Our Values

Emmanuel College’s purpose is:

“To provide university students with an outstanding collegiate experience. We offer a diverse, vibrant and supportive community in which students achieve personal growth and academic success inspired by our Christian ethos.”

Our vision is:

“Enriching lives through a world-class living and learning experience.”

Values such as:

  • academic excellence
  • diversity in the student population
  • equitable access
  • leadership opportunities for everyone
  • strong ethics
  • lifelong commitment to community service

play a crucial role in shaping the Emmanuel College experience and the relationships we build with students. In time, they form the basis for the relationships our students build and the choices they make throughout their personal and professional lives.

A full program of academic support is in place throughout both semesters to assist students with their university study and an understanding of their chosen career. Graduate tutors are employed to assist students to a deeper and more critical understanding of the discipline they have chosen. Seminars and lectures are held throughout the year to expose students to professionals and thought-leaders within the wider community, providing useful contacts and opportunities for the future.

The need for a balanced life is also recognised by Emmanuel and the wellbeing of students is an integral part of college life. Senior staff are available 24 hours a day to support and assist students. The College also appoints student leaders to care for and mentor students within the residential wings, providing a broad support network for all students. This network includes referral to counselling through UQ’s support services if needed.

Students enjoy sporting, cultural and social activities throughout the year at Emmanuel, at university and through inter-collegiate sport and cultural activities.

One of the great features of college life is making new friends — friendships that often last a lifetime and, sometimes, lead to future life partners. Friendships within Emmanuel College provide a supportive framework and are an invaluable part of our students’ personal growth.

Our History

Australia’s ninth, and one of The University of Queensland’s first residential colleges, Emmanuel was founded by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland in 1911 with the first students taking up residence on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane in 1912. Emmanuel College is a not-for-profit organisation where any surplus is reinvested in enriching the lives of our students and the College community through the improvement of facilities and the provision of scholarships.

Emmanuel College was established to provide a supportive residential environment for students of UQ while they gained a first-class liberal education. This continued a tradition that can be traced back to the great universities of the world such as Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom and, more latterly, to Harvard and Yale in the United States. The College moved from its original site on Wickham Terrace to its present location on UQ’s main campus in St Lucia in 1955. As the Presbyterian Church moved towards partnership with other religious denominations during the 1970s, Emmanuel College also came under the auspices of the Uniting Church. Originally an all-male residence, Emmanuel College changed to co-ed in 1975, admitting women as Collegians. Now, Emmanuel is home to around 350 young people studying at the Brisbane campuses of The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University.