There is a long and productive history of collaboration between our institutions going back to the 1950s with Professor Denis O. 'Doj' Jordan, a Chemist who along with Nottingham colleagues JM Creeth (who later joined him in Adelaide) and JM Gulland in 1947 discovered the bonds – hydrogen bonds – which hold the DNA molecule together, paving the way for Watson & Crick. Doj's career began at Nottingham before moving on to Adelaide, where he retired as Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
Today, the Universities of Nottingham and Adelaide have similar research profiles with collaborations in a number of globally important areas. In particular, both Universities boast internationally recognised capabilities in agricultural, environmental, plant, animal, food and nutrition sciences, with the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus being a major collaborating partner of the University of Nottingham's School of Biosciences. The programme is directed by Professor Ian Fisk.
Since 2015 Nottingham and Adelaide have delivered an International Doctoral Training Partnership, which began with Biosciences but is now offered across most disciplines. This programme allows students to study for a PhD at both the Universities of Nottingham and Adelaide, spending at least a year at each and with supervision from researchers at both institutions.