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The Aquinas Team

Aquinas College has several staff in place to provide a safe, academic and fun living environment. We are all here to help.

Luke McClelland, Head of CollegeLuke cropped

Luke has most recently been the CEO for Gateway Housing Trust in the Nelson/Marlborough region before moving back to Dunedin.  He has a real passion for the Residential College system having been the Operations Manager at Selwyn College for 3 years.  

Luke is responsible for the governance of the College and the welfare of every resident.  He lives in an onsite house with his wife, Esther, and you will usually find him at the College from 9am - 5pm Monday to Fridays.

Contact

Tel 64 3 479 5562
Email luke.mcclelland@otago.ac.nz


Steve Downey, Deputy Head of Collegesteve for web

Steve has worked at Aquinas for nine years after coming to us from a background in youth work, IT and a University of Otago degree in Psychology.

He has an open-door policy so residents can come get support whenever they want. Steve usually can be found in the afternoons and evenings.  Steve lives onsite with his wife Laura, son Levi (6), daughter Aviya (4), son Micah (2) and baby Amelia.

Contact

Tel 64 3 479 5563
Email steve.downey@otago.ac.nz 


Tracey White, Office Managertracey for web

Tracey is here to help residents with any inquiries they may have. From her 15 years experience in the role at Aquinas, Tracey is the first port-of-call for all things financial and administrative in the College.

Her friendly face will be there to help residents with all their needs and greet you from Mondays to Fridays 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Contact

Tel 64 3 479 5560
Email tracey.white@otago.ac.nz


Phil Scorringe, Maintenance

Phil has a wealth of experience in maintenance and possesses a great eye for detail. He works hard to keep the College in an excellent condition.  Phil manages the online maintenance reporting system where residents can inform him of anything that requires fixing around the College or in their rooms.

Phil usually works afternoons Monday - Friday

Contact

Email phillip.scorringe@otago.ac.nz


Brian Satake, Associate Head of College brian satake

Brian has extensive experience working at Hayward and Cumberland Colleges in the past (and admits that AQ is by far the best!), and brings an extensive amount of knowledge and skills to the Aquinas team.

He is primarily responsible for ensuring the pastoral care and safety of Aquinas College residents, whilst also assisting with any late night enquiries.  Brian works Wednesday to Saturday, usually during the evenings and nights.

Contact

Email brian.satake@otago.ac.nz 


Brian Galvin, Kitchen Managerkitchen brian

Brian has been gracing us with his culinary skills since 2008. Married to Trish, with 2 children, Brian saw the light and moved to Aquinas after a stint at Cumberland College.

Brian goes the extra mile to ensure every resident is happy and the food is delicious. He has been a winner of the College Chef of the year competition in both 2014 and 2016.  Please approach Brian and his qualified team with any queries you have.

Contact

Tel 64 3 479 5569
Email brian.galvin@otago.ac.nz 


Residential Assistants (RAs)

Aquinas RAs are experienced students who live on site, one on each floor.

RAs are there to help Aquinas residents adjust to the unfamiliarity of moving away from home and first year University study.

Our RAs are trained to support you. They're an integral part of the community and help provide an enjoyable living and study environment. There is an RA on duty each night and at the weekend - so help is always at hand.

Meet our 2017 RAs

RAsHamish (3rd Floor North), Jess (3rd Floor South), Finn (1st Floor South + Flats), Lucy (Priory), Brandon (2nd Floor) & Alesha (1st Floor North + Flats)