Junior Deans (along with Peer Support Leaders and members of the Students’ Club Committee) play an instrumental role in setting the tone of the College. Their presence is an influence for good around the college, providing active mentorship to Freshers as they transition from school to university.
Junior Deans are appointed by the Warden after an application and panel interview process, selected for their demonstrated leadership skills, their contribution to and presence around the College.
Junior Deans are all entering their 4th year at St Paul’s and hold the respect of their peers and the College Staff. Alongside the peer Support Leaders, each Junior Dean will have their own Peer Support Group.
The role of the Junior Dean is to play an integral part in upholding a culture of inclusion, decency and safety throughout the College. They typify the College’s values through their commitment to respect and dignity for all.
Junior Dean characteristics include proactiveness, presentness and positivity. They possess a ‘can-do’ attitude that enables them to gain student trust while remaining unfaltering in giving clear directions and shutting down unauthorised gatherings when necessary. Junior Deans are present at College events, monitoring their execution, so they’re safe and enjoyable for all participants.
Each day, a Junior Dean is rostered on and remains on call should any matter of concern need to be escalated via the College Duty Officer (CDO) or when there may be an incident of concern at College, including responding to activated fire alarms. Junior Deans meet with senior staff on a weekly basis, with informal check-ins most days in Hall or about the College.