Flinders Living has won the inaugural national award as the College/University Housing Operation of the Year from the Australasian Association of University Hall and College Officers (AACUHO).
Ms Helen Fletcher, Dean of Flinders Living, accepted the award at the opening dinner of the 2013 AACUHO conference at the Hilton Hotel on April 10.
Some 550 students live on the Flinders campus, divided between University Hall and the Deirdre Jordan Village.
Ms Fletcher said she was “ecstatic” at the recognition of the unique qualities of student accommodation at Flinders.
“We attract the very best students from around Australia and the globe – it is our residents who make University Hall and the Village the lively, harmonious and welcoming environments that they are,” Ms Fletcher said.
“Flinders Living prides itself on its positive, collegiate environment with programs developed over many years to support: the transition from home to university, the development of leadership skills, community knowledge, responsibility and participation, and intellectual endeavour.
“We have created a global learning community of which we are immensely proud.”
The Award was conferred on Flinders Living for demonstrating “quantifiable excellence across their entire operation”.
Pastoral care for students is provided by trained residential student staff, with the support of the Dean, Associate Deans and the rest of the Flinders Living staff.
“I find it a wonderful thing to see our extraordinary students enriched and excited by our programs and events. Flinders Living truly assists its residents to meet their potential both academically and in life,” Ms Fletcher said.
Tessa Doets, a member of the University Hall residential staff team, described Flinders Living as “a true home away from home”.
“As an international student I was welcomed warmly, and now as a Residential Tutor I enjoy the opportunity to welcome new residents with the same open arms and educational and mentoring approach.”