Who we are

Emmanuel College is a coeducational residential college on the main University of Queensland (UQ) campus at St Lucia. Occupying an enviable position on the banks of the Brisbane River, with public transport and other amenities close to hand, the College is home to around 340 local and international students.

Our values

At Emmanuel College, students are at the heart of all we do and their wellbeing is our overriding priority.

The College is a community shaped by values of inclusivity, teamwork, diversity, self-respect and consideration for others. We expect honesty, accountability, trust and responsibility from our students and our staff. As a community of scholars we emphasise academic excellence, integrity and respect for the views and knowledge of others.

Our values have been formed out of our relationships with the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches since 1911, and in turn they shape the College experience and our connection with students. We encourage a culture where everyone can contribute to a more equitable society through compassion, community service and respect for all. These values form the basis for the relationships our students build and the choices they make throughout their personal and professional lives.


What we offer

Emmanuel College provides an outstanding collegiate experience in a diverse, vibrant and supportive community in which students achieve their personal and academic best.

We offer full-board accommodation, a comprehensive academic program and holistic care. We welcome students from the Brisbane campuses of UQ, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we continually reinvest in maintaining the best student facilities and providing scholarships and bursaries.

We have graduate tutors on staff to help students achieve their academic potential. We also hold seminars and lectures throughout the year to expose students to professionals and thought leaders from the wider community, providing contacts and opportunities for the future.

We prioritise balance and wellbeing. Senior staff and student mentors are available 24 hours a day to provide a strong support network. Our busy calendar of sporting, cultural and social activities makes it easy to find opportunities for fun, friendship and non-academic achievement.


Our Staff

If you wish to contact a Emmanuel College staff member, please email enquiries@emmanuel.uq.edu.au (please note, this email address is only monitored Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm).


Stephen Peake


Stephen was appointed as Principal of Emmanuel College in January 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Griffith University. Stephen’s extensive business experience includes managerial roles with the National Australia Bank and his not-for-profit experience encompasses managing the investment service and trustee property portfolio of the Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod. His service to the church extended to directorship of the national superannuation fund for Uniting Church employees and realising its successful merger. Stephen is a member of Oxley-Darra Uniting Church and has been a member of the Emmanuel College Board since August 2018.


Paterson Boyd

Director of College Life (Deputy Principal)

Paterson was appointed Deputy Principal and Director of College Life in October 2020. He holds a Bachelor in Clinical Exercise Physiology and a Masters of Business and Applied Finance. Paterson has previously served as a Council member and as Dean of Students at St Leo’s College within The University of Queensland, and, more recently, as College Dean at Burgmann College, Australian National University. His other appointments include board roles with Asia-Pacific Student Accommodation Association, Australian Institute of International Affairs, and UQ Young Alumni Advisory Board. With close to 10 years’ experience across the tertiary education sector, Paterson is an enthusiastic advocate for the residential college experience — as he describes it, “the gold standard” for a university experience and education. He has a keen interest in wellbeing, counselling and welfare services for students in tertiary residential settings, with a focus on positive cultural change.


Louise Hallo

Student Wellbeing Advisor

Louise joined Emmanuel College in 2018 following 15 years specialising in adolescent and young adult health and wellbeing in not-for-profit and hospital settings in Australia and the UK, including Red Kite, the Australian cancer charity that supports children and young people, and Kings College Hospital, London. She undertook her Bachelor of Social Work degree at The University of Queensland, while residing at Duchesne College, and received her Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing from The University of Melbourne. In 2019 Louise was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to Harvard and Yale in the US to study healthy sexual development and preventative health measures for young people in a University environment. Louise’s strong appreciation of what college life offers and the wonderful community it creates is invaluable in her work with and support for the students of Emmanuel.

Student Engagement Team

Michael D’Arcy

Dean of Studies

BEcon, BA(Hons), GradDipL&T

Alexandra Mills

Alexandra Mills

College Counsellor

BHlthSci(Psych), MCoun

Chris Morris

College Life - Senior Assistant

BEcon, BCom

Nicky Hart

Residential Experience Officer


Annie Chenery

Residential Experience Officer

DipBus, DipBusAdm


The Emmanuel College Board ensures that we operate in an efficient, transparent and ethical manner and includes appointees from the Uniting Church in Australia (Queensland Synod), The University of Queensland Senate, the Board itself and the Principal of Emmanuel College.

Board Member biographies

Mr Stephen J Howell, FCPA FAMI

Position/s held: Chairman, Uniting Church appointee

Stephen is a director of Effective Governance Pty Ltd, the governance practice of HopgoodGanim Lawyers with offices in Brisbane and Perth. Stephen has thirty years’ experience as a forensic accountant and governance consultant with expertise in both corporate and regulatory governance, risk, compliance, culture and behavioural dynamics. Stephen is an experienced non-executive chairman and company director.

Stephen is an Elder of the Uniting Church and the chairman of Elders at St Andrews Uniting Church, Brisbane.

Mr Ian Andersen

Position/s held: Board appointee

Ian Andersen has been a Director of Fairholme College in Toowoomba since 2000, Finance Director since 2003 and Chairman of the Board since 2007. He currently serves on the Presbyterian Church of Queensland’s Finance and Administration Board and is a member of Business and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Andersen has held a variety of finance, administration and management positions in both public and private sector organisations, most recently as a Community Engagement and Stakeholder Management professional with the Queensland Government. He is also a qualified Quality Assurance auditor. 

Mrs Julie Bennett, BCom CA ANZ

Position/s held: Treasurer, Uniting Church appointee

Julie Bennett attended Emmanuel College from 1983 to 1985 and graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce. She was the Students’ Club Treasurer and a student councillor on the Emmanuel College Council in 1985.

After graduating from University in 1986 she took up a graduate accountant’s role with Horwath and Horwath Chartered Accountants. In 1988 Julie was recruited by Duesburys Chartered Accountants, which eventually merged with Deloitte. After many years with Deloitte she went on to join a small firm of five staff in 1998. This firm, which has grown to a staff of 80, is now known as Pilot Partners and Julie is a Director in the Business Advisory Division.

Mrs Marni Jacoby, BA(Administration), GCert(Leadership), Program for Leadership Development (Harvard Business School), AICD

Position/s held: The University of Queensland Senate appointee

Marni Jacoby is the Executive Manager with UQ’s Faculty of Medicine, which has more than 1000 staff and annual gross budget of over $300M. In this role, Marni oversees the delivery of all corporate, teaching and research support services in the Faculty. Marni has extensive experience in general management roles across the tertiary education, government and private sectors. Marni’s strong track record in leadership was recognised in 2019 when she was awarded UQ’s individual Award for Excellence in Leadership and was sponsored to complete Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development during 2019-20.

Mr Stephen Peake, BA GCertBusAdmin

Position/s held: Principal of Emmanuel College

Stephen Peake studied Government, History and Law at The University of Queensland and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Griffith University.

Stephen’s extensive experience in the commercial and retail banking sectors includes managerial roles with the National Australia Bank for 16 years. In the not-for-profit sector, Stephen managed the investment service and trustee property portfolio of the Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod. This role encompassed compliance, legal, property, contract and finance in hospitals, aged care, colleges and community initiatives. He is a member of Oxley-Darra Uniting Church and his service to the church extended to directorship of the national superannuation fund for Uniting Church employees and realising its successful merger with NGS Super.

A member of the Emmanuel College Board since August 2018, Stephen was appointed Emmanuel College Principal in January 2020.

Ms Emma Szczotko, BLaws(Hons) BA

Position/s held: Uniting Church appointee

Emma Szczotko attended Emmanuel College from 2011 to 2013 and graduated from The University of Queensland in 2016 with a dual degree in Law(Hons) and Arts (majoring in Art History and French).

Emma is the Senior Governance Advisor at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast. providing corporate governance advice, Board secretariat services, compliance, corporate reporting, risk management and legal liaison services.

Emma has also held roles with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in corporate governance, performance reporting and government relations and Herbert Smith Freehills, where she practised as a solicitor working both on transactional and litigious matters in a range of industries for both private and public sector clients.

Throughout Emma’s three years at Emmanuel, she was heavily involved in College life participating in a range of cultural, sporting and community pursuits and served on the Students’ Club Committee and as a Wing Community Leader. She has always keenly supported and volunteered with local not-for-profit social justice organisations and is enthusiastic about fostering diversity and inclusion.

Mr Nicholas Young, BIntStudies

Position/s held: Deputy Chairman, Uniting Church appointee

Nick moved to Emmanuel College from Gladstone, and was a resident in 2009, 2010 and 2011 under the College leadership of Professor Stewart Gill and Dr Jane Thomson.

Currently working for the State of Queensland as the Director of Cyber Security for Queensland’s public safety and law enforcement agencies, Nick has taken a truly unique journey from when he departed Emmanuel, to joining again as a Council Member in 2019.

Nick also supports the work of the Board of Symbiosis International, a development organisation focusing on poverty reduction and connection in Bangladesh, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies.


Respectful Relationships

Respect for all members of the College is a non-negotiable condition of being part of our community.


Culture of respect

Respect — including self-respect — is fundamental to everything we do. We talk about respect often and use every opportunity to demonstrate and support respectful behaviours. Our staff and student leaders are trained to support all our students to develop a strong sense of personal identity and boundaries.

We cultivate respectful relationships from the start — in our initial interviews with prospective students and the first time residents meet as a group during Orientation Week. We focus on providing an informative and nurturing Orientation Week experience for new students that encourages them to build healthy relationships.

College student leaders provide support and guidance through Orientation Week and subsequent university milestones. Our staff mentor student leaders to be positive role models and to identify and call out unacceptable behaviour. Among all our residents we foster a culture of care for each other’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Through ongoing educational programs, we promote a culture of gender equality that supports all students to understand and accept the link between gender equality and respectful relationships. We regularly host guest speakers who are experts in areas such as consent, positive relationships, and respect for sexual diversity and identity.


Safe environment

To provide a safe place in which to navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood, we:

  • Cultivate a positive environment with a focus on respectful relationships and prevention of any kind of abuse and harassment
  • Respond quickly, empathically and decisively when situations occur
  • Clearly communicate reporting procedures and highlight the many support services available to students at the College, at UQ and in the broader community
  • Operate a policy of zero tolerance of any serious misconduct
  • Make sure all students complete a compulsory online course on the topic of consent and attend sessions with senior College staff on understanding sexual consent
  • Continue to review and refine our approach

Reporting and responding

If an incident occurs, we will inform students of all their reporting options and give our full support if they choose to file a police report or engage external help or advice.

We thoroughly investigate all complaints. Students who transgress the College’s values and policies will be required to leave.

We provide professional on-site support for student safety and wellbeing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The College’s counsellors are trained first responders to sexual misconduct and are available to support students at any time. We provide counselling to minimise the risk of issues escalating and to make sure students get the support they need.

We have initiated a new College-wide survey to gather feedback from students each year about the culture of the College — what’s working well and what we can do better.


Pipe band

Our pipe band has been a celebrated part of the Emmanuel College community since 1998. The award-winning Emmanuel College Highlanders at the University of Queensland perform and compete at parades, festivals and events in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. The tartan worn is Stewart of Appin. The band receives support and sponsorship from Emmanuel College and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital.

In partnership with the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland), Emmanuel College offers an annual piping scholarship to a student accepted into Emmanuel College and UQ who shows sound academic ability and superior talent as a piper.

Band membership is open to all members of the College, the University, and people from the wider community. Pipers and drummers who want to be part of a developing Grade 2 competition and performance pipe band are welcome to apply. Please email Jess, the pipe band secretary with membership enquiries.


Hire the pipe band

The Emmanuel College Highlanders are available to perform at festive and ceremonial events, such as parades, balls, concerts, parties, weddings and funerals. To enquire about hiring the full pipe band, a mini band or a solo piper, please email Jess, the pipe band secretary.

Positions vacant

Positions are advertised here as they become available. Emmanuel College is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact information

Emmanuel College

Sir William MacGregor Drive

St Lucia QLD 4067 Australia

T / +61 (7) 3871 9100