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1 Residence Life Who we are and what we do Kristin Hunger Residence Life Coordinator

2 Overview Who we are Who we are Where we are Where we are What we do (Benefits to Students) What we do (Benefits to Students) Events Events What our students say What our students say Wellness/Welfare/Discipline Wellness/Welfare/Discipline

3 Who we work with House 6,000+ students House 6,000+ students UG: 4,000 UG: 4,000 PG: 1,000 PG: 1,000 Families/Couples/Returning Students: 1,000 Families/Couples/Returning Students: 1,000 Provide more than just a bed Provide more than just a bed

4 Professional Staff Full time staff members at the University Accommodation Services - Residence Life Accommodation Services - Residence Life Assistant Director – Lynne Duff Assistant Director – Lynne Duff Residence Life Coordinators Residence Life Coordinators Kristin HungerKristin Hunger Katie ThorneKatie Thorne Administrative Assistant – Dawn Hibbert Administrative Assistant – Dawn Hibbert Accommodation Managers Accommodation Managers Halls (5)Halls (5) Flats (9)Flats (9) Wardens (Part-time members of Res Life staff) Wardens (Part-time members of Res Life staff) 1212

5 Paraprofessional Staff Students Resident Assistants (RAs) Resident Assistants (RAs) Emergency Response, on-call responsibilities, social coordinator for events, and assist professional staff when neededEmergency Response, on-call responsibilities, social coordinator for events, and assist professional staff when needed Ratio of 1:40 RAs to students in UG & PG sites Ratio of 1:40 RAs to students in UG & PG sites No RAs in Family/Returner sites No RAs in Family/Returner sites

6 Accommodation for UG With Wardens and RA staff : Catered Catered Baird, Chancellors Court, Baird, Chancellors Court, Ewing, Grant, Holland, John Burnett, & Lee Houses Self-Catered Self-Catered Flats Flats Fraser CourtFraser Court Houses Houses David HornDavid Horn KitchenerKitchener Lee House Chancellors Court David Horn House

7 Accommodation for UG With Accommodation Managers and RA staff : Self-Catered Self-Catered Flats Flats BeaverbankBeaverbank Blackfriars StreetBlackfriars Street College WyndCollege Wynd Darroch CourtDarroch Court East Newington PlaceEast Newington Place Fraser CourtFraser Court Hermits CroftHermits Croft Kincaids CourtKincaids Court Meadow CourtMeadow Court Morgan CourtMorgan Court New Arthur PlaceNew Arthur Place 5 Nicolson & 5 South College5 Nicolson & 5 South College Robertsons CloseRobertsons Close SciennesSciennes South Clerk StreetSouth Clerk Street Warrender ParkWarrender Park Darroch Court Beaverbank Fraser Court

8 Accommodation for PG With Wardens & RAs Self-catered Self-catered Mylnes Court Mylnes Court Richmond Place Richmond Place Catered (Pollock Halls) Catered (Pollock Halls) John Burnett House John Burnett House Lee House Lee House Mylnes Court John Burnett

9 Accommodation for PG With AMs & RAs Tentative Self-catered Flats Tentative Self-catered Flats 5 Nicolson St 5 Nicolson St Ascham Court (new for 2011) Ascham Court (new for 2011) Blackwood Crescent / Causewayside Blackwood Crescent / Causewayside Morgan Court (9 months) Morgan Court (9 months) Ratcliffe Terrace Ratcliffe Terrace South Bridge South Bridge Warrender Park Road Warrender Park Road West Mains Road West Mains Road Ratcliffe Terrace Warrender Park Road

10 What the varied sites look like… Ascham Court Morgan Court Warrender Park Crescent 5 Nicolson St / South College Street West Mains Road

11 Residence Life Experience Community Development & Events Focus on Whole Student Focus on Whole Student We want to ensure that students are engaged and happy in their home away from home We want to ensure that students are engaged and happy in their home away from home Emphasis on Community Building Emphasis on Community Building Academic Colleges focus on school learning Res Life focuses on life lessons Academic Colleges focus on school learning Res Life focuses on life lessons Offer students events throughout the year in the following areas: Offer students events throughout the year in the following areas: Getting to Know Edinburgh Getting to Know Edinburgh Wellness/Athletic Wellness/Athletic Cultural/Holiday Cultural/Holiday Site Tradition Site Tradition Bus Trips Bus Trips Sustainability Sustainability Charity Charity Academic Discussion Nights Academic Discussion Nights

12 Community Building Cheese and Wine Movie Nights Cheese and Wine Movie Nights Karaoke night Karaoke night X-Factor X-Factor Pub Quizzes Pub Quizzes Flat Swaps Flat Swaps Music nights in the common rooms Music nights in the common rooms Welcome Barbecues Welcome Barbecues

13 Getting to know the area Open Doors Day Open Doors Day Trips to the Highlands Trips to the Highlands Tours of Kings Buildings Tours of Kings Buildings Trips to the Zoo Trips to the Zoo North Berwick North Berwick Rosslyn Chapel Rosslyn Chapel National Trust of Scotland Corporate Members National Trust of Scotland Corporate Members

14 Wellness / Athletic Arthurs Seat Walk Arthurs Seat Walk Football Tournaments Football Tournaments Yoga and Yogurt Yoga and Yogurt Squash Tournaments Squash Tournaments Fun Run Fun Run Games Day on the Meadows Games Day on the Meadows Rock Climbing at CSE Rock Climbing at CSE Firbush Firbush Making Stress Balls Making Stress Balls

15 Cultural & Holidays Potluck Dinners Potluck Dinners Guy Fawkes Night Guy Fawkes Night Burns Night Burns Night St Andrews Day Celebrations St Andrews Day Celebrations Halloween pumpkin carving Halloween pumpkin carving Canadian & American Thanksgiving Canadian & American Thanksgiving Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Chinese Moon Festival Chinese Moon Festival Themed Movie Nights Themed Movie Nights Scottish Bollywood Japanese Polish Hungarian

16 Site Traditions House Balls House Balls Barbecues Barbecues Annual Flats Party Annual Flats Party Ceilidhs Ceilidhs

17 Charity Carolling Carolling Christmas Shoebox Appeal Christmas Shoebox Appeal Candy Cane Candy Cane Clothing Drive Clothing Drive Bake Sales Bake Sales Movie Rentals on site Movie Rentals on site Rose Distribution Rose Distribution

18 Sustainability Gardens in flat sites Gardens in flat sites Tree planting – Pollock Tree planting – Pollock Stairs for Sustainability Stairs for Sustainability Movie Nights Movie Nights Green Pub Quizzes Green Pub Quizzes

19 Not focused on alcohol!! Certain events will serve alcohol but only in specific quantities and with plenty of food Certain events will serve alcohol but only in specific quantities and with plenty of food Also providing site wide events that focus on alcohol and drug education Also providing site wide events that focus on alcohol and drug education

20 Benefits Become a part of the community Become a part of the community Meet new friends starting the day you move in! Meet new friends starting the day you move in! Less anti-social behaviour Less anti-social behaviour Help when you need it! Help when you need it! Awareness of welfare situations Awareness of welfare situations Students not afraid to talk to staff so we can help find solutions in more timely manner

21 Student Feedback *Survey open October 2011.

22 A sample of student comments A few more please! The RAs are amazing! So glad they are here. They made it so much easier to move into a new place Something is always going on and everyone is friendly and close! Good variety and well organised events, really enjoyed this aspect of AS Love the events, really fun and easy/relaxed way to widen friendships The house events are great. These are the best way to get to know people! Comments from Student Satisfaction Survey, October 2011

23 Welfare Residence Life staff follow up with students on personal issues and help to connect them with the appropriate resources Residence Life staff follow up with students on personal issues and help to connect them with the appropriate resources Home sick Home sick Academic struggles Academic struggles Mental well-being Mental well-being

24 Welfare – What We Do We are not psychologists, counsellors or health care professionals We are not psychologists, counsellors or health care professionals We SIGN POST We SIGN POST Take the stress out of the situation Take the stress out of the situation Provide contact to other offices for students and colleagues Provide contact to other offices for students and colleagues Assist on next steps Assist on next steps Contact GP, Counselling, Disability Office, Chaplaincy Contact GP, Counselling, Disability Office, Chaplaincy

25 Discipline Meet with residents to follow up Meet with residents to follow up on disciplinary areas including: Fire safety violations Fire safety violations Conflicts with roommates or members of the building Conflicts with roommates or members of the building Vandalism Vandalism Anti-social behaviour Anti-social behaviour Ensures a pleasant experience for everyone in our accommodation Ensures a pleasant experience for everyone in our accommodation

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