Due to the broad range of actions that may be considered supportive of a resident, our Senior Residents may be many different things to many different people. However, their responsibilities may be considered to include these sub sections.
These are just some of the duties and responsibilities a Senior Resident may oversee; you may end up drawing on them for a range of things not even specified here. But one thing is for certain: Every Senior Resident is passionate in wanting to guarantee you make it through your time at college as smoothly and enjoyably as possible!
In conjunction with other leadership teams, providing a dynamic an integrated community that each and every resident may feel a part of. This is both done on the level of each Senior Resident’s floor (with twice-weekly consultation hours/”Tim Tam Nights”), as well as across the community as a whole.
Senior Residents are rostered into an on-call system that runs outside of office-hours, ensuring prompt and effective responses to needs as they arise. Whether these be small matters (e.g. lost room cards, storage access) or require emergency services, the Senior Residents are trained and ready to respond to these needs.
Every Senior Resident runs a floor party per term, usually with either the provision of food (e.g. Pizza, potlucks, picnics) or activities (e.g. laser-tag, trampoline arena, ice-skating). The Senior Residents of each residential block also conduct fortnightly coffee nights, providing coffee, tea, hot chocolate, biscuits. Furthermore, they are responsible for coordinating Commencement (An event celebrating the start of the year) and Valete (Our farewell event to departing residents).
Ensure an enjoyable and successful transition into university life, providing guidance in terms of the best way to settle into your new environment, and support and encouragement if this period is a little bumpier than expected.
As senior members of the Burton and Garran Hall community, Senior Residents are well-versed on a number of matters pertaining to the student experience. Whether it be how to get involved with an aspect of college/university life, information pertaining to a course or enrolment, or the best place for coffee in Canberra, the Senior Resident will generally have an idea (or know the Senior Resident who has it sussed out!)
Checking up with residents on a regular basis to ensure that all residents are happy and healthy, providing guidance and referral to residents in times of need, and enhancing wellbeing for those who may not be.
The SR on each floor is located in room 14 (ie C214, D014 etc).
If you can’t find your SR after hours and you need help, you can also reach out to the SR on duty (to provide after hours assistance) by calling extension 40040.