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Sub-Wardens (subbies) at Arana College live on a floor or in a house along with the cohort of residents they directly care for. They are current students at the University of Otago and as a team they study various subject areas.

Our subbies make up a small team that work directly within the Pastoral Care team. Each subbie at Arana will undertake rostered office duties, arrange events for the residents, show prospective students around, and most importantly provide care and support to the residents for the various day-to-day topics that arise.

Known as Collegiate Community Leaders or Residential Assistants (RAs) in other Colleges, our Sub-Wardens undertake block course and ongoing training with their colleagues in areas including first aid, mental health and wellbeing, University services, and Fire Warden/emergency training.

“I decided to become a Sub-Warden at Arana College because it appealed to my passion for helping others, and it allowed me to give back to the hall I called home in first year.

Being a subbie is fun and challenging. I have gotten to know many amazing people, staff and residents alike, and I have learnt skills that will be useful for the rest of my life.

From pastoral care to organising the men's rugby team, there's never a dull moment. And thanks to an incredible senior management team our roles as Sub-Wardens are made much easier. Without a doubt, this is the best job I've ever had.”

Alex Lister, Sub-Warden 2018
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