The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni)


The University of Adelaide is a world-class research and teaching institution situated in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities. Founded in 1874, we are Australia’s third oldest university, South Australia’s clear research leader, and consistently rank inside the world’s top 140.

Our reputation for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We count among our alumni five Nobel Laureates, over 140 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first female Indigenous recipient. The country’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates.

We currently have 10 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (2018), and, since 2001 our academics have received 11 coveted Australian Research Council Federation and Laureate Fellowships.

Today, our high-achieving culture continues to attract the world’s best and brightest- discipline leaders from around the globe and close to 8,000 international students from more than 90 countries, representing around 29% of our near-27,000 total student body.

Research impact

The University of Adelaide is committed to conducting future-making research with global impact. A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities, we address the world’s greatest challenges.

Our researchers work closely across multiple disciplines and in productive partnership with industry, government and leading institutions around the globe.

The resulting outputs are universally rated ‘world standard or above’ by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment (2018). This includes the highest possible rating in 41 distinct fields, spanning engineering, mathematics, science, medical and health sciences, agriculture and artificial intelligence.

Importantly, our work generates tangible community benefit. A London Economics report commissioned by the Go8 in 2018 valued our total contribution to South Australia’s economy at over AUS$4.23 billion.

2018 Times Higher Education world university rankings and the QS rankings

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1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni) published between 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

205 35.71

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 54 6.16
Physical Sciences 94 10.34
Chemistry 45 17.58
Earth & Environmental Sciences 30 5.39

Highlight of the month

Slower proteins, longer life

© BSIP/Contributor/Getty

© BSIP/Contributor/Getty

Slow and accurate protein production could be the key to a long life.

That’s according to a University of Adelaide–led study, which showed that a regulatory factor called eEF2K that retards the speed of protein production also helps ensure that error-free proteins get made so organisms can live longer.

The researchers showed that eEF2K helps with various aspects of quality control during protein synthesis. These include ensuring that only correct building blocks are incorporated into growing proteins and the correct recognition of start sites along RNA transcripts.

They further demonstrated that eEF2K-activating drugs enhanced the fidelity of protein synthesis in mouse cells, whereas worms genetically engineered to lack eEF2K had shorter lifespans.

The findings suggest that modulating the pace of protein synthesis could help protect against the molecular ravages of ageing.

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  1. Current Biology 29, 737–749 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.029

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1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 17.42% Domestic
  • 82.58% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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