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Government of South Australia - Department of State Development


    Independent Advisor appointed to advise on uni merger

    To build on the higher education expertise already within the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, the South Australian Government has appointed national university sector leader Professor Emeritus Ian O’Connor AC to the role of Higher Education Independent Advisor.

    Professor O’Connor will engage with key stakeholders and provide independent advice and recommendations to the South Australian Government on matters related to the establishment of Adelaide University, including on the measurement and achievement of proposed economic benefits, possible impacts on staff and students, and risk management.

    Professor O’Connor brings a wealth of experience, including a long and successful tenure as Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, as President of the Academic Board at The University of Queensland, and as Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel and Deputy Chair of Trade and Investment Queensland.

    The Adelaide University transition period is now underway, with the universities focused on detailed transition planning and implementation, including further engagement with their communities to help design and co-create the new institution.

    It’s expected Adelaide University will launch on 1 January 2026.

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