St Paul's College eNewsletter - November 2016
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From the Warden: The Larger College and the Third Quadrangle

At the end of my 22nd year as Warden, I am asking Paulines and all friends of College for support as we build a Third Quadrangle and add a Graduate House for men and women in research or professional degrees.   

Please read this personally as a request from me on behalf of this great institution.

My time as Warden will reach an end. The greater College will persist and recur and go on to greater things.  It will change but in some ways it will be the same.

We turn away too many entrants to University who would benefit from undergraduate life as members of College as a foundation for life ahead. We want to admit many more annually – and so we should. Please help make that possible.

We are also building a Graduate House for older men and women engaged in a professional or Research higher degree and to draw in senior academic visitors to University short term.

The total $70 million project is imbued with the Pauline and University of Sydney character.  It will establish larger, genuine, academically informed communities, and enduring friendships – succeeding at undergraduate level, while the best research and professional outcomes are attained in the Graduate House.

It will renew our identity as ‘of and within the University’ – a world class University heading towards 60,000 students in which our present 200 are a tiny cohort.

I ask for your considered, tangible support as the College commits to these great steps in its 160 year history.

St Paul’s men span the generations. A decade ago, men aged 75 or more came to Hall as the College celebrated its 150th birthday. Men from ‘Artie’s day’ (Garnsey) shared their stories. I recall Gough telling me about the horse-power of the air force planes he navigated, for example.

Whether aged 18 or 80+, College has become an enduring community that can renew and change while remaining the same in key matters. The future College invites our present, considered action.

I have met Paulines from the nineteen-thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and on up to the present. That College is a micro-universe.

We now need a cohort of men and women to support dimensions of the Graduate House and the Third Quadrangle. Whatever your generation, I ask you to be an active supporter, now and across the next five critical years.

It is also important that professional, academic women, friends of College and University, people who hold up half the sky (at least!) take a foundational interest in the Graduate House venture - as they have done formally as the St Paul's College Womens' Organisation in the present College since at least 1927; again in the days of the great Arthur Garnsey.

I admire the Australian National University in Canberra, the University of Western Australia, and the University of Melbourne for all their successes in benefaction for collegiate and on-campus life. People have just stepped up and made real a vision for collegiate life. Some have been asked. Some have just materialised and done it.

But, our hopes are for St Paul’s and Sydney and our hopes can be well-founded. We can replicate the long term generosity expressed in the St Paul's College Foundation in a new benefaction for this great project.  

The Third Quadrangle and Graduate House will come into its glory when founded substantially on benefaction and generosity from within and beyond the Pauline community. That is how the capacity to invite into residence will become truly real.

Practical generosity is critical to our success.  As we receive generous gifts, the buildings and the community will come into their own. Fees are important but so are scholarships and bursaries. Both make the place sound, each in its own way.

I am interested in the phrase ‘students not customers’ – a slogan that I saw in the window of an historic Oxford quadrangle. Paulines in residence have always been seen as students and residents first.
Across its history, many Paulines have enjoyed phenomenal success in life. This project, pivotal in the 160 year life of College, invites us to give back to College and to re-invest in it as an engine for great social good. 

We can move College into its best orbit for at least the next forty years and more.

Please talk to us about this in all its aspects. There are many ways to support.

The Reverend Canon Dr Ivan Head
2016 Union Dinner
Friday, 25 November 2016
Please join us for an evening focused on the future of St Paul’s College with our guest-of-honour & speaker, the pre-eminent architect:

Mr John Richardson (1965)

Director, Cox Richardson 
One of the principal architects of the 
St Paul’s College Expansion Project
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In November 2016 the College Council formally approved the project to expand the College. As these plans now start to become a reality, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with details of the approved vision for the future of the College.
Philip Cox watercolour of St Paul's College (aerial north facing)
St Paul’s College aspires to be internationally recognised as a place of rigorous intellectual, moral and spiritual engagement at the heart of the University of Sydney: a place where undergraduate and graduate students, academic staff and visitors - reflecting the full spectrum of university life - interact, grow and learn from one another in a mutually supportive residential environment.

We will build upon the College’s illustrious heritage to shape an even brighter tomorrow, by expanding the existing College for men (predominantly undergraduates) and by creating a distinctive new community for postgraduate students and academics, both men and women.

The resulting larger College will be a vibrant, connected and continually relevant community, shaping for good the lives of its members, the University of Sydney, and the society of tomorrow.
St Paul's College Master Plan

Third Quadrangle (Stage 1)

The College will build upon the long-standing excellence of our students to achieve a larger and more diverse male undergraduate community, while retaining the essential ethos and elements of life offered by the College.

New and expanded facilities which meet the needs of modern student life will include a new ‘West Wing’ with approximately 100 studio rooms on the north-west corner of the College land. This will form a Third Quadrangle to the north of Denison and Garnsey, seeing the population of the existing College grow to approximately 290 in one community from the start of the 2018 academic year. The Warden believes that existing routines can be managed at those numbers, with some finessing for major events.

In addition to new state-of-the-art accommodation for undergraduates, the Third Quadrangle will include a new Study Centre / Library, a Gymnasium, Common Rooms, and a championship-sized Croquet Lawn. The West Wing will be used for conferencing and other external uses during vacation periods.
Third Quadrangle 
The new facilities will provide the space and capacity to enable the prospects of our students achieving excellence across the many opportunities offered by university life. They will also allow for the continuation of academic and pastoral support and other outstanding programmes that make the St Paul’s College experience so transformative. 

Upgrades to some existing College facilities are also planned as part of the expansion works; including relocation of the tennis courts, improvements to common room facilities, grounds, security and car parking.

For example, it is intended that the existing Mansfield Library will become the central common room for the present College, opening both to the Main Quadrangle and to the Third Quadrangle, incorporating modern recreational facilities for residents. It is also intended that a new ‘vestibule’ be created in Denison to ‘connect’ the Main and Third Quadrangles as part of the undergraduate College in all its dimensions.

Graduate House (Stage 1)

Graduate House

A new Graduate House will be built as a new and co-related activity of the present College, with a specific vision as follows:
We will create a world-class collegiate community for postgraduate students and academics, whose members and programmes will be engaged with the University of Sydney and the world in real and practical ways.

For women and men, from Australia and internationally, the Graduate House will develop its own lived ethos and culture, founded upon multi-disciplinary interaction and distinctive academic leadership, which will shape for good the lives of its members, the University, and the society of tomorrow.

Although separate, its presence nearby will be of great benefit to the continuing undergraduate community of St Paul’s College, as it will be to the University as a whole.

This community will be at the heart of the University, both in physical location and in human endeavour, responding particularly to the University’s growing focus on higher degrees and postgraduate studies, and on inter-disciplinary research centres which search for solutions to local and global challenges and explore new ways of living. 

While ultimately governed by the Warden and Fellows of St Paul’s College, the Graduate House will have its own Board and leadership which will aim to attract the best and brightest minds, to foster inter-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration and learning among its members, and to build strong academic connections with the University.

Over time, the Graduate House may focus on particular themes in its intellectual life, for shorter and longer periods, in response to the emerging challenges of society and in ways which connect with the distinguished heritage and Anglican foundation of St Paul's College.
The Graduate House will be a residentially based community, with facilities suitable for both independent-style living in high quality accommodation and communal activities. It may also have non-resident affiliate members participating in its collegiate life.
Graduate House Studio Room
The Graduate House will be a standalone community with its own facilities and Graduate Garden, built to the east of the West Wing. It will house 150 research students, students taking higher professional degrees and academic visitors from the total range of University programmes, demonstrably adding value to the lives of its adult residents.

It will be open to women and men approximately 22-32 years of age, with a range of room types catering for differing residential requirements (single, married / with partners). Rooms will generally be equipped with ensuite bathrooms and kitchenettes.

It will contain a full suite of amenities fit for graduate studies and life, including a Study Centre, a Dining Room, kitchen and servery, common rooms, communal cooking facilities, and music rooms.

It is intended that the Graduate House community will be governed by a subsidiary Board of the College Council and led by a distinguished scholar Dean. An apt and seamless use of both shared and distinct amenities between the Graduate House and the present College will be administered by the Warden.

Graduate House is targeted for completion in mid-2018.

University Space (Stage 1)

The University of Sydney will lease approximately 2,400 square metres of space under Graduate House and the West Wing, below the level of the College Oval facing north. This space will be used for offices and teaching and will operate independently of the College’s spaces in those buildings. Rent from this lease will help underpin financing of the College expansion.
Northern Elevation
(l to r: Academic House, Graduate House, Library/Pavilion and West Wing)

Academic House (Stage 2)

The Academic House building to the north-east corner of the College grounds will follow as a second stage pending further development work and feasibility analysis.
Academic House - Fisher Road Entrance

Project Team

The College project team, led by the Vice Warden Mr Geoff Lovell and Mr Stephen McMillan, continues to receive expert advice on the project from Citta Property Group, Cox Architecture, Hector Abrahams Architects, and has the whole-hearted ongoing support of the University of Sydney. 


Enabling Works

Enabling works have now commenced on the Graduate and West Wing buildings, undertaken by Buildcorp.
Enabling Works on 10th November 2016


Your Support

We hope you will partner with us to strengthen St Paul's College as the pre-eminent college for both undergraduate and graduate students, shaping for good the lives of its members, the University of Sydney, and the society of tomorrow.

If you'd like to learn more about the project, please contact us:

Vice Warden
Mr Geoff Lovell 02 9550 7443

Director of Advancement
Mrs Kim Sanchez 02 9550 7443
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