UniSA research is curiosity-driven, with a culture of collaboration. Our approach has always been informed by industry, and we engage in mutually beneficial partnerships where your needs shape the questions we ask.

Harness the potential of our Masters degree and PhD students by bringing them into your organisation. Their specialist expertise and knowledge can spark new ideas that will positively impact your business goals. Alternatively, you can partner with us to co-design a research project that tackles a problem in your sector and brings talent into your company; address your organisation’s skills gap by accepting an academic secondment; guide a PhD candidate’s project and career ambitions by joining a supervisory panel; or sponsor an existing UniSA research project that aligns with your needs.

By engaging a UniSA research student through the Enterprise Hub, you can improve your organisation’s workforce planning, benefit from access to data and contemporary research methods, and tap into specialist expertise to overcome business challenges and solve critical problems.

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Why engage a UniSA research student?

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Invest in a culture of innovation

Help shape research outcomes and contribute to new knowledge

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Shared expertise and resources

Work side by side with UniSA’s leading researchers and talented students

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Build your future workforce

Support research students to become career-ready through practical learning

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Put our students to work

Co-create short- and long-term projects that address business needs and priorities

Case studies

Improving mental health in aged care

UniSA has partnered with Helping Hand to address widespread apathy and improve mental health in aged care using virtual reality (VR) technology. Apathy in aged care homes hastens cognitive decline and can affect up to 84 per cent of older populations.  

The innovative tool enables seniors to relive happy memories from their past through a 360-degree experience. Residents with the highest levels of apathy showed the most improvement suggesting using VR may help improve the lives of older adults in residential aged care. 

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“Working with Helping Hand allowed me to understand aged care systems and procedures so I could ensure we were engaging with both residents and their families in the right way while providing person-centred care.”

Dimitrios Saredakis, PhD Candidate at UniSA

Keeping Aboriginal women’s hearts strong

Despite our nation’s commitment to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples, a significant life expectancy gap remains, with heart disease the leading cause of death in women. UniSA PhD candidate Katharine McBride is working with Aboriginal women and health providers such as Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service to encourage governments to approach health from an Aboriginal perspective. 

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“As an Aboriginal man, it has given me confidence that the research is meeting community priorities and delivering benefits on the ground for Aboriginal women. Being a partner in the design and process, has taught us we can do so much better.”

Kurt Towers, Executive Director Aboriginal Health, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

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