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Newsletter - August 2022

Updated: Dec 21, 2023

I hope that this month’s edition of the University Colleges Australia e-Newsletter finds you well.

It is an exciting time for UCA. Over the last month, the program for our 2022 Forum has crystallised, and several significant appointments have been made. I will touch on these – and a few other – points below.

UCA Forum 2022 – ‘Forming Leaders in Community’

The countdown is on for this year’s UCA Forum, which will be held in Brisbane between 28-30 September.

You can read about the upcoming Forum on our website (click here), and book your tickets – if you haven’t already done so – here.

The Forum schedule is packed with keynotes and panel sessions, social events and networking opportunities for all attendees, including a cocktail reception at Government House.

Please note that if you do not book your ticket before 15 August, you will miss out on the Government House reception.

Deans & Deputies Online Session – 23 August

James Hardiman (Dean of Students, St Hilda’s College) will be facilitating a Zoom session for our Deans & Deputies network (although all members are welcome to attend!) at 11am on Tuesday 23 August. The session is titled ‘Pastoral Care Models: Sharing Insights’.

James will be joined by two guest speakers:

· Adrian Oats, Associate Dean at St Hilda’s College at the University of Melbourne

· Alice Draffin, Dean of Student Wellbeing at St John’s College at the University of Queensland

They will be discussing the structure, benefits, challenges and innovations of their pastoral care and wellbeing programs.

If you wish to join this session, please notify Alana Chambers ( and you will be sent a calendar invitation with the Zoom link.

UCA’s New Executive Manager

We are delighted to announce that Will Cesta has been appointed as the new Executive Manager of University Colleges Australia. In this position, he will be working closely with the UCA Executive to drive an exciting program of offerings in 2022 and beyond.

About Will:

Will is a higher education leader based in Sydney. He works at St Andrew’s College (University of Sydney) as the Director of the Education and Student Life Department and as the inaugural Director of the St Andrew’s College Centre for Education. The Centre for Education runs courses in law, innovation, politics, philosophy and economics in partnership with leading thinkers from McKinsey & Co, Microsoft, The University of Sydney, and other organisations around the world.

Prior to taking on these roles, Will worked as the Dean of Admissions at St Andrew’s College, and as an Analyst at Apollo Communications. He has also tutored musicology and law, and provided freelance advisory services in communications and strategy.

Will’s academic interests lie in law and technology. He is presently undertaking research on the explainability of automated decision-making systems that use machine learning techniques. He is also passionate about classical music, and has given numerous radio broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 2MBS Fine Music as a solo pianist, as well as duo and solo performances in Australia, Italy, Portugal, England, Switzerland, Finland, China and Hong Kong.

UCA Executive Committee

Following a period of outstanding service to UCA as Vice-President, Joanna Rosewell (Principal, Jane Franklin Hall) has decided to move to a state representative position for Tasmania. The Executive Committee has elected Lisa Sutherland (Master, Wesley College) to succeed Joanna as Vice-President.

About Lisa:

Lisa has an extensive education background. She has worked in secondary schools for thirteen years at the start of her career in the curriculum areas of English and Drama, with key roles in pastoral care in boys’ education. In 2003, she moved across into the residential colleges tertiary sector as Head of Philip Baxter College and Vice Principal of The Kensington Colleges, UNSW and is currently the Master of Wesley College at University of Sydney and has been in this role for 13 years. Lisa attended University of Sydney and Wesley College as an undergraduate, studying Arts and then a Diploma of Education. She has also completed a Master of Educational Administration through UNE. She is currently the Chair of the Heads of Colleges at Sydney University, a position she has held twice.

Lisa has had a role on the UCA Executive previously when the Association was known as AHAUCHI. She held the position of Hon. Secretary during the term of the Past Presidents, Hugh Collins and Greg Eddy. Lisa enjoys working alongside the young adults who live within our residential colleges and for them to be able to maximise their potential and achieve their best selves through the supported and enriching environments that a residential living and learning environment can provide.

UCA also welcomes Brenda Holt (representative for Victoria), James Atkinson (representative for South Australia) and Jason Lincoln (elected by the Executive Committee to replace Jeremy Boland) to the Executive Committee.

The current Committee comprises:

· Wayne Erickson – President (NSW)

· Lisa Sutherland – Vice-President (NSW)

· Rose Alwyn – Secretary (Qld)

· Mark Sampson – Treasurer (WA)

· Barbara Green – Immediate Past President (VIC)

· Bill Peirson (NSW)

· Jason Lincoln (ACT)

· Brenda Holt (VIC)

· James Atkinson (SA)

· Joanna Rosewell (TAS)

Dr Ian Walker: “Part of the Business of Learning”

We are delighted to share a fascinating paper recently written by UCA Past President, Head of Toad Hall, and renowned scholar Dr Ian Walker. His latest paper, which can be downloaded here, is titled “Part of the business of learning”: Profession, purpose, provision and place in Australian university owned and operated colleges and halls from post-War to post-Pandemic.

Dr Walker’s paper reflects on important historical developments that have taken place within university owned and operated colleges and halls established after World War II. This is a timely paper that asks questions about both the past and future of collegiate residential life.

Stay In Touch!

We have a lot planned for the remainder of the year, and look forward to seeing many of you in Brisbane very soon. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or feedback.


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