About us

Our Vision

St Paul's College aspires to be internationally recognised as a place of rigorous intellectual, moral and spiritual engagement at the heart of the University, which aims to provide a transformative experience for students by creating a learning and life-enriching environment. It desires to strengthen two mutually enriching communities, one for undergraduates and one for graduates, which work together to achieve excellence in the University and for the wider society. St Paul's seeks to let engagement with its Anglican foundation enrich the moral and spiritual development of its members so they will fruitfully contribute to their communities for the rest of their lives.

Welcome from
the Warden and
Deans of St Paul's

Mr Casey White, Rev’d Dr Ed Loane and Dr Antone Martinho-Truswell

Welcome to St Paul’s College!

Firstly, well done on taking the opportunity to find out what St Paul’s College is all about and how you may be able to benefit by becoming a member of this unique community. There are thousands of graduates of St Paul’s for whom choosing to apply to come here was the beginning of one of the best and most formative experiences of their lives. It is a community where students from different faculties, faiths, backgrounds and worldviews share and shape one another in their thinking. All of this takes place in a convivial and enjoyable environment.

I hope you will get a sense of what our Undergraduate and Graduate House communities are about and the kind of activities that make becoming a member of St Paul’s such a special experience. It is an environment that will accelerate your academic, social, creative and spiritual endeavours. Furthermore, you will have opportunities to serve and develop as a leader in ways unique to St Paul’s.

While our website can highlight and describe aspects of St Paul’s community life, there is no substitute for coming and meeting people and seeing the campus. We hope that you would be inspired to take that next step and I look forward to welcoming you for a visit as you continue to explore whether you too might become a member of this life transforming community.

Ed, Casey and Antone
Warden, Dean of Undergraduates and Dean of Graduate House

Leadership

College Council

Chairman: Mr M.R. Elliott

Deputy Chairman: The Revd A. Sempell

College Bursar: Mr A.I.Sinclair

Warden: Rev’d Dr Edward Loane

Mr J.R.G. Bell

The Revd P.J.Bradford

Mr M.D.G.Gerber

Dr C.S.Biscoe

Mr D.E. de M.Roberts

The Revd Dr J.Collins

Mr R.G. Goninan

Associate Professor J. Horne

Rev’d Dr M. Wood

Senior Staff

Warden: Rev’d Dr Ed Loane

Dean of Undergraduates: Mr Casey White

Dean of Graduate House: Dr Antone Martinho-Truswell

Chaplain: Rev’d Antony Weiss

Senior Tutor: Mr Philip Barr

Business Director: Mr Noel McMahon

Financial Controller: Mrs Jackie Cox

Director of Community Development :
Mr Richard Morgan

Registrar: Mrs Tracey Donkin

The Paul's Family

St Paul's is a close-knit community where staff and students alike are here to help you. From the moment you enter Paul's you will be made to feel welcome and cared for. It goes without saying that the Warden, Dean's, Assistant Deans, Chaplain and Senior Tutor all take a personal interest in each and every student.

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St Pauls Drinks (54 of 91)

Our Academic Tradition

Academic History

St Paul’s exists primarily as an academic community. Paulines are justifiably proud of the College’s academic record, its many notable alumni and the distinguished contribution they have made to public life. To date St Paul’s has produced 29 Rhodes Scholars, three appointees to the High Court bench and two Prime Ministers: Sir William McMahon GCMG CH and Gough Whitlam AC QC. The College has produced over 20 University Medallists in the last decade alone. Each year the Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for the College sits well above that of the University as a whole. Around 35% of our students achieve a Distinction or High Distinction average in their examination results.

Over 100 University Medallists

At the University of Sydney, University Medals were introduced for undergraduate work in particular disciplines in the 1860s. Currently, the University Medal is awarded to Honours students based on outstanding academic performance over their complete student enrolment. The University Medal is not necessarily awarded every year, or from each discipline. Since 1867, over 100 students from St Paul’s College have been awarded the University Medal. It is worth noting that six of them won two Medals each.

29 Rhodes Scholars

Established in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship scheme is the oldest programme of its kind in the world and the award is arguably the most prized. Rhodes Scholarships enable outstanding young people from around the world to undertake full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford and, in doing so, to forge bonds of mutual understanding and fellowship for the betterment of mankind. There are currently eleven Scholarships awarded to Australians each year, one for each state and five for the Commonwealth. To date, a total of 29 men from St Paul’s have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships.

Academic History

St Paul’s exists primarily as an academic community. Paulines are justifiably proud of the College’s academic record, its many notable alumni and the distinguished contribution they have made to public life. To date St Paul’s has produced 29 Rhodes Scholars, three appointees to the High Court bench and two Prime Ministers: Sir William McMahon GCMG CH and Gough Whitlam AC QC. The College has produced over 20 University Medallists in the last decade alone. Each year the Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for the College sits well above that of the University as a whole. Around 35% of our students achieve a Distinction or High Distinction average in their examination results.

Over 100 University Medallists

At the University of Sydney, University Medals were introduced for undergraduate work in particular disciplines in the 1860s. Currently, the University Medal is awarded to Honours students based on outstanding academic performance over their complete student enrolment. The University Medal is not necessarily awarded every year, or from each discipline. Since 1867, over 100 students from St Paul’s College have been awarded the University Medal. It is worth noting that six of them won two Medals each.

29 Rhodes Scholars

Established in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship scheme is the oldest programme of its kind in the world and the award is arguably the most prized. Rhodes Scholarships enable outstanding young people from around the world to undertake full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford and, in doing so, to forge bonds of mutual understanding and fellowship for the betterment of mankind. There are currently eleven Scholarships awarded to Australians each year, one for each state and five for the Commonwealth. To date, a total of 29 men from St Paul’s have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships.

Honouring Our History

1856

The College Foundation stone was
laid on St Paul’s Day January 25

1867

The Universities first boat race with St Paul’s, the beginning of a dedication to prodigious sports competition

1907

Garnet Portus became the College’s first Rhodes
Scholar, the College has had 28 others since

1918

By the Armistice of World War One 170
Paulines had enlisted, 20 dead

1927

Fresher William McMahon’s first year;
later Prime Minister 1971-72

1935

Fresher Gough Whitlam’s first year;
later Prime Minister 1972-75

1955

800 trees planted in the College grounds,
a project led by Charles Salisbury

1964

The first “Victoriana!” show in the Dining Hall

1977

The fundraising arm of the College,
The Foundation, was established

2006

Planning begins for more accommodation rooms,
leading to the construction of new buildings in 2018

2018

The College proudly welcomes its first female member
of the Graduate House community, Tiffany Kwong

2019

The official opening of the McMillan Building for the new
Graduate House community and the Ivan Head Building
for the extension of the Undergraduate community

In Their Words

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Jake Slaytor

Waverton, NSW

Attending St Paul’s College is a life-changing experience. Having spent my first year of university at home, I was blown away by the sense of community and incredible opportunities to participate in sporting, cultural, and social life. At the same time, the academic support given to students through the extensive tutorial program, wherein high-achieving older students hold tutorials in virtually every subject, has been invaluable to my university results. The rich history of service that exists within the College, coupled with the pastoral care and mentoring offered to all students, have given me the confidence to help create two not-for-profit organisations and volunteer in several student outreach initiatives. As a member of the Students’ Club Committee I have had the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and contribute to the richness of the St Paul’s experience. I have also been able to play in a winning Rawson Football team and run Australia’s largest college music festival. Most importantly, I have developed friendships for life and have made some unforgettable memories. The university experience is infinitely improved by living at St Paul’s.

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Natalie Klug

Forestville, NSW

Being able to be involved in Graduate House’s inaugural year was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had while at University. Having the chance to play a part in shaping the culture of a new institution is a rare opportunity, and what emerged from the efforts of our first cohort was more than I could have hoped for. Having such a supportive and enthusiastic group of people around me really helped make the demands of post-graduate study seem far more manageable, and having the opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone with artistic, sporting and leadership pursuits I never would have otherwise been involved with made the year one I’ll never forget.

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Marcus Valastro

Darwin, Northern Territory

After growing up and attending a public school for the entirety of my schooling in Darwin, the thought of moving to Sydney and attending a College daunted me. I was worried I would feel isolated and alone. 

I did not realise how wrong I could be. Deciding to go to St Paul’s College was the best thing I could have done for my social, academic, and professional development. I have been presented with opportunities at Paul’s I could not have got anywhere else. In my second year at the College, I was selected by the Students’ Club Committee to be part of a group to run and manage the Semi-Formal, a jazz dinner dance. Like everything at Paul’s, we had complete independence in doing this, from arranging the venue spaces and props, organising licenses, and managing finances. I would never have thought, as a 19-year-old, I would be organising such a major event! 

This is just one of the many opportunities you are offered at the College. As a third-year student I am also lucky enough to be part of the team selected to run and manage the College bar, ‘The Salisbury’. It is opportunities like these and many more like them that makes Paul’s such a unique and great place to be. Whatever you give to the College it will give back to you – and more!

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Joseph Scopas

Auckland, New Zealand

Living at St Paul’s has brought my dream of the student experience to life. Every day at College we learn something new, we build new relationships, we play sport on the oval and we share many hilarious moments. You always have something to look forward to and to keep you busy. College is an absolute blast and offers the perfect balance to the studious aspect of life here at Paul’s.

Above all, St Paul’s is a stimulating environment to study. There is an incredible community of students around you, all striving towards their academic goals and sharing their learning and skills with one another. Everyone at College has something that they are passionate about or talented in and this creates such an interesting and diverse environment. 

I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have at Paul’s to draw on others’ talent and in turn, to share my skills in helping others. I recognise countless occasions where I have been stuck on a question and knocked on my buddy’s door to have an answer and understanding five minutes later.

Ultimately, we get things done at Paul’s and we do them well. We work together, and we celebrate accordingly – what more could a student ask for!

Get in touch

We would love to help you with your enquiries. Contact the College Registrar at registrar@stpauls.edu.au or call us on 02 9550 7444