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From the President

Included in this newsletter and also placed on our website is a statement in relation to issues recently reported in the media - read the statement. We share as leaders of collegiate communities the strain and stress of being subject to such attention, especially when our care and concern is both for the particular wellbeing of individuals as well as of the whole community. We all seek to have residential communities that are free from any form of harm, but we also know the challenges involved and that reporting can be very one-sided and for a time relentless! We are often unable to tell the whole story, but as colleagues we know that every effort is made to confront the things that are bad and bring about appropriate change for good.

National Working Group
We are in the process of setting up a national Working Group to follow-up the 2011-2014 ARC (Linkage) Project Report on the use of alcohol by Australian university students in both residential and non-residential settings:

The Working Group will be convened by Dr Marie Leech, Principal of Sancta Sophia College (University of Sydney), and at this stage will include James Atkinson (Dean, Flinders Living SA), Roxana Paterson (Dean of Students, Grace College UQ), Jamiyl Mosely (Head, Burton & Garran Hall ANU), and Dr Tim Corney (Dean of Student Wellbeing, Queen’s College, Melbourne University). Associate Professor Toni Schofield (Health Sciences, Sydney University), who led the research team, will also be involved. The Group will co-opt and draw upon the expertise of others, as well as collaborate with AACUHO, in seeking to determine best ways of promoting alcohol harm minimisation.

Collegiate Way Conference Update
I am delighted to announce that 2016 Australian of the Year, Lt Gen David Morrison AO, will give the concluding address at the Collegiate Way International (& UCA) Conference at University House ANU from 13 to 17 November next. The Conference is shaping up well and we hope to have an outline program on the Conference website very soon – please check it out, and I do hope you will be able to attend:
Lt Gen David Morrison AO
University of Queensland Chapter Visit
The Executive recently visited the University of Queensland to meet with colleagues and with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj, with whom we discussed, for example, the importance of collegiate community and of the nature of support and care that is required in larger commercial student accommodation developments. We were hosted for our meetings at International House, and it was great to see new building developments at King’s College and The Women’s College. Our visit was also an opportunity to thank and farewell our Immediate Past President, Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies, prior to her leaving the position of CEO/Head of The Women’s College.

With warmest wishes,

(Dr) Ian Walker

UCA Executive Committee with Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland.
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