Flinders University is a public university in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 1966, it was named in honour of navigator Matthew Flinders, Flinders is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities Group and ranks in the 10-16 bracket in Australia and 36th in the world of those established less than 50 years. Academically, the university pioneered an approach to education, and its faculties of medicine. The university is ranked within the worlds top 400 institutions in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the latest Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top universities ranks Flinders University in the 251 to 300 bracket. By the late 1950s, the University of Adelaides North Terrace campus was approaching capacity, in 1960, Premier Thomas Playford announced that 150 hectares of state government-owned land in Burbank would be allocated to the University of Adelaide for the establishment of a second campus. The principal-designate of the new campus, economist and professor Peter Karmel, was adamant that the new campus should operate independently from the North Terrace campus and he hoped that the Bedford Park campus would be free to innovate and not be bound by tradition. Capital works began in 1962 with a grant of ₤3.8 million from the Australian Universities Commission, in 1965, the Australian Labor Party won the state election and Frank Walsh became premier. The ALP wished to break up the University of Adelaides hegemony over tertiary education in the state, on 17 March 1966, a bill was passed by state parliament officially creating the Flinders University of South Australia. Although the Labor Party had favoured the name University of South Australia, academic staff wished that the university be named after a distinguished and they settled upon British navigator Matthew Flinders, who explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in 1802. Flinders University was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Peter Karmel was the first Vice-Chancellor and Sir Mark Mitchell the first Chancellor. The university began classes on 7 March 1966 with a student enrollment of 400, Flinders first accepted undergraduate medical students in 1974, with FMC being opened the following year. In 1990, the biggest building project on campus since the mid-1970s saw work commence on three new buildings - Law and Commerce, Engineering, and Information Science and Technology. Approval for the establishment of a School of Engineering was given in 1991 and degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Biomedical Engineering were established shortly afterwards. In 1991, as part of a restructuring of education in South Australia. In 1992 the present four-faculty structure was adopted only a minor change to the School structure made in 2011. In 1998, the Centre for Remote Health, a teaching hospital based in Alice Springs, was established jointly with the Northern Territory University. This was expanded further in 2011 with the establishment of the Northern Territory Medical Program, since 2000 the University has established new disciplines in areas including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and more disciplines of Engineering. In 2015, the University opened a new campus at Tonsley, the Universitys main campus is in the Adelaide inner southern suburb of Bedford Park, about 12 km south of the Adelaide city centre
View of Flinders University main campus, with central plaza and lakeside area visible.
View of the courtyard of the Humanities building of the Flinders University.
Sir Eric Neal, Chancellor of Flinders University (2002-2010)
Prof. Colin Stirling, Vice Chancellor (2015-present)