New College is a not-for-profit company that provides accommodation and care for students at The University of NSW. Founded in 1969, the College is actively involved in the life of the wider University community. New College celebrates, and is enriched by the cultural diversity of its staff and students; welcoming people of all faiths and philosophies. The College pursues academic excellence, collegiality and service to society founded upon Christian faith and values. Based on these principles, we build vibrant and close knit communities, strong in academic, sporting, cultural, social and community service activities.
Major activities include:
New College, the residential college for 247 undergraduate students at The University of NSW.
New College Village, the residential community for 315 postgraduate students at The University of NSW.
Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education, a specialist centre which carries out Christian apologetics – the activity of defending the Christian faith, engaging with other world views and attracting ‘thinking’ people to the message of the Christian faith.
New College Lectures, in 1986 the College set up a Trust to conduct an annual series of public lectures. Lecturers address an important issue or aspect of contemporary society and comment on it from the standpoint of their Christian faith and professional expertise.
While New College UNSW did not draw its name from the original New College Oxford (founded in 1379), it is based on the same collegial principles that are well known as the Oxbridge model.
The Oxbridge model was developed by English universities Oxford and Cambridge, who combined living and learning within quadrangle buildings. Being isolated, the residential colleges were holistic institutions, taking responsibility for both the social and academic dimensions of undergraduate life.
One of eight UNSW colleges on campus, New College emulates many aspects of the traditional Oxbridge style of tertiary education and living, with accommodation as well as dining , socialising and learning facilities built around a central courtyard.
The English universities of Oxford and Cambridge combine living and learning within well supported communities. Although the student body and range and focus of studies have changed drastically over the centuries, New College UNSW still draws upon this philosophy. Indeed, the diverse student body, integration with the broader Sydney community and extensive extracurricular activities available further enhance resident wellbeing.
Unique and United
A unique presence amongst UNSW colleges, New has expanded upon the Oxbridge model and developed its own culture and activities to support the development of its residents. The many activities and services available designed to maximise student welfare include:
- Resident advisors providing pastoral care – a surrogate parent for new students
- Formal dinners with guest speakers and musical items
- Men’s and women’s sporting competitions
- Trivia nights, games and an annual ball
- Musical productions, revues and music performance nights
- Full catering and use of self-catering facilities
- Broadband access, internal networks and intranet, and IT support
- Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education (CASE), facilitating open discussion about the place of faith in modern life
- Opportunities to engage in community service