Message from the President
- Affiliation with ACUHO-I
-  UCA Forum Update
-  Executive visit to UNE

UCA Forum
- See updated Program
- Registrations now open

Chapter Updates
- From Wollongong to Flinders
- University of New England
- University of Melbourne

Position Advertised
- Burgmann College, ANU

National Census
- Members' Research

Member Resources
- GST Tool & misreporting of student meals - advice
- Legal employment status of RAs - advice


From the President

In addition to our Memorandum of Understanding with AACUHO and our collaborative work in e.g. the 2014 National Census of Student Accommodation Providers and in the development of a Professional Standards guideline, our Vice-President, Rose Alwyn (pictured left), signed on behalf of UCA an Affiliation  Agreement with ACUHO-I at its recent annual conference in Orlando, Florida. This mainly symbolic and relational partnership will allow for such things as access to research and project reports; the sharing among international affiliates of information, ideas, programs and procedures; and reciprocal rights of attendance at relevant meetings and conferences.

Within the increasingly developing and diverse student accommodation sector, our Association focuses on the particular needs, demands and expectations of headship/leadership in student residential communities, especially those of a collegiate nature. This, of course, is not confined to the older, more ‘traditional’, colleges but to all residential communities whose arrangements recognise the enormous value of learning as well as living within them – of the engagement of staff and students; of the inter-connections between the residence, the university and the wider community; of intellectual, social, cultural, sporting and, in a number, religious/spiritual activity; of leadership development; and perhaps most importantly, of close care and support for students in their academic and personal development and wellbeing. Leadership in these contexts is certainly challenging but also richly rewarding!

I do hope you might be able to attend our UCA Forum from the evening of 30 September to the afternoon of 2 October next at University House, ANU, to meet with colleagues, to share in conversations, and to consider a range of challenges and initiatives that both form and inform our tasks of leadership. Special guests will include the ANU Chancellor and former Foreign Minister, Prof Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, and ANU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ian Young AO; the Hon Phil Honeywood, CEO IEAA, will participate in a discussion about the National Strategy for International Education; and we will launch a ‘Future Leaders Grant’ to support and encourage Deputies/Deans in undertaking projects, programs and courses that will contribute to better collegiate life.  A copy of the up-dated Forum program is available in this newsletter.

Members of the UCA Executive are very much looking forward to visiting our colleagues at UNE on 20/21 August, including meeting Jason Lincoln who has been appointed Master of St Albert’s College in succession to Geoff Johnston who is now Head of John XXIII College at ANU. 

With warmest wishes,

(Dr) Ian Walker

UCA Forum - Registration now open

The UCA Forum 2015 will commence with a Welcome Dinner at University House, ANU on Wednesday 29 September and continue to Friday 2 October.  There is no charge to members to attend the Forum and only a small charge to attend the Dinners. Registrations are now open and please see Program and Registration details here.

Note: Should registrants require an invoice to process payment for the Dinners, please contact Deborah Pugh at Executive Officer to arrange.

Chapter Updates 

From Wollongong to Flinders University
After ten years as Head, Campus East James Atkinson is heading to Adelaide to take up his new position as Dean, Flinders Living.  He will commence in mid-October.  We look forward to providing news of a new Head at Campus East as it becomes available.

University of New England
Following Geoff Johnston's appointment as Head & CEO at John XXIII College, ANU,  St Albert's College at the UNE has appointed Jason Lincoln at its new Head. Jason, who comes from a background in teaching and educational administration in residential student environments, is an alumnus of UNE and well known to the people of Armidale. Jason will take up his position in early September.

University of Melbourne
Prof. Ken Hinchcliff will commence his appointment as Warden (President & CEO) of Trinity College in early September. Ken moves from his position as Dean of Melbourne University's Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences. Ken has had a long association with Trinity.  He was a resident student from 1976-1978 and has been a member of the College Council since 2008.

Position Advertised: Principal, Burgmann College

After ten years of exemplary service, Principal Dr Philip Dutton will pursue new paths  in education in 2016 and the College wishes to appoint a new Principal. See our website for further information.  

Applications close: Friday 28 August 2015.
National Census of University Student Accommodation Providers 

Many readers of the Census would have noted the members and past members whose writing and research is referenced in this document. From David Daintree, Don Markwell, Rob Nethercote, Damian Powell, Rod Rate, Ian Walker and Robyn Wilkes.  These works can be found at the Members section of our website.  The Census can be accessed here.

GST Tool & misreporting of student meals

UCA requested advice from Peter McDonald on the circumstances in which colleges and halls that have elected to use the ATO's Residential Colleges GST Tool to determine how much Goods and Services Tax (GST) to remit to the ATO, have a taxation liability if they fail to report bundled student meals to the Tool.

Catered colleges potentially exposed to this issue are those that have elected to use the GST Tool and have answered 'No' to question 17 in the contracts worksheets in cases where students are subject to mandatory charges for meals.

Please find a copy of Peter McDonald's advice here, or contact the Executive Officer to request a copy of this advice by return email.

Legal Employment Status of RA's

Peter McDonald's advice on the legal employment status of College RAs can be found at our website at our Member Archive Resources.
Should you have difficulty with the initial 'login' process at the Members Section of our website, please contact Deborah Pugh at  Executive Officer  who can set up the initial login for you.




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