the light of new knowledge

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

Since 1874 the University has been true to the motto inscribed on our coat of arms, ‘Sub Cruce Lumen’. Roughly translated Sub Cruce Lumen means ‘the Light [of learning] under the [Southern] Cross’.

Seek Light is an extension of this motto. It is true to what we are about as a university. For over 140 years our commitment to discovery and preparing tomorrow’s leaders has united us in everything that we do.

The University of Adelaide is committed to delivering: a student body of democratic breadth, a staff of international distinction, a spirit of freedom to investigate new fields, a sense of importance to the community, and a goal to prepare educated leaders.

This is a place where higher learning is open to all. Where ideas are shared on a global stage. Where experience and enthusiasm work together side-by-side in the discovery of new knowledge.

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Whether through study, research, work or as a volunteer, we invite you to join us.

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Seek Light Music

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, completely free of charge.

Chris Larkin performing



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From All Walks of Life

Difference unites them

The University of Adelaide‘s founding Vice-Chancellor had a clear vision and noble goal: to prepare South Australian young leaders shaped by education rather than by birth or wealth.

Talent separates them

At the time of the University’s establishment, 1874, Dr Augustus Short imagined that Adelaide’s university would reflect the values of the state of South Australia – a distinctively progressive and democratic way of life, in a settlement free of old-world social and religious inequalities.

Because they stand out,
they will fit in

Adelaide is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of higher education for all students. There is an ever growing range of entry pathways and scholarships available to students from remote and regional areas, or from backgrounds that don’t traditionally follow the path to university.

There's always a place here

View the range of scholarships available for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students at the University.

What is Small Group Discovery?


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Small-Group Discovery

We teach what we create –
sharing the journey of discovery

Adelaide students develop their research skills from undergraduate level and have the chance to embrace the rigour of scientific method, learning the value of innovation and problem solving skills.

The qualified and the curious –
together they search

As part of their study our students have the opportunity to work in small groups, peer to peer, and under the expert guidance of leading academics and researchers.

This small group approach to research and the discovery of new knowledge is central to the campus-based learning experience of Adelaide.

Spirit of freedom to investigate new fields

Adelaide’s researchers are at the forefront of new knowledge and discovery. In working with students they aim to enliven a spirit of freedom to investigate new fields of learning.

seeking light –
the light of new knowledge

It is Adelaide’s goal to capture the excitement of discovery as part of the learning and teaching experience for students. Some of the key areas include the:

  • rigour of scientific method
  • search for empirical evidence
  • beauty of logic and of patterns
  • value of innovation
  • creativity of problem solving, and
  • intrinsic worth of knowledge.

Global Learning Experiences


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Global Learning Experiences

Reaching beyond borders

Global learning experiences are an integral component of the academic journey. Adelaide students are encouraged to leverage the University’s global network to develop intercultural competence and build their own international networks.

With global connections –
collaborating with the world

Adelaide students have opportunities to collaborate with the world through inbound and outbound exchange programs, study tours, and short programs.

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A Leading Research University

The University of Adelaide is a world class education and research institution, consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Researchers at Adelaide are passionately invested in addressing some of the biggest global challenges:

  • natural resource management
  • climate change and adaptation
  • sustainable energy resource management
  • disease prevention, treatment and cure
  • reproductive health
  • food security

The University has five research institutes that bring together world-leading researchers and infrastructure to facilitate progressive research and to foster the pipeline of tomorrow’s research stars:

A History of Firsts

The University’s pursuit of new fields of enquiry has led to many globally significant breakthroughs, ranging from the discovery of penicillin by Lord Howard Florey, to world exploration and discoveries such as the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)

Over 90% of Adelaide’s research areas were rated ‘at or above world class’ in the 2012 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) initiative that measures the quality and impact of research at Australian universities.

Rhodes Scholars & Nobel Prize Winners

Adelaide has 108 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous winner and five Nobel Laureates among its alumni community.


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