University Colleges Australia offers members the opportunity to expand their knowledge, resources and networks through conferences. The UCA holds a National Biennial Conference or Forum each year.
The 2018 Forum, held at The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart from Wednesday 26 September to Friday 28 September, provided a unique opportunity for Heads and Deputies of collegiate residences in Australia to come together to discuss colleges, culture and change, reflecting on our progress and sharing plans and projects which will continue our work in respect and renewal. See the Program here
Will Cesta, Dean of Admissions at St Andrew’s College within the University of Sydney, attended the UCA Forum and wrote, “The Forum provided an opportunity for college heads and deputies to articulate what the future of residential colleges should look like, and explore ways of grappling with cultural change.” Read his report here.
All Forum documentation can be accessed by Members here
In 2017, our Forum, “Leaders and Partners in Changing the Course” was held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September at Rydges Hotel, Southbank Brisbane. The Forum was designed to be practical whilst meeting policy imperatives in the context of the AHRC recommendations. See the Program here and read the Forum report here
In 2016, our biennial UCA Conference combined with the The Second Collegiate Way International Conference held at the Australian National University, Canberra, from 13 to 17 November 2016. With the theme ‘Collegiate Communities – Global Contexts’, the Conference continued the conversations held and furthered the connections made at the inaugural Collegiate Way International Conference hosted at Durham University UK in November 2014. Over 45 Colleges and Residential Halls were represented worldwide and papers were presented from USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Macau and from across Australia. There were opportunities to share experiences of a diverse range of scholarly communities as well as to learn about different approaches in developing new ‘college style’ communities to meet the challenges and demands of changing university environments worldwide. See the Conference photo gallery here.
The UCA Forum 2015 ‘Better Leaders, Better Collegiate Life’ – Colleagues, Challenges & Conversations held at University House, The Australian National University, focused on issues affecting all Heads of Colleges and Halls of Residence. From the broader external issues such as the National Census of University Student Accommodation Providers and (Draft) National Strategy for International Education to panel discussions on Dealing with Sexual Assault, Responding to the ARC Report on Alcohol Harm Minimisation and Graduate Residence. The Forum focussed on providing the most appropriate living and learning communities to meet a variety of student needs. A session on Developing Future Leaders saw the launch of our ‘Future Leaders Grant’ for Deans and Deputies.
In 2014, the UCA’s National biennial conference Governance and Headship: Roles, Risks and Responsibilities in Residential Leadership held at the InterContinental Hotel, Adelaide, reflected the complexity and risks inherent in the role of a Head of College or Hall of Residence. By working in collaboration with Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Conference organising committee ensured that the three half day workshops combined the best of professional development and practical application in order to meet the needs of both new and more experienced Heads of Colleges and Halls. The topics of keynote speakers and workshop sessions reflected current issues in Colleges and Halls as well as the Universities.