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 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 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.

11 2.36 2.36

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 1 0.14 0.14
Life Sciences 6 0.67 0.67
Chemistry 4 1.55 1.55

Highlight of the month

Cutting the fuse on Parkinson’s disease

© Science Photo Library - SCIEPRO/Brand X Pictures/Getty

© Science Photo Library - SCIEPRO/Brand X Pictures/Getty

As Parkinson’s disease progresses, increasing numbers of brain cells are lost as toxic protein clumps aggregate in patients’ nerves. But this progression could be stopped by tinkering with the immune system, a study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA has revealed.

A team of US and Australian scientists, including researchers from Flinders University, have discovered how these clumps of the protein α-synuclein form.

They found that an enzyme called caspase-1, which is released during inflammation, breaks apart α-synuclein in way that leaves it more prone to sticking together. The researchers discovered that α-synuclein clumping could be reduced, and the nerve cell survival improved, by adding a caspase-1 blocking agent.

They scientists propose that changing the immune system’s activity by blocking caspase-1 in patients could be a promising strategy to prevent Parkinson’s disease.

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  1. PNAS 113,9587–9592 (2016). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1610099113

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 40.16% Domestic
  • 59.84% 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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