Pastoral Care
Union College supports individuals in taking responsibility for making decisions about themselves and the way they wish to conduct themselves while a resident at Union College.

Head of College and Dean of Students

Union College encourages residents to pursue independent lives, but also provides help and support if it is ever needed or wanted. Unexpected upsets can occur, and residents have the reassurance that both the Head of College and the Dean of Students have a wealth of experience in matters relevant to student welfare and academic life, and are available to assist, or provide referral to nearby support services. Both live onsite and are available to provide assistance for residents after hours if required.

Resident Mentor Program

Resident mentors are older year residents who live on the floor with first year residents, and are key people in the College’s Community Care Program.

Resident Mentors are carefully chosen by the College to be reassuring and well informed, able to support first years as they work their way through the sometimes unsettling stages of transition to tertiary life.

Resident Mentors receive training in such matters as:

  • How to assist first year residents with their transition to university and college life
  • Leadership
  • CPR and First Aid
  • College Operations
  • Mental Health including drug, alcohol and other substances, and eating disorders

Health and Welfare

UQ students have convenient and close access to medical (and specialist), optical, dental, and counselling services through UQ Health Service.
Private medical and physiotherapy services at the nearby Hawken Village are very student friendly.
Union College is within easy reach of The Wesley Hospital and The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.

Security

Union College strives to create a safe, secure and harmonious environment in which to live.

  • Individual room keys are issued to residents.
  • Duty Resident Mentors are available each day to assist residents.
  • The office is staffed on nights and weekends by security personnel.
  • Access onto our site, as well as to all accommodation levels, is only available by use of electronic fob issued to residents.