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Sir Rupert Myers on behalf of UNSW establishes the Faculty of Military Studies at the Royal Military College (RMC) at Duntroon to deliver degree programs in arts, science and engineering.
New 1st year undergraduate students commence study at RMC.
In 1971 Duntroon established the Sir Leslie Martin Prize which has been awarded every year until 1985, and from then at ADFA since 1986. The prize is awarded for "distinguished performance by a First Year Officer Cadet in First Year Physics" from all programs.
RMC Class of ’71 were the first Army graduates from UNSW.
The Faculty of Military Studies enrolled its first postgraduate students.
First PhD Mathematics graduate – Dr Neville John de Mestre who was a staff member of the Faculty of Military Studies.
Federal Government announced its intention of establishing a single tertiary institution for the Australian Defence Force and sought the assistance of UNSW in setting up the institution to ensure academic integrity.
First Army student awarded the University Medal – Douglas John George (BE).
Class of ’71 graduate Emery Stephen Severin (BSc Honours in Chemistry) is awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.
Agreement signed between the Commonwealth and UNSW to establish a University College within the ambit of the proposed Australian Defence Force Academy.
Formal commencement of work on the building of ADFA by the RT Honourable Malcolm Fraser, CM M.P. Prime Minister of Australia on 18 February 1981.
Interim Academy Council set up to oversee the development of the Academy in cooperation with UNSW.
Appointment of Professor Geoff Wilson as Inaugural Rector of the University College (previously Dean of Faculty of Military Studies, Duntroon).
Appointment of Rear Admiral Peter R. Sinclair as Commandant - subsequently Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, then Governor of NSW
Academy Council was established
Australian Defence Force Academy opened January 1986. RAAF College, Point Cook participates in ADFA. New 1st year undergraduate students commence study at ADFA on 17 February 1986
The admission of cadets was one of the requirements the University posed on Defence when it agreed to create the University College (the forerunner of UNSW Canberra). On 17 January 1986, 351 new entry officers under training, including 52 women, arrived at the Academy site.
First female PhD graduates – Dr Sandra Burchill, English and Wendy Rosemary Catchpole, Mathematics.
Appointment of Professor Harry Heseltine, AO as the second Rector of the University College.
Launch of an annual University Lecture. The inaugural lecture was delivered by The Hon. Kim Beazley MP, Minister for Employment, Education and Training (left-most in photo) with the lecture titled “The importance of strategic thinking”.
Former ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell with Major General Frank Hickling, ADFA Commandant, ADF personnel and UNSW Canberra academics.
Appointment of Professor John Richards, FTSE as the third Rector of the University College.
First female Army student awarded the University Medal – Belinda Elizabeth Scott (BA Honours in English).
Appointment of Professor Robert King as the fourth Rector of the University College.
ADFA placed within Australian Defence College (ADC) command structure, with the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) and the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC).
Agreement between the Commonwealth and UNSW for the provision of educational services at ADFA for the next 10 years.
Academy Council discontinued and the Australian Defence Force Academy Consultative Council established.
Appointment of Professor John Baird as the fifth Rector of the University College.
ADFA placed within Joint Education, Training and Warfare Command.
New agreement between the Commonwealth and UNSW for the provision of educational services at ADFA, until 2023.
ADFA Consultative Council discontinued and ADFA Working Group established.
Appointment of Professor Michael Frater as the fifth Rector of the University College.