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.
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.