As a research student, you own copyright in the work you produce within the course of your research.
For example, research students retain copyright ownership of their thesis.
Flinders University asserts ownership in all Intellectual Property (including copyright) created by staff, as outlined in Flinders Intellectual Property policy. The University grants creators of scholarly and creative material a licence to use the material e.g. publish, however, this licence does not extend to teaching material.
While the general rule is that the initial copyright owner is the creator of the material (be it the person who created the work or their employer), copyright can be transferred or assigned to a third party e.g. a publisher. For more information, please see Open Access and publishing.