Emmanuel College, University of Queensland

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Emmanuel College
Emmanuel College shield
University University of Queensland
Location St Lucia Campus
27°29′52″S 153°00′30″E / 27.4977°S 153.0082°E / -27.4977; 153.0082
Full name Emmanuel College
Motto Fiat Lux (Latin)
Motto in English Let there be light
Established 1911
Gender Co-educational since 1975, formerly male only
Principal Professor David Brunckhorst
President Angela O'Connell (2017)
Residents 340
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage

Emmanuel College (commonly called EMC) is the largest residential college of Australia’s University of Queensland, located on its St Lucia campus.[1] Affiliated with the Uniting and Presbyterian Churches, it provides co-educational accommodation, academic and pastoral support for 340 undergraduate and postgraduate students of Brisbane’s leading tertiary institutions (University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology,[2] and Griffith University).

Students' Club[edit]

The Emmanuel College Students' Club (ECSC) is a student-run body responsible for co-ordinating the cultural, sporting, social and community service activities within the College and plays a major role in the day-to-day running of the College. The Students' Club is led by an elected Executive, consisting of mostly third- and fourth-year students, with second year and first year (fresher) representatives included. The incoming Executive for the following year is announced at the annual AGM near the end of Semester Two, after a week of voting has taken place.


Emmanuel College, Wickham Terrace, 1930

Emmanuel College was founded by the Queensland Presbyterian Church in 1911, with an all-male cohort first taking up residence in 1912 in its original location on Brisbane CBD’s Wickham Terrace (the now heritage-listed St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Administration Building). It came as Australia’s ninth residential college, and the first of the University of Queensland.

In 1955, the college relocated to its present site on Sir William MacGregor Drive on the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

During the 1970s, with the Presbyterian Church moving towards partnership with other religious denominations, Emmanuel also came under the auspices of the Uniting Church.

Women were admitted as Collegians in 1975. At present, the college boasts a 50:50 male to female ratio.[3]

2011 marked the college’s centenary.[4]

College Layout[edit]

Emmanuel is divided into 12 buildings, or “wings”, named after influential people in the college’s history. Each wing acts as a smaller community within the wider College environment, which arranges communal events and provides a familial, supportive environment.[5]

The college comprises nine two-story, co-educational undergraduate wings;[5]

  1. Martin
  2. Gibson
  3. Merrington
  4. Meiklejohn
  5. Douglas
  6. Glaister
  7. Henderson
  8. Drewe (three-storeys)
  9. Busch (only non-co-ed wing, with exclusively female residents)

The remaining three residences are postgraduate wings composed of self-catering apartments;

  1. Edmonds
  2. 2nd Res
  3. MacGregor

Extra-curricular Involvement[edit]

Pipe Band[edit]

Emmanuel College founded the university-wide Pipe Band in 1998, affectionately referred to as the ‘World’s Friendliest Pipe Band'.[6] Membership is available to all University members, including staff and alumni, and to the wider Brisbane community. Its subsidy and management remains the college’s core contribution to the University of Queensland and Brisbane public.[5]


Emmanuel students compete in a variety of individual and team sporting activities against the other 10 residential colleges of the University of Queensland as part of the Inter College Competition (ICC).[7] The college upholds a tradition of strong performance in competing for the Men’s Old Collegian’s Cup and the Women’s ICC Sports Shield, despite having lower resident numbers per gender than single-sex colleges.[8] In 2016, Emmanuel placed second in men's sport and third in women's sport.

The college hosts an annual Sports Dinner, where the accomplishments of Emmanuel residents in the ICC are recognised and celebrated.[8]

Emmanuel is the only Australian college to host an annual Rugby 7s tournament, in which university teams from around Australia participate in a weekend of competition on the UQ campus.[9]


As part of the Inter College Competition (ICC), Emmanuel competes in Debating,[10] College Idol, Bandfest, Art Show, Choralfest, Oratory, One Act Play, Chess and Dancefest.[11] In 2016 Emmanuel placed first in Bandfest, Choralfest and Dancefest and won the coveted ICC Cultural Cup.

The college hosts an annual Theatre Restaurant – an entirely student-run musical with a three-course dinner – and an in-house art show.[11]


  1. ^ Student Services Australia 2013, Emmanuel College (36D), accessed 27 June 2013, http://lostoncampus.com.au/1101
  2. ^ Emmanuel College 2011, Emmanuel College, accessed 27 June 2013, http://www.emmanuel.uq.edu.au/
  3. ^ Emmanuel College 2011, Overview and History, accessed 26 June 2013, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ UQ Events 2011, Emmanuel College Centenary Weekend, accessed 26 June 2013, http://www.uq.edu.au/events/event_view.php?event_id=7575
  5. ^ a b c Emmanuel College 2013, Emmanuel College Handbook 2013, accessed 26 June 2013, www.emmanuel.uq.edu.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=117236
  6. ^ University of Queensland Pipe Band 2013, University of Queensland Pipe Band at Emmanuel College, accessed 27 June 2013, http://www.uqpipeband.com/
  7. ^ UQ Sport 2013, College Sport, accessed 26 June 2013, http://www.uqsport.com.au/college-sport-news
  8. ^ a b Emmanuel College Student Club 2013, "Sport at Emmanuel", accessed 26 June 2013, http://www.emcstudentsclub.com/#!sport/cjg9
  9. ^ Emmanuel College Student Club 2013, Rugby 7's Tournament, accessed 26 June 2013, http://www.emcstudentsclub.com/#!rugby-7s-tournament/c1yda
  10. ^ University of Queensland Debating Society 2013, Internal Competitions, accessed 26 June 2013, http://www.uqds.org/internal-competitions.html
  11. ^ a b Emmanuel College Student Club 2013, "Cultural Activities at Emmanuel", accessed 26 June 2013, http://www.emcstudentsclub.com/#!cultural/c1wt1