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 12 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (2019), 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 December 2018 - 30 November 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 December 2018 - 30 November 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
229 38.73

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 71 9.83
Physical Sciences 94 7.12
1 0.08
1 0.07
Nanotopography‐Induced Unfolding of Fibrinogen Modulates Leukocyte Binding and Activation
6 2.33
2 0.77
28 0.36
27 1.97
2 0.04
4 1.03
2 0.02
12 0.25
2 0.02
7 0.18
Chemistry 45 19.10
Earth & Environmental Sciences 39 7.33

Highlight of the month

How ants beat congestion

© Carlos Ángel Vázquez Tena/EyeEm/Getty

© Carlos Ángel Vázquez Tena/EyeEm/Getty

Even at high densities, ants maintain high traffic flow rates when travelling in two directions along trails.

Ants are unusual in that, like humans, they engage in two-way traffic as they travel between nests and food sources. Traffic flow typically drops off as the number of commuters increases, but some evidence has suggested that ants are particularly adept at managing congested conditions.

By performing measurements on ants crossing a bridge, a team that included a University of Adelaide researcher has found that ant flow does not decrease even at 80% occupancy levels. In contrast, flow begins decreasing at half this amount on our roads.

The ants achieved this by adjusting their behavior to their conditions — avoiding overcrowded areas and slowing down together to avoid collisions at high densities.

The findings may have applications in optimizing traffic flow for self-driving cars.

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  1. eLife 8, e48945 (2019). doi: 10.7554/elife.48945

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 16.16% Domestic
  • 83.84% 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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