UNSW Sydney


UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, ranked among the top 50 universities in the world1.

UNSW is known for producing innovative, pioneering research that has a global impact, attracting some of the most talented researchers and research students worldwide. Our partnerships with industry, international organisations, governments and other leading universities worldwide make us an attractive option for research investors.

Among many achievements, UNSW has pioneered the global development of solar energy technologies, helped to control devastating epidemics such as HIV, developed new therapies for depression and anxiety, and made previously unimaginable breakthroughs in quantum computing.

With more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries, UNSW is one of Australia’s most diverse and cosmopolitan universities.

UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities, and a member of the prestigious Universitas 21 international network, Global Tech Alliance, Association of Pacific Rim Universities and Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise.

With King’s College London and Arizona State University Phoenix, UNSW Sydney is also a founding member of the PLuS Alliance, which creates, enables and deploys innovative research and education linkages to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges. The PLuS Alliance provides cross-institutional programmes for students around the globe, establishes research connections across the universities, and contributes to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of global health, social justice, technology and innovation.

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are UNSW Art & Design in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

UNSW has eight faculties - Art and Design, Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment, UNSW Business School, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and UNSW Canberra at ADFA; offering an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

1 2017 QS World University Rankings

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1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of New South Wales (UNSW) published between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

259 81.71 71.83

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 118 36.13 26.25
Chemistry 54 24.19 24.19
Life Sciences 85 21.14 21.14
Earth & Environmental Sciences 33 10.43 10.43

Highlight of the month

A new view of tau



The same tau protein that forms the twisted tangles involved in Alzheimer’s disease may actually help protect against neurodegeneration when in a different form.

The finding, from an Australian team led by University of New South Wales scientists, challenges the prevailing view that tau always worsens Alzheimer’s disease, and suggests that stopping tau from turning rogue could help prevent or treat the condition.

The researchers pinpointed an enzyme called p38γ kinase that influences that way molecules known as phosphates are attached to tau. These phosphate adornments are usually toxic, and eventually prompt tau to form tangles, but one particular pattern of phosphate tagging on tau protected against neuron death and memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

"This is a completely new mindset; that the reason tau becomes modified is actually to protect from damage," said lead author, Lars Ittner, in a statement.

The team also found that, in humans, levels of p38γ decline as Alzheimer’s progresses, further indicating that boosting the activity of this enzyme to make more protective tau could have therapeutic value.

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  1. Science 354, 904–908 (2016). doi: 10.1126/science.aah6205

View the article on the Nature Index

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 33.85% Domestic
  • 66.15% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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