Professor Warren Bebbington

Welcome to my blog: I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments about our University. I hope this becomes a great melting pot for intellectual ideas, views and debate and I welcome all of your contributions.

VCandJye600I welcomed a special guest to campus on Open Day. Jye Woods is trying to set a world record for his lanyard collections, so I was happy to add to that collection when he visited our campus.

Jye has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and as a father of a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome and patron of the South Australian Autism Association, I was pleased the University could make it a memorable day for Jye. He and his family were given VIP treatment, and received an exclusive tour of some of our Engineering facilities.


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It was great to join a big team of University staff on the Walk a Mile in My Boots walk on August 5th. It’s a fantastic event and I was delighted to see about 70 members of the University community braving the cold weather with me. Together, we raised just over $1000, which will go towards supporting Hutt Street Centre programs, to help the 6000 South Australians facing homelessness.

You can see more photos of the University team in their red beanies on the University’s Alumni Facebook page.



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We have signed an MOU with the Australian student accommodation provider, Urbanest, to deliver a new 689 bed student accommodation tower on North Terrace, directly across from our campus. Construction has now begun, and we expect it to be occupied from 2018.

The State Government has been pressing for universities to provide more accommodation for international students, and this new development is the largest response in Adelaide so far to their goal.

This partnership with Urbanest will provide excellent student accommodation and add to the unique Adelaide experience we strive to provide our students.

The new development will feature a diverse mix of room-types, offering a variety of prices for students. In addition, it will feature state-of-the-art amenities including a fitness facility, meeting spaces, a mini-theatre, games rooms and a variety of conferencing facilities that will enhance the educational experience of the occupants.

We currently offers 590 beds of managed accommodation to its student community, including The University of Adelaide Village in Grote Street and at Roseworthy Residential College.  The Urbanest building is expected to match the high standards of quality service and student support already provided in University of Adelaide-managed student accommodation.

Adelaide building firm Built Environs has commenced work onsite, and it is due to be completed in November 2017, ready for the 2018 academic year.


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A world of higher learning and opportunities can be found on university campuses; but disadvantaged students often must see it to desire it. When I was 11 years old, I went with a church boys’ club to visit Melbourne University. We raced around the campus, past imposing scientific laboratories and through the historic cloisters. We […]

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After 18 months of heated debate, bold reform of Australia’s higher education funding was deferred until at least 2018 in the nation’s federal budget last week while public consultation takes place. Thus, the pace of policy reform has come near full circle for the Liberal coalition government, elected in 2013 proclaiming there would be no […]

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Combining our various arts and music schools and departments into a single multi-arts academy could mean SA would “lead the nation in creative industries education,” Douglas Gautier told a CEDA arts conference last week. If only achieving national leadership in arts education were that simple. Would the Australian Ballet School produce better dancers if it […]

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I spoke with Stephen Matchett from Campus Morning Mail and ABC yesterday re the value of ATARs. Contrary to some others, I believe that the ATAR is still a very important indicator to measure a student’s readiness for higher education. You can read more of my comments here also listen to my interview with Ali […]

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Sunday was glorious weather for the annual City to Bay Fun Run, and it was a pleasure to join over 270 University of Adelaide staff and students who competed – I believe the largest team in the event. Thanks to our sponsors, and also to those from Adelaide University Sport and the Engagement Branch who […]

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From the moment my youngest son entered primary school, it became clear he was different. Though he had no intellectual impairment, he could often not understand the teacher’s verbal instructions, his reading was slow and his speech at times repetitive and halting, he started to suffer high anxiety and became easily agitated. Outside the classroom, […]

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On Monday, I joined Premier Jay Weatherill in announcing a new series of postgraduate scholarships in sciences and mathematics in honour of Singaporean President, and University of Adelaide distinguished alumnus, President Tony Tan. The new scholarships will give postgraduate research students from Singapore the chance to live and study in South Australia—the University will waive […]

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