Deakin Hall Residential Support Team Officers

Rosalind McFarlane - College Head, Deakin Hall

Ros grew up in rural Western Australia and moved to Melbourne in 2011 for study. She has lived in halls of residences before when she did an exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she learned the importance of having a community of friends for developing your second language, resilience and having fun! Along with her work in Deakin Hall, Ros also works at English Connect, particularly with international students on inclusion, belonging and how to make long-lasting friends as an adult. Ros loves reading, hiking, swimming and is obsessed with Australian birds and sea life. She also loves sending postcards to friends around the world and has quite a collection!


Ash ChatfieldAsh Chatfield - Deputy College Head, Deakin Hall

Ash is a Melbourne-born psychology student, who moved to Monash in 2014, from the town of Sunbury. As the oldest of 4, with a big family, Ash loves being around people, and also enjoys playing team sports like basketball and netball. She works part time at Priceline Pharmacy and is also a very avid reader. Ash has a passion for working with people, providing support and encouraging health and wellbeing. Ash is looking to continue studying psychology to become a qualified clinical psychologist, whilst also indulging her crafty side, creating art and jewellery in my spare time.

Ash has lived on campus for many years; She will be the Deakin Hall Deputy College Head again in 2021. She is excited to work with student leaders within the hall, helping to foster a positive and welcoming community. She is also eager to help new residents with their transition into university life and aid them in making the most out of their MRS experience.


Anvita Nair- Residential Support Assistant, Deakin Hall

Anvita has been at Monash since 2016 studying a double degree in Law and Arts, majoring in Politics and International Relations. She is passionate about equality and hopes to build a career working towards social justice. She has been heavily involved in student life, being a part of a variety of clubs and societies. This year she is an Editor at Lot’s Wife and Convenor of Monash Future Thinkers.

Anvita has been working in residential care with international students since 2018, and looks forward to bringing this experience to her work as RSA at Deakin Hall. Anvita is an advocate for diversity and has spent much of her time fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for Monash students, and she is eager to continue doing the same at MRS. Outside of work and studies, Anvita enjoys cooking, playing sports, hiking and finding new restaurants and cafes to drag her friends to. She is an aspiring coffee connoisseur and plant mum (although her yellowing monstera might say otherwise), and is always happy to chat about either for hours!