Our Partnerships

Group of 8 and Universitas 21

UNSW Australia is a global leader in education and research. UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8), a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities.

The Go8 aims to strengthen Australia’s contribution to global developments and participate in the generation and preservation of knowledge. They support increased opportunities for Australian students of all backgrounds to participate in world class education.

UNSW is also a member of the prestigious international network Universitas 21, the leading global network of research universities.

Research collaboration


UNSW is consistently recognised by employers and the community in world rankings. In 2013, UNSW achieved the maximum QS Five Star Plus rating in the prestigious QS World University Rankings - one of only eight universities in the world to do so.

In the 2014-15 league table, UNSW was ranked 21st in the world for employer reputation and 40th for academic reputation. Our standing as one of the world’s top universities has been further strengthened with an overall standing of 48th in the world

In the 2018 QS World University Rankings, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences were ranked 45th in the world.

Community stakeholders

The depth and breadth of our research involves us working collaboratively with a wide range of community stakeholders.

These stakeholders include:

  • Research participants who help us better understand and learn from their direct experience.
  • NGOs, Government and community groups who help facilitate access to these participants.
  • International researchers and Centres who work collaboratively to find meaning in research and make recommendations.
  • Industry partners who help us to make a real difference in the community and to international scholarship.

Research strengths

Find out more about our areas of research strength including:

Student internships and work placement

Working with our industry and community partners provides our students with opportunities to reinforce classroom learning and to gain valuable professional experience. Student internships also give employers access to some of the brightest young minds and creative thinkers.

Our vocational placements introduce employers to potential future employees, provide immediate workplace support and directly assist in the professional development of the student.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about how your organisation could offer student placements and internships, please contact:

Maree Higgins
Work-Integrated Learning Manager
E: FASS-WIL@unsw.edu.au

Some of the organisations where our students have completed their work placements include:

  • Amnesty International Australia
  • Australian Broadcasting AuthorityStudent working in creative office environment
  • Australian Business Foundation
  • Bell Shakespeare Company
  • Health Department of NSW
  • Lowy Institute for International Policy
  • NSW Heritage Office
  • Oxfam Australia
  • Qantas
  • Rolling Stone Magazine
  • SBS Radio and Television
  • Sydney Writers' Festival

Become an industry or research partner

We have a diverse range of organisations and individuals who partner with us in a many different ways.

In partnering with UNSW Arts & Social Sciences you are enhancing the profile and brand of your organisation. We are a progressive and socially engaged Faculty with distinctive strengths in defined fields across the contemporary Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Supporting UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

There are various ways that your organisation can become an industry partner. Corporate and community organisations may support the Faculty through:

  • sponsorships
  • linkage grants
  • in-kind support
  • events
  • recruitment activities
  • research

Opportunities for naming rights and recognition are also available to our donors and partners.

Visit our supporters section of the website for more information about becoming an industry partner or contact us to discuss how your organisation can benefit from partnering with UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

For information about Research Partnerships at UNSW visit our Research Strategy and Partnerships Office, a Division of UNSW Research or discuss your options with our Research Centres.