Consultation starts on uni merger as discussion paper released

University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen and UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd speaking at a press conference about the proposed merger. Watch a video of the two vice chancellors being interviewed by students about the proposal. COMMUNITY
University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen and UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd speaking at a press conference about the proposed merger. Watch a video of the two vice chancellors being interviewed by students about the proposal.

UniSA and the University of Adelaide are calling for submissions following the release of a public discussion paper on the merits of a potential merger of the two leading institutions to create a new university for South Australia.

The front page of The Advertiser, 9 August 2018.The front page of The Advertiser, 9 August 2018.

Chancellors Jim McDowell (UniSA) and Rear-Admiral Kevin Scarce (Adelaide) say they believed this was a rare opportunity for the community, business and industry to contribute to the conversation.

“The discussions we are having about the merits of the creation of a new university touch on a range of significant factors for the State and the nation,” they say.

“These include how we provide the best possible educational experience for our students, how we compete on an international stage, support skills and knowledge development for South Australia and respond to the challenges of future industries in advanced manufacturing, the environment, education, health, defence and more.

“Staff, students, alumni, and business, industry and government stakeholders can now access the discussion paper and respond to the questions we have posed.

This is the key opportunity to contribute to such an important conversation for South Australia and we really hope people will take part.”

The discussion paper, which has been commissioned by the universities and prepared by consultancy group NOUS, provides the context for the merger discussion, background data on the contribution both universities make to the economic, cultural and social fabric of South Australia and canvasses a range of considerations for the creation of a new university.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd is encouraging students, staff and alumni staff to provide their feedback and insights about the potential creation of a new University.

“The findings from this consultation process will inform the final report to be presented to University Council,” he says.

“This consultation period is an important part of the process, and ensuring we get feedback from staff is of utmost importance. So please take this opportunity to contribute your opinion and be part of the conversation.”

The discussion paper is now available for viewing and download at a website hosted by NOUS and submissions can be lodged on the merger consultation website.

The final date for submissions, which will inform the preparation of a final report for the two university councils to consider in December, is 21 September 2018.

UniSA student Geena Ho and University of Adelaide student Rachel-Olivia Ganczarczyk interviewed the vice chancellors of the two universities for a video about the proposed merger.

UniSA student Geena Ho and University of Adelaide student Rachel-Olivia Ganczarczyk interviewed the vice chancellors of the two universities for a video about the proposed merger.

Facts and Figures:

The UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Adelaide Uni’s Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building.The UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Adelaide Uni’s Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building.

University of South Australia

Founded: 1991

Students: 37,000

Staff: 3000

Total revenue: $610 million

Campuses: six (City East, City West, Magill, Mawson Lakes,
Whyalla, Mount Gambier)

University of Adelaide

Founded: 1874

Students: 27,000

Staff: 3800

Total revenue: $947 million

Campuses: three (North Terrace, Waite, Roseworthy)

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