Macquarie University is an Australian public teaching and research university located in Sydney, with its main campus situated in Macquarie Park. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. Macquarie’s 126-hectare (310-acre), park-like campus belies its setting within the high-technology corridor of Sydney’s Northern suburbs. The university comprises four faculties, enrolling approximately 37,000 students and having 2,468 (full-time equivalent) academic and professional staff, making it the fourth largest University in Sydney. At present, the university offers 87 undergraduate courses and 124 different postgraduate courses to students. The university is governed by a 17-member Council. Macquarie University also has the largest student exchange programme in Australia. The Academic Ranking of World Universities listed Macquarie as seventh among Australian Universities in its 2009 rankings. The university is also ranked among the national top five recipients of relative research income.
Toxic metals exposures lower school scores and slow childhood development
High levels of toxic metals, found in and near mining towns, could be negatively influencing the neurological development of children in these regions, a study led by researchers at Macquarie University has found.
'Common' animal species are not that common and rare species are rare
New research by Dr John Alroy in the Department of Biological Sciences suggests that current models describing the commonality and dominance of a few species in any one community are incorrect, and that there is actually ...
New diamond laser 20 times more powerful
Researchers from the MQ Photonics Research Centre joined with fiber laser experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany to demonstrate a diamond laser 20 times more powerful ...
New lizard named after Sir David Attenborough
A research team led by Dr Martin Whiting from the Department of Biological Sciences recently discovered a beautifully coloured new species of flat lizard, which they have named Platysaurus attenboroughi, after Sir David Attenborough.
Antibiotic pollution of waterways may create superbugs of tomorrow
A team from Macquarie University has proved for the first time that even low concentrations of antibiotics are polluting waterways, according to a study published today in Frontiers in Microbiology.
Cuttlefish choose their battles wisely
Male cuttlefish can evaluate the likelihood of winning a fight by assessing their competition, according to a new study.
Pioneering technology gives new insight into ancient Greece
A team of researchers from Macquarie University recently brought science and ancient history together by using new non-destructive technology to analyse artefacts from ancient Greece.
New research explores when quantum systems get critical
An international team of scientists from China and Australia have released research that has probed how quantum matter changes when it makes a 'quantum phase transition'.
Western Australian craton may also be characteristic of global dynamics
New research has found that the earth's crust in Western Australia may provide a model for understanding how crusts are formed elsewhere in the world.
Antibiotic resistance spreading to wildlife
Researchers have found antibiotic resistance genes are spreading to bacteria of Australian wildlife, including captive sea lions and rock wallabies, and the little penguins of Sydney Harbour.