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
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.
Previously an Outdoor Education and PE Teacher Corinne joined us in 2018. She brings with her an extensive background in pastoral care and knowledge of residential programs. Corinne works closely with our residents to support them on their university pathway. She can be found around the College chatting with students about life, providing academic support, and occasionally driving to and from sport for her beloved AQ teams. She is passionate about building community and a sense of belonging. Corinne lives onsite with her partner Tim. In her spare time she enjoys being creative, painting, sewing, riding bikes, and getting outdoors.
Corinne works Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm-10pm.
Assistant Residential Tutor
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 works with Luke and Corinne to support residents in numerous ways including pastoral and academic support and event planning.
Client Services Manager
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.
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
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.
Residential Assistants (RAs)
Aquinas RAs are experienced students who live on site, one on each floor.
RAs are there to help Aquinas residents adjust during the transition of moving away from home and first year University study. If you are interested in becoming an RA please contact our Senior Tutor Corinne Phillips for further information and an application pack, and to find out more about AQ.
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.