Life at College
At Women’s, you’ll quickly discover that College life is central to your university experience. Much more than a place to sleep, Women’s will be your social base and a place to call home. While you’ll have your own room, the communal areas are where you’ll develop lasting friendships.
Whether studying side-by-side for exams or enjoying some down time in the lounge, Women’s residents (or ‘Woozas’ as you affectionately become) are united by a desire to learn what the world has to offer them and what they have to offer the world. A nurturing and supportive environment is created by the Head of College and her team. The Deputy Head of College provides pastoral care support to all students, while a Senior Resident and Resident Assistants, themselves senior women, live alongside residents, offering friendship and guidance.
Academic support is available through the academic tutorial program and our superb facilities ensure you have access to everything you need to succeed in your studies. You’ll also be encouraged to pursue your interests outside of study. Social functions are organised throughout the year and the cultural program, including drama, choir, and debating, offers something for all tastes. Women’s also enjoys a strong sporting tradition with 17 sports on offer through the Intercollege Council Competition.
Women’s provides an intimate environment dedicated to personal and intellectual discovery among like-minded women. Life at Women’s is truly an exceptional experience.
The Women’s College spirit is extraordinary.
The women are inspired to achieve success and excellence in all pursuits. Academic excellence is seen as one of many forms of achievement. The Inter College Competition (known as the ICC) is another where everyone is encouraged to fully engage with the broad range of non academic pursuits.
Participation and contribution are celebrated.
Within the College we share a vibrant and caring collegiate community which provides an environment of friendship and support. As the women who live here say: ‘Our College is our home’.
Choosing your university accommodation is an important decision. Beyond the practicality of living in a convenient, secure and comfortable location so close to UQ, life at Women’s offers a supportive and seamless transition into the very best university experience. At Women’s:
- Your personal journey comes first. The focus is on making the most of who you are and what you want to become.
- You’ll be free to pursue your intellectual passions and to focus on your studies.
- Your friends and fellow residents will be diverse individuals whose unique experiences create a vibrant community.
- You will have access to a wide variety of female role models to support and inspire you.
- Your life will be full of opportunities for academic, social, sporting and cultural activities that make for a full and rewarding student life outside of classes.
- You’ll gain leadership skills and experience that will help you prepare for leadership positions in your life, your community and your profession.
At Women’s, there are no stereotypes about what women should do, but there are unlimited expectations about what women can do.
The Women’s College was established in 1914 and has enjoyed a rich history as part of the University of Queensland. The Women’s College was first situated at Kangaroo Point, moving to the current site at St Lucia in 1958.
The College Crest
The Armorial Bearings of the College Crest were assigned by Royal Warrant in 1957 and include three key elements:
- The Cross Pattee symbolises the chivalric virtues including loyalty, piety, frankness, bravery, honour and helpfulness towards the poor and sick. It is also the state emblem of Queensland.
- The Lamp of Learning is a universal symbol of scholarship.
- In heraldry, the red rose represents grace and beauty.
Traditionally the Women’s College colours were blue, chocolate and gold. In modern times the deep maroon from the cross pattee and red rose of the College Crest have been used with white and navy blue as the Women’s colours.
Capimus ut dividamus – “We take that we may share”
Benedictus Benedicat, per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen – said prior to the meal at formal and celebratory dinners
Benedicto Benedicatur, per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen – closing grace
A version of the Latin Grace, the meaning is loosely translated to: “Blessed is He and may he bless [this food] through Jesus Christ Our Lord”.
Women’s first mascot, a little stone fawn known as “Eeyore”, was hand carved during the early 1940s by noted Australian sculptor Leonard Shillam.
It was originally installed in Women’s garden at Kangaroo Point. After moving to St Lucia, “Eeyore” continues to live in the College gardens, despite living in constant threat of abduction from rival Colleges.
After years of being defended and rescued, “Eeyore” is now is a secure home within the Maureen Aitken Garden.
The current College mascot is a doll called Mary Wooza. The origin of this doll is shrouded in mystery. When Mary Wooza makes appearances at sporting matches and other College events, she is heavily guarded and all Woozas keep a close eye on her safety.