About


Who are we?

Overview


RMC is an incorporated not-for-profit residential College affiliated with Macquarie University. We are a university based living and learning community with strong academic and pastoral support for all our residents. By enabling our residents to engage with the university experience in a supportive context, they have the opportunity to develop academically, socially and spiritually. The College offers many student leadership positions for its residents and our multicultural community empowers them to become community-minded leaders in the global village.

History


  • 1974

    RMC was opened

    It was the second College (after New College at UNSW) that resulted from the work of the New Universities Colleges Council, an organisation sponsored by the Sydney Anglican Diocese. The College architect, Noel Bell, fused ideas from Californian and Oxford university colleges to cluster groups of rooms around a central lounge area and to avoid long noisy corridors.

  • 1972 - 1979

    Alan Cole

    The College has only had five Masters in over 35 years, a fact contributing to the stability of the College. The greatly good-humoured, Alan Cole, appointed in 1972 and resigning in 1979, was a biblical scholar and brilliant linguist who spoke to many of the students in their own native tongues, including Mandarin.

  • 1980 - 1990

    Paul Barnett

    Paul Barnett, historian of Bible lands and culture, preacher and pastor and a prolific author, was Master from 1980 to 1990.

  • 1986

    Trinity Chapel was opened

    Following in the footsteps of the college a non-denominational Christian church on campus called Trinity Chapel Macquarie (TCM) was established.

  • 1990 - 2004

    Stuart Piggin

    Stuart Piggin, a modern historian appointed in late 1990, served for fourteen years until 2004.

  • 2000

    Coming together

    Robert Menzies College was established as the entity managing the College.

  • 2005 - 2011

    Chris Bellenger

    Chris Bellenger, retired from a professorship of veterinary surgery and became Master in 2005, serving until 2011.

  • 2012 -

    Bruce Pollard

    The present Master, Bruce Pollard, has a background in accounting and most recently lectured at the Holmes Institute, before taking up his appointment at RMC in January 2012.

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    Throughout its history RMC has been, in the words of Alan Cole, “a caring community espousing high academic standards and ethics.” RMC is a modern, well-equipped College offering excellent facilities and a high standard of pastoral care and academic support for today’s students.


Vision & Mission


Vision

Forming The Person, Transforming Our World

 

Mission

1. Creating a caring community in affordable, quality accommodation.
2. Encouraging learning and academic excellence, including Christian scholarship.
3. Reaching people and teaching them to become mature followers of Christ.

 

Values

Develop a college community:
  • RMC is characterised by mutual respect and care for others, and participation in College life by all members.
  • We provide a ‘home away from home’ for Australian and overseas students as a service to them and to Macquarie University.
  • Our members come from around Australia and all over the world, bringing their diverse experiences and backgrounds to life at RMC.
  • A quick look through this website will give you an idea of how great it is to live and work at Robert Menzies College.
Promote learning, scholarship and leadership:
  • At RMC we actively support the learning process, providing College members with an environment conducive to study, encouraging excellence and providing study support.
  • We foster individual growth and development of College members as persons and in leadership.
  • We maintain close links to the academic programs and staff of Macquarie University.
  • We encourage learning and provide mentors and tutors from among our senior members and others.
  • We support academic research and scholarship with the RMC Visiting Academic Program.
Encourage a spiritual focus:
  • RMC has established a non-denominational Christian church on campus called Trinity Chapel Macquarie (TCM). Attendance at Chapel services is voluntary.
  • TCM offers spiritual nurture and development to the residential community of RMC and to the wider academic and local communities.
  • TCM aims to teach the Bible, foster lifelong Christian discipleship, train in evangelism and model a vital church.
  • We collaborate with several of the student Christian clubs and societies on campus.

Staff


Several staff members and their families live on site. Their presence enhances the family atmosphere of the college. The staff and families provide pastoral care for all students. RMC also has 12 Student Residential Tutors to provide all students in their blocks with academic and social support.

Bruce Pollard

Master

The Master (who lives with his wife Alison on campus) is the Head and CEO of Robert Menzies College. He is responsible for running the whole organisation including the residential college and Trinity Chapel Macquarie. The Master is accountable to the Board of Robert Menzies College.

E: bruce.pollard@rmc.nsw.edu.au

Katrina Clifford

Dean

The Dean (who lives on campus with her husband Tim and sons Sebastian and Nathanael) is in charge of the residential program, ensuring that good order in the college is maintained and students are able to achieve their goals by providing academic assistance and an appropriate studying environment.

E: katrina.clifford@rmc.nsw.edu.au

Dan Anderson

Chaplain/Pastor

The Chaplain (who lives on campus with his wife Emma, son Nat and daughter Evie) is part of the RMC residential team as well as being the Pastor of Trinity Chapel Macquarie (TCM). His pastoral role means he gets involved with students, talking and praying about issues with people of any faith or none. He is in charge of the Bible Study program and helping people who want to find out more about Jesus.

E: dan.anderson@rmc.nsw.edu.au

Mark Mann

Business Manager

The Business Manager oversees college operations including student services, administration, finance, maintenance, house keeping, food services, and marketing.

E: mark.mann@rmc.nsw.edu.au

RMC Directors


David Barnett

Qualifications:

  • BA, PgDHRM, GAICD / Managing Director

Special responsibilities:

  • Chairman from 24 February 2014
  • Deputy Chairman to 24 February 2014
  • Finance Committee from 24 February 2014

Christopher Edwards

Qualifications:

  • BTh / Bishop

Russell Lee

Qualifications:

  • BArch, ARAIA / Architect

Special responsibilities:

  • Planning & Building Committee

Colleen Loo

Qualifications:

  • MB BS, MD FRANZCP / Medical Practitioner

Special responsibilities:

  • Risk Committee

Sally Manion

Qualifications:

  • BCom, CA, CFP, FAICD / Company Director

Special responsibilities:

  • Finance Committee Chair

Alanna Nobbs

Qualifications:

  • BA, PhD / Academic

Boyo Ockinga

Qualifications:

  • MA, DPhil / Academic

Special responsibilities:

  • Planning & Building Committee

Maureen Peatman

Qualifications:

  • DipLaw (SAB), Assoc. Professional Certificate in Expert Evidence by Sydney University, FAPI / Lawyer

Special responsibilities:

  • Risk Committee Chair

Nicola Warwick Mayo

Qualifications:

  • BEc, FCA, FAICD, FFin / Accountant

Special responsibilities:

  • Deputy Chair from 24 February 2014
  • Finance Committee

One Position Temporarily Vacant

 

Robert Menzies College is a ‘not-for-profit’ company. There are eight RMC Directors appointed by the Anglican Church (Diocese of Sydney), one director appointed by Macquarie University and one Director appointed by the Directors of the company. Directors do not receive any remuneration for their services. Any surplus income is retained for the future development and maintenance of the College.