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.

Stuart Maclaine


Having completed my undergraduate degrees at UNSW in Chemical Engineering (Honours) and Arts (French and History), working in Colombo House feels like being at home! As the Dean, I now get the honour of watching our current residents progress through their studies and achieve great things in their respective fields whilst they also enjoy the great benefits of living in a UNSW College! My previous 4yrs in the UNSW Colleges has meant many of the residents I started with are now out in the world living the values and using the skills they learnt here.

I grew up in Sydney so know the city like the back of my hand! It is a beautiful city to explore and experience for our visiting students, both local and international. I love sharing my intimate knowledge of Australia's culture and landscape with our residents and making sure they know the best places to visit in their mid-year break! I have an extensive background working with UNSW's largest student societies and facilitating the events and activities they run throughout the year which is what initially drew me into the Colleges. I now work closely with our College House Committee to make sure we are delivering the best community-building, inclusive and fun activities to our residents.

Colombo House is my home as well and it always gives me great pleasure to welcome students from all over Australia and the world through our doors. We are a young community but a thriving one here and are continually working hard to build our respectful and diverse culture. I hope we get the chance to meet soon!

What is your favourite place to eat out in Sydney?

Bat Country for a Haloumi Burger and a beer up at the local Randwick Shops.

What was the topic of your thesis?

Bayesian Risk Analysis of Human Pathogen Generation in Aerators Utilised for Municipal Drinking Water Treatment of Groundwater

How do you spend your free time?

Swimming at the beach, running in Centennial Park or bushwalking in and around Sydney.

What was the last picture you took on your phone?

A selfie of me holding a loaf of banana bread for our weekly study nights!

What music do you like?

Contemporary Aussie Pop and Rock!

What is your favourite movie?

I love Pan's Labyrinth, so clever and spooky!

What's your favourite place on-campus at UNSW?

Colombo House obviously! The Whitehouse Cafe is a close second though.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are assigned to each floor of Colombo House. They’re volunteer senior student leaders whose role is to make sure each and every student has access to any support they may need. The RA team works closely with the Deputy Dean and Dean, ensuring the pastoral care of all residents is of the highest quality.