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Adelaide University

A new university for the future


Adelaide University will drive the innovation and scale needed to make transformational investments for South Australia and beyond. We are building a future-focused university that combines the strengths of the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide to deliver nation-leading curriculum and student experience, greater access to education, and world-class research excellence. 

Following careful consideration of a feasibility assessment based on 14 interdependent workstreams, both university Councils resolved to enter into a Heads of Agreement to support the State Government in the creation of a new institution. 

While responding to State Government policy, a new Adelaide University presents an opportunity to advance our ambitions for tertiary education and innovation further and faster than what can be achieved today – charting our own course for the future. 

We will shape a contemporary university that is connected to priority industries and produces graduates that are highly sought after around the world. A new university of global standing sustainably ranked in the top 1% worldwide. 

The path to today has been extensive: 

  • March 2022 – State Government elected with a higher education policy to explore university amalgamations.
  • November 2022 – University Councils resolved to explore the feasibility of a new university for the future.
  • December 2022 Statement of Cooperation signed between both universities and the State and Federal Governments.
  • January 2023 – Universities commenced a joint feasibility assessment.
  • March 2023 – Vision Statement released and feedback sought from the university and broader communities.
  • June 2023 – Business case and associated documentation presented to both University Councils.
  • July 2023 – University Councils resolved to support a combined university following careful consideration.
  • September 2023 – Parliamentary Joint Committee further explored the merits of a new university and released a report in support with key recommendations. Draft legislation introduced to State Parliament.
  • November 2023 Welcomed the passage for legislation to establish a new Adelaide University.
  • December 2023 – Adelaide University Transition Council composition identified.
  • March 2024 – Establishment of Adelaide University and endorsement of the first Strategic Ambition and Direction.
  • May 2024 – Adelaide University is registered as a higher education provider. 

Adelaide University has received the necessary registration from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) as a new Australian University higher education provider, and for the maximum possible period of seven years. The next step in the regulatory process is to work with the Commonwealth on the required amendments to the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) for Adelaide University to receive status as a Table A Australian Public University. 

We are focused on continuing to advance detailed transition planning and implementation, including further engagement with our communities to help design and co-create the new institution with a target launch date of 1 January 2026.  

Latest updates

Keep up-to-date on important milestones and activities as we progress the creation of a new Adelaide University.

Timeline to implementation

Messages from leadership

Hear from the University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj AC, and the University of South Australia Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, as they provide an update on the creation of a new Adelaide University.

Read key leadership announcements from the University of Adelaide (UoA) and University of South Australia.


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Frequently asked questions

Public FAQs correct at May 2024

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If you are planning to study at the University of Adelaide in 2024 or 2025 contact future.ask.adelaide.edu.au for help.

Co-creating a new Adelaide University

Co-creation is at the heart of our transition. Together, with our university communities, we will shape and design core elements of the proposed new university for the future in our state.

Adelaide University interim staff intranet

This platform is designed to share information and resources about Adelaide University with staff in a dedicated environment as we move through the transition period. This is accessible for University of South Australia and University of Adelaide staff only.

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