The University of Queensland (UQ)


For more than a century, The University of Queensland (UQ)’s exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships have delivered knowledge leadership for a better world.

Across UQ’s three campuses, our 7,200 staff and 54,925 students – including almost 20,000 postgraduates and approximately 20,000 international students from 142 countries – teach, research and study.

With a strong focus on teaching excellence, UQ is Australia’s most awarded university for teaching* and attracts the majority of Queensland’s high achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UQ’s 280,000 graduates are an engaged network of global alumni who span more than 170 countries and include more than 15,400 PhDs.

UQ consistently ranks among the world’s top universities as measured by several key independent rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking (31)**, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (39), U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (42), QS World University Rankings (46), Academic Ranking of World Universities (54), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (62).

With a 2019 operating revenue of AU$2.19 billion, including more than $452 million in research investment, UQ’s six faculties and eight globally recognised research institutes cover a remarkable breadth of teaching and research.

In recognition of our research quality, UQ was acknowledged in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia initiative for above-world-standard research in 93 specialised fields – more than any other Australian university.

Through UniQuest, UQ’s technology transfer and commercialisation company, UQ is also Australia’s leading university for commercialisation revenue, number of active startup companies and value of equity held in startup companies formed from university intellectual property. 

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, and one of only three Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium: the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

* UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.
** This ranking is measured by the Impact indicator P, P (top 10 per cent), and PP (top 10 per cent) with fractional counting.

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Queensland (UQ) published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 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
525 169.71

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 85 30.23
Life Sciences 273 72.38
Chemistry 104 28.20
Earth & Environmental Sciences 133 55.21

Highlight of the month

Proboscis-poking flies are healthier flies

© ConstantinCornel/iStock/Getty Images

© ConstantinCornel/iStock/Getty Images

Sleeping fruit flies regularly stick out and retract their proboscises to help the movement of waste out of their body and to keep themselves healthy.

The function of sleep is not well understood. In a search for answers, a team that included researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia has been studying the sleep behaviour of fruit flies.

The researchers found that fruit flies in deep sleep repeatedly extended and retracted their proboscises. Flies that were prevented from doing so didn’t recover as well from injury and could experience a build-up of bodily waste products. Furthermore, flies that were deprived of sleep showed higher levels of proboscis poking when they were finally able to sleep.

The proboscis occupies around a fifth of a fly’s head, and researchers believe the movement helps to pump the fly’s blood around while it sleeps, thus improving nutrient flow and waste elimination.

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  1. Science Advances 7, eabc2999 (2021). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abc2999

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 32.68% Domestic
  • 67.32% 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.

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