UCA Conference 30 Sept - 3 October: conference program and call for sponsors; Membership Matters: RAs - common law employees or not?; In the Boardroom - training for college council members; Conference Updates; Positions advertised; Melbourne News

UCA conference program &  call for sponsors

RAs - common law employees or not?


In the Boardroom - training for college council members

Conference updates


Positions advertised


Melbourne news 

UCA Conference: 30 Sept - 3 October

Governance and Headship: Roles, Risks and Responsibilities in Residential Leadership will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Adedaide. Commencing with a Welcome Reception on the Tuesday evening, the Conference will include three half day sessions designed specifically for UCA members and presented by the AICD covering: Duties & Responsibilities; Strategy & Risk and the Board & the CEO.  Other sessions will include the latest research from the ARC linkage project on alcohol and harm minimisation among Australian university students and sessions on social inclusion and Indigenous students.  The conference program is still to be finalised and more information will be available in the coming weeks.

Call for sponsors
The financial success of our Conference depends greatly on the contribution of sponsors.The following have contributed in the past and have again been tapped on the shoulder: 

-  Alliance Catering (catering arm of Spotless)
-  Australian Bedding Company
-  BIGAIR Group
-  Cater Care Australia
-  Onity Pty Ltd
-  Programmed Maintenance (Property Services)
-  Scolarest (Compass)
-  Sodexo
-  StarNet Systems
-  Synergetic Management Systems
-  University Stays
-  Vintech Systems (Saflok)

If you have used or know of any other company that might be interested, please forward their name and any further contact details to our Conference Organiser, Dr Bob Cope at  

Membership Matters

RAs - common law employees or not?
According to the UCA's recent survey on Professional Development for Resident Assistants (RAs), Resident Tutors or Senior Residents, 41% of respondents did not regard their RAs as employees. Given this response and the fact that it has been 16 years since advice from Clayton Utz was provided, the UCA Executive Committee commissioned Peter McDonald to look again at this issue and a copy of this document can be obtained by emailing Deborah Pugh, Executive Officer. Please note, this is general advice and additional more specific advice can be sought if required.

In the Boardroom: Responsibilities and Practice for College Directors and Council Members
The UCA has commissioned the Australian Institute of Company Directors to provide its membership and, particularly members of their college boards, with a half day professional development program to provide greater insight into their responsibilities.  The first of these sessions was held at Sancta Sophia College on 29 March.  Feedback, both from participants who had attended AICD courses in the past and those who had not, was extremely positive including the following comment: "it provided clarity on what matters in the university college environment and ideas for improving how my board works/works with the Principal". The UCA will continue this training in other states over the next 12 months.
Conference Updates
Flourishing in Faith: Positive Psychology & Theology Conference, 29-30 September 2014, St Peter's College, Adelaide
Flourishing in Faith is an innovative conference that will focus on the contemporary issues of human flourishing through the lens of theology. It is a joint initiative between St Peter's College and St Barnabas College, the Anglican Theological College of Adelaide.

The Collegiate Way Conference, Durham University, UK, 18-22 November 2014
Collegiate Way 2014 aims to bring together representatives from the widest possible range of Colleges worldwide.  Further details can be found at the conference website.

Positions Advertised

Head of College, International House, The University of Melbourne
Due to the impending retirement of Associate Professor Jane Munro, International House is wishing to appoint a new Head of College.  See the UCA homepage for further details 
Applications close 17 April 2014.

Queen's College, The University of Melbourne seeks to appoint two full-time academic staff: Dean of Studies and Dean of Student Well-being. To apply, forward your detailed CV to Mrs Christine Spong by email before Monday, 28 April 2014.

Melbourne News
In its proposed updated strategy, The University of Melbourne flagged plans to expand student accommodation by 2,000 beds by 2020. Vice-Chancellor, Glyn Davis has said that the University’s college residencies were already attracting about four qualified applicants for each available bed. Extra accommodation will also help better attract lucrative international students. The strategy notes that rival institutions are attracting foreign students by being able to offer guaranteed first year accommodation.
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