From the President

  • Engendering Positive Student Alcohol Cultures in University Residential Colleges:An Alcohol Culture Change Initiative
  • UCA Membership Fee for 2020/21
  • Universities Australia webinar on eSafety - Reminder
  • Women & Leadership Australia: Final Call for Scholarship Funding
  • "The World as our Encyclopedia": the importance of International Students"
  • Contacting the UCA Executive
'Engendering Positive Alcohol Cultures in University Residential Colleges: An Alcohol Culture Change Initiative'
Members should, by now, have received Associate Professor Tim Corney's report which has been mailed via Australia Post.  UCA has been addressing the role that alcohol plays in the social and cultural fabric of residential colleges and halls for some time, and has engaged key experts from across alcohol and other drugs and public health sectors as part of a wider strategy to reduce harm in our residences.  This project and report is an outcome of UCA's ongoing work in this area. 

If you are yet to receive a hard copy of this report, please contact Deborah Pugh at:   Additionally, an electronic copy can be accessed at
Please contact Deborah should you require assistance in accessing member resources.
UCA Membership Fee for 2020/21
The financial situation that most of us are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis is certainly challenging. Much of our energy now is spent re-forecasting budgets and proactively mapping the road to recovery.  It is also at this time that the UCA membership renewal is due. The Executive acknowledge the difficulty of remaining financial in 2020/21. Therefore, the decision has been made to reduce the membership fee by 50% to $480 for the financial year. For college residences where capacity is less that 100 students, the fee will be reduced to $320 for the financial year.  Membership renewal invoices will be sent out via email in the week commencing 25 May.

Despite the fee reduction, UCA remains committed to continuing to support Heads and Deputy Heads and to promote through ongoing advocacy the value and focus of university college residences.
Universities Australia webinar on eSafety - reminder
UCA has been invited to participate in a Universities Australia webinar on the topic of eSafety which will be conducted on 20 May 2020 commencing at 2.00pm (AEST)

Whilst a number of the 500 available places have already been subscribed, Members are able to register for the webinar at
Women & Leadership Australia
Final Call: Last Chance to Register for Scholarship Funding

Women currently working in the education sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.   It is unsure when this funding will be available again, and the registration deadline has been extended until 5pm on June 19. Find out more here:
"The World as Our Encyclopedia": the Importance of International Students
Some 70% of international students who were able to commence this academic year in Australia have remained, including a large proportion staying in university residences with all the appropriate restrictions and protocols applied.  Ian Walker highlights their current situation and their importance to our nation.  Read Ian's article here
Contacting the UCA Executive
The Executive have re-iterated their desire and willingness to speak to members of the Association, to share their experiences, to answer members’ questions and to provide general and practical support.   As a reminder, the members of the Executive are:
  • Mrs Barbara Green, President
  • Mr Wayne Erickson, Vice President, St Andrew’s College, Sydney
  • Ms Rose Alwyn, IPP, St John’s College, Brisbane
  • Dr Ian Walker, Committee, Toad Hall, ANU
  • Mr Mark Sampson, Treasurer, University Hall, Perth
  • Ms Joanna Rosewell, Secretary, Jane Franklin Hall, Hobart
  • Adjunct Professor Bill Peirson, Committee, New College & New College Postgraduate Village, UNSW
Find Committee contact details here
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