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College Roles

Many Resident Members contribute locally to activities around Graduate House as well as more widely to our international collegium through the advancement of education and social good.

Groups are formed according to shared interests in areas such as music, drama, sport, volunteering, debating, gaming and socialising.

Because the population in college varies each week, the types of groups and their membership changes. It is up to each current resident population to form and run college groups and to ensure succession planning for when they leave.

Research Talks

Residents present their research, rehearse for the Three-Minute-Thesis competition, practice for confirmations and discuss their methodologies, analyses and results with a like-minded intelligent audience.

Helping others

Residents come together to support our communities, locally and globally, in times of need. Collections are of medical supplies, clothes, food, education materials and funds. Locally, many residents volunteer their time (e.g., Red Cross, tutoring, telephone support lines, etc.). Graduate House and Residents support gender equality, and UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. Learn more.


2016 marked the launch of give a flower get a smile, a campaign to support gender equality and the UN Women’s HeForShe landmark initiative, and undertaken with the Women’s Foundation, Royal Women’s Hospital. Learn more.

First Aid Training

Resident Members who volunteer with the Red Cross (around the corner in Pelham Street), give first aid training to residents in college.

Protecting the Environment

Join other residents from around the globe in contributing positively to saving our land and our seas, our flora and our fauna and the air that we breathe.

Annual Graduate House Ball

A grand evening of dining, dancing and dressing up. Residents each year form a Ball Committee and organise this much anticipated annual gala. To sponsor the annual ball (a guaranteed worldwide visibility opportunity) click here

Cultural exchange

From dinners, to dancing, to learning new games, Graduate House is a great place to learn about the world and to develop enduring international relations.

House Olympics

Perhaps there was not as much training for our Graduate House inaugural Olympics in 2016 as in Rio, but the competition was fierce and the skill level variable. Certainly the world of graduates competed with pride to represent best their teams.


Run by the University of Melbourne, look out for fellow residents heading across to the courts each month. Put up a team to compete with other university groups.


Let off some steam and channel your inner Aretha or Prince by joining your fellow residents in a bi-monthly expedition to the cities numerous karaoke halls.


All are welcome to attend this weekly event in the park across the road from Graduate House (university Square). Held most Sundays (weather permitting), sharpen up your dribbling skills and see if you can bend it like Beckham.

Trivia Night

Assemble a team or come along solo to match your knowledge against other residents in the GH quiz! Usually held in the Bar and Dining Room on Friday evenings after dinner, this is not one to miss.

Graduate House Student Group

The Graduate House Student Group (GHSG) is a constituted affiliated member of the Graduate Student Association of The University of Melbourne (GSA).

This affiliation brings benefits to GHSG, including opportunities to network with other post-graduate student groups, to apply for funding, to provide representation of postgraduate matters and to gain training.

The GHSG committee is composed of Resident Members in positions that include a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Coordinator, Environment and Social Justice Coordinator, Sports Coordinator, Publicity Coordinator and Annual Ball Coordinator. The committee welcomes your input and many projects to which you could contribute.

President – Nouman Daud Sharif

Vice President – Amer Shanbour

Treasurer – Sufian Haitham Alimdanat

Secretary – Juanjuan Wu

Sport Coordinator – Avi Gandhi

Environment Coordinator – Mehak Masood

Your contribution to the collegial membership experience is acknowledged through awards and certificates of appreciation.

The GHSG committee has a succession process to ensure its continuation with the ever-changing population of Graduate House. If you are interested in becoming a committee member or in giving your support for other college initiatives, get in touch. Details are in the newsletter, on in-house flyers and on the GHSG website.

Duty Residents

Duty Residents are also Resident Members who assist others living in the college during non-core business hours (from 7:00pm to 7:30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday).

New residents who arrive in the evenings or on weekends are shown to their rooms and given a brief tour of the facility by the Duty Resident rostered on at that time.

Duty Residents aim also to make all residents feel welcomed and included in college life. The Duty Resident roster rotates weekly. The roster is shown on the notice board to the left of Reception. The rostered Duty Resident may be contacted by mobile phone, by pressing the external intercoms and from the wall phone at reception (the M3 button).

Resident Member Representation

Council, the governing body of The Graduate Union, delegates responsibilities to five subcommittees:

  • Buildings and Facilities;
  • Finance and Audit;
  • Governance and Nominations;
  • Membership and Marketing; and
  • Remuneration.

Betsy (Jingyao) Yu
Resident Representative on the Membership and Marketing subcommittee

Parisa Shiran
Resident Representative on the Governance and Nominations subcommittee

Melissa Kennedy
Resident Representative on the Governance and Nominations subcommittee

Avinash Gandhi
Resident Representative on the Buildings and Facilities subcommittee

Nouman Daud Sharif
Resident Representative on the Buildings and Facilities subcommittee

Ligia Veliz
Resident Representative on the Buildings and Facilities subcommittee

Each year, these subcommittees seek to appoint Resident Member representatives. With terms ranging from one to three years, these voluntary positions provide valuable experience in governance and a good line on the resume. If interested in being a subcommittee member, read the Rules and Regulations of our Association and arrange to meet with our CEO/Head of College.

Resident Member Committee

A Resident Committee meets regularly to discuss residency matters, compile reports for use by staff and the Council committees, and receive and distribute communications to all Resident Members. This committee is comprised of the resident representatives on Council committees, the Duty Residents and representatives from the Graduate House Student Group. Meeting dates are shown in the annual calendar, with the first of four scheduled late January each year.

Want to get involved? Get in touch.

G-Union Master Plan Committee

Resident Representatives on the G-Union Master Plan Committee discuss and strategise for the future of the Graduate Union.

Want to get involved? Get in touch.

Thanh Quang Minh Pham
Representative on the G-Union Master Plan Working Party (previous resident)

Christina (Jin Hui) Tan
Resident Representative on the G-Union Master Plan Working Party

Ron Danzinger
Resident Representative on the G-Union Master Plan Working Party

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