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 November 2017 - 31 October 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 November 2017 - 31 October 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.

398 135.72

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 81 32.08
Life Sciences 194 62.61
7 0.58
1 0.10
3 0.24
1 0.08
1 0.44
4 1.64
2 0.66
3 1.38
3 1.26
2 0.04
10 4.22
3 1.63
5 0.67
2 1.35
4 2.75
2 0.06
6 0.48
2 1.05
1 1
46 13.43
12 0.41
1 0.03
2 1.23
1 1
5 2.85
3 1.12
15 7.05
11 4.36
8 1.40
7 2.19
5 1.47
1 0.03
6 4.11
9 2.28
Earth & Environmental Sciences 88 31.75
Physical Sciences 83 21.95

Highlight of the month

Cancer diagnostics strikes gold

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

A blood test that uses gold nanoparticles to track tumour cells circulating in the body can reveal in real time how cancers are progressing and evolving in response to ongoing treatment.

A team led by University of Queensland researchers developed the diagnostic test by attaching different antibodies to tiny particles of gold. Each antibody can stick to a different protein found on the surfaces of circulating tumour cells (CTCs). When struck with laser light, the nanoparticles emit barcode signals. These signals change slightly when proteins are bound to the nanoparticles, thereby revealing the full diversity of CTCs in a patient.

The researchers validated the system using blood from 10 patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer who were undergoing immunotherapy or receiving a targeted drug agent. The test revealed changes in the CTC population make-up in response to treatment, including the presence of drug-resistant cells — information that could help guide therapeutic decision making.

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  1. Nature Communications 9, 1482 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03725-8

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1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 32.72% Domestic
  • 67.28% 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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