Research excellence

Research excellence

We bring together the best minds to conduct cutting-edge research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and addresses the big issues challenging the world.

  ARC funding HDR student enrolments HDR completions
2013 $24.93 million 1987 244
2014 $27.52 million 2249 393

5 QS stars in teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and specialist subjects.

— Source: QS Top Universities 2015

85 percent of our research is rated world standard or higher by the Australian government

— Source: Excellence in Research for Australia, 2012


  • 2606 total research publications by Macquarie researchers in 2013 (reported in 2014)
  • 49 percent of research articles involved international collaboration – placing us sixth in Australia
  • Macquarie’s international collaboration in Earth and environmental sciences is the second highest in Australia and 21st in the world.


Macquarie is in the top 30 research institutions in the world for cited research papers in environment/ecology*.

By the end of 2014, Macquarie’s cited environmental research was outperforming the cited research produced by Stanford, NASA and the Smithsonian.

*Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators

In 2014, one of the world’s most influential ecologists, Professor Mark Westoby, was named Scientist of the Year at the 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Awards. An ARC Laureate Fellow, Distinguished Professor of Biology and leader of the Genes to Geoscience Research Centre, Westoby is a pioneer of ‘trait-based ecology’.

His work uses the features of very large numbers of species across wide geographic ranges to categorise species into functional types, and explain patterns of species occurrence and abundance.

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