Entering a university college can be exciting – new friends to be made, adventures to be had, and independence to be gained. However, knowing that many challenges are presented to students when beginning university, support services of various kinds are offered to residents at New College.
Resident advisors, academic tutors and student groups provide specific support services – both in life and academia – in order to smooth the transition.
Life at New College is designed to maximise welfare and wellbeing; students are encouraged to get involved in sport, healthy meals are provided three times per day , and socialising opportunities in many forms abound.
Adjusting to the rigorous, independent nature of tertiary-level study can be daunting for first year students.
One of the many advantages of choosing a university college in Sydney over independent living is in-house access to tutoring, in either full tutorial or one-on-one format.
Typically high-achieving senior undergraduates, academic tutors are appointed each year across a range of disciplines. This team is available to assist lower-year students in their studies.
At New College university support extends far beyond academic assistance. Moving away from home and entering adulthood comes with a range of challenges that require emotional support and advice.
A team of resident advisers and academic tutors work together under the Dean of Residents and Master of the College to provide a robust support network for whatever life might throw at residents.
Resident Advisors (RAs) become de facto college ‘mums and dads,’ providing students at the university support and advice on personal concerns, and are able to deal with a range of serious issues, for example situations requiring first aid.
Each RA is assigned two common room groups, a dedicated go-to person ensuring that student welfare is maximised, socially, emotionally and psychologically.
Accompanying the increasing technological dependence of studies at university, colleges need to provide comprehensive computing and network resources. Each room is equipped with a data link for broadband internet access, and New College has its own shared networks and intranet. Wif-fi is also available throughout many parts of the building.
The Network Administration and Resources Committee (NARC) is a group of students providing first level support for IT issues, from network problems, to software installation, email, printing and more.