From the President
  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 9 March - Online Forums commence
  • 20 April at 11am AEST - Online AGM
  • 20 - 22 September - Melbourne Forum
Membership Matters
  • Funding for Women's Leadership Development
  • Enriching the Experience & Intellectual Life of the University
Dear Members,

With new and returning students to be welcomed and orientation activities underway, I wish you all the very best for the 2021 college year.  I am sure there is much from 2020 that we would want to leave behind but I hope that the lessons learned, particularly from the lockdown here in Victoria, will help us move forward with a renewed appreciation of the strengths of our collegiate communities - and an ability to adapt to ever changing circumstances.

2021 Calendar of Events
As announced earlier this week, this year's Melbourne Forum, has been brought forward to coincide with The University of Melbourne's newly listed vacation week and will now be held from Monday 20th to the early-afternoon on Wednesday 22nd September. 

Online Events:
Last year's series of facilitated online discussions proved popular and UCA will continue to offer these events with the following confirmed:
  • Webinars for Heads, Deans & Deputies
  • Heads' webinars: 'Conversations with Colleagues'
UCA's newly formed programme of Deans & Deputies seminars is yet to be finalised but we will have more to say on the Deans & Deputies network in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, see the Calendar of currently confirmed dates here

Online Forum: Tuesday 9 March
Our first webinar, for all Members, will be presented by Jeremy Boland, Head of Ursula Hall at ANU, who last year started a Young Men's Yarning Circle which is based on positive youth development theory and practice.  There is a set agenda for fortnightly catch-ups (e.g., sharing struggles and victories, learning from each other’s experiences, etc.), but the overall purpose is to engage the participants in discussion about identity and manhood. It is also designed to be a preventative program when it comes to respectful relationships.  Jeremy will share this framework and idea with the UCA community.

To register your interest and request a copy of the model that Jeremy will talk through contact Deborah Pugh here

Barbara Green AM
Funding is available through Women & Leadership Australia to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s Education industry.
The initiative is providing women with grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to enable participation in one of three leadership development courses designed for emerging through to senior leaders.
The scholarship funding must be allocated by the end of March 2021.
Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 19th March:
Enriching the Experience & Intellectual Life of the University
To mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Australian National University, Dr Ian Walker provides an overview of the establishment and role of ANU student residences.  Read his overview of and reflection on the foundation and role of Residential Halls, Colleges and Lodges at the Australian National University here
UCA Mission and Pillars of Purpose

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