The University of Queensland (UQ)


The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Across UQ’s three campuses, our 6600 staff and 52,000 students – including more than 16,600 postgraduates and approximately 15,400 international students from 135 countries – teach, research and study.

UQ consistently ranks among the world’s top universities as measured by several key independent rankings, and is the number one university in Australia in the Nature Index Tables.

With a strong focus on teaching excellence, UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university, and attracts the majority of Queensland’s high achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UQ’s 264,000 graduates are an engaged network of global alumni spanning more than 170 countries, and include approximately 14,000 PhDs.

Our six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership. This is reflected in UQ being the number one recipient of Australian Research Council Fellowships and Awards nationally across all scheme years (364 awards worth $257 million).

UQ is also an undisputed leader in research commercialisation. To date, UQ discoveries have produced US$16 billion in gross product sales, and UQ intellectual property has founded more than 100 startups – a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university.

UQ is also one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only three Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the global consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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* This ranking is measured by the Impact indicator P(top 10%), ordered by P(top 10%) with fractional counting.
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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

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 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 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.

409 140.93

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 81 31.74
Earth & Environmental Sciences 93 34.62
Physical Sciences 86 21.90
Life Sciences 196 63.85

Highlight of the month

Structure of cockroach protein could lead to new painkillers

© PetePattavina/Getty

© PetePattavina/Getty

A detailed blueprint of how an ion channel interacts with neurotoxins at the molecular level could help guide the development of drugs for diseases caused by the aberrant transmission of electrical signals in muscles and neurons.

A Chinese–Australian team that included University of Queensland researchers used cryo-electron microscopy to create a high-resolution map of the voltage-gated sodium channel protein from cockroaches in complex with neurotoxins produced by three venomous animals — spiders, pufferfish and shellfish. Two of these toxins block the ion channel, while the other traps the channel in a particular conformation.

The structural insights gleaned from how the different toxins bind will be considerations as drug companies aim to target voltage-gated sodium channels for treating epilepsy, arrhythmia, pain and other conditions caused by defects in these channels.

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  1. Science 362, eaau2596 (2018). doi: 10.1126/science.aau2596

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 33.3% Domestic
  • 66.7% 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.

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