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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.

Head of College

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Luke Morrison


Tel +64 3 479 5562

Luke joined Aquinas College as Head in late 2018 and lives on site with his wife and children. He is an Otago graduate and has experience in a variety of previous roles within the University of Otago, as well as having previously worked as a family lawyer.  Prior to becoming Head of Aquinas, Luke was Head of the University’s residential College for postgraduate students, Abbey College.

Luke has responsibility for the running of the College, including managing pastoral care and the welfare of residents.

Senior Tutor

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Tel +64 3 479 5563

Amber has whakapapa connections to Ngāti Porou and the Cook Islands and lives on site.

Amber’s role as Senior Tutor is integral to the management and pastoral care provided by the College, encompassing a wide range of duties mostly relating to academic support and pastoral care of residents.

Assistant Residential Tutor

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Matt Brazier


Tel +64 3 479 5564

Matt has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy from the University of Otago. Prior to starting at Aquinas Matt had worked as a Residential Assistant at Caroline Freeman College.

Sport is a passion for Matt, especially soccer.

Matt supports residents in numerous ways, including pastoral and academic support and event planning.


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Kelly Hall


Tel +64 3 479 5560

Kelly is here to help residents with any inquiries they may have. Kelly is the first port-of-call for all things financial and administrative in the College.

Her friendly face is there to help residents with all their needs and greet you from Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 2:30pm.


Our Facilities Supervisor, Glen Miller, is responsible for maintenance and works hard to keep the College in excellent condition. Residents can inform Glen online of maintenance issues around the College or in their rooms.

Glen usually works afternoons Monday – Friday.

Kitchen Manager

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Dylan Henry


Tel +64 3 479 5569

Our Head Chef, Dylan Henry is responsible for the serving of nutritious and well-balanced menus, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Dylan is well known for his approachability and goes the extra mile to try to ensure that every resident is happy with the food. He has been a regular winner and place-getter in the Intercollege Chef of the Year competition, including winning the 2019 competition.
Read the full Otago Bulletin story – Aquinas takes home Chef of the Year bragging rights.

Collegiate Community Leaders (CCLs)

Aquinas CCLs are experienced students who live on site, in rooms amongst other residents.

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

Our CCLs are trained to support you. They are an integral part of the community and help provide an enjoyable living and study environment. There is a CCL on duty each night and at the weekend – so help is always at hand.

Meet our 2020 CCLs