University of South Australia

University of South Australia, Hawke

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Adelaide, Australia

Region: Oceania

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A message from University of South Australia

The University of South Australia is a globally focused, locally engaged institution established on the dual principles of equity and excellence. With more than 33,000 students the University offers a quality educational experience that is innovative, world-class and built on more than 150 years of teaching, learning and research excellence.

Learning and teaching

Almost 70 per cent of academic staff hold doctorates, which puts the University in the top 10 universities in Australia on this criterion. Teachers are experts in their fields and passionate about sharing their knowledge and a number of the teaching staff are recipients of prestigious local and national teaching awards.

Programs are designed in close consultation with industry and professional partners and include fieldwork, placements, industry-guided simulations and business projects. Students have the opportunity to take their skills beyond the lecture theatre and into the community to gain practical experience as part of their studies. This real-world interaction provides students with the qualities that employers look for as well as job-ready expertise when they begin their professional careers.

Innovative research

The University is a research leader with a reputation for excellence across a range of discipline areas. It is committed to high quality research that contributes practical solutions to real-world challenges and engages in cutting edge research through its recognised institutes and centres. The most recent national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation reported that 86 per cent of the University's assessed research was rated as world-class standard or above.

The University funds research activities that encourage individual researchers and also supports research in identified areas of strength in order to address national needs. Our six specialist research institutes are delivering innovative and fundamental advances in knowledge.

The University also has 17 research centres and is a key partner in 12 Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) that bring together expertise and resources from other institutions, industry and government. Our research degree students work closely with the University’s institutes and centres, which ensures they maximise their opportunities and experience a vibrant research environment.


The University’s six campuses reflect the core commitments of environmental sustainability and regional engagement. World-class facilities make the University a great place to study with modern research facilities, state-of-the-art information technology, new flexible learning spaces and around-the-clock support through our online learning environment. The University is also investing more than AU$1 billion in new infrastructure to ensure students and staff have access to the very latest facilities and amenities.

Student Services

The University offers a large range of academic, personal and social support services to help students realise their potential. There are dedicated offices and staff on each campus to answer questions and help make university life easier. Online support is also available 24/7, as well as support services to help students settle into campus life, excel in studies and make the most of university experiences.

Working at the University of South Australia

The energy, talents and commitment of staff is vital to the University realising its academic, research and community aspirations. As a workplace, it is characterised by a strong sense of social purpose and shared pride in individual and collective efforts and achievements.

The University provides a challenging, varied and enriching work environment with a vibrant and supportive culture. Excellent employment benefits, professional development opportunities and services to support staff and their families are just a few of the benefits available to University

With a family-friendly approach promoting work life balance, you’ll feel right at home at the University of South Australia. Please visit: for further information and to view our current vacancies.

Adelaide: the lifestyle capital

Adelaide is the most affordable mainland Australian capital city for study, according to research from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In 2013, the Property Council of Australia ranked Adelaide as Australia's most liveable city for the third consecutive year. And in the EIU annual Global Liveability Survey, Adelaide was among the top ten places in the world to live.

With a population of just over one million people, the Adelaide community is a welcoming, accessible and truly multicultural place to live and study. The city is located between white sandy beaches and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Known as the '20 minute city', it takes no more than 20 minutes to travel from the city to the hills or beaches. Adelaide is also renowned for its world-class food, wine, hospitality and cultural life.