Supporting our members:

  • Beyond accommodation: the value of collegiate residence & education
  • Save the date: upcoming online forums
  • The Top 6 Risks for Independent Schools
  • Contact your Executive Committee Member
Membership Matters:
  • Career Opportunities - positions advertised
  • News from Qld Chapter: Mr Ross Switzer to retire & announcement of new Principal
  • Obituary - Dr Maureen Aitken
Dear Members,

The impact of COVID-19 on our college communities continues to be UCA's primary focus and our thoughts are once again with our Victorian colleagues as the Melbourne metropolitan area enters Stage 4 Restrictions.  

Beyond accommodation: the value of collegiate residence and education
A common theme in recent member discussions is how to showcase the value of collegiate residence to a broader section of the community.  A guide to help communicate our value to prospective students, parents and other relevant stakeholders has been created on behalf of UCA by Wayne Erickson and Will Cesta.  See the Communications Guide: Creating and Communicating Value Propositions here

The UCA Value Proposition & Communications Plan, presented by Apollo Communications at our Sydney Forum is also designed to assist in developing an individual college value proposition.  Find the presentation and a short defining statement The Value of University Residential Colleges here

Offering a collegiate experience online
Will Cesta and Wayne Erickson’s recent online forum Offering a Collegiate Experience Online, showed how St Andrew's not only maintained connection with its current students but was able to enhance its connection with high school students through its 'pre-tertiary programs' involving tutorial and mentoring programs.  Additionally, it drew closer connections with its alumni community particularly in terms of global connectivity.  Find their presentation here
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Dates for the diary:
Our next online discussion, 'Graduating from COVID-19: Supporting graduate students in their renewal of community, coursework and research', facilitated by Dr Ian Walker, will be held this Tuesday 11 August - register here

UCA online discussions are offered via ZOOM at 2:00pm AEST on the second Tuesday of the month.  Further information on Ian's session and future sessions can be found here 

The Top 6 Risks for Independent Schools
Courtesy of UCA insurers, AoN, this 2020 Independent Schools Risk Report is designed to provide a snapshot of the complex, dynamic and unique risk environment that independent schools operate in, along with expert commentary, trends, and insights. Whilst this report is based on responses collected from the Aon 2020 Independent Schools Risk Survey distributed to school executives and leaders, we recognise that the risk concerns are similar to those faced in our college environment. The survey results identified the top five risk concerns nominated by respondents, which have only increased in significance since the 2018 research was conducted.  Find the Report here

Contact UCA Executive Committee Members
The Executive Committee continues to support colleagues and to provide information on matters of concern.  Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Executive if you have a concern that you would like to be addressed - contact us

With best wishes,
Barbara Green
Membership Matters
Career Opportunities - Positions Advertised
See positions advertised at the UCA website here
News from the Qld Chapter - Cromwell College
UCA will say farewell and send best wishes to our Qld colleague, Mr Ross Switzer, Principal of Cromwell College, who has announced his intention to retire at  31 January 2021. Read a letter of announcement from the College, and of the appointment of Mr Simon Armstrong who will take on the role of Principal in February 2021 here
Obituary - Dr Maureen Aitken
UCA was saddened to learn that Dr Maureen Aitken, Past Principal of The Women's College within The University of Queensland (1991-2008), passed away on 9 July 2020.  Amongst her many activities and accomplishments, Maureen served Secretary of our Association and was an energetic advocate for the colleges at The University of Queensland during the early days of the GST.  The Executive has communicated the condolences of the Association to Flo Kearney, Principal of The Women’s College.  Please read a tribute to Maureen from The Women's College community here
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