The search for new knowledge is a quest in which we can all participate.

Here, our researchers strive to solve some of the world’s grandest challenges:

  • Where will we source our energy?

  • Can we save our planet?

  • Is it possible to feed the world?

  • Why can music move us to tears?

  • Can we help endangered species prevail?

  • Can we secure a healthy future for our children?


If you’re inspired by these big questions, you’ve come to the right place.

Since 1874 we have been true to the motto inscribed on our coat of arms – Sub Cruce Lumen – which means Light under the [Southern] Cross. Today, 140 years since our establishment, the University of Adelaide’s commitment to discovery and the search for new knowledge unites us.

Working alongside our researchers, our students prepare to take their place as educated leaders and global citizens.

Whether through study, research, work or volunteering, we invite you to join us.

We invite you to join us in our search:

Study @ Adelaide
Research @ Adelaide
Volunteer @ Adelaide
Work @ Adelaide


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The music for the Seek Light campaign was created on our own campus, with the involvement of many talented students and staff.

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Seek Light music track

The light of new knowledge and discovery is an integral part of the University of Adelaide.
The music for the Seek Light campaign was created on our own campus, with the involvement of many talented students and staff. The piece was written and composed by Chris Larkin, a University of Adelaide student in the Master of Music (Composition). To record the music Chris worked together with the Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM. The piece features the University of Adelaide choir and Elder Conservatorium strings, including cellists and violinists.

We invite you to download the Seek Light music track as an MP3 file here, completely free of charge.

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We also invite you to engage with the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music through one, or more, of their many community events. Find out more.