Les Field

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The government wants universities to focus on research with commerical return. But many of our most transformative innovations have been derived from basic ­research whose impact was impossible to foresee, writes Les Field.

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With the loss of government funding for Future Fellowships, we risk impeding the development of a generation of younger researchers and losing our highest achievers to other nations, writes Les Field.

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Funding solutions for scientic research infrastructure require robust, long-term planning, writes Les Field.

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Cutting vital research infrastructure funding because the higher education reforms are stuck in the senate will cost the country dearly, writes Les Field.

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Transforming poor communities through research into social business and health is the aim of a new agreement between UNSW and Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus.

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UNSW research in engineering/technology and computer science has been ranked 42 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, making UNSW the best performing Australian university in the field.

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The evolutionary forces shaping bacteria, the fate of engineered nanoparticles in groundwater, and the psychology behind obsessive thinking and anger are among the research projects led by UNSW’s newest Future Fellows.

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UNSW has jumped four places to be ranked fourth in Australia in high-quality research publications, according to the latest Nature Publishing Index for the Asia-Pacific region. 

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For her exceptional leadership and research, marine ecologist Emma Johnston has won the inaugural Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science on International Women's Day.

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UNSW has once again performed strongly in the QS World University Rankings, with 16 subjects in the world’s top 50 and Accounting and Finance breaking into the top 10.

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