Awards and Rankings

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards

Law First Year Integration Team

First Year Law Integration Team, Dr Cassandra Sharp, Ms Margaret Bond, Dr Trish Mundy, Ms Karina Murray and Dr Julia Quilter were awarded the 2015 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Awarded by the Federal Government’s Department of Education and Training, this prestigious national award recognises UOW Law’s premier first year experience and the tremendous collegial effort of the first year team to support our students.

The citation was awarded for the implementation and sustained development of an integrated first year law curriculum that heightens student engagement.

Pictured (L-R): Karina Murray, Dr Trish Mundy, Dr Cassandra Sharp, Dr Julia Quilter and Margaret Bond.

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Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) is a Federal Government website that helps prospective students easily compare the study experience and employment outcomes from Australian higher education institutions. Students can also compare the different study of different institutions, with all results based on thousands of surveys completed by students across Australia.

Highest Rated University in Australia!

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranks UOW as the best overall university in Australia. 

  • Highest ranked University in NSW on QILT 2016
  • Highest number of star ratings in the 2016 Good Universities Guide
  • Awarded the 2016 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award for Graduate Employability

In the study area Law and Paralegal studies, UOW ranked 1st in Australia.


  QILT 1st Medal Icon  Law and Paralegal Studies
1st in Australia

Good Universities Guide

UOW outperformed all other universities in the country to score the highest number of star ratings in the 2016 Good Universities Guide. UOW scored an impressive 50 stars across all categories – three stars clear of our nearest metropolitan-based university rival.

It is also the 15th year in a row that UOW has received five stars for graduates getting a full time job.

  QILT 5 STARSSTAFF QUALIFICATIONS
 QILT 5 STARS TEACHING QUALITY
 QILT 5 STARS GENERIC SKILLS
 QILT 5 STARS OVERALL SATISFACTION
 QILT 5 STARS STUDENT RETENTION
 QILT 5 STARS GETTING A FULL TIME JOB

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

In 2015, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rated the discipline of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wollongong ‘above world standard’.

This national survey of academic research was conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC). It is an assessment system that uses a broad range of indicators of research quality, including research outputs, research income and esteem measures, to evaluate the quality of the research and highlight the research strengths of individual universities.

The majority of UOW Law and Legal Studies research is produced by researchers in two centres based in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts:

Research undertaken by LIRC is characterised by applied, contextual, and policy-related approaches, with strong socio-legal and cross-disciplinary orientations in areas such as criminal law. ANCORS is the leading specialist legal research centre dedicated to ocean governance, fisheries law and policy and maritime security issues in the southern hemisphere. Interdisciplinarity is a defining feature of both concentrations and both have leading national and international profiles.

Across Australia, universities were rated for research in law and legal studies out of a maximum score of 5 (achieved by five institutions). Eight universities scored 4 (‘above world standard) for the discipline of law and legal studies, including the Universities of Adelaide, Queensland Tasmania and Wollongong. This puts UOW in the legal research performance range of leading Australian universities called the ‘Group of Eight’.

The ERA assessment just released covered the period 2008 to 2013 and examined over 10,000 legal research outputs from 30 of the 36 law schools across Australia’s 41 universities. Researchers in law and legal studies at UOW have more than tripled their legal research income since ERA 2012. This is the result of solid successes with ARC grants, external competitive grant sources and other competitive external contract research. LIRC and ANCORS researchers account for 75% of research outputs and all research income.

This is the second time that research in the discipline of law and legal studies at UOW has been found to be ‘above world standard’, sustaining the same ERA rating achieved in 2012.

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Last reviewed: 22 August, 2016