St Andrew's College, University of Sydney

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St Andrew's College
University University of Sydney
Location 19 Carillon Avenue, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia
Full name Saint Andrew's College
Motto Christo, Ecclesiae, Litteris
Motto in English For Christ, the Church and Scholarship
Established 1867
Named for Saint Andrew the Apostle, patron saint of Scotland
Sister college Ormond College, Emmanuel College, Knox College
Principal Wayne Erickson
Undergraduates 250
Postgraduates 22
Website Website

St Andrew's College is a co-residential college within the University of Sydney, in the suburb of Newtown.


St Andrew's College was incorporated by Act of Parliament and received Royal Assent from Queen Victoria on 12 December 1867. The St Andrew's College Act 1998[1] replaced the St Andrews Incorporation Act 1867. This change means the Principal may be member of the laity and the religious affiliation of councillors has been broadened to include all Protestants. The College Council first met in 1870 and the first 16 students began their studies in 1874, even before the Main building was completed in 1878. Increasing demand for places led to the opening of additions to the College in 1892 (Sulman Wing), and in 1907 and 1914 (Vaucluse extensions). The student population increased to 140 in 1953 when the Reid building was completed, to 200 when the Thyne building was opened in 1966 and again to 272 when the Carillon Avenue Building was completed in 2007.

St Andrew's College

The College occupies 4 hectares of land within the main campus of the University of Sydney and was built on a sub-grant of University Land.

Whilst the Theological Hall of the Presbyterian Church in New South Wales, now the Presbyterian Theological Centre, was without home, St Andrew's College allowed its members to live at the College (until it relocated to Burwood in 1983).

In 2001, the College Council resolved to admit female undergraduates for the first time, with the first such students taking up residence at the commencement of the 2002 academic year.[2]

Its motto Christo, ecclesiae, litteris is Latin for For Christ, for the church, for scholarship.

Every year, the College men compete for a sporting trophy, commonly known as the Rawson Cup, which was presented to the Sydney University Sports Union in 1906 by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, and is the height of male intercollegiate sport. The cup is fought for throughout the year by men representing each of the University of Sydney Colleges accumulating points by competing in cricket, rowing, swimming, rugby, tennis, soccer, basketball and athletics. St Andrew's won the Rawson Cup in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. St Andrew's has won the Rawson Cup more often than all the other colleges combined.[3]

Since 2002, the College women have competed for their equivalent sporting trophy, the Macrae Archdale Cup, known as “The Rosebowl”. The Rosebowl is contested by the five colleges that admit women. It consists of the sports of rowing, swimming, netball, hockey, tennis, basketball, soccer and athletics. The College won the Rosebowl for the first time in 2006, and also for the last six years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The College has had enviable success in the Palladian Cup, winning the annual inter-college performing arts competition in 2013, and more often than any other college since its inception in 2001.

Heresy Conviction Controversy[edit]

Scottish born Peter Cameron was appointed Principal of St Andrew's College in 1991, and thus became a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Australia. In 1993 while serving as Principal, Cameron was convicted by the Presbyterian Church of Australia of Heresy. He was charged for disagreeing with the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith (which as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, he was required "firmly and constantly to adhere thereto and to the utmost of [his] power to maintain and defend"[4] ) by questioning the writings of Paul in the New Testament. The charge related to a sermon that he preached on 2 March 1992 called 'The Place of Women in the Church' to 300 members of a Presbyterian women's organisation. In the sermon, Cameron supported the ordination of women to the ministry, criticised the Church’s hard line on homosexuality, and attacked fundamentalist Christianity in general (Jensen, nd)[5](de Maria, 1999)[6]


St Andrew's College is home to 285 male and female undergraduate and graduate students and resident Fellows. All of the undergraduate students are members of the Students' Club, and the Junior Common Room. These are governed by an elected body of students, the House Committee.

The Junior Common Room is home to the College’s fully licensed bar known as the “Highlander”. This bar operates under the direction of the Principal, with a member of the Senior Common Room as licensee, but is fully staffed and run by and for the Students' Club and its members, and aims to operate profitably each year.

The College is also home to 22 graduate students. These students are members of the Senior Common Room. They contribute greatly to the College’s extensive tutorial program which covers as many of the subjects the University offers as it can. Residential members of the Senior Common Room are allowed to compete for selection on the College sporting teams. There are also University academics who reside at the College and are members of the Senior Common Room.


At present, the College comprises 4 main buildings, as well as a number of smaller ones. “Main” is the oldest of these, and was extended with the addition of the Sulman and Vaucluse wings. Further extensions on Main were carried out in the 1960s, and now it not only houses 90 students’ rooms, but has the college’s dining hall, library, reading room, Junior and Senior Common Rooms, administration offices, the Kinross-Mackie Chapel and a number of tutorial rooms. Main predominantly houses freshers and sophomores. “Reid” is the second oldest building, and was opened in 1953, when it was simply known as the New Building. It is typically home to both Sophomores and Seniors. The Thyne Building was opened in 1966, the same year as the College’s oval was constructed. This building typically houses freshers and Sophomores. The Hanks Building (referred to by students as "New Wing”) was completed in 2007; it is home to only seniors and above. The rooms in this building are much larger and all have bathrooms.

The College also has a number of smaller buildings, such as the Harper Lodge (where high-ranking members such as the Vice-Principal live), the Dougan Lodge (a.k.a. the Bird's Cage, where the Principal lives), the Old Laboratory (a.k.a. the Country Club, which houses graduates, and is next to the tennis courts), the Gatehouse and Sulman Wing (graduate housing).

Notable former residents[edit]





The Sciences[edit]

The Arts[edit]


  • Rev. Andrew Harper
  • Samuel Angus, charged with heresy
  • Peter Cameron, former Principal and convicted heretic
  • John McIntyre CVO, Hunter Baillie Professor 1946-56, Principal 1950-56, Honorary Fellow 1990-2005, sometime Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College in the University of Edinburgh, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and Dean of the Thistle




Rugby Union[edit]

Wallaby Captains

Other Wallabies


Rhodes Scholars[edit]


  • Peter Cameron (1997). Finishing school for blokes : college life exposed. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-134-X. 
  • St Andrew's College Annual Report & Magazine for 2005

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