Glossary of Terms


As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: School, Faculty, Division or Branch

area manager
Refers to: Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Vice-President, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Executive Deans, Director Human Resources (and a person acting in these positions) and Institute Directors, as defined in the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017

academic award
A certificate, diploma, degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma, including an honorary award and a double-badged award, conferred by the University at a graduation ceremony

academic program
The series of courses in which a student enrols and which, when completed, will lead to conferral of a designated academic award

academic progress status
Academic Progress Status is the risk status given to a student to indicate their risk level in accordance with clause 2a of the Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy

academic work
Refers to the teaching, research/scholarship, the exercise of creative performance and/or professional skills

academic year
The period from the start of Semester 1 to the end of the End of Year examinations, as marked on the annual Academic Year Dates website


An organisational grouping within a Division


casual staff
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: A person employed on an hourly basis for which a loading of 25% is paid in addition to the hourly remuneration rate appropriate to the classification of the work undertaken

census date
The last day a student may withdraw from a course in which they are enrolled without incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees

Commonwealth Supported Place
A higher education place for a domestic student, funded in accord with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA)

A component of study of an academic program assigned a unit value

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students established under the ESOS Act: see CRICOS webpage.

continuing employment
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: Continuing employment means employment without a definable end date. Continuing employment may be full-time or part-time

Custodian of the Seal>
In accordance with clause 1 of the Rule for the Use of the University Seal and for the Execution of Documents, the custodians of the Seal are the Chancellor, the Deputy Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and President and the Chair of the Finance Committee.


An academic award of the University: degrees are offered at Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Doctoral level

Department of Education and Training
Department of Education and Training (Commonwealth)

Any of the four central administrative groupings: the Division of the Vice-Chancellor and President, the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) and the Division of Services and Resources

domestic student
A student who is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or who holds Permanent Residency status in Australia

double-badged award
An award conferred jointly by two institutions: the graduand receives a single award testamur that bears the names and badges of both the University of Adelaide and the partner institution


Enterprise Agreement
The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cth) which regulates the delivery of education services to international students


Any of the five academic groupings within the University, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Sciences, and the Faculty of the Professions

The system established by Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth), under which the Commonwealth Government provides eligible domestic students in fee-playing places with income-contingent loans to cover some or all of their tuition fees

fixed term staff
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: staff employed for a fixed time or a specific task or project


Grade Point Average
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical index that summarises academic performance, and ranges from a minimum of zero to a maximum of 7 (scale of 0 to 7).

A person who has successfully completed a course of study or training, especially a person who has been awarded an undergraduate or first academic degree

Goods and Services Tax: a Commonwealth Government tax levied on most goods and services, as defined in the Goods and Services Tax Act 1999 (Cth), and currently set at the rate of 10%

Provide additional detail and context on aspects of a University Policy or Procedure. They may provide direction on recommended practices or processes, or illustrative examples of how policy is applied in particular circumstances, or tips for carrying out a University activity as distinct from procedures which mandate operational activities. Guidelines are subordinate to policies and are not substitutes for policies.


The HECS-HELP scheme is both a student loan and a student discount. Eligible students may access a HECS-HELP loan to pay their student contribution amount.

Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth), the main piece of Commonwealth legislation governing higher education in Australia.

Higher Degree student
A student enrolled in an academic program leading to the conferral of a Masters or Doctoral degree

Higher Degree by Research student (HDR)
See Research Student Handbook

Honours student
A student enrolled in an academic program leading to the conferral of the award of Bachelors degree with Honours


international student
A student who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand and who does not hold Permanent Residency status in Australia


Learning Management System
Learning Management System (or LMS) means the University’s online learning environment for delivering course content to students, known as MyUni (currently Canvas) at the University.


OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who want to undertake some of their study overseas.

Officer who affixed the Seal
The officer fulfilling the role of the Secretary to the University Council.


part-time staff
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement:Staff employed for less than the normal weekly full-time hours, for which all entitlements are paid on a pro-rata basis

personal information
Any information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion

see Adelaide Policy Framework

Policy Custodian
As defined in the Adelaide Policy Framework: The member of the Senior Executive who has overarching responsibility for developing a University Policy, obtaining the required approvals and ensuring that the policy is implemented, monitored and reviewed. For Council-related policies, the Policy Custodian is the Council Secretary.

Policy Directory
On-line repository of the University's policies and procedures. The interactive website managed by the Council Secretariat to assist in policy implementation, monitoring and review.

Policy Pathway
A diagrammatic representation of the Adelaide Policy Framework.

Policy Responsible Officer
As defined in the Adelaide Policy Framework: The person who is designated as the primary point of contact for assistance with policy implmentation, interpretation and review.

postgraduate student
A student enrolled in a postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research program

postgraduate program
An academic program leading to the conferral of a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters degree or Doctoral degree

As defined in the program
See academic program


research student
See postgraduate student

review period
A group of University teaching periods from which results are reviewed to determine if a student is making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy.


A sub-grouping within a Faculty

Senior Executive
The Vice-Chancellor and President; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic); the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research); and the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President (Services and Resources)

short-term academic visitor
A member of the academic staff of another tertiary institution who visits the University of Adelaide at its invitation to participate in the academic work of an area of the University, generally for a period of between one and 12 months

A person enrolled in a University academic program


teaching period
The University teaching periods currently known as Summer School, Semester 1, Trimester 1, Quadmester 1, Quadmester 2, Term 1, Full Year 1, Term 2, Winter School, Semester 2, Trimester 2, Trimester 3, Quadmester 3, Quadmester 4, Term 3, Term 4 and Full Year 2. A teaching period may be referenced as Study Period in particular programs such as Academic English programs.

tenurable period
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: see section 2.5.2 Academic Staff - Probation, Tenure and Confirmation

As defined in the Enterprise Agreement - see section Confirmation of Continuing Employment for Academic Staff (Tenure)

A person who is not a member of academic staff and has been awarded a title by the University of Adelaide under the Conferral of Honorary Roles Policy


undergraduate program
An academic program leading to the conferral of a certificate (but not a graduate certificate), diploma (but not a graduate diploma), Bachelors degree or Bachelors degree with Honours

undergraduate student
A student enrolled in an undergraduate program

University IT account holder
Staff member, student, titleholder or visitor who has a relationship with the University of Adelaide that makes it necessary for them to access University IT facilities and online resources requiring authenticated login via a unique account provided by the University. Refer to the IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy for further information.

IT facilities
Any computer system, network, application, program, device or item of equipment (including all systems which provide an information processing service and the data to which they provide access) which is owned, managed, hosted or provided by the University (whether by Information Technology Services, another organisational unit within the University, or a third-party provider).

University Policy
As defined in the Adelaide Policy Framework.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
As defined by the Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy.