Deputy Warden | Kaitiriwā
Assistant Wardens | Tautiaki Kaiāwhina
Jess comes to Dunedin from Southland, where she grew up on a farm just outside of Gore. She has completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Science, both in Environmental Management at the University of Otago. Jess has also worked as a Sub Warden, lab demonstrator, and tutor at the University throughout her time as a student.
Jess joined the Arana College team at the beginning of 2021 and lives onsite at the college. She is actively involved in the life of the college, including the Inter-Collegiate competition, academic support, events calendar, student welfare, and management of the Sub Warden team.
In her spare time Jess enjoys social netball, music and art, and hiking around Dunedin and beyond. Jess is passionate about volunteering, sustainability, and getting students out exploring beyond the main student areas. She is keen to get the Arana community involved in all that college life has to offer, to make the most of the Otago experience.
Originally from popular tourist destination Te Anau, George came to Otago University in 2017, initially studying a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce before changing to History and Classics. He later graduated with his Master of Teaching and Learning in 2021.
George came to the colleges in 2022 and initially worked across several locations during the year, before joining the Arana College team in 2023. George works with Jess to provide pastoral care and academic support to Arana residents, as well event planning and the Inter-College competition.
George lives on-site with his partner Meghan who is currently studying towards her PhD in Genetics. In his spare time he enjoys video gaming and is a tech enthusiast. George enjoys helping students make the adjustment to university life and seeing them succeed academically and personally.
Sub Wardens | Kaiāwhina whare
Sub Wardens are important members of staff. They provide a quality welfare service and can supply general information and answer queries outside office hours. Each floor or house has a Sub Warden, who is a senior student employed by the University to work with residents. Plan to get to know your Sub Warden and utilise this helpful, friendly person. They are the Arana College staff member that you will have the most contact with. Sub Wardens are also knowledgeable about campus agencies and the services these agencies can provide to students.
Your Sub Warden will be able to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have. The Sub Wardens and residents are responsible for helping to create an atmosphere conducive to study and general enjoyment of College life.
The Sub Wardens are there to help you learn how to live responsibly with other individuals. They are responsible for confronting you when your behaviour breaches University of Otago and/or Arana College rules and regulations. They also have the job of being a friend and a disciplinarian who is willing to take time off their own studies to be of service to you.
Your Sub Wardens recognize that they cannot make Arana College a good place to live without your help. When they need your cooperation, they will ask you for it and you will be expected to respond to their requests. Most importantly, the Sub Wardens are interested in you and want your College experience to be a positive one. They are supportive of your personal growth and success in the University community.
Client Service Administrators | Kaiwhakahaere
We have administration staff on the front desk from 8:30am until 5:00pm, Monday through to Friday. They provide a wealth of administrative knowledge to support the college.
Food Services Manager
Brian Galvin has been working at the University for a number of years. Brian, who hails from Ireland, develops the well-balanced menu that is prepared onsite at the College by his team. He enjoys the connections he makes with residents as they come to the dining room for meals and snacks.
Brian leds the kitchen and dining room team who serve meals for all students 3 times per day. Food is one of the most important thing when coming to a college. Arana is proud of the food that they serve from product quality, sustainability and a commitment to on-going health needs and dietary requirements of our cohort.
There is a large team employed who work tirelessly to provide not only high quality food that is served every day but also to cater to the many special dinners that we enjoy throughout the academic year.
Property and maintenance
Mark Robertson is responsible for the day to day property and maintenance at the College. Mark looks after the contractors that attend the site to carry out everyday maintenance.