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 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

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 2019 - 30 November 2020 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
524 163.43

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Earth & Environmental Sciences 115 46.51
Life Sciences 290 69.97
3 0.11
1 0.01
6 1.54
1 0.01
7 3.53
2 0.72
2 0.53
1 0.08
2 0.06
9 4.40
5 3.60
4 0.19
3 0.23
8 3.75
8 1.28
23 1.99
4 1.18
1 0.01
82 18.88
7 0.28
4 0.50
6 0.24
3 0.88
1 0.05
4 0.23
5 1.49
7 1.76
18 6.36
Oscillations in the central brain of Drosophila are phase locked to attended visual features.
Multiscale imaging of basal cell dynamics in the functionally mature mammary gland.
Australian funnel-web spiders evolved human-lethal δ-hexatoxins for defense against vertebrate predators
Endoplasmic reticulum chaperones stabilize ligand-receptive MR1 molecules for efficient presentation of metabolite antigens.
Stable unmethylated DNA demarcates expressed genes and their cis-regulatory space in plant genomes.
Plant expression of NifD protein variants resistant to mitochondrial degradation.
Characterization and validation of a preventative therapy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a murine model of the disease.
Fusogen-mediated neuron-neuron fusion disrupts neural circuit connectivity and alters animal behavior.
Proximal threats promote enhanced acquisition and persistence of reactive fear-learning circuits.
Structural basis for the broad substrate specificity of two acyl-CoA dehydrogenases FadE5 from mycobacteria.
Redox controls metabolic robustness in the gas-fermenting acetogen Clostridium autoethanogenum.
Structural venomics reveals evolution of a complex venom by duplication and diversification of an ancient peptide-encoding gene.
Regulators of nitric oxide signaling triggered by host perception in a plant pathogen
Reconciling global priorities for conserving biodiversity habitat
Differential timing of a conserved transcriptional network underlies divergent cortical projection routes across mammalian brain evolution
Human responses to climate and ecosystem change in ancient Arabia
Reply to Peng and Zhao: Loss of endocytic protein TOM1 in Alzheimer's disease
Global gene flow releases invasive plants from environmental constraints on genetic diversity.
10 3.62
14 2.25
14 3.71
4 0.71
3 0.10
8 2.93
10 2.74
Chemistry 111 34.21
Physical Sciences 75 28.43

Highlight of the month

Wildlife threatened by mining in renewable-energy future

© aeduard/Getty

© aeduard/Getty

Mining the materials for the expanding renewable-energy industry could prove worse for biodiversity than climate change.

International agreements to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions have led to a surge of interest in renewable energies, such as wind and solar, but building the infrastructure could harm biodiversity. Currently, habitat degradation threatens more than 80% of endangered species, while climate change affects 20%.

A team that included researchers from the University of Queensland mapped global mining areas, totalling nearly 50 million square kilometres of land. They found that more than 80% of this area is for materials essential for renewable-energy production, such as lithium, titanium, and copper, and around a third of these mines overlap important biodiversity conservation sites, including protected areas and remaining wilderness.

Conservation efforts must ensure that mining does not simply replace threats related to climate change as countries work towards renewable-energy targets.

Supported content

  1. Nature Communications 11, 4174 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17928-5

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 32.59% Domestic
  • 67.41% 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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