Ranking our Research

#1 ranked in Australia

UNSW frequently ranks among the top universities worldwide for mathematics and statistics.

UNSW ranked first in Australia for Mathematics in the 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Our QS World University Ranking for 2013 placed us in the top 40 of universities worldwide for mathematics (39th) and statistics (38th).

#1 funded in Australia

For three of the last five years, we received the most ARC Discovery Projects funding in the 01 Mathematical Sciences classification code of any School of mathematics and statistics in Australia. Likewise, under this code we have received the most ARC Discovery Projects funding totalled over the past two, three, four and five years.

Most prolific

We produced the highest number of academic papers published by any Australian school of mathematics between 2004 and 2014 (Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators).

Highly cited

For the decade 2004-14, UNSW ranked second nationally amongst mathematics schools in both total citations and citations per paper in mathematics.

Excellence in Research Australia

The 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation gave us the highest score, "well above world standard" in overall mathematical sciences, pure mathematics, and statistics. We received "above world standard" for applied mathematics.

Measures of Esteem

Several School members have been awarded medals and fellowships for their distinguished contributions to research and academic excellence in recent years.

Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall added another prestigious award to his sizeable collection when he received the Australian Academy of Science 2015 Jaeger Medal, which honours the contribution to science in Australia of the late Professor John Jaeger FAA, FRS. In 2015, he was also announced as an Australian Laureate Fellow, which is the most prestigious research award from the ARC. He was awarded the Royal Society of Tasmania Medal in early 2014 for his substantial original research. Sci. Prof. McDougall, recognised as one of the world's most eminent oceanographers, joined the ranks of science greats as a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2012, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW in 2015.

Associate Professor Catherine Greenhill was awarded the Australian Academy of Science's 2015 Christopher Heyde Medal. The award recognises distinguished research in the mathematical sciences by researchers up to 15 years post-PhD in the calendar year of nomination. A/Prof Greenhill received the award jointly with Dr Scott Morrison from the Mathematical Sciences Institute at Australian National University.

Professor Igor Shparlinski received a 2014 Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA), for his work in additive combinatorics, number theory and graph theory.

Associate Professor David Warton was announced as winner of the 2014 Christopher Heyde Medal, shortly after being awarded the Young Investigator Award (2014) from the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics and the Environment.

Associate Professor Josef Dick, a Senior Lecturer and QEII Fellow in the School, was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal for 2014. The AustMS Medal is awarded to a society member less than 40 years of age who has outstanding research contributions. He was also the co-winner of the 2013 Prize for Achievement in Information Based Complexity (IBC), and the recipient of the 2012 Christopher Heyde medal for his work in numerical integration.

Professor Ian Sloan was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in early 2013. He joins an elite group of scientists from around the world, recognised for their contributions to the profession.

Professor William Dunsmuir is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Several members of staff are Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science: Professor Michael Cowling; Professor Fedor Sukochev; Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall; Emeritus Professor Colin Rogers; Professor Igor Shparlinski; and Professor Ian Sloan.

Several are Fellows of the Australian Mathematical Society: Professor Michael Cowling; Associate Professor Ian Doust; Professor James Franklin; Professor Bruce Henry; Associate Professor David Hunt; Professor Igor Shparlinski; Professor Ian Sloan; and Associate Professor Chris Tisdell.

Professor Bruce Henry is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Dr Frances Kuo received a 2013 ARC Future Fellowship for her research project, "Liberating the dimension - frontier technologies for very high dimensional problems". Dr Guoyin Li was also awarded a 2013 ARC Future Fellowship for his research project, "A new optimization approach for tensor extreme eigenvalue problems: Modern techniques for multi-relational data analysis".

Professor Gary Froyland was awarded a 2012 ARC Future Fellowship for his research project, "A probabilistic and geometric understanding of transport and metastability in mathematical geophysical flows". Associate Professor David Warton also received a 2012 ARC Future Fellowship, for his research project "Advancing tools for the analysis of high-dimensional data in ecology". 

Future Fellowships aim to attract and retain the finest mid-career researchers.

Professor Fedor Sukochev received a 2012 Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellowship for his work in non commutative probability and analysis.

A 2012 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) was conferred to Dr David Harvey for his project, “Counting solutions to equations over fields of large characteristic”. This esteemed award supports and advances promising early career researchers, promoting enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways.

Publications by the School on MathSciNet

A listing of UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics publications is available on MathSciNet (please note: a MathsSciNet subscription is required for access).