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After an unprecedented year, we were thrilled to welcome in 2021, and our academic year is now as busy and exciting as ever, albeit in a COVID-safe manner.
We continue to be very proud of the unparalleled excellence of our student community. Academically, we are approaching a Distinction average across the whole College. We have a robust tutorial program to support students in almost every subject, to help them achieve their university goals. We remain high achievers on the sporting field and in the creative arts; last year we won all four Intercol Cups. Ours remains the only name on the University Cup, whilst we have won Rawson and Rosebowl Cups more years than not. In the creative arts domain, we possess a depth of talent which has seen St Andrew’s win the Palladian Cup more than all other colleges combined.
We have made great progress in implementing the recommendations arising from Elizabeth Broderick’s cultural review in the course of our two-year action plan. In a wonderful re-statement of the power of the St Andrew’s collaborative model, Council, staff and students have worked tirelessly to choose and celebrate all that is good about College culture, and challenge and change all that is not. The students have been magnificent in this regard, challenging assumptions around the necessity for change, and in so doing, re-discovering and embracing the original purpose of many elements of the cultural landscape in College.
We finally celebrated the official opening of the Thyne Reid Link Building in March 2021; with rooms for 85 new residents in a combination of studio and shared apartment living. The building also contains common rooms, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and studio spaces, with rooms for tutorials and music rehearsal. It represents the largest single increase in accommodation capacity in the College’s history, and forms an important role in our strategic commitment of enabling access to Andrew’s. This ambitious development, at a cost of $25 million, is a bold statement of our confidence in the strength of the St Andrew’s collegiate model; a confidence in the value proposition which we bring to the student accommodation market, knowing that what we have to offer is so much more than a bed on campus.
We also offer a non-residential membership program, allowing more students to access the benefits of the St Andrew’s experience without residing in College.
I am confident that all students of St Andrew’s College will continue to benefit significantly from these initiatives, along with many others as we commence working towards the goals in our 2021-2025 five year strategy. We look forward to sharing details of this with you shortly.
Up to $2 million in bursaries, scholarships and prizes has also been made available for new and returning students. The St Andrew’s Scholars merit program also continues to offer exceptional young people the opportunity to live in College with full fee relief for the duration of their undergraduate degree. We are proud to offer such a broad range of scholarships including those that provide support on a means-tested basis; it means we can welcome those who otherwise may not be able to reside in College.
You may wonder what we look for when selecting students to join us at Andrew’s. Firstly, an ability to thrive and succeed in the context of the University’s academic expectations is of great importance. We also look for those with leadership capabilities or potential, to lead the nation and the world in their chosen field, as so many Androvians have done before them. Students who have expertise or an interest in contributing to an extracurricular domain are also highly regarded, be it in sport, music, performing arts or in the dynamic social environment of this residential community.
Maintaining a 50/50 gender mix is a crucial element of the College, and as well, our long-standing commitment to those from rural, regional and remote areas helps to shape our diverse culture.
St Andrew’s seeks to educate, challenge and develop each of our students to lead lives of contribution and meaning. We are proud to be a community that supports and celebrates inclusiveness and diversity, and cherishes respectful relationships between equals. The friendships that form here become lifelong ties and help to form a valued and enduring community of Andrew’s men and women.