2000s: New millennium signals major expansion
Emeritus Professor J Robin Warren
Veterinary Health Centre
Unprecedented growth marked the first decade of the 21st century. In the face of declining public funding for higher education, the University of Adelaide embarked on an ambitious program of expansion across the disciplines. As a result, student numbers have doubled and the University has emerged as one of the largest non-government organisations in South Australia.
A $400-million capital plan saw massive investments in the physical and natural sciences, and the development of world-leading research across many disciplines, including photonics and advanced sensing, biotechnology and biological sciences. The overseas focus has been a major success, with international students now comprising more than a quarter of all enrolments.
In May 2014, the University announced its largest ever capital works project, with a new $206-million Medical and Nursing School to be built in the West End of the Adelaide CBD. This will bring the number of University of Adelaide researchers in the new SA Health and Biomedical Precinct to nearly 1100, giving it by far the largest research presence.
More Nobel Prizes
The University's long history of groundbreaking research and scholarship of international significance is highlighted by our five Nobel Laureates. Two of them are recent winners - Professor John M Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003 and two years later J Robin Warren and his Western Australian colleague Barry Marshall were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Professor Coetzee is a South African essayist, novelist and critic who is regarded as one of the greatest living writers. He also has the distinction of being one of only two people to win the Booker Prize twice. Emeritus Professor Warren and Professor Marshall made world news with their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
In 2012 the University's Medical School opened the new Robin Warren Clinical Skills Laboratory, a $2.5-million facility where students can practise and learn the fundamentals of medical consulting and nursing.
First vet school opens
With its state-of-the art facilities for teaching, research and animal care, the Veterinary Health Centre was the first of its kind in the State and among the best in the world when it opened in 2010. The new centre is part of a $37 million investment for the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. It contains integrated teaching and research spaces, as well as a Companion Animal Health Centre which is open to the public. Facilities include a diagnostic pathology laboratory, intensive care, ultrasound, radiology, surgical theatres and other specialist facilities. In 2013, the Equine Health and Performance Centre was opened at Roseworthy campus, bringing together a wide range of equine specialist services for the first time in SA.
Left: Veterinary Health Centre
Students from the University of Canterbury in earthquake-affected Christchurch arrived in Adelaide in March 2011 to study at the University of Adelaide. The University offered around 200 first- and second-year students from Canterbury the chance to undertake their first semester studies at Adelaide to assist Canterbury in its recovery program. Many students stayed in the homes of alumni and staff who helped them to settle into life in Adelaide.
Research tribute to the Braggs
In 2013, the University opened the $100-million science and research building, The Braggs, named after two of its greatest alumni, 1915 Nobel Laureates William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg. The building houses the University's world-leading Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and other learning and research facilities. The more than 10,000 square metres of research and teaching facilities include specialised laboratories and a 420-seat lecture theatre.
Helping disadvantaged students and the Barr Smith Library
The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Fund was introduced in 2002 to help outstanding but disadvantaged students gain a start at the University of Adelaide each year. The fund was made possible through generous donations from University alumni and other members of the public. A total of 32 scholarships have been awarded, with each student supported for up to four years of their undergraduate program. In celebration of the University's 140th anniversary and reflecting Augustus Short's founding vision, in 2014 the scholarships were renamed the Augustus Short Scholarships.
The Barr Smith Library Appeal was also launched in 2002 and has raised over $1 million with 14,500 titles added to the collections. The generous response from our donors is growing each year, making a real difference to learning and research.
Milestones and achievements
2003 Completion of Plant Genomics Building at the Waite to house the $32-million Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
2006 Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) launched to help remedy the nation's serious shortage of mining engineers
2008 Social media is embraced to connect with students, alumni and the community
2010 $26-million super greenhouse facility, The Plant Accelerator, opened at the Waite
2010 Former Law/Arts student Julia Gillard becomes Australia's first female Prime Minister
2011 Opening of Hub Central, a revolutionary three-level $42 million learning hub for students
2011 PhD graduate Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam is elected the 7th President of the Republic of Singapore
2013 The University announces a $50-million investment for research into animal and crop health and production, including an expansion of the Waite campus
2013 New $6-million Dental Simulation Clinic opens