Flinders University


Flinders University is a globally focused, locally engaged institution that exemplifies teaching, learning and research excellence. Ranked in the top 2 per cent of the world’s universities, Flinders offers world-class education in a stimulating, friendly environment, and has a proud reputation for high quality student experience.

South Australia’s fastest growing university, Flinders caters to more than 25,000 students, including some 4,100 international students from more than 90 countries.

We’re a leading university for international student experience, rated number 1 in Australia across 11 International Student Barometer categories. Our medical school is in the world top 10 under 50.

Flinders is innovatively bridging the gap between learning and earning though initiatives such as the Flinders New Venture Institute, which connects students, business and industry to drive entrepreneurial growth.

Flinders has a strong research profile with 90 per cent of our research ranked at or above world class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), and research funding exceeding A$81m in 2014.We excel in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Culture and Society, Health and Human Behaviour, Molecular Science and Technology, Water and Environment.

Flinders University’s main campus at Bedford Park in Adelaide’s inner south is spread across 165 hectares of beautiful natural bushland featuring thousands of trees and an array of wildlife, with the elevated site offering panoramic views of the city and coast. On campus accommodation is available for 560 students.

Our natural assets are complemented by an impressive new student hub and plaza development at the very heart of the campus. The environmentally responsible building features the latest learning technologies, an array of study places, and vibrant social spaces.

Beyond our main campus Flinders boasts a specialist Computer, Science, Engineering and Mathematics facility at nearby Tonsley. Our considerable footprint extends to Adelaide, regional South Australia, south-west Victoria and the Northern Territory.

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1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

23 4.56 4.56

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 7 2.56 2.56
Life Sciences 13 1.21 1.21
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.64 0.64
Physical Sciences 1 0.14 0.14

Highlight of the month: Flinders University

First Australians ate giant beasts

© Roman Garcia Mora/Stocktrek Images/Getty

© Roman Garcia Mora/Stocktrek Images/Getty

The first humans to reach the Australian coast quickly migrated to the hot and dry interior, where they developed tools to prey on the giant beasts that roamed the continent at the time.

The discovery of tools, pigments and other artefacts from the Warratyi rock shelter, 200 kilometres inland from the South Australian city of Adelaide, indicate that Aborigines settled the arid zone around 49,000 years ago, some 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The site also included fragments of a leg bone from the rhino-sized marsupial Diprotodon optatum and an eggshell from a giant flightless bird. The age of these fossils, the absence of tooth marks from predators, and their position up a path too steep for these megafauna to climb also provide the best evidence to date that people were hunting and eating these long-lost creatures.

A large Australian research team that included investigators from Flinders University reported the findings in Nature.

  1. Nature 539,280–283 (2016). doi: 10.1038/nature20125

View the article on the Nature Index

1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 51.68% Domestic
  • 48.32% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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