The Dean is responsible for overseeing the daily management of all aspects college life, supporting both the students and residential staff in making sure the college is safe, enjoyable and all-inclusive.

James Hardiman

Dean, Basser

I was a student at The Kensington Colleges for 3 years during my undergraduate studies. I took up staff roles within the community (as a Resident Fellow and Deputy Dean) and quickly realised how much I value what collegiate life has to offer.

I became Dean in 2014 after completing my Engineering Degree (Industrial Chemistry) at UNSW. The ability to mentor and support students is what truly drives me. During my many years of involvement in these communities, I’ve witnessed students start their journey as uncertain first years and left as confident leaders, who will no doubt excel in their areas of study.

Basser celebrates and encourages the individuality of each of our residents. Engaging with them and watching them grow is what makes this job so rewarding.

What cheers you up?

A home-cooked meal I can enjoy with my wife, family and friends.

What inspires you?

Students who, despite being fully engaged in study and managing their own stresses and realities, strive to engage in social justice and charity programs.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Japan. I’ve been a few times and think it’s the most wonderful country - great culture, great history, great people and great food!

What was the last picture you took on your phone?

A shot of the bridal waltz at the wedding of a good family friend.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

A cliché, but Albert Einstein. As someone whose professional career has involved work in nuclear science and technology, I would love to pick his brains!

Deputy Dean

Ben Storer

Resident Fellows

Resident fellows (RFs) are staff members of UNSW and typically in their final years of study or already holding a degree. RFs live with the students on their floors and provide daily academic and pastoral support. RFs aren’t teachers, but they’re a little like a supportive older sibling with loads of experience to pass on and a willingness to help guide the residents. Current Resident Fellows include:

Linley Briggs
Resident Fellow

Joel Armstrong
Resident Fellow

Sarah Haynes
Resident Fellow

Abby Butler
Student Fellow