New College Village Building Project Update

Sunday 6 January, 2008
by New College Admin
The much talked about New College Village (NCV) is rapidly rising above the ground.

The much talked about New College Village (NCV) is rising above the ground and will be open for semester 1 2009. The NCV will be the most significant postgraduate accommodation built in Australia and is the most ambitious project initiated by any not-for-profit organization at an Australian university in several decades. The new 319-bed building will offer UNSW a unique postgraduate residential community.

Students will choose between self-contained studios with their own kitchenette and ensuite, or their own room with ensuite in multi-bedroom (5 or 6) apartments. New College Village will have many shared spaces designed to facilitate community, residents will share 2 common rooms on each level, a rooftop terrace, a large ground floor games room, a business centre, convenience store, reading room, 2 outdoor courtyards and BBQ facilities, as well as a large ground floor main common room and formal meeting rooms. The building will be the first accommodation on campus that is air-conditioned and has all ensuite bedrooms.

New College Village will provide strong community life and support, with residential staff consisting of Senior Residents offering pastoral care and academic support and a live-in Dean. Applications are now being accepted for accommodation in 2009. The University of New South Wales has significant on campus accommodation needs. In the 2020 Campus Master Plan it was suggested that there was a need to create an additional 3000 beds. New College Village will help to meet this need, providing a considerable increase in the current on campus residential population at the University of New South Wales.

On February 12, 2008 a Foundation Stone ceremony officially marked the commencement of construction which began in August 2007. The Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of NSW, Professor Frederick G Hilmer AO, unveiled the Foundation Stone for New College Village.

At the launch Professor Hilmer expressed his ringing endorsement for the project, highlighting its importance in supporting the University’s current strategies and direction. Amongst other things in his keynote address the Vice-Chancellor commented: “This is a very important development for UNSW. It is aligned with our strategic directions and we are grateful to New College for its initiative.”

Speaking as one of the founders of New College, Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge commented that:

The driving force fifty years ago (for the New College vision) … came from Lawrie and Alison Lyons … I recall tramping over disused tram-tracks at Randwick (one of the first options for the location of New College). The University also offered an old racecourse beyond Kingsford … But it was the tenacity of the Lyons’s in dealing with the Vice-Chancellor of the time that enabled us to hold out for at least a toehold on the Kensington campus proper. This is the site we are on today.

The NCV is a continuation of the vision and work of the inspirational founders group that began in 1955, of which Lawrie and Alison Lyons and Edwin Judge were members. For regular NCV project updates from the Master visit the NCV News Blog»

What will the NCV community be like?

New College Village will be a strong and supportive community that is driven by the same priorities and goals as the original New College. While it will serve

postgraduate students it will seek to:

provide strong pastoral care;

significant academic support through residential staff;

offer rich social and cultural activities;

provide numerous links between residents and the

University community;

connect residents to a wider network of relationshipson the campus and within the community through an active Fellows program.

To shape the community the current Master will live with his wife Carmen in the building and lead the residential program.

New College Village Applications for accommodation open

New College is now accepting applications to New College Village. To apply simply complete the “Online Application” form at: /ncv_howtoapply.html and follow the instructions there. Please make others in your networks aware of this

important UNSW accommodation opportunity. Interest in NCV is strong and the Colege is confident that places will soon be filled.

Mark Fairfull