Intellectual Life

Senior Common Room Discussions

St Andrew’s College alumni are on occasion invited to address an audience in the Senior Common Room on a variety of topics, professional experience and fields of interest.

These talks and subsequent discussions are open to all Andrew’s residents, and invitations are often extended outside of the College.

The College also has a variety of academic and other visitors throughout the year. These interstate and overseas academics provide opportunities for both our undergraduate and graduate students to participate in after dinner conversations in a variety of disciplines.

Read more about our Senior Common Room.

  • 2016
    • 29 February 2016

      J. Shannon, 'The global interest rate environment and the resulting impact...'
      Angela Collins, 'Sexuality and diversity at College.'

    • 7 March 2016

      W. Cesta. 'Conservatism, contradictions...' S. Mischewski, 'Tips and intricacies of the GAMSAT.' M. Van Westing, 'The changing role of marketing...'

    • 14 March 2016

      J. Ellis, 'The ins and outs of showjumping.' Arjun Prakash, 'Conjuring Curiosity.' Angus Trenerry, 'The historicity of the David and Goliath story.'

    • 21 March 2016

      A. Achterstraat, 'The law of charities: Is religion a charity?' M. Clune, 'The changing state of privacy laws in NSW.' M. Sligo, 'The spectacular moons of the outer solar system.'

    • 4 April 2016

      Dr G. Hill-Cawthorne and K. Anton, 'Multidisciplinary initiatives at the University of Sydney.'

    • 18 April 2016

      Prof I. Jack, 'Reflections on student power and archaeology at the University of Sydney.'

    • 9 May 2016

      S. Ritson. 'The Case of the Female Orgasm: 'Upsuck' and bias in science.'

    • 16 May 2016

      Musical Evening: H. Wilson & N. Thompson (soprano), D. Weston (harpsichord), I. Jack (piano), W. Cesta (piano), T. Grenyer (virginal), M. Takahashi (ophicleide)

    • 24 May 2016

      K.Lonie, 'Thatcher, Twitter and Taylor: Understanding the complex, contradictory, nature of young women’s political engagement in the UK and Australia.'

    • 30 May 2016

      J. Walker, 'Refugee Law and States' Obligations: A Philosophical Perspective.'

    • 8 August 2016

      Academic and University Careers Panel (Careers Week), featuring Dr G. Carabetta, Dr J. Kent, Dr C. Neff, Dr K. Rooney, Assoc Prof L. McWhinnie, Dr B. O'Dea.

    • 15 August 2016

      Melissa-Kelly Franklin, 'Portrait' (short film screening.)
      Dr Neil Saunders, 'A brief excursion in Symmetry.'

    • 29 August 2016

      Dr Anne Hanley, 'Sex, Health and the State: State-supported patient care for venereal diseases in Britain, 1918-1939.'

    • 5 September 2016

      Dr Christopher Neff, '5 key moments that made the repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy in the US (which made openly gay service illegal) possible in 2011.'

    • 12 September 2016

      Musical Evening

    • 19 September 2016

      T. Grenyer, 'The Most Confusing Extinction.'

    • 10 October 2016

      Prof A. Ahlqvist, 'Celtic.'

    • 24 October 2016

      Musical Evening

    • 10 November 2016

      Prof M. Evans

  • 2017

St Andrew’s College Annual Lecture

The Annual Lecture takes place in August each year. It is dedicated to an accomplished former resident of the College, is delivered by a prominent member of the wider community and it focuses on contemporary social issues.

2008 – The inaugural lecture was dedicated to the late, great H V (Doc) Evatt and was delivered by Justice Michael Kirby to a capacity audience in the College Chapel on 14 August. Justice Kirby spoke about ‘The Life of H. V. Evatt – at St Andrew’s College, Sydney University and beyond, and about Human Rights then, now and in the future.’

2009 – Again attracting a capacity crowd, this lecture was dedicated to the distinguished Andrewsman, Sir Percival Halse Rogers. It was delivered by Mr Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW, and entitled ‘An Australian Bill of Rights? Is Australia doing enough?’

2010 –  Held in honour of the distinguished Andrewsman Dr J J C Bradfield. The lecture entitled ‘The Case for Public Service’ was delivered by the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop AC. Dr Gallop is Director, Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008 for distinguished service to the Parliament of Western Australia, to the promotion of economic development and environmental sustainability, and to the community through educational, health and social reform.

2011 – Named in honour of distinguished Andrewsman, Sir Victor Marcus Coppleson (1893 – 1965) and was delivered by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir,Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney.  On Wednesday 31 August, Her Excellency delivered the lecture ‘Lachlan Macquarie 5th Governor of New South Wales A Scotsman’s Legacy to Australasia.’

2013 Professor Rosalind Croucher addressed the audience in the Chapel on 29 August on the topic of ‘Defining Moments – of Scottish Connections, St Andrew’s College and Crossroads in History.’ This lecture was in honour of the distinguished Reverend Theorora Hobbs (1931 – 2011). Professor Croucher’s 2013 paper can be downloaded here.

2015 Lieut. Gen. David Morrison AO (Retd.) addressed the audience in the Chapel on 25 August on the topic of ‘Girt by Beach or Girt by Sea? Australia’s perennial security debate – A General’s perspective.’

2016 – Reverend Professor Emeritus James Haire AC addressed the audience in the Chapel on 6 September on the topic of ‘Theology in Violent Times – Commemorating the Legacy of John McIntyre.’