About Us

About Us

UCA Executive Committee at the Strategy Planning Day

Formed in 1966 the University Colleges Australia (UCA) has a rich history of working with Heads of residential University Colleges and Halls for the continuous improvement of collegiate life experiences. Currently, the Association represents more than 60 residential University Colleges and Halls throughout Australia.

Our Values

The UCA’s key objective is to promote the benefits of collegiate residences in Australian universities. Specifically to promote collegiate life as a means to developing a broader education, socially, culturally and morally.

The Association is responsible for fostering professional development and providing a unified voice on issues affecting members.

The UCA embodies values of collegiality and professionalism. Working as one collective body; the Association draws strength from their vast pool of experience, expertise and skills to empower members with the tools to provide a rewarding and safe environment for students.

Our Executive Committee

Rose Alwyn

UCA President

Ms Rose Alwyn,
Master, St Mark’s College, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University

Rose Alwyn has been with St Mark’s College for more than 15 years as Master and Dean. She has a true understanding of issues facing residential colleges.  Rose has made a valuable contribution to University Colleges Australia in her role as Conference Convenor for 2014, Secretary from 2012 to 2014, Vice President from 2014 to 2016 and now as President.

UCA Vice President

Dr Carla Tromans,
Director, International House, Queensland University

Carla Tromans has spent more than 30 years teaching and guiding students. As Director of International House, Carla brings a wealth of knowledge to assist UCA’s members improve the collegiate experience within their residential colleges. Carla received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Internationalisation, University of Queensland in 2012 and is currently a member of the University’s Senate.

UCA Secretary

Mr Michael Bongers,
Principal, The John Flynn College, James Cook University

Michael commenced as Principal of The John Flynn College in January 2015. Before then he was Rector (Principal) of St John’s College within the University of Sydney and (earlier again) Deputy Principal of St Leo’s College within the University of Queensland.   His professional background is in education and his academic qualifications include Dip T., B.Ed., M.Ed.  He is currently enrolled in an Ed.D with a particular focus on the first year student experience in university residential environments.

UCA Treasurer

Mr David Segal
Head, Ursula Hall, Australia National University

David joined the UCA Executive Committee in 2016 and prior to this he was also a local organising committee member for the Collegiate Way International Conference held in Canberra in November 2016.  David has a particular interest is in mental health education through early intervention in programs such as Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention.  He is a Director of Mental Health Intervention Skills Training (MHIST) and was previously a Board Member of Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT).

UCA Committee Member

Mr Wayne Erickson
Principal, St Andrew’s College within The University of Sydney

Wayne is the 12th Principal of St Andrew’s College, within the University of Sydney. In a former life he was a teacher, housemaster, sports master and College Executive member at The Scots College, Sydney, during the 1980’s. He left teaching to pursue a long-held interest in the business of sport, and was the General Manager of Operations at Australian Rugby until 1995, when he became world rugby’s first full time professional referee. He is a member of world rugby’s referee selection committee, coaxing talent and aspiration towards excellence – much like his role in St Andrew’s, where he delights in the joys of working with our best and brightest emerging adults.


UCA Committee Member

Mr Tom Mitchell
Head of College, St Thomas More College, University of Western Australia 

Tom has been a passionate educator for 30 years.  He held several leadership roles in various schools and was the Deputy Head of Iona College, Brisbane for 6 years before moving into the university colleges.  Tom was Deputy Head at Trinity (UWA) for 5 years before taking over as Head of St Thomas More College (UWA) in January 2013.  His graduate studies in educational leadership sparked a journey to seek ways to enhance the personal growth of young adults as a precursor for outstanding leadership in their personal and professional lives.

Ian Walker

Immediate Past-President

Dr Ian Walker,
Toad Hall, Australian National University

With over 25 years working in various roles in education, Ian brings great insight to the Executive Committee. He is currently Head of Toad Hall, a residential college for 230 mainly postgraduate students from over 50 countries and is also a Visitor in the ANU School of History and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Sydney University.

Ian is immediate past-president of UCA 2014-2016.  During his tenure he also convened the National UCA Conference incorporated with the second Collegiate Way International Conference and the UCA Forum in 2015.  Prior to this he convened the UCA Conference, Canberra 2012.

UCA Committee Member (Ex Officio)

Mrs Barbara Green
Principal, St Hilda’s College, The University of Melbourne

Barbara Green has been Principal of St Hilda’s Colleges since 2000.  She has a long association with University Colleges Australia having been President from 2010 to 2012 and prior to that, Vice-President from 2008 to 2010.  Her corporate knowledge of the Association has proved invaluable to the Executive Committee.


Deborah Pugh

UCA Executive Officer
Deborah Pugh, Melbourne

Deborah Pugh provides Executive Support services for the UCA and brings over 15 years of experience in universities and residential colleges to support the needs of the Association. Deborah holds a BA and a Graduate Diploma, Library & Information Studies from The University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma, Secretarial Studies (RMIT).



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