psychology in the top 10. The University also ranked highest in Australian universities in the subject Materials Science.  

For the full results go to the QS Subject Rankings webpage, and UNSW subject rankings page.

April 2013

The ARC is undertaking a review of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 process, and has requested UNSW to submit feedback on several general issues the ARC is addressing in the review.

The 'ERA 2012 Review – Request for Feedback' document has been provided, which includes issues as well as specific questions relevant to the components of the ERA 2012 exercise. The file may be downloaded from the Related Documents section on this page.

The ARC envisage to complete the review by the end of April.

March 2013

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings has released its results for 2013. 

One of its success stories is The University of New South Wales which joined the top rankings in the top 81-90 for the first time and, together with Monash University, brought to six the number of Australian universities in the top 100 by reputation.

For related news and articles, check the following links.

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2013

UNSW cracks top 100 universities global list, Sydney Morning Herald (5 March 2013)

Globally renowned universities are ranked by reputation, Phil Baty, Editor of THE World University Rankings

Beyond the 'super-brands' universities are strengthening their positions, Phil Baty, Editor of THE World University Rankings

January 2013

Starting this year, the ERA Office is changing its name to Research Analysis, Performance & Profile Office to better reflect its function and responsibilities.  To ensure that the transition to the new office name is smooth, we will continue to receive emails that are sent to, whilst shifting to the new office email address,, in all our communications.

The staff and our current contact details will remain the same. 

December 2012

The ARC has released the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes report.

The report has four main sections comprising a National Overview, Results by Field of Research (FoR) Code, National Profiles by FoR Code, and the ERA 2012 Institution Report, respectively. 

The National Overview section presents an overview of ERA 2012, including world standard research performance, summary data submitted by institution, and some observations arising from the data submitted for the ERA 2012 evaluation.

The Results by FoR Code provides a summary of ERA 2012 results and activity by FoR code. This section presents aggregate four-digit data.

The National Profiles by FoR Code provides detailed national ERA data by two- and four-digit FoR codes. Two-digit evaluation data is summarised in this section.

Finally, the ERA 2012 Institution Report provides the ERA rating for each two-digit and four-digit FoR code evaluated for the 41
eligible institutions.

Complete information on the 2012 ERA Outcomes may be downloaded from the ARC website.