The University of Adelaide

With more than 4000 research staff and students working together, supported by modern infrastructure and an innovative culture, the University of Adelaide has all the ingredients to tackle global research challenges and deliver positive impacts.

Our researchers have made vital contributions to game-changing inventions throughout history including x-ray crystallography, insulin, penicillin and the Olympic torch and cauldron.

As a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's most research-intensive institutions, the University is a destination of choice for highly talented researchers, students, government and industry partners.

Outstanding research universities share some common characteristics. They respond to emerging global and national priorities, they have access to high quality facilities and they are surrounded by highly talented researchers and higher degree students.

Quick facts

  • Consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities
  • 5 specialist research institutes
  • Approximately 40 research centres
  • 110 Rhodes Scholars (to date)
  • 1625 academic research experts
  • 2314 research students
  • Top 4 in Australia for contract and consultancy research (Survey for 2013 - 2015)
  • No. 1 volume university-industry research agreements in Australia (National Commercialisation Survey 2015)
  • Highest level of Rural Research & Development Corporation funding in Australia (2015)
  • Supported 700+ start ups since 2001
  • 66 research fields rated at or above world standard (Excellence in Research Australia 2015)
  • 35 research fields achieved maximum rating 5 out of 5 (Excellence in Research Australia 2015)

Research excellence

The University of Adelaide is esteemed worldwide for its influential contributions, and is committed to continuing the pursuit of research excellence.

The high quality of our research across a vast array of fields was recognised in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) evaluation, conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The third round of ERA results released in 2018 provide a comprehensive assessment of the University’s research outputs for the period 2008-2013. More than 18,600 individual research outputs by academic staff and affiliates of the University were assessed, including published papers, authored and edited books, book chapters, conference papers, and creative works.

The results confirm many of the University’s fundamental research strengths, in areas including geology, ecology, oncology, nutrition, civil engineering, astronomical sciences, macromolecular chemistry, soil sciences and philosophy.

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Prof. John Williams, Executive Dean of the Faculty of The Professions at the University of Adelaide

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