Harnessing the great strength of our profession, our collegiality, UCA offers members a series of online discussions to be held at 2:00pm (AEST) on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (excluding September).
We look forward to seeing you at the forums and to register your interest, please contact Deborah Pugh at
Tuesday 11 August – Graduating from COVID-19: Supporting graduate students in their renewal of community, coursework and research. Facilitator: Dr Ian Walker This session will provide an opportunity to share information in relation to postgraduate students in residence, especially over the past Semester, and thoughts for the remainder of the year. It is hoped that some postgraduate students will join the discussion to share their experiences and concerns.
Tuesday 27 August – Conversations with Colleagues, an informal discussion group to connect with Heads of colleges & residential halls around Australia. Ask a question, share stories, debrief, give and get advice. These discussions are facilitated by a member of the UCA Executive but the topics and agenda are set by the group.
Tuesday 13 October – Counselling Strategies for University Residential Colleges. Facilitator: Adjunct Professor Bill Peirson Colleges have adopted a number of strategies in providing counselling support to young people in their care. Bill will summarise some of the university college literature, describe models in use within colleges and report progress on strategies for improved counselling support that are being developed within the New College communities at UNSW. This will form the lead-in for other Heads and Deputy Heads to share their experiences of the challenges and their successes in addressing a social issue which is one of the most urgent in contemporary Australian society.
Tuesday 27 October – Conversations with Colleagues
Tuesday 10 November – Gender equality and the primary prevention of gendered violence in university residential settings. Facilitator: Ms Rose Alwyn In this Forum, Dr Tim Corney and Ms Brett Woods will discuss their current translational and applied research on gender equality and the primary prevention of gendered violence in university student residential environments. This research, launched in 2018 by the Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins MLA, is supported by the Victorian Government Office for Women and UCA.
Tuesday 24 November – Conversations with Colleagues
Since UCA’s formation in 1965, conferences and forums have provided valuable opportunities for members to network, communicate face-to-face, and further develop their careers. This year’s Forum was to be no exception and it is therefore, with great disappointment, we announce that the Melbourne Forum will be postponed – now to be held Wednesday 29th September to Friday 1st October, 2021.
This decision was made in view of ongoing uncertainty in Semester 2 for social gatherings, interstate travel and the financial constraints many of our members are experiencing.