MEDIA RELEASE: Welcome to the new Wright College
By Bridgette Glover The new Wright College at the University of New England has welcomed the first students through its freshly installed doors. Last week 33 students unpacked their bags in the state-of-the-art residence, and more will be joining them in the coming months.
Despite being UNE’s newest residence, Wright College has a long history as the new incarnation of the original Wright College which stood on the same location. The exciting new buildings, which are spacious and filled with natural light, will offer students modern facilities as well as a strong link to UNE’s collegiate heritage.
Wright College provides students with self-contained living in either studio or one-bedroom apartments. Each of the buildings has common spaces which will allow students to come together for social and academic purposes. In addition, students will be living at the college all year round, including during university breaks.
Head of College, Caroline Pflaumer-Winter, said that the response to the new college has been excellent.
“It is wonderful to have welcomed this group of students into the first completed block of Wright College,” Ms Pflaumer-Winter said.
“We have been extremely happy with the strong demand for the apartments, which allow students to enjoy independent living, while still having all the benefits of being on-campus.
“We already have a very diverse group of domestic and international residents who are studying across a wide range of disciplines, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.”
In a nod to their shared name and shared history, Wright College will join forces with Wright Village to establish a joint residential association with an election occurring in Trimester 2.
“Wright College & Village will work in partnership, particularly concerning the social welfare and academic programing of the residents. It means that new Wright College residents will join an already strong and supportive community.
“In addition, the support shown by members of the Wright College alumni has been fantastic, and we look forward to further developing the Wright College community in the spirit of its predecessor.”
For information about touring the Wright College or any of the colleges at UNE please contact the Future Students team to set up a tour: 02) 6773 5001