Research with impact
Our research strives to improve health outcomes and the well-being of local, national and global communities. Social justice is at the heart of everything we do and is exemplified by the values that underpin all our research.
We are top ranked in Australia for Human Movement & Sports Science, Nursing & Midwifery research (2019 ERA 5/5) and above the world standard for research in Public Health and Health Services, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (rated as "4/5"). We are also ranked No.1 in Australia and No.7 in the world for Nursing & Midwifery (2020 QS World University Rankings by subject).
We are highly engaged with the health sector, industry, practitioners and the international research academy. Innovation and collaboration are at the core of our research culture. We support the engagement and involvement of consumers in our research to improve service delivery, patient experiences, and patient outcomes.
We are committed to knowledge translation and implementation science. Our research has transformative effects on health systems, professional practice and health policy. Our faculty comprises internationally respected thought leaders with successful track records for undertaking research that optimises human, community and population health.
We build and sustain research excellence by supporting the next generation of researchers. Our higher degree research students and early career researchers are active members of a vibrant research community in the faculty. Through research-infused teaching and learning, our students are supported and engaged with our research programs so that their experience equips them to address the key health challenges of the 21st Century.
Fiona Brooks: What we want to focus on is not just about academic outputs and achieving publications in high-rank journals. It’s actually about undertaking research that’s of social value, and changes the health and wellbeing of the population.
In our work around nursing practice, we are empowering the nursing professions to really have an authentic and articulate voice in the policy-making process of health care delivery.
In relation to human performance, really just starting to engage with the whole physical activity agenda that is so fundamental to the health and wellbeing of the population.
Donna Lu: I chose UTS to do my PhD mainly because of the high impact researchers. I really wanted to learn from the best and work with the best. What I’d like my research to do is bridge that gap between the medical professional and strength and conditioning coaches and making sure that we align our objective to be enhancing performance and minimising injuries as well.
Phillip Newton: So our students have already made enormous contributions to society. They’ve improved the way women give birth. They’ve improved the care of people who are dying from advanced disease. They’re improving the way that athletics and sporting teams are preparing for elite competitions. They’re identifying people who are at risk at a global level, a population level, for worst outcomes, that will then enable dimensions to be developed to improve those outcomes.
Fiona Brooks: Thinking about the future…where is the next ten, fifteen years of research excellence going to come from? And it’s going to come from our HDR students and early careers researchers. And building their career is a fundamental arm of our strategy.