The University of Queensland (UQ)


The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Across UQ’s three campuses, our 6600 staff and 52,000 students – including more than 16,600 postgraduates and approximately 15,400 international students from 135 countries – teach, research and study.

UQ consistently ranks among the world’s top universities as measured by several key independent rankings, and is the number one university in Australia in the Nature Index Tables.

With a strong focus on teaching excellence, UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university, and attracts the majority of Queensland’s high achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UQ’s 264,000 graduates are an engaged network of global alumni spanning more than 170 countries, and include approximately 14,000 PhDs.

Our six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership. This is reflected in UQ being the number one recipient of Australian Research Council Fellowships and Awards nationally across all scheme years (364 awards worth $257 million).

UQ is also an undisputed leader in research commercialisation. To date, UQ discoveries have produced US$16 billion in gross product sales, and UQ intellectual property has founded more than 100 startups – a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university.

UQ is also one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only three Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the global consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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* This ranking is measured by the Impact indicator P(top 10%), ordered by P(top 10%) with fractional counting.
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1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

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 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 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.

394 135.09

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 90 32.19
Life Sciences 186 60.30
Chemistry 81 31.96
Physical Sciences 84 23.79

Highlight of the month

Using tarantulas to settle nerves

© Frank Krahmer/Corbis/Getty

© Frank Krahmer/Corbis/Getty

The terrible pain felt by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers could be alleviated thanks to spider venom, of all things.

A US-Australia team, including researchers from the University of Queensland, investigated the transmission of mechanical pain by Nav1.1, an ion channel that initiates a nerve impulse in certain neurons or nerve cells. They were able to trigger Nav1.1 by injecting mice with two tarantula toxins that specifically targeted the channel.

After injection, the mice were more sensitive to mechanical pain, but did not experience elevated reactions to thermal pain. The team also found that Nav1.1 was expressed in high levels by nerve fibres in the gut.

Identifying the role Nav1.1 plays in the transmission of mechanical pain could help researchers develop treatments for IBS and other conditions. The team is now working on developing molecules that block the channel.

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  1. Nature 534, 494–499 (2016) doi: 10.1038/nature17976

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1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 32.4% Domestic
  • 67.6% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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