Research success

The success of our researchers is demonstrated by our top rankings and the prestigious awards, grants and partners we attract.

Victoria University of Wellington is a world-class, research-intensive university that is number one in New Zealand for the proportion of academics conducting high-quality research (2018 Performance-Based Research Fund).

Our research is robust, relevant and multidisciplinary, drawing together expertise from across the University to address local, national and global challenges.

In 2017, we attracted around $57 million in external research funding from grants, partnerships and individuals—testament to the skills of our researchers and their support teams.

Celebrating collaborative partnerships

A core element of our research success is the productive, vibrant partnerships we have formed in New Zealand and internationally.

Awards for research excellence

Our outstanding staff have received recognition through prestigious national and international awards.

Research impact

Research taking place at the University impacts on the lives of people regionally, nationally, and globally. Learn more about our research and why it matters.

Performance and rankings

Victoria University of Wellington is proud to be in the top 1% of universities in the world for 19 subjects and in the top 2% of universities overall.

Success stories

Fuelling hybrid research

Development of technology to help build the world's first hybrid-electric passenger jet plane is among Victoria University of Wellington projects to receive nearly $29 million funding.

Volcano drones

The development of drones able to fly close to active volcanoes, heralds a transformation in forecasting and monitoring volcanic eruptions.