Focusing on students needs....
Education is important to us at Adelaide. We endeavour to provide programs and courses that are student-focused—responsive to students needs, expectations and varied life circumstances—while also ensuring their relevance to the changing requirements of employers and the community, whether that be locally, nationally or globally. We continually monitor the quality of our programs to ensure we meet our obligations, as an accredited higher education provider, for compliance with industry and national standards.
Our mission is to be recognised internationally as a great research university and an Australian leader in research and teaching excellence. We recognise the importance of our work aligning with community, state, national and global priorities and, guided by our Vice-Chancellor and President, the University of Adelaide Council and our Strategic Plan, we believe we are well on the way to achieving our goals. Integral to this is planning and reporting, the regular review of programs, and the measurement of our performance by benchmarking against Australian and international institutions.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic) assists the Vice-Chancellor and President by providing leadership in achieving the University's strategic goals, particularly in relation to learning and teaching. The DVC&VP(A) is supported in this role by four senior managers within their Division who are responsible for the management of specific portfolios, and also by the Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) appointed in each of the University's five Faculties.
We offer a diverse range of more than 120 degrees for undergraduate students across our five faculties. The range of degree options, including double and combined degrees, allows for flexibility in course choices and for students to pursue their particular passions with success.
Sound assessment, review and evaluation practices, ensure every student is assessed fairly and uphold the value and prestige of a University of Adelaide qualification. Meanwhile, our Graduate Attributes define the philosophy underpinning our teaching programs and describe the essential qualities, knowledge and capabilities that we want our students to develop.
The teaching staff at the University share a passion for creating an innovative, engaging, supportive and vibrant learning environment. Leading researchers in their own fields, with detailed knowledge of their discipline and a readiness to achieve through cross-discipline collaboration, our teachers are able to contextualise within the bigger picture—and they encourage and support our students to do likewise. In turn, we offer our teaching staff professional development programs to assist in their transition to University teaching and to excel as teachers.
The University is home to a diverse student body. The various admission pathways cater for high school, international and postgraduate students, as well as non-school leavers. In addition, since 1996 Wilto Yerlo has encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students to undertake studies with us.
The University offers support for developing English language, maths learning, and academic writing skills, as well as researcher development and IT training. Within the five faculties, students have access to support embedded within programs, mentoring and course based initiatives.
We recognise that many factors can impact on student learning. Hence, we also provide support services for physical, mental and social wellbeing, including the Disability Service, Counselling Service, University Health and Elite Athlete support and a Student Grievance Resolution Process. We also offer financial support through our Student Loan Scheme and cultivate career-building opportunities such as internship, cadetship and work experience for all our students.
Our University encourages, recognises and celebrates achievement and excellence.
The impact our staff have on students is recognised through teaching awards and grants and we are proud of the honours and recognition our teachers have received from their industry and the government. It is the quality of our teachers that allows us to consistently rank among the world's best universities and to be well placed against other universities in the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) annual surveys of graduates' experiences.
We have a vibrant community of alumni and engage past and current students, staff and the public with a comprehensive program of guest speakers and lecturers. As well as sharing knowledge, this allows us to provide real life experiences and opportunities for reflection for our students.
The learning experience at the University of Adelaide is one of learning for life. For making an impact on oneself as a student and opening up pathways for betterment and excellence—and making a Life Impact in one's chosen field, the community or globally.
"Developing and evaluating innovative learning activities and assessment tasks that engage the curiosity of students and promote critical reflection and lifelong learning skills."More