Farrer Hall Residential Support Team

Steve Mitchell Farrer Hall College HeadSteve Mitchell - College Head, Farrer Hall

Steve began his affiliation with Monash as an undergrad in the early 1990s, he soon joined the Monash Course & Careers section as part time receptionist as well as working as a tutor for a range of subjects. After graduation from the Faculty of Information Technology he had a short, but successful career as a programmer before re-joining the University in the Networks division. Over his time here he's visited and supported most of the Monash campuses (including Prato). For the last couple of years he's been designing and building the University's new Data Centre and the next generation of the Monash network.

Steve was originally a country boy staying at Roberts Hall during his undergraduate days and a few years ago returned to the MRS family as the Deputy College Head of Roberts Hall, under the tutelage of Dr Gerry Nagtzaam. During that time Anya and Steve welcomed their first child to Halls, Hendrix. Soon to be followed by Madeleine and Hugo.

Steve has enjoyed his promotion to College Head of Farrer Hall and over the past few years providing opportunities for all residents to excel at various facets life.

Farrer Deputy College Head - JayJay Mehta - Deputy College Head, Farrer Hall

Jay was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and had lived his whole life there before coming to Melbourne in 2016 to pursue tertiary education. After completing his Master's of Social Work in 2020, Jay is hoping to start his career as a hospital social worker in 2021, focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of patients.

Jay lived in Holman Hall for the three years of his undergraduate degree and was a Resident Advisor in 2017 and 2018. He was then the Residential Support Assistant at Howitt Hall in 2019 and Deakin Hall in 2020. As an avid sports fan, Jay enjoys playing sport; particularly soccer and cricket. He follows many professional teams across numerous sporting disciplines and is always happy to discuss the results of previous match days.

He is excited about his new role as Deputy College Head and looks forward to working within the incredible environment at Farrer Hall in 2021.

Photograph of Claire, Farrer Hall RSAClaire Lim - Residential Support Assistant, Farrer Hall

Claire (she/her/hers) hails from tropical Mauritius and is currently in her final year of Environmental Engineering. She speaks Creole, French, English and Mandarin, so don't hesitate to have a chat with her!

Claire has been a resident in 2018 and a Residential Advisor within the academic and community portfolio in 2019 at Jackomos Hall. She enjoys interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Claire is thrilled to take on her second year as a Residential Support Assistant in the Farrer Hall Residential Support Team whereby she looks forward to immersing herself in the Farrer spirit. She can't wait to make unforgettable memories with the Ferret community!

Outside of University life, Claire loves travelling as she considers it to be more than the seeing of sights, but rather living, feeling and connecting with people's experiences, letting her imagination unfold and broadening her horizons. She likes anything related to matcha- whether matcha latte or matcha desserts!

Abdulahi Hassan - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Born in Melbourne, Adam moved to Farrer to enjoy uni life up close and has made some amazing friends along the way. Adam is studying philosophy under the bachelor of arts. He is also a running enthusiast who loves everything sports and has been active from a young age. When he is not studying or reading, he loves hanging out and having chats. Adam has found in Farrer a wholesome and caring community that have shared wonderful experiences. Over this year, Farrer will be your family away from home and if you have some concerns or just need a shoulder to lean on, Adam’s shoulder is here for you. Adam is excited about 2021 and cannot wait to meet the new Farrer residents!

Caitlin Arthur - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Originally from Ballarat, Caitlin moved to Melbourne to study a double degree of Education and Business at Monash in 2020. She has a passion for sports and the performing arts, having represented her High School in many different areas and has been a dancer for as long as she can remember. Caitlin quickly found her “home away from home” at Farrer Hall and is so excited to welcome all the new residents in 2021. At Farrer you will find Caitlin trying her best to cook in the communal kitchens, or yelling at the TV when the AFL is on!

Claire Lewis - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Claire is studying a double degree of Arts/Law, and will be a third year student in 2021. This is her first time as a residential advisor, and she is very excited to meet you all! Claire lived at Briggs Hall in her first year, but moved to Farrer in 2020. Living on campus, she enjoys watching movies, cooking with friends, and practicing her French. She loves the social and welcoming environment at Farrer and can't wait to help foster that community again this year. She hopes that 2021 will be an amazing year for Farrer, and hopes to provide support to all her residents, run many fun events, and get everyone as engaged as possible!

Cooper Thurman - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Having grown up in the town of Mildura, Cooper relocated to Farrer Hall in 2020 to commence his university studies. Despite the year being torn apart by covid he fell in love with the sense of community within the walls of Farrer and as a Residential Advisor is hoping to provide this experience to all 2021 Farrer residents. Studying a double degree in engineering and science, Cooper is planning on majoring in aerospace engineering and astrophysics, and when he’s not studying you have a good chance of finding him in the gym. Cooper can’t wait to meet 2021’s new residents.

Dao Hu - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Dao recently joined the Farrer community and is looking forward to returning for a great 2021! He enjoys watching too many TV shows and trying as many new things as possible. He can be found spending time with his friends, listening to music, having fun on campus as well as meeting new people over a beverage. Farrer has so much to offer and Dao wants to contribute to the Farrer community and spirit as much as possible. He's always down for a chat and to help people out where he can, and he's particularly excited to meet Farrer's new residents!

Dara King - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Dara is from Bacchus Marsh and moved to Farrer in 2020 to pursue her passion of studying medicine. Dara loves water sports, such as swimming and water-skiing and has been participating in these for as long as she can remember. In her spare time she also enjoys spending time with her friends and going out for brunch. Dara cannot wait to meet Farrer’s new residents in 2021 and welcome them to what she has found to be a thoroughly welcoming and inclusive community.

Doonya Haputhantrige - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Donni is a second-year student studying Medicine who has been at Farrer Hall for a year. She has loved staying at Farrer and hopes that she can help new residents feel the same way. She holds the Communications portfolio and is also one of Farrer Hall’s First Aid Resident Advisors. As she is from Melbourne, she is always happy to show new residents around the city. A caffeine junkie, she is always willing to meet up and have a chat over a cup of coffee or lunch. She is really excited to meet the new residents of Farrer Hall.

Harper Dawson - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Harper grew up in Teesdale, a small country town outside of Geelong. She grew up performing, and it is her passion for music that led her to study a Bachelor of Music at Monash. If you hear some smooth jazz saxophone around the hall, it’s most likely coming from Harper’s room! In 2020 she moved into Farrer Hall, and while her stay was unfortunately cut short, she was captivated by the welcoming and wholesome environment of the hall, and is looking forward to helping new 2021 residents feel a part of this fantastic community.

Jack Slattery - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Born and raised in Melton, Victoria, Jack, better known as Dingo, enjoys music, playing basketball, and getting around a cooking session. He is a second year student studying physiology/pharmacology via science, and holds interest in anatomy. In his spare time, Dingo can be often be found around Melbourne seeing live music, playing out on the Residential Village sports field, and just enjoying the company of his mates. He is always up for a chat, whether it be about the best peanut butter to buy, or how lame popcorn ceilings are, and is keen to meet each and every ferret here next year!

Jocelyn Warwick - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Jocelyn is a third year student studying science and education, and wants to teach biology and science to high school students once she graduates. Jocelyn is from regional Victoria, and enjoys hiking and football. She has lived on campus for the past 2 years and is super excited to be an RA again next year and meet all of the new residents in 2021. This will be Jocelyn’s second year as an RA at Farrer and she is very passionate about student welfare and the environment.

Kelsey McPavian - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Kelsey McPavian is a second-year student studying biology, gender studies, and Indigenous Australia. She was confined to Farrer in 2020 and is back with a vengeance to make 2021 the year that 2020 wishes it could’ve been. She hails from Williamstown,
a town home to a whopping 8 fish and chipperys, and 7 ice creameries. Her interests include cooking, music, and having a good time. Kelsey is full of enthusiasm to make your year the best it can be, so if you have any suggestions as to how she could do so, be sure to let her know!

Kiana Fu - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Kiana is a friendly, lively person ready to welcome all residents to Farrer Hall. She came to Monash University from Singapore in 2020 to study Medicine, and has since found that the best part of her experience so far has been the Farrer community by far. Kiana loves making friends, playing games and watching anime. She can't wait to meet all the new faces this upcoming year and she is sure it's going to be a blast.

Matthew Ross- Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Matthew moved into Farrer in 2020 while studying Primary Secondary Education with a minor in Drama and has loved the community that he found. Originally from Bendigo, Matt, was always involved in his school’s performing arts programs which is where his passion for drama education began. Matt is always up for a chat and a laugh and is so excited to welcome all the new residents in 2021. He’s very keen to continue the amazing and welcoming family he found here.

Samantha Bridges - Resident Advisor, Farrer Hall

Samantha, who prefers to go by Sam, was born and raised in sometimes sunny Geelong. She currently studies a double science/arts degree with majors in Psychology and Politics. Sam thoroughly enjoyed the time she had at Farrer, the people are truly something special! She's keen to share that experience of family in 2021. Outside of university Sam has a passion for muay thai and swimming, and is a firm advocate for mental health. She's also very excited to see what 2021 brings!