Governor-General opens new wing at University of Queensland King’s College
A new residential wing at King’s College within the University of Queensland was officially opened on March 19.
Designed by Wilson Architects, the Wensley Wing was completed by BADGE Constructions late last year at a cost of $6.9 million.
King’s College Master and Chief Executive Mr Greg Eddy said the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove, opened the wing.
“The state-of-the-art wing accommodates 38 students, and had study and communal areas,” Mr Eddy said.
“The College vision is to be Australia’s pre-eminent Residential College, which will enable diverse and innovative young men to serve and pursue individual excellence.
“The feedback from students has been extremely positive.”
Mr Eddy said the new wing was part of a major project, which included the refurbishment of the entry to the college and the expansion of the Old Collegians’ Learning Centre.
The Wensley Wing is named in honour of the late Robert Wensley QC, a Kingsman who was involved in all aspects of College throughout his life, including the Students’ Club, College Council, Foundation and Board of Fellows.
He was a member of the Senate of the University of Queensland from 1978, was elected Deputy Chancellor in 1999, 2002 and 2005, and served until 2007.
He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his services to the university.
Accommodation at the University of Queensland
UQ St Lucia’s on-campus accommodation consists of 10 residential colleges that are home to more than 2,500 students from Australia and overseas. UQ Gatton accommodates 436 students on campus in the Halls of Residence.
The colleges are located within easy walking distance of all university facilities and provide academic support, social, cultural and sporting activities and the opportunity to build networks and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most residential colleges provide full catering for undergraduate students and either full or some self-catering options for postgraduate students.
Aside from the convenience of having every university facility and service only minutes away, there are other great advantages living at a residential college:
- Supportive staff and secure premises
- Academic tutorial programs and peer group support
- The opportunity to meet other students
- An active sporting, cultural and social life, and
- College scholarships, prizes and bursaries
Life at a residential college aims to complement university life, not only academically, but also in the cultural, sporting and social fields.