Governance of the College is the responsibility of the Council and involves development and oversight of the College’s Strategic Plan; the adoption of the budget; the determination of Council policies and procedures and the appointment and reviewing of the Principal and of the Principal’s performance.
Councillors are not paid and give of their time and experience voluntarily. The Grace College Council is made up of 15 voting members with 10 of those being appointed by our 3 institutional stakeholders—The University of Queensland, The Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod) and The Presbyterian Church of Queensland. Unlike many similar bodies, the Council also includes alumni and residents.
Our Council members are not selected for their past service to related stakeholder establishments but rather on the skill they would bring to our Council. We have a multitude of skills on the Council, including finance, law, human resource management, property, town planning, ministry and education.
The age dispersion is vast, allowing for many perspectives to be put forward during Council meetings. This diversity and plethora of skills culminates in a rich bank of knowledge enhancing the discussions at our meetings and steering the way for informed decision-making
The College is incorporated under The Religious, Educational & Charitable Institutions Act 1861-1967 (Qld) and governed by a Constitution and a Council. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), providing not-for-profit on-campus accommodation for tertiary students.
The Council has identified the following 3 strategic priorities for the current period of the College’s life:
- enhance reputation and branding to identify Grace College as a first choice option;
- advance the Master Plan and site redevelopment for modernisation; and
- enhance the ability to offer scholarships and upgrade service provision.
Grace College is a member of University Colleges Australia (UCA). UCA residential colleges are intentional academic communities which add transformative value to our students’ university experience. We do this through engagement and opportunities in:
- Leadership formation
- Learning and serving
- Belonging and being known
- Diversity and inclusion
- Professional development
- Personal growth and wellbeing
- Lifelong friendships and connections locally and globally
- Social, spiritual, cultural and sporting activities.
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