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 October 2016 - 30 September 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 October 2016 - 30 September 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.

265 76.34 68.89

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 121 32.37 24.92
Chemistry 62 21.12 21.12
Earth & Environmental Sciences 33 11.71 11.71
Life Sciences 93 23.96 23.96

Highlight of the month

New potential for measuring cell voltage

© KTSDESIGN\Science Photo Library\Getty

© KTSDESIGN\Science Photo Library\Getty

A new sensor enables researchers to quickly and precisely measure the voltage across cell membranes, known as the membrane potential, which affects processes such as transport across the membrane and cellular signalling.

The sensor was developed by a team at the University of New South Wales, Australia, by modifying an existing membrane potential sensor known as R-pre. The new sensor comprises two connected light-sensitive proteins attached to the inside of the cell membrane. One of the proteins transfers energy to the other in order to make it fluoresce. The first is permanently linked to the cell membrane to serve as an anchor, while the second, a modified R-pre, is attached to the membrane by electrostatic interactions. When the membrane potential changes, the second subunit detaches from the membrane, moving it away from its partner and reducing the efficiency of their fluorescence.

The speed and reversibility of the reaction, along with the new sensor’s stability, offer the possibility of nuanced investigations of processes affecting membrane potential in live cells.

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  1. Nature Biotechnology 35, 363-370 (2017). doi: 10.1038/nbt.3828

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from UNSW Sydney

More research highlights from UNSW Sydney

1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 39.5% Domestic
  • 60.5% 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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