University Colleges Australia offers members the opportunity to expand their knowledge, resources and networks through conferences. The UCA holds a National Conference or Forum each year.

Creating Value through the Collegiate Way is the title for our 2019 Forum which will be held at The Union, University and Schools Club, Bent Street, Sydney from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 October.

Special Guest Speakers include The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Education; Dr Michael Spence AC, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney; noted social researcher Hugh MacKay AO and The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier.

  • See the Forum program here
  • Click here to register with a registration deadline by COB Wednesday 18 September
  • Find all registration costs here    
  • See a list of accommodation options at various price points here

The 2019 Forum is a unique opportunity for Heads of collegiate residences in Australia to come together to discuss the needs of international and domestic university students as they pertain to collegiate life. We pick up where we left off in Hobart in 2018 with our focus turning to the value of residential colleges to their host universities and the nation.

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.

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. 

Since 1966, UCA has continued to meet to foster our professional development and unite on important issues affecting us and the students in our care. 

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.