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Flinders is set to make the largest single investment in
educational facilities since the university was established with a
planned $120 million expansion at Tonsley Park. The university
will construct a major building that will be home to undergraduate
teaching in computer science, engineering and mathematics
while also undertaking a range of research activities and
The university is offering an exciting range of new
undergraduate courses, including clean technology, engineering
(electrical), engineering technology, forensic and analytical
science, mathematical sciences and psychological science. An
enhanced program for high achievers is now available within the
bachelor of arts, which is designed to enable students to
maximise their intellectual growth in a supportive environment.
Teaching has commenced at Flinders’ state-of-the-art Biology
Discovery Centre, which will house its own population of penguins
in a specially designed enclosure. As well as contributing to
research into reasons for the decline of Little Penguin numbers in
the wild, having penguins on site will play a major role in the
university’s teaching programs in animal behaviour.
The Flinders Law School has officially launched the Legal
Advice Clinic. Clinic sessions provide law students with the
opportunity to gain experience by providing free legal advice to
members of the public on a drop-in basis.
See ‘Getting in’ ratings above and in the Section 3 field of study
For those seeking credit for prior study, there is clear and
comprehensive information available about credit from VET
courses. In addition, Flinders is strengthening its ‘TAFE to Uni’
pathways by offering new dual awards with TAFE SA that give
applicants the ability to apply for a TAFE SA diploma or advanced
diploma that is linked to a Flinders degree. Students will receive
credit for their TAFE SA studies.
Flinders has a large range of courses to help people get into
and succeed in their program. The Flinders Foundation Studies
Program, for example, is a preparation program for undergraduate
degrees at Flinders offered in both metropolitan and regional
areas in collaboration with TAFE SA. There is also a range of
special entry and support schemes for Indigenous students, as
well as those from disadvantaged groups. The first point of
contact for prospective Indigenous students is the Yunggorendi
First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research.
All rural students automatically get bonus points, while the
Student Equal Access Scheme (SEAS) helps local high school
students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds to get
into university. Flinders also offers a science and mathematics
bonus points scheme for students who studied science and
maths subjects in Year 12 and then apply for entry to science and
engineering degrees at Flinders.
Under the new Guaranteed Entry pathway, Flinders
guarantees a place for students who achieve an ATAR rank equal
to or above the required published score, provided they rank
Flinders highest in their preferences. The uniTEST aptitude test
pathway is offered to school leavers wishing to enhance their
opportunities to attend university, enabling them to be selected
based on both Year 12 results and uniTEST performance.
All institutions have their own admission rules, so refer to
Flinders’ website and the local tertiary admission centre’s
Costs and scholarships
Flinders offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to
domestic students. Commencing students can also access over
200 scholarships. In addition to government scholarships (see
page 40 for more details), the following are just some of the
prizes, bursaries and scholarships that are awarded to
undergraduate students. To find out more about eligibility criteria,
contact Flinders directly.
Student Access Scholarships: This scholarship provides a
one-off payment of $5000. It is awarded to students from rural
and regional areas and students from low socioeconomic status
backgrounds who are commencing their studies to support their
transition to university.
Flinders First Year Education Costs Bursary: This bursary
provides a minimum one-off payment of $750. It is awarded to first-
year undergraduate students who can demonstrate financial need.
Deirdre Jordan Village Rural Scholarship for Commencing
Students: This scholarship provides $1000, which is credited to
the recipient’s accommodation fee account at Flinders Housing. It
is awarded to commencing students from rural or regional areas.
The university’s main library has four branches and houses more
than one million books and periodicals. The library has an
extensive online academic database, a specialist law library and
a special collections wing. The central library has 24-hour
computer facilities, and all libraries have wireless access for
student laptops. Students can log into the library network from
home via the internet, and the majority of journals and topic
readings are available online. Online facilities have also been
enhanced with the development of the iFlinders student portal
and web-based discussion forums.
The Student Learning Centre provides academic support for
all students and language assistance for students whose first
language is not English. Structured workshops are available
through the writing and maths centres, alongside dedicated
lunchtime seminars offering general study tips.
Students can also access the Flinders University Student
Association, which provides services such as academic
advocacy, financial assistance and employment services. In
addition, Flinders provides on-site health and counselling
facilities, as well as disability services.
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