From the President

Plans for the 2nd Collegiate Way International Conference to be held at University House ANU from 13 to 17 November are well underway, with details so far NOW available on our special conference website:

We have had over 20 papers proposed and accepted from USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Macau and from across Australia. Our biennial UCA Conference will combine with this special Collegiate Way event. The site will be updated as the program etc. are further developed.

I have been invited to give a presentation at this week’s 25th anniversary AACUHO Conference in Sydney, which I have titled ’25 Years of AACUHO: 160 of Australian University Residence’ – of course, marking not just the AACUHO anniversary but also the foundation of St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney. During the Conference, I will meet with the President of ACUHO-I, Mr Allan Blattner (University of North Carolina USA), and Dr Marie Leech and I will meet with the AACUHO Committee. While our UCA focus particularly is on leadership/headship of collegiate communities, there is a number of areas of our work that are very much in common and where consultation, cooperation and collaboration can be particularly worthwhile – such as in the area of alcohol harm minimisation projects.

I have prepared a paper that accompanies my presentation, but in more detail and, of course, not just in recognition of AACUHO’s 25th anniversary but of the founding of St Paul’s College, University of Sydney, in 1856: ‘From Colleges to Commercial Investment: challenge, change and compromise in the provision of Australian university residence 1856-2016’.  This paper will be available on our UCA website after the AACUHO Conference.

As noted in this newsletter, there have been some movements in leadership positions in our colleges and halls, but I especially want to note the impending departure of Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies from The Women’s College at UQ. We will all miss greatly Iyla’s wonderful wisdom, care, warmth, integrity and infectious sense of humour. It has been such a privilege and enormous pleasure to work with her and, of course, to follow her as President. We wish her and Russell well in all that lies ahead – certainly a good rest, but I am sure it will be anything but retirement!

The UCA Executive will visit UQ on 5th and 6th May, which will be an opportunity further to express our thanks to Iyla as well as to meet with our colleagues and University officials, including the Vice-Chancellor.

With warmest wishes,

(Dr) Ian Walker

Member Updates 

Iyla Davies After seven years as Head of The Women’s College UQ, Iyla has recently announced her resignation and is looking forward to a career break and perhaps a new direction in the future. In acknowledging her resignation, the President of The Women’s College Council, Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO, wrote “While we will be very sorry to see her go, she does leave the College in a strong position. We can thank her energy, enthusiasm, leadership and good management for the College’s current great reputation and the overwhelming number of applicants we have for every place.”  Particular highlights for Iyla include the significant expansion of the College with the construction of the Centenary Wing, introduction of Ready to Lead, NOGS and Associate programs, development of professional alumnae and fundraising program, introduction of numerous ‘needs based’ bursaries, substantial improvement to the financial situation, implementation of a good governance framework, establishment of a comprehensive building refurbishment and garden improvement program, coordinating the Centenary celebrations and reaching the previously unachieved goal of winning the ‘double’ in the ICC Sport and Cultural Competitions.
The UCA also acknowledges Iyla’s significant contribution to the wider college community as our Committee Member (2010 – current) and Immediate Past President and as an Executive Committee member of Women’s Education Worldwide.

Trevor Cairney The UCA congratulates Trevor on his most recent appointments as President of NSW Business Chamber and Chair of the Employment, Education & Training Committee at the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  Trevor has been Master and CEO of New College at UNSW since 2002.  In recent years he has led the expansion of the College through the creation of the New College Village accommodating 315 postgraduate students from over 50 nations. He is also the Director of the Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education (CASE), which is a Ministry of New College.  His leadership of New College as well as his current role as Professor of Education at UNSW and previous leadership roles as Pro V-C (Research & Development) and Director of the Centre for Regional Research and Innovation at UWS have led him to an active involvement in the business community.  Trevor was first elected as a Director of the NSW State Chamber of Commerce in 1997 and was previously President from 2001 to 2009.  
Keith Conley has been appointed Student Residence Manager for Campus East, home to 615 students at the University of Wollongong.  Keith has replaced fellow UCA member, James Atkinson, who is now Dean at Flinders Living, Flinders University.  Prior to taking on his position Campus East, Keith was Principal of University Hall (2013-2016) housing over 750 students at the University of Western Australia and Head of Hall (2001-2013) at ANU. In recognition of his exceptional service at ANU Keith was awarded the Outstanding Service to the ANU Community award in 2012. This is the highest award for professional staff at the university.

Position Advertised: Head, Women's College, UQ

The Women’s College within The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of ten residential colleges on UQ’s St Lucia campus. Established in 1914, the College is one of Australia's most respected providers of university accommodation. During the academic year, it is home to 255 women, most of whom are undertaking undergraduate studies.  See further information and position description here.

Applications close: Monday 25 April, 2016.

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$1 billion deal for new student accommodation in Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide
Australian company Blue Sky Private Real Estate and global investment giant Goldman Sachs entered a joint venture to fund up to 10,000 purpose built beds for university students across Australia and New Zealand by 2019.  It is anticipated that there will be particularly strong demand from international students. Read the article as published in The Age Domain.

Which students are most likely to drop out of university?
Research published in 2015 found that completion rates were lower for Indigenous students, part-time students, external students, students over 25 years, remote students and students from low socio and economic backgrounds. Gavin Moodie outlines four actions that can reduce attrition. Read the article as published in The Conversation.




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