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 October 2018 - 30 September 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 October 2018 - 30 September 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.

Count Share
202 35.21

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 91 8.47
Chemistry 45 16.43
Earth & Environmental Sciences 30 5.92
Life Sciences 54 8.70

Highlight of the month

Males dominate the ancient animal archives

© Angie Selman/EyeEm/Getty

© Angie Selman/EyeEm/Getty

Males outnumber females in both fossil collections and the animal archives of museums.

Mammals reproduce females and males in equal numbers, but a recent genetic study of mammoth fossils has revealed a strong male bias.

A team that included researchers from the University of Adelaide analysed ancient DNA from 186 bison and 91 brown bear fossils to determine their sex, and found that nearly 75% were male. One possible cause is the wide roaming range and risky behaviour among lone males, who could meet a sticky end in bogs and tar pits where their skeletons remain well preserved.

The team found the same trend in the animal archives of four natural history museums. These collections could be skewed by donations from hunters who targeted the bigger, more impressive males.

Gender bias should be noted when using fossils and museum collections to study ancient animal populations and the environments they inhabited.

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  1. PNAS 116, 19019–19024 (2019). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903275116

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 15.48% Domestic
  • 84.52% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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