Leadership and Development
One of the most valuable aspects of living on campus is the opportunity to develop as a person and grow your skills, beyond the traditional learning environment.
Living on campus gives you the chance to develop the more mundane, but fundamentally import life skills such as:
- Learning to cook and even share recipes with new friends
- Washing up after yourself and maintaining shared facilities
- Doing your own laundry and ironing
- Tidying your room
- Learning to live and thrive independently
But living on campus at MRS also gives you access to a number of leadership and development opportunities, and we encourage you to get involved – from academic and leadership dinners and resident committees, to our residential support team and formal training.
Resident Advisor (RA)
Resident Advisors are a group of engaged 'returning residents' who have been selected and trained as designated student leaders. RA's are there to help all fellow residents get the most out of their on-campus experience.
If you're an exceptional student, a good communicator and enjoy being the go-to person for information and advice, becoming an RA is one of the best ways to develop your own leadership skills and make a positive contribution to the community.
By applying for the RA program you have the chance to:
- Receive extensive training
- Receive scholarship opportunities
- Become a leader in the community
The Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Committee develops, implements and promotes peer-led programs that encourage and support equality and inclusion. The Committee also advises on appropriate ways to deal with equity issues.
The Environment Committee is committed to promoting and implementing a variety of environmental initiatives such as tree planting days, Earth Hour and taking care of community gardens in each residence. Environmental representative are also involved in educating our community about recycling, water and energy-saving behaviours.
The IT Committee consists of the more technically capable RAs in each community, as well as two central MRS IT RAs. The IT RAs also organise LAN parties for our communities - allowing us to utilise our network for interactive gaming!
Respect. Now. Always. Committee
The Respect. Now. Always. Committee coordinates and implement Respectful Community events and initiatives.
The Sport Committee is committed to promoting and organising our intercollegiate sports activities. Each residence has their own ‘Sports RA’ as well as two central RAs.
The Residents' Committee is the peak body for residents on campus. Comprising representatives from all Residential Communities (including Residential Advisers and members of the residential social committee),
‘Res Comm’ as it is known not only advocates for Residents to MRS Senior Management, and the wider university, it is also responsible for organising fantastic community events including:
- The MRS Annual Resident’s Ball
- Live Below the Line, ‘'Shave for a Cure', and other fundraising events
- The MRS Vampire Shield (blood donations through the Australian Red Cross)
- The annual Autumn Picnic (just prior to the mid-semester break)
- Support and promotion for huge on-campus events like the Beach and Snow parties (the lovely Res Comm provide food, and non-alcoholic drinks to attendees)
Formal Training Opportunities
As a resident, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of certified training programs, especially if you’re part of a social committee or Residential Support Team.
Training options include:
For all residents
For members of the Residential Support Team
Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training has been a core aspect of the MRS development experience since 2010. The program is a requirement for any person in a leadership position, but is also available to all residents - sessions commencing in week 1 of Semester!
It's a fantastic, award-winning program – free to all residents – and we strongly encourage you to take part.
- About the different types of mental health issues
- How to recognise the early signs and symptoms
- What to do to support someone who has a mental health issue or is suffering a mental health crisis
- Where and how to get help
Learn more about our Mental Health First Aid Training.
Academic & Leadership Dinners
Three times a year, we invite nominated residents to our Academic and Leadership dinners. Hosted by keynote speakers who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen field, it's a rare opportunity to get a first-hand insight into the skills and qualities it takes to become a great leader.
Some of our keynote speakers in recent years include: