Getting to know .... Tricia Thorne

What is your role at Monash?

I manage on campus accommodation for Monash Residential Services (MRS) at Peninsula Campus. There is a small highly engaged and vibrant team at the campus, working with the wider (and multi-skilled) MRS team based at Clayton and Caulfield campuses.

We work across 24 hours, with day staff managing occupancy and facilities, and dedicated residential staff living on-site for after hours support. We work very closely with our colleagues across the University, particularly with Monash Security, OHS and BPD, and the important Campus Community services. I have been at Peninsula Campus for 25 years, and have seen many changes over that time.

Did you want to do this sort of work when you were small? 

That's a funny question! I don't think that any Careers Counsellor had this type of work on their radar!  I believe I toyed with the idea of being a dance teacher when I was very little, considered journalism and teaching, but when I left school I entered Law at Monash. And with a lot of changes of direction along the way, here I am.

What do you consider to be the most enjoyable and fun part of your job?

It is very rewarding watching the residents engage with the campus, and their fellow residents. I love how so much happens to ensure they have the best possible experience, with so much emphasis on building respectful communities. My sense of enjoyment also comes from the diverse duties that our team undertakes, and the connections we make with so many staff across the University.

In three words, how would you describe the students at Peninsula campus?

Resilient, Respectful, Engaged

What is your favourite hobby and why?

I have to admit to being rather passionate about the Melbourne Football Club. Never doing things by halves, I started volunteering with the club many years ago, and have had so many great experiences as a result. Sadly the on field success has not exactly equated to my supporting efforts!  I've travelled interstate to watch games, and spent some time locally at Casey Fields watching their affiliate Club - Casey Scorpions. I sponsor one of the players, Bayley Fritsch  (No 31) and enjoy following his development. So I guess my hobby is optimism and in keeping with that I look forward to the games starting again soon.

What do you love most about Peninsula campus?

There is so much to love about Peninsula! The gardens are the first thing that come to mind, but the layout of the buildings is also very pleasing. Obviously I love the residences, and the construction of Gillies Hall to passive house specifications is indeed a highlight of recent years. But Peninsula is about the people who work and study here, and the connections we all have. The culture of the campus comes from its leadership, and the affinity we all have with its success. It really is more than just a workplace, it's a place for community, inspiration, professional and personal growth.

What are the contact details for MRS?

Students are encouraged to find out more about us through the MRS web page, via email at or phone: 9904 4338. If you are on the campus, you will find our office on Level 2 Building C.

Are there any special services MRS are offering at the moment?

The recent restrictions have significantly changed how our residents live and engage within the common spaces of the residences. However all our services are still being delivered through a passionate residential support team who have found innovative ways for communal activities to occur in non face-to-face ways.

We are paying particular attention to external visitors and undertaking additional cleaning and sanitising where we can. We are well resourced to assist any residents who need to self isolate. Our residents are displaying great zeal to study, and we wish them every success through these challenging times.