Established in 1966, Flinders University is a public research university named after Matthew Flinders, the British navigator, who was the first person to sail around Australia and identify it as a continent.

The university has three campuses in Adelaide, South Australia. The main campus is in Bedford Park, just south of Adelaide’s Central Business District, with another located in the central Victoria Square. Its newest campus, in the Tonsley area, was built in 2015.

Flinders also has a presence in ten other regional locations as well as links with higher education institutions in Indonesia and China.

With over 160 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, it has a student body of almost 26,000, the majority of who come from Australia, while around 4,000 come from overseas, representing 100 different countries between them.

Flinders has four faculties:  Education, Humanities and Law, the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

In 2016 the university celebrated its 50th anniversary, marking the occasion with the development of a major new Student Hub, home to a rooftop terrace, art exhibitions, a library, and student relaxation zones. It is the only South Australian university to have on-campus accommodation in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Flinders alumni include one of South Australia's top arts administrators, an Australian Football League (AFL) coach, a NASA Astronaut, an Oscar-nominated Director, a Fields Medallist, and an international humanitarian aid worker.

The university motto is ‘Inspiring Achievement’ and its aim is ‘to make the world a better place by making a positive difference.’

The Flinders crest depicts the Investigator, Matthew Flinders’ ship, along with an extract from his book A Voyage to Terra Australis.

View our Research Hub below to learn about some of our recent research highlights:

Flinders inspires you to achieve more.

You’ll meet incredible minds to stimulate and encourage you – teachers of international repute armed with up-to-the-minute knowledge, drawing on research that not only meets the world standard, but exceeds it.

Our teaching is designed to take you from learning to earning. You’ll be plugged into industry trends, and take part in professional and practical experiences that make you work-ready upon graduation. Flinders aims to provide each and every student with access to a Work-Integrated Learning opportunity during their studies through placements, practicums, field studies, and simulated workplace settings and assessment activities.

You’ll take this journey in stimulating learning spaces, sharing your ideas with likeminded individuals who challenge and inspire you to achieve more.

It’s the perfect environment in which to become the best you can be.


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Flinders University has many of the qualities of an employer of choice.

Flinders has long been considered the 'friendly university' and we are proud of our workplace culture and constructive workplace relations.

Ours is a culturally diverse community, and Flinders values the unique capabilities, experiences and characteristics that each staff member brings to the work environment.

We strive to provide a positive and supportive working environment in which staff want to contribute to achieving the University's aims, while at the same time fulfilling their personal goals.

The foundation of our success is a community of staff members who are committed to the values of the University and the achievement of our strategic priorities. Staff at Flinders have an excellent quality of working life which is supported by progressive employment practices that balance the needs and interests of staff and the University.

Our commitment to staff development

Flinders offers a wide range of staff development activities and services for all University staff, particularly in the areas of:

  • teaching and learning
  • flexible education support
  • research
  • computer and technical skills
  • professional development
  • leadership and management.

Key statistics

  • 16,465
    Number of Students
  • 23.6
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 16%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 63 : 37
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016


The 2025 Agenda - Flinders University

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