Each year, independent ranking systems measure our academic and research performance against the world's best universities


The University of Newcastle has a proud history of achievement and we celebrate our successes as individuals and as an institution.

In less than 50 years, our outstanding educators have achieved a long list of accolades and our world-class researchers are recognised for their contribution to many fields of inquiry. 

Our remarkable students continue to impress with stories of success both at home and on the world stage.

Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best.

Among the world's best 

The University of Newcastle is a research-intensive institution with an exceptional record of achievement.

We are ranked among the top three per cent of the world's universities, according to both the Times Higher Education (THE) World University and QS World University Rankings.

We are equally proud to be a young university competing among the world's best with a current ranking of 19th in the world and number 1 in Australia on the QS Top 50 under 50 (years) list. We recorded the biggest improvement for an Australian university on the list in 2014.

Trending upwards

As well as a five place jump on the QS Top 50 under 50 list, the QS World University Rankings placed twelve of our disciplines in the top 200 in the world in 2014.  

The result show a strong upward trend in our rankings, with significant world movement in a range of areas including Engineering, Geography, and Linguistics.

As our performance on the world stage improves year on year, we move closer to realising our vision of being global leaders in each of our spheres of achievement - equity, education and research.

Outstanding student experience

We work hard to ensure that the UON student experience allows our students to excel. In 2013, the Australian Graduate Survey returned a satisfaction rating of 84 per cent, a two per cent improvement on our 2012 rating.

We continue to rank in the top quartile of all Australian universities for quality teaching thanks to ongoing improvement in teacher satisfaction on the survey's Good Teaching Scale.

But surveys are not the be all and end all. The success of our students is a far more important measure of the quality UON experience.