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 November 2018 - 31 October 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) published between 1 November 2018 - 31 October 2019 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
444 120.23

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Earth & Environmental Sciences 108 26.64
Life Sciences 156 30.97
Chemistry 141 47.52
Physical Sciences 114 29.14

Highlight of the month

Cool caves hold historical rain gauge

© Ali Majdfar/Getty

© Ali Majdfar/Getty

Stalagmites and stalactites can provide clues to past rainfall, but only in cool climates.

The oxygen isotope composition (δ18O) of cave drip water deposits reflects historical freshwater input, because rainwater is enriched with the oxygen isotope 16O. However, the local climate could affect how faithfully this δ18O record represents past precipitation.

A team that included researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia compared δ18O data at 163 drip sites from caves around the world with δ18O values in local rainfall and groundwater — an important freshwater supply.

They found that in regions where the average temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius, dripwater δ18O closely reflected rainfall δ18O, whereas in warmer climates, where rainwater evaporates before soaking in, it was similar to groundwater δ18O.

Cave drip formations could serve as useful proxies for past droughts and floods in hot, arid regions where groundwater is replenished only by very heavy rain. This could help researchers to predict how global warming might affect freshwater supplies.

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  1. Nature Communications 10, 2984 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11027-w

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from UNSW Sydney

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1 November 2018 - 31 October 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 34.95% Domestic
  • 65.05% 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.

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