University Hall have a Residential Life team committed to providing 24/7 support for the residential community. All residents have access to academic, social community, leadership,well-being and sporting initiatives as well as the Residents’ Club (a student elected group of residents who are passionate about the Hall community and volunteer their time to organise activities for residents to maximise their college experience).
Mark Sampson, University Hall Principal
As the UniHall Principal Mark is responsible for overseeing the leadership of all aspects as well as leading the future strategic direction. Mark focuses on supporting all staff to make UniHall a dynamic, vibrant, relaxed and fun place to live and to continue to build relationships with key stakeholders such as The University of Western Australia. He has been here for a little over five months and previous to that spent 30 years teaching and had leadership roles in secondary schools throughout Australia.
Some of his many interests are watching and playing all sports, reading and camping but he really loves fishing, ski paddling, cricket, AFL and his Mum’s spaghetti bolognaise!
“I am excited to be appointed as Principal of University Hall. In my years of secondary teaching and school leadership I have developed a passion for guiding staff and students and particularly supporting students and residents to feel safe, valued and happy. I am very impressed with the team of staff that lead University Hall as well as the academic, cultural, leadership and social programs on offer that encourage student learning, positive relationships and personal welfare.”
Melissa Suckley, Deputy Principal
Melissa has been part of the University Hall team since August 2016.
Melissa brings with her 18 years of experience in the University sector, the majority being in the Student Housing area in administrative roles, including 6 years’ experience as a Deputy Manager. She also has a B. International Studies and Grad.Dip. Language (Italian). As Deputy Principal Mel leads the Residential Support team in providing a productive and harmonious living and learning community within UniHall. She also works with our alumni to continue to enagage and build support for past residents. In her next life she wants to be a cat so she can lay in the sun and sleep all day.
Dr Lee-Von Kim, Residential Life Coordinator
Lee-Von joined the University Hall team in 2015 with a wealth of experience in the academic environment at The University of Western Australia.
As well as a Residential Life Coordinator, Lee-Von is a member of the UWA Academic Board. She oversees the Academic Team, Community Service and Social Life Programs for UniHall. Her role on the UWA Academic Board allows her to keep close relationships with UWA academic staff to provide our residents with the best opportunity to excel in their studies. Lee-Von loves to talk about 90s music and has a Simpsons quote for every occasion.
“I studied English, History and Fine Arts at UWA and have taught there since 2006. I have a PhD in English and Cultural Studies, with a research interest in postcolonial studies, trauma theory and autobiography. Between 2013 and 2015 I was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Autobiography in Comparative Perspective at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of New College, Oxford.”
Stefanie Collette, Residential Life Coordinator
Stefanie has been part of the University Hall team for five years as one of the Residential Life Coordinators (RLC).
Prior to joining University Hall, Stefanie worked as a Counsellor at UWA Counselling and Psychological Services for several years and also previously worked as Social Worker. She has a Masters of Counselling and is especially passionate about student well-being. In 2017 Stefanie is the RLC for A to E Houses and oversees the Sports, Health & Well-being program, as well as the Community Advocate program. Stefanie lives onsite with her husband, son and two cats! Hailing originally from Vancouver, Canada, Stefanie is always up for a chat about ice hockey or why maple syrup is the secret elixir of life.
“My favourite part of being a Residential Life Coordinator is building strong, authentic and lasting relationships with our residents. For me, nothing is more important than supporting our students to achieve their academic, professional, social and personal goals. I feel very lucky to work with such talented individuals and I’m always delighted when alumni come back to UniHall for a visit!”
Stuart Ede, Residential Life Coordinator
Stuart has been part of the University Hall team for five years and is originally from London.
Stuart was a physical education teacher for over sixteen years in the UK and has a strong passion for pastoral care. He leads the Pathways to Leadership, Culture and Environment and Arts and Crafts Programs at the Hall. When Stuart isn’t following his beloved Chelsea FC and London Wasps it is highly likely he will be listening to Paul Weller!!
Residential Advisors (RAs) are fellow peers employed by University Hall.
They are responsible for the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of all the residents on their floor and a massive help in welcoming them to the University Hall community. Each night after 5pm, two RAs are on duty and the first point of contact to help with any after- hours incidents or concerns.