The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of the top eight research intensive Australian universities.[1] The Go8 universities are some of the largest and the oldest universities in Australia[2] and are consistently the highest ranked of all Australian universities. In 2016 all Go8 Universities were ranked in the top 150 worldwide, with six in the top 100. Go8 Universities feature in the top 100 places for every subject area in the QS world university subject rankings. All Go8 Universities are in the QS top 100 for literature, biological sciences, environmental sciences, accounting and finance, anthropology, law and education.

The Go8 Board, which consists of the vice-chancellors (presidents) of its eight member universities, meets five times a year. The current Chair of the Board is Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-Chancellor, University of New South Wales. Ms Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, taking up the role in January 2015.[3]

According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, in 2008 the Group of Eight universities received almost twice as much research funding as the other 31 Australian universities combined.[4]

Members

University City Est. Rankings
QS World
(2021)[5]
ARWU World
(2019)[6]
THE World
(2020)[7]
U.S. News
(2020)[8]
CWTS Leiden
(2020)[9][note 1]
Scimago
(2020)[10]
Nature
(2020)[11]
URAP
(2019)[12]
NTU
(2019)[13]
Mean
ANU Canberra 1946 31= 76 50 69= 153 160 123 134 154 106
Monash Melbourne 1958 55 73 75= 59= 52 52 87 39 53 61
Adelaide Adelaide 1874 106= 122 120= 80 91 159 323 144 132 142
Melb Melbourne 1853 41 41 32= 26 39 32 125 23 25= 43
UNSW Sydney 1949 44 94 71 64= 48 62 86 44 58 63
UQ Brisbane 1909 46 54 66 42 31 44 102 35 40 51
USyd Sydney 1850 40 80 60 27 35 35 173 24 29= 56
UWA Perth 1911 91 99 131 86 159 150 261 110 116 134

Equals signs (=) denote tied rankings.

Map

Locations of each Group of Eight university main campus


Go8 law schools

Summary of schools

University Law school State / territory Est. Undergrad law intake 2019 ATAR selection threshold 2019
ANU College of Law Australian Capital Territory 1960 400~[14][note 2] 98[15]
Monash Law Faculty Victoria 1963 457[16] 94[17]
Adelaide Law School South Australia 1883 288[18] 95[19]
Melb Law School Victoria 1857 N/A N/A
UNSW Faculty of Law New South Wales 1971 1429[20] 96 + Law Admission Test (LAT)[21]
UQ TC Beirne School of Law Queensland 1936 210[22] 98[23]
USyd Law School New South Wales 1855 323[24] 99.5[25]
UWA Law School Western Australia 1927 N/A N/A

School rankings

University QS Overall Ranking[26] QS Citations Per Paper[26] QS H-index[26] THE Overall Ranking[27] THE Citations[28] THE Research[29] ARWU
[30]
[note 3]
Academic mean[note 4] Mean
ANU 17 53 24= 42 82 50 47 51 (2nd) 30 (4th)
Monash 35 78 50= 53 68 62 43 60 (4th) 44 (5th)
Adelaide 122 134= 128= 126 58 108 231 157 (8th) 124 (8th)
Melb 10 64= 69= 12 81 17 59 58 (3rd) 11 (1st)
UNSW 14 120 45= 18= 110 12 33 64 (5th) 16 (2nd)
UQ 39 25=[note 5] 30= 58 56 36 60 41 (1st) 48 (6th)
USyd 13 133 69= 38= 141 35 143 104 (6th) 26 (3rd)
UWA 71 80= 93= 75 88 81 237 116 (7th) 73 (7th)

It seems that the University of Melbourne secures the top position upon averaged overall and reputation rankings (11), followed by UNSW (16) and the University of Sydney (26); the University of Adelaide has the lowest averaged overall and reputation ranking (124). University of Queensland's TC Beirne School of Law secures the top position in averaged academic ranking indicators (41), followed by ANU (51) and the University of Melbourne (58); the University of Adelaide has the lowest average academic ranking (157).

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Ranked according to P(top 1%).
  2. ^ rough estimate due to nonspecific number of 2019 student intake
  3. ^ The ARWU Law subject ranking does not necessarily reflect the quality of a given law school (hence why universities without law schools feature on the ranking- see Princeton University). The ARWU Law subject ranking primarily measures the amount and performance of papers which relate to Law (the ranking additionally may include papers from Law-related subjects such as Policy, Public Affairs, and Criminology) and that are associated with, or originate out of, a given university.
  4. ^ The average ranking when drawing from objective academic performance metrics- excluding references to overall rankings, which rely on subjective measures of reputation and such (i.e. only QS Citations Per Paper, QS H-index, THE Citations, THE Research and ARWU metrics are used).
  5. ^ It is notable that UQ Law has been Australia's most-cited law school for four consecutive years since 2017 (i.e. ranking first nationally for citations per paper in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) according to this metric.[31]

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