Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings
As a university with a strong commitment to achieving sustainability in terms of teaching, research and how we operate, we’re thrilled to be the top ranked Queensland university in the 2022 THE Impact Rankings. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and measure the social and economic impact of an institution.
- UniSC ranked first place in Queensland for ‘Overall Impact’, and seventh in Australia. We received an overall score of 6 out of 100.
- UniSC ranked an equal 31 out of 1406 institutions globally (out of 106 countries/regions) – that’s up two positions from last year.
- UniSC is in the top three percent globally for 'Climate Action' impact
- UniSC is fifth in the world for our global impact to 'Clean Water and Sanitation'
- UniSC is third in Australia for our global impact to ‘Life on Land’
- UniSC is in the top four percent globally for ‘Life Below Water’
Teaching so good it’s rated 5 stars
Among public universities, UniSC is number one in Queensland* and in the nation’s top two, for overall educational experience. And we have a five-star rating for teaching.
According to the Good Universities Guide 2022/23, we have 13 five star ratings from key areas of student satisfaction, for teaching quality, overall experience, learner resources, skills development, social equity, student support, first generation and learner engagement (postgraduate).
*2021 Student Experience Survey Data.
How UniSC ranked:
This rating is based on students’ ratings of their overall educational experience; the quality of teaching they received; and the extent to which they felt lecturers and tutors actively engaged them in and demonstrated concern for learning, provided clear explanations of coursework and assessment, inspired them intellectually, seemed helpful and approachable and provided useful feedback on work, among various other factors.
82.2% of UniSC students (undergraduate) were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experienced.
UniSC is the highest rated university in QLD for teaching quality (undergraduate) in the fields of:
- Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
- Computing and Information Systems
- Creative Arts
- Engineering and Technology and Rehabilitation
Overall for teaching quality, we’re in the top five in Australia.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.
77.1% of UniSC students (undergraduate) were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.
UniSC is number one in QLD for overall student experience in the fields of:
- Agriculture and Environment Studies
- Education and Training
- Social Work
For overall experience, we’re in the top five in Australia.
This rating is based on the extent to which students felt they received support to settle into study; experienced efficient enrolment and admissions processes; felt orientation activities were helpful; and found administrative staff and services, career advisers, academic or learning advisers, counsellors, financial advisers and health services to be available and helpful.
78.5% of UniSC students were satisfied with the support they received from their institution.
UniSC came in first place in QLD for student support (undergraduate) in:
- Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
- Rehabilitation (also top three in Australia)
- Social Work (also top three in Australia)
We also scored in the top three in Australia for Law and Paralegal Studies.
UniSC is also in the top five in Australia for student support (post-graduate) in the field of Social Work.
The proportion of domestic students commencing a bachelor degree whose parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12.
46% of University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) students came from families where their parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12.
This rating is based on students’ average ratings of teaching spaces (including lecture theatres, laboratories and tutorial rooms), student spaces and common areas, online learning materials, computing and IT resources, assigned books and notes, laboratory or studio equipment and library facilities.
83.7% of UniSC students were satisfied with the learning resources provided by their institution.
UniSC is number one in QLD for learning resources (undergraduate) in:
- Agriculture and Environmental Studies
- Social Work
In Australia, we’re in the top five for:
- Law and Paralegal Studies
- Health Services
This rating is based on the extent to which students felt prepared for study, had a sense of belonging at their institution, participated in discussions online or face to face, worked with other students, interacted with students outside of study and interacted with students different to them.
UniSC is in first and second place in QLD for learner engagement (undergraduate) in:
- Agriculture and Environmental Studies (1st)
- Social Work (1st)
- Computing and Info Systems (2nd)
- Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences (2nd)
- Rehabilitation (2nd)
UniSC is also number one for learner engagement in postgraduate students in the fields of:
- Education and Training
- Social Work (also second in Australia)
This rating is based on the extent to which students felt their course developed their critical-thinking skills, ability to solve complex problems, ability to work with others, confidence to work independently, written communication skills, verbal communication skills, knowledge of the field they are studying, and work-related knowledge and skills.
UniSC is in first place in QLD for skills development (undergraduate) in:
- Computing and Information Systems (also top 5 in Australia)
- Rehabilitation (also top 5 in Australia)
We’re also in first place for skills development of postgraduates studying business and management.
This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities.
UniSC is ranked first in QLD for starting salary (undergraduate) in:
- Science and Mathematics (also top 5 in Australia)
- Social Work (also top 5 in Australia)
- Nationally, we’re also in the top five for starting salary in Education and Training.
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
90% of graduates are employed within four months of finishing their degrees.
95% of graduates are employed within four months in our top performing study areas – engineering, education, and occupational therapy.
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Rankings
UniSC has 13 research fields well above world standard, characterised by evidence of outstanding performance. These fields include:
- Environmental Sciences
- Ecological Applications
- Environmental Science and Management
- Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
- Fisheries Sciences
- Forestry Sciences
- Horticultural Production
- Veterinary Sciences
UniSC has four research fields placed above world standard, including:
- Biological Sciences
- Materials Engineering
- Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
UniSC has nine research fields placed at world standard, including:
- Medical and Health Sciences
- Human Movement and Sports Science
- Medical Microbiology
- Studies in Human Society
- Human Geography
- Policy and Administration
- Language, Communication and Culture
The Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings
UniSC ranked 160 in the world in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (2022). These rankings list the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger and use the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship THE World University Rankings, but the weightings have been adjusted to give less weight to reputation.
For ‘Teaching,’ UniSC was ranked 132 in the world (out of 539 ‘young’ universities)
This rating shows what proportion of domestic students enrolling at each university come from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds. *This rating is not field of study specific but for the institution as a whole.
25% of UniSC students were from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds.