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UNSW Psychology Virtual Career Fair 2016

Posted 20 September 2016

UNSW Psychology has launched it's Virtual Careers Fair, an online platform that provides students with information about companies that employ graduates in Psychology.

Many students may not be aware of the diversity of jobs available to them, the UNSW Psychology Virtual Careers Fair helps fill that gap. We want to equip graduates of our programs with the knowledge to find a range of jobs that might suit their interests, abilities and qualifications, by showcasing some of the organisations that wish to hire UNSW graduates at all levels of psychology study.

Visit the Virtual Careers Fair here!

International and National Rankings see UNSW Psychology ranked #1 in the Go8 for Research and Teaching

Posted 17 August 2018

Psychology at UNSW remains the leading school in Australia for Psychology, according to the World University Rankings by subject and the recently released national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

A range of global university rankings* now operate at the subject level, including the influential QS rankings, the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) and the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). UNSW Psychology is the only School in Australia to be within the top 50 of all of these rankings and with the average highest ranking in the Southern hemisphere across these different ranking systems – this speaks volumes of the quality of the School according to a diverse range of measures.

Measures of teaching performance making up this year’s QILT dataset also ranked UNSW Psychology as the top performing Go8 School in Australia for teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate levels**.

* QS rankings by subject:
ARWU rankings by subject:
URAP rankings by field:
THE rankings by subject:

** The QILT dataset is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and results are based on average rankings of indicators drawn from the Student Experience Survey, the Course Experience Questionnaire, the Graduate Outcomes Survey, and the Graduate Destinations Survey across UG and PG studies. For more information, click here.

Strong performance by School of Psychology in world subject rankings

Posted 2 August 2018

UNSW Sydney’s School of Psychology performed strongly in the latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018: Psychology moved three places to 44th in the world, second in Australia.

Other highlights within Science included:

  • Mathematics ranked first in Australia.
  • Earth Sciences moved up to 40th in the world, up from 51-75 in 2017.
  • Geography ranked 49th in the world, up from 51-75 in 2017.
  • Remote Sensing ranked first in Australia and 16th globally, up from 33 in 2017.
  • Atmospheric Science ranked 23rd in the world and second in Australia.
  • Metallurgical Engineering moved up from 51-75 to 50.

“This year’s performance by UNSW Science – including the School of Psychology – in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 makes me proud to be the Faculty’s Dean,” said UNSW Science Dean, Emma Johnston.

“The results really speak to the internationally renowned, high-quality and high-impact research that the Faculty is producing, and they demonstrate the academic and research excellence that UNSW is striving for.”

UNSW Sydney scored the most subjects ranked first in Australia and the highest number of subjects ranked in the top 100 in the country.

With 38 subjects ranking in the global top 100, 24 in the top 50 and three in the top 10, UNSW continues its climb up the rankings, having the most subjects of all Australian universities in the prestigious league table.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects has published the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009. The rankings assess more than 4000 universities across 54 subjects in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.

United States universities continue to dominate the rankings, occupying first place in 35 disciplines, followed by China with nine and the Netherlands with three. The best performing institution in the world is Harvard, taking 17 crowns, ShanghaiRanking said in a release.

The methodology to determine the ranking includes the number of papers published, international collaboration and citation impact. The full methodology can be found here.

Congratulations to the 2018 School of Psychology Award Winners!

Posted 1 June 2018

Congratulations to all award winners at this year's annual School of Psychology Student Awards Night held on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Winners are listed below:

The Australian Psychological Society Prize
For the best performance in PSYC4053/PSYC4063 Psychology Stage 4 Honours
Winner: Christian La Spina

Behavioural Neuroscience Honours Thesis Prize
For the best performance in an Honours thesis in behavioural neuroscience research with non-human animals
Winner: Christian La Spina

The Forensic Psychology Postgraduate Student Prize
For demonstrated outstanding performance in research and clinical practice in Forensic Psychology in the Master of Psychology program
Winner: Tamara Gradden

The Combined PhD/Clinical Masters Thesis Prize
For the most outstanding PhD thesis by a student in course 1404 (combined PhD/Clinical Masters Degree)
Winner: Shiu Fung (Kelvin) Wong

The Joseph P Forgas Third Year Prize
For the best performance in PSYC3121 Social Psychology
Winner: Sylvia Kay Harmon-Jones

The Joseph P Forgas Honours Prize
For the best performance in an honours empirical thesis in an area of social psychology
Winner: Alison Yiu-Yun Lam

The Paxinos Neuroscience Prize
For the best PhD thesis in the area of Neuroscience.
Winner: Caitlin Cowan

The Psychology Staff Prize
For the best performance in Year 2 Psychology.
Winner: Sharon Gong

The Staff Prize for First Year Psychology
For the highest average performance in PSYC1001 Psychology 1A and PSYC1011 Psychology 1B.
Winner: Benjamin James Chidiac

The Staff Prize for Second Year Psychology
For the highest average performance in PSYC2001 Research Methods 2 and three other Psychology Level 2 courses completed within a single year by a student proceeding to any degree at UNSW
Winner: Sharon Gong

The Staff Prize for Third Year Psychology
For the highest average performance in PSYC3001 Research Methods 3A and five other Psychology Level 3 courses completed within a single year.
Winner: Saria Adele Green

The Syd Lovibond Prize for Psychology Honours
For meritorious performance in Psychology Honours in the Bachelor of Psychology program.
Winner: Nadia Shnier

The Undergraduate Behavioural Neuroscience Prize
For the highest mark in PSYC2081 (Learning and Physiological Psychology) and, completed in the current year, either PSYC3241 or PSYC3051
Winner: Kevin Luxa

The Richardson Award in Psychology
Winner: Jessica Forsyth

 To view photos from the evening visit the School of Psychology Facebook page!

UNSW Psychology Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018

Posted 7 March 2018

International Women’s Day not only stands as an opportunity to celebrate women, but also as a call-to-action. In celebrating International Women’s Day, we acknowledge and make a commitment to the fight for gender parity and #pressforprogress.

One of the factors contributing to gender inequity in STEM is the persistent, outmoded stereotype that these are ‘male’ disciplines. Challenging the perception that few women can, want to, or will do science, technology, engineering and maths is important. Not only to encourage more young women to pursue work in these areas, but also in bringing about changes that will reduce bias and make these disciplines more gender inclusive.

This year, UNSW Psychology is recognising International Women’s Day with a shout-out to all the incredible women working in psychological science. The collage presented below showcases the range of women working in psychological research at UNSW, and the diversity in what constitutes their science. This will be an ongoing project, added to over time, to work at broadening the perception of what it means to be a scientist.

Please take a closer look at our featured researchers and their work here

UNSW Info Day

16 December 2017 - 9:00am – 16 December 2017 - 4:00pm  |  UNSW Sydney, Sydney NSW 2052
Interested in studying Psychology? Or looking for answers to your study questions in 2018?
Come along to UNSW Info Day and speak with our staff about our Psychology undergraduate programs and life on campus.
Start at the Advisory Centre in The John Niland Scientia Building then attend a lecture or two in the Central Lecture Block or the Mathews Theatres. Or just come by, experience our beautiful campus and take a closer look at what life has to offer at UNSW!
Discuss your program choices, or talk to us about changing your preferences.
More information about Info Day is available here.

Science Advising Day

23 January 2015 - 10:00am – 23 January 2015 - 2:00pm  |  The Red Centre (Building H13, Kensington Campus)

The Faculty of Science (Science Student Centre) is holding an Enrolment Advising Day for commencing Semester 1, 2015 students on Friday 23 January 2015 from 10:00am through 2:00pm in The Red Centre (Building H13, Kensington Campus).

We encourage all new students to come along to hear talks on the various Science degree programs, speak to Academic Advisors from each of the Science schools, and get in-person assistance on how to enrol. For further information and a schedule for the day go to