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.

Rasheed Khan


I am a third year PhD student from Pakistan. Having been through the experience myself, I understand that adjusting to life in a new country and a different academic system can be quite challenging. I wanted to help others in similar situation, so I joined the residential staff team at UNSW Hall in 2014 as Resident Fellow. I was appointed the Deputy Dean in 2015 and In 2016 I was appointed the Dean of Fig Tree Hall.

Fig Tree has a unique identity of being the most culturally diverse college. Thus a rare opportunity for Australian and overseas students to share and learn from one another. I enjoy being able to work Fig Tree’s vibrant and engaged student community, and love mentoring them to further develop their leadership skills. Being able to make a contribution to students’ lives, and to help them find their confidence is extremely satisfying.

What cheers you up?

Good food in good company!

What is something you’ve been really proud of lately?

Getting back to my exercise regime.

What was the last picture you took on your phone?

A friend and his wife, cutting their wedding anniversary cake.

How do you spend your free time?

Hiking, bushwalking, and doing nothing!

What sound or noise do you love?

Folk Sufi music.  

Stuart Maclaine

Deputy Dean

5th Year Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts (French/History) at UNSW. The Deputy Dean supports the role of the Dean of the College whilst also fulfilling the role of a Resident Fellow. Living out-of-home, particularly if you are coming from overseas, is a unique and challenging experience for students. It is part of our role here as the staff of Fig Tree Hall to help everyone settle into their new environment. 

This is my sixth year at UNSW completing a dual degree program in Chemical Engineering and Arts (French and History). 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 work closely with our House Committee to make sure we are delivering the best community-building and fun activities to our residents.

Fig Tree Hall 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?

Isabella's Italian and Seafood Restaurant in Randwick for their $7 breakfast!

What is 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 acting in Studio One!

What was the last picture you took on your phone?

A selfie with some Figs at our House Committee's Pajama Party event!

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?

Fig Tree Hall obviously! The Whitehouse Cafe is a close second though.

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.

Being an RF gives me the opportunity to work creatively and compassionately within an aspirational academic community. I love being around so many bright, creative, talented, interested and quirky individuals.

Marlo Slavin

Visual Arts & Juris Doctor (Law)


Resident Fellow:

Reem Waziry
MD, MPH, PhD candidate The Kirby Institute

Resident Fellow

Jessica Dharmasiri
5th Year Renewable Engineering and Commerce

Student Fellow

Olivia Inwood
Bachelor of Arts (Media/English) / Bachelor of Fine Arts

Student Fellow:

Muhammad Azaan Khan
2nd Year Bachelor of Medicine