St Mark’s takes the wellbeing of its students very seriously.  A motivated, dedicated support team is committed to helping students get the most from their studies and personal life while at St Mark’s and well after they graduate.


St Mark’s offers the best all-round university living experience.

The College has a strong support network for students, many who are living away from home for the first time.

A team of experienced, caring residential staff and trained student leaders collectively focus on making the transition to College and university life a stress-free experience.

St Mark’s has worked hard to build a living and learning community which promotes positive wellbeing.   It has successfully created an environment in which students can flourish, achieve their potential and enjoy student life to the full.

Peer Support

St Mark’s students never have to go it alone.

Peer support is an ingrained part of the College living and learning environment where students assist and support each other to succeed academically and personally.

Students can benefit greatly from peer support networks to help them settle into their studies and start enjoying all that university life and St Mark’s has to offer.

The College’s well-developed culture of peer support includes trained residential advisors, mentors and academic tutors.

This support network means there is always someone available to offer advice and perspective, for academic and personal concerns.

Learning and Wellbeing Reviews

Formal reviews, held each semester, are designed to support students in their overall transition to university and maintaning a healthly balance in all aspects of their life.

Learning and Wellbeing Reviews give every student the chance to meet with the Head of College, Dean and Director of Learning to discuss their academic progress, career goals and overall health and wellbeing.

Student Counselling

Extensive counselling services are available to help students resolve any problems impacting their wellbeing or study.

Any student experiencing personal or academic problems can seek help from a wide variety of caring professionals including the Master, the Dean, the Director of Learning, Chaplain and student leaders such as the Assistant Dean, Head Residential Advisors and Senior Academic Tutor.

Further support is available from the male and female equity officers of the College Club, the Wellbeing Officer, any member of the College Club committee, academic tutors and residential advisors. Every floor has a dedicated residential advisor, and there is help available on site 24/7.

Education and Training Programs

An extensive education and training program for all students emphasises the College’s focus of providing a safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment.

Training is yet another level of support for students in addition to existing access to daily pastoral and academic support.

The training sessions, held throughout the year, cover a broad range of issues including mental, sexual and physical health, alcohol and drug education, respectful relationships and emergency first aid.

St Mark’s also offers training in workplace expectations, resume writing and interview techniques to help students prepare for their post-university pathway.

Spiritual Engagement

St Mark's is affiliated with the Anglican Church, however students of all faiths or no faith are welcome at the College.

Our live-in Chaplain conducts regular morning prayer in the College’s own Chapel and is available to students. Students are encouraged to embrace their personal spiritual growth in whatever way is meaningful to them.

2021 Student Leadership Team

Student leadership positions are central to the life of the College, including providing academic and wellbeing support to fellow students, organising many activities (including sporting, cultural, community service, social and other activities), and much else besides.

Working together with College staff and other students, leadership positions give students superb opportunities for developing their leadership and teamwork skills, and for undertaking the community service that has been at the heart of the values and ethos of St Mark’s College since its founding in 1925.

From left to right:

Front Row: Oliver Douglas (Charitable Foundation President, Lion Editor), Taylor Glover (College Club Committee Vice President), Sophie Ludbrook (College Club Committee President), Ashlee Nichol (Assistant Dean), Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Professor Don Markwell (Head of College), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Kaitlin Beltakis (Assistant Dean), Niamh Jones (Senior Academic Tutor), Alice McKenzie (College Club Committee Secretary), James Andrews (College Club Committee Treasurer)

Second Row: Molly Rogers (Library Assistant), Miah Sherry (College Club Committee Merchandise Officer), Kaidy Morgan (Photographer), Chloe Grosser (Residential Advisor), Jessica Hulett (Residential Advisor, Charitable Foundation Secretary), Eliza Lee (College Club Committee Sports Officer), Sarah Whyte (Film Maker), Caitlin Glascott (College Club Committee Social Officer), Anastasia Pannell (Academic Coordinator), Max Gordon (Charitable Foundation Treasurer, Music Room Curator, Gym Curator), Yemaya Coleman-Smith (Residential Advisor)

Third Row: Ryan Williams (Library Assistant), Abraham Tuckwell (College Club Committee Sport Officer), Luke Marcus (Academic Coordinator, Lion Editor), Jack Brady (Academic Coordinator), Lachlan Matheson (Residential Advisor), Oliva White (College Club Committee Equity Officer, Warden), Jackson Furst (Residential Advisor), Shawn Wang (College Club Committee Sponsorship/Charitable Officer)

Back Row: Aidan Jones (Residential Advisor), Brodie Carrigan (College Club Committee Social Officer, Warden), Kristen Coles (Academic Coordinator), Isabel Unwin (College Club Committee Arts and Cultural Officer, Warden), Niamh van Berkel (Warden), Maddy Taylor (Residential Advisor), Riley Cornell (College Club Committee Equity Officer), Alleigh Hamnett (Residential Advisor), Erin Powell (Warden), Katherine Dumas (Academic Coordinator)

Absent: Gemma Nunn (Academic Coordinator), Iman Westhead (Indigenous Student Advisor)

2021 Student Leadership Team