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.
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.
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.
See Rose’s mentor profile here
Dr Carla Tromans,
Director, International House, Queensland University
Carla Tromans has been at International House Brisbane since 2003 and is also a member of International Houses Worldwide (IHWW) group. Carla’s expertise is in strategy, governance, resident leadership, risk management and cultural change. Within her college she has a strong focus on cross cultural interaction, autonomous leadership and ethical decision making.
See Carla’s mentor profile here
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.
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, MBA GradDipLegStud DPE FAIM MACE MAICD JP
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. He was appointed in March 2008, having served the College as Secretary to the Council and Manager since 2004. 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 Rugby Australia, SANZAAR and World Rugby’s referee selection committees, 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, BEd, GradDipComp, MEdLead, MEd(RE)
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.
See Tom’s mentor profile here
Dr Ian Walker,
Toad Hall, Australian National University
Ian has been Head of Toad Hall, a mainly postgraduate and international residence at the Australian National University, since 2010. From 2011 to 2014 he was also Head of Ursula Hall. He was previously Principal of The Kensington Colleges and Dean of New College at UNSW, where he completed a PhD in the history of Australian universities and the establishment of residences, especially denominational colleges. Before moving to the university sector in 1994, Ian worked in both state and independent secondary schools, including in Special Education and as Counsellor and Careers Master at Sydney Grammar School.
Ian is a Visitor in the School of History at ANU and has been an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. He is a member of the Council of St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra, and previously chaired the Council of St Catherine’s School, Sydney. He is a graduate of Sydney and Macquarie universities and is a past President of the UNSW Alumni Association. Ian is immediate past President of UCA, and was Vice-President 2012-2014.
See Ian’s mentor profile here
UCA Executive Officer
Deborah Pugh, Melbourne
Deborah Pugh provides Executive Support services for the UCA and brings over 20 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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