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 2016 - 31 October 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 November 2016 - 31 October 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.

271 74.56 66.98

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 92 23.91 23.91
Earth & Environmental Sciences 39 13.65 13.65
Physical Sciences 124 29.06 21.48
Chemistry 60 19.48 19.48

Highlight of the month

An accidental superacid

© Deven Dadbhawala/Moment/Getty

© Deven Dadbhawala/Moment/Getty

A technique that analyses the structure of delicate protein molecules can inadvertently convert them into the strongest organic acids ever recorded, a team led by researchers from the University of New South Wales has shown.

Electrospray ionization (ESI) gently attaches electrically charged ions to a protein. The protein itself therefore becomes highly charged, interacting with external electric fields in a way that allows its mass to be measured.

ESI, however, can also turn the protein into a strong acid, the new work shows. The textbook definition of an acid is a molecule able to donate a positively charged hydrogen ion. Studying protein ESI using gas phase ion chemistry observations and theoretical calculations, the UNSW team showed these highly charged proteins bristle with so many hydrogen ions, they form the strongest organic acids known.

By adjusting the conditions under which ESI is carried out, even stronger protein superacids could be formed, the team predicts.

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  1. Angewandt Chemie International Edition 56, 8522–8526 (2017). doi: 10.1002/anie.201702781

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 38.96% Domestic
  • 61.04% 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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