Overview of the University

The following links will help you understand the functions of the University and provide some interesting facts about our history and our goals for the future, as well as introduce you to some key people and departments.

University Terminology

This page will help you familiarise yourself with terminology used at the University.  There is also a useful website which lists some commonly used University terms and abbreviations.

About Flinders University

This page has useful links, including our Strategic Plan, history, facts and figures, organisational structure and governance.

Strategic Plan

Familiarising yourself with the Strategic Plan can be a useful way to understand the direction of the University and how your work group is contributing to these goals. You may like to discuss the plan with your supervisor or colleagues.

Organisational Structure

The University is arranged into four Faculties and is supported by six Administrative Divisions. Identify how your work group fits into the organisational structure.

University Council and Committees

University council and committees plan an important part in guiding the business of the University.

Keeping Informed

There are a number of ways the University keeps staff members informed of what's going on including regular newsletters (Flinders-In-Touch, Inspiring Research, etc) and email alerts from administrative divisions, superannuation, and professional development opportunities. These newsletters are automatically sent to all staff members. You are able to subscribe to additional information about the University through the News page. You may like to check with your colleagues in your first few weeks to confirm you are receiving all the messages you require.

Staff Page

This page has useful links including Human Resources information, administrative services, governance and planning, as well as links to resources for teaching and research staff.

University A-Z Index

An A-Z list of the University's websites, services, departments, schools and administrative processes.

Specialist Areas of the University

There are a number of specialised areas of the University you may need to familiarise yourself with including the Library, Marketing and Communications Office, Research Services Office, and Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research.

  


Policies

On your first day, you read about the University's Policies and Procedures.  Now that you have been at the University for a few weeks, you probably have more of an idea of the information you need to do your job. This is a good opportunity to revisit this page, to make sure you are aware of the policies which affect you. Please speak to your supervisor about policies that are the most relevant to your position. 

The following are some additional policies to familiarise yourself with.

Staff Business Web Pages

All staff have a 'Staff Business Web Page' to share content abour your work with the University with students, colleagues and the public. You can access your staff business web page using your FAN and password.

Copyright

Staff who make copies of print-based and graphic material or who wish to use material downloaded from the internet in local publications need to be aware of the requirements of the Copyright Act.

Academic Integrity

Academic staff members and other staff involved with teaching and learning are encouraged to complete the 'Academic Integrity at Flinders' course which describes plagiarism and how to avoid it. The course is available on FLO (Flinders Learning Online) and should appear on your 'My FLO' page.

Intellectual Property

The University has certain rights under common law and by statute to ownership of intellectual property created by staff, whether members of the academic staff or the professional staff, in the course of their employment.  Staff originators of intellectual property also have certain entitlements and responsibilities.

Education Services for Overseas Students Act Compliance

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act) covers important information regarding the recruitment and enrolment of onshore international students. Professional and academic University staff who deal with international students must be aware of their obligations under this Act. ESOS Information Sessions are available and further information can be sought from the ESOS Compliance Officer on ext. 12874.

Freedom of Information

The University is committed to the principles of openness, accuracy, accountability and responsibility which underpin the Freedom of Information Act. Everyone employed at the University needs to be aware of their rights and obligations under the Freedom of Information policy, which involves the management of information and documents as well as private information about individuals or activities.

Fraud Prevention and Control

This policy outlines the expectations of all staff members in assisting with the prevention and control of the risk for fraud in the University.

Social Media Guidelines
Social media sites are a medium for the University to connect and communicate with the community. These guidelines have been developed to assist staff members protect the reputation of the University and guide the views and privacy of individuals.

Outside Professional Activities

This policy aims to ensure that staff understand the general obligation to inform the University, through their supervisor, about any existing or proposed outside professional activity, and to disclose any conflicts of interest, and the reasons for the University seeking to regulate outside professional activities of its employees to meet standards of public accountability and risk management.

Consulting Funds

Academic or professional staff may establish consulting fund accounts for remuneration from consultancies administered by Flinders Partners, the delivery of external lectures, marking of theses, and other activities.

Student-related Policies and Procedures

Student-related policies and procedures can be found on this website.

Teaching and Course Management

This website lists various teaching-related and course management policies and procedures, which all academic staff need to be familiar with.

Research-Related Policies and Procedures

This page lists research-related policies and procedures which all research staff need to be familiar with.

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