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Updates from the Division of Research & Enterprise
It is safe to say that the back half of 2021 did not unfold in the way we might have hoped back in January. While the extended lockdown compounded many of the challenges faced in 2020, it also reinforced our adaptability to new ways of working, researching, and collaborating. Thanks to the achievements of you as researchers across 2021, there is still much to celebrate. 

We round out the year with the announcement of 34 UNSW academics named as 2021 Highly Cited Researchers (HCRs) by Clarivate, two of which are double highly cited. This places UNSW at =23rd in the world and second in the Go8. The HCR List singles out individual research stars, but their success also speaks to the collective strength and depth of talent of the entire research and support community here at UNSW.

In another achievement highlighting the world-class calibre of our researchers, UNSW placed 50th in the Aggregate Ranking of Top Universities (ARTU), one that I invite you to learn more about on the revamped ARTU website. Breaking into the global top 50 four years ahead of schedule is in large testament to the leadership and vision of our outgoing Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs. We bid Ian farewell knowing that we are well on our way to fulfilling the vision set out in the UNSW 2025 Strategy.
Ranking success is gratifying but it does not fully capture the societal benefits of your work. In 2021, UNSW researchers led the way in translating their research in areas as diverse as renewable energy, clinical medicine, suicide prevention and climate change. The award of $10M (MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation) to Professor Rebecca Guy and her team at the Kirby institute to scale up infectious disease testing in remote Indigenous communities, is just one example from the many impressive projects funded this year – including, most recently, 26 NHMRC Ideas Grants.

Exciting times loom on the horizon for 2022 as UNSW heads into the new year with Professor Sven Rogge confirmed as the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) Professor Grainne Moran joining the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Advisory Board – allowing UNSW to expand its access to supercomputing and big data resources. Having worked hard on consolidating the newly formed Division of Research & Enterprise, our integrated teams are now fully geared up to support you all in the coming year.
I hope the easing of restrictions and reopening of borders brings with it opportunities for reconnecting with friends and family. I wish you all a relaxing festive season and look forward to seeing you back in the flesh in 2022.

My regards

Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)
Join Unisearch’s esteemed panel of expert witness

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Unisearch provides end to end project management and contracting services for all expert witness services, non-research consulting and tender activities. Some recent examples include:
  • Opal Tower investigation commissioned by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure
  • Coronial Inquest into the Mount Victoria bush fires
  • Commonwealth Environmental water services panel tender
  • Covid 19 Victorian Government hotel quarantine programme board of inquiry 
For more information on Unisearch Expert Opinion Services and Consulting, please visit or contact

Click here to learn more about joining Unisearch’s esteemed expert panel.
Is your research data ready for the holidays? 

As 2021 ends, take the time to ensure your research data are properly managed before you go on your end-of-year break. Some quick points to consider:
  • Is your research backed up? Back up your research data (and that of your research group) to a secure and durable storage location (e.g., UNSW Data Archive)
  • Are your data stored and managed on a suitable, safe and secure platform? We suggest you use a UNSW-supported platform where practical and make it accessible to the appropriate people (e.g., supervisor or colleagues). 
  • Are your research notes in a searchable, versioned and secure platform?  UNSW eNotebook might be a good option for you.
  • Have you discussed data IP/copyright ownership for each project with your research group/supervisor/HDR candidate?
  • Is your (and your group’s) research data accessible when someone graduates or leaves UNSW?
If you or your research group have any questions about research data storage, handling, and/or management (including handling data in public cloud environments) please visit the RDM@UNSW webpage or contact
UNSW ranks #2 in Australia for entrepreneurship

According to Crunchbase, the world’s leading source of data on venture capital-funded start-ups, UNSW has seen 98 graduates achieve success in the last decade, most notably Atlassian founders, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar.
Working on your own tech venture? The Founders 10xAccelerator program is designed to get start-ups investment ready. Register for a Founders information session and who knows, you might end up on the cover of Time Magazine like alumnus, Sean Greenhalgh, whose TimeChi  productivity tool was named one of their 100 Best Inventions of 2021.

Register for an information session.
Innovation Scaleup Fund

Are you working on an R&D product or service that addresses the health, wellbeing, or economic impacts of COVID-19? NSW Government have several initiatives designed to accelerate research commercialisation by partnering small businesses with universities.
Learn more about how you could grow your venture through the Innovation Scaleup Fund.
Update your FoR Codes for your web profile

Researcher Profiles has been updated with the ANZSRC 2020 Field of Research (FoR) codes.
You can now select relevant 2020 FoR codes that describe your research under the "Keywords & Tags" section.
Remember to delete Legacy 2008 FoR codes, otherwise they will continue to appear on your profile page.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to update to the 2020 codes, and how to delete your 2008 codes.
Log into you Researcher Profile
to make the changes today!
Dataset publication service to migrate to UNSWorks DSpace

Dataset publication is being migrated from ResData to the new UNSWorks DSpace repository.

Dataset deposit is currently suspended while datasets are migrated to the new platform. From December 1, datasets can be published directly to the new UNSWorks site

UNSWorks DSpace will be in beta during Q4 2021 – Q1 2022. During this time datasets will not be published to Research Data Australia (RDA). There will be no impact on existing datasets in RDA, however, if you require edits to these records, please contact the ResData team.
Sharpen your skills in 2022

Essentials of Supervision is a two-year blended learning program designed for new academics who wish to supervise HDR candidates at UNSW. 

The program consists of online learning modules and activities, four different workshops, and an online community of practice. Over 200 supervisors partook in the Essentials of Supervision program in 2021.
Register your interest  to join the program in 2022.

The Entrepreneurial HDR Program (eHDR) is a series of short modular workshops that raise HDR candidates’ awareness of the pathways to social, economic, cultural and environmental impact from their research capabilities.

The eHDR is a self-paced online program which is supplemented by group sessions and the Founders Coach & Connect program.

The program will be formally launched in early 2022.

Complete an expression of interest here.

A/Prof. Belinda Ferrari with DVC (Academic) Merlin Crossley and Dean of Graduate Research Jonathan Morris.

2021 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research

Congratulations to the four academics who were awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research.
The 2021 award winners are:

Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision:  Associate Professor Belinda Ferrari (Science)

Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision (Emerging Supervisor): Associate Professor Ziv Hameiri (Engineering)

Excellence in Higher Degree Research Leadership: Associate Professor Maria Markoulli (Medicine & Health)

Excellence in Promoting Industry Engagement in Higher Degree Research: Scientia Professor Justin Gooding (Science)
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