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Senior & Middle Common Rooms

The Senior and Middle Common Rooms bring together graduates, postgraduates, academics and professionals within the College.

Combined, their expertise and experience assists students with their studies and help with the operation of the College.

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Senior Common Room Members

Senior Common Room Members

      • David T Runia smallerMaster, Prof David T. Runia

        BA (Hons), MA DipEd Litt D (Melb), DLitt (VU Amsterdam), FAHA

        Born in the Netherlands and descended from solid Frisian stock, David has spent his life moving backwards and forwards between the Netherlands and Australia. He first came out to this country with his parents at the age of four and grew up in Geelong, where he attended The Geelong College and was dux of the school in 1968. His youth in Geelong has resulted in an indelible Australian accent and inevitable support for a particular football team (though he also greatly enjoys cricket).

        In 1969 he went up to Queen’s on a Hitchcock scholarship and resided here for three formative years while he studying Classics, History and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. On completing his BA (Hons) in 1972 he continued to study at the University and obtained a MA (thesis subject: The letters of Synesius of Cyrene) and a DipEd. In 1977, having won the University of Melbourne Travelling Scholarship, he returned to The Netherlands and pursued a doctorate in Ancient Philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam. It was completed in 1983 and obtained the highest grade of cum laude. Its subject focused on the Greek-speaking Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria and the use he made of Plato’s dialogue the Timaeus in interpreting the creation account in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

        On completing his doctorate David obtained the prestigious C & C Huygens Post-doctoral award in the Netherlands, which allowed him to continue his research and become a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A., and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, Canberra. In 1989 he spent a year in Münster, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. In 1990 he was appointed lecturer in ancient philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam. The next year he became Professor Extraordinarius at the University of Utrecht, and in 1992 he was appointed to the chair of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands’ oldest and most famous university. From 1995 to 1999 he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy.

        In 2002 David returned to Melbourne to take up the position of Master of his old College. At present, in addition to being Master, he is also Professorial Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University, as well as being Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

        David’s chief research interests have been in the history of ideas and particularly the relation between Greek philosophy and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. He is a world authority on the figure of Philo of Alexandria, the learned Greek-speaking Jew who lived at the same time as Jesus Christ. He is also currently doing research on the sources for the history of early Greek philosophy. This research has been supported by two Australian Research Council grants which enable him to work together with colleagues from overseas.

        David is married to Gonni, who also has a Dutch background. They have three children. Their daughter Emma lives in Amsterdam She is married to Daniel and they have a son Oliver. Their two sons moved with them to Australia and now live in Melbourne.

        As a result of many years of research and teaching experience David is convinced that ancient ideas, especially in the areas of ethics and spirituality, are highly relevant to our lives and culture as we experience them in the 21st century. He also believes that the College, as a residential academic community where senior, middle and junior members mix together, is an excellent place for such ideas to be presented and discussed.

        Read more about the Master on Wikipedia

      • Dean of Studies, Dr Brenda Holt

        BA, DipEd, MA, PhD

        Brenda joined Queen’s College in late October 2014 as the inaugural Dean of Studies.

        Brenda’s work as an educator over the last 25 years has spanned from secondary to tertiary institutions. Starting her career at an outer suburban high school in Melbourne as an English teacher, Brenda moved to the higher education sector in 1993. She has worked as an academic advisor, counsellor, teacher, head of a residential college, researcher and administrator during this time. Although she grew up in rural Texas in the USA, she has been a happy migrant in Australia, mainly Melbourne, since 1989.

        For the last decade, Brenda’s academic work has been focused around equity and access for underrepresented young people. Frustrated with seeing young rural Australians represented mainly in educational statistical data, Brenda decided to undertake a PhD in order to demonstrate some of the complexities of inequality in education that are hard to measure. Her thesis, Global Routes/Rural Roots: Identity, Rural Women and Higher Education, was completed at the end of 2007 and won the 2009 Chancellor’s Prize (Social Sciences). 

An Honorary Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Brenda has written several published articles and is a regular presenter at education conferences.

        Outside of work, Brenda’s interests include reading (she’s in two book clubs), going to live theatre, eating out in Melbourne and spending time with her husband and teenage children.

      • Dean of Wellbeing, Assoc Prof DrTim Corney

        tim webBA, MA, PhD

        Tim was appointed in July 2014 as the inaugural Dean of Student Wellbeing and has worked with young people and students in academia, industry and the community sector for more than two decades. He has fulfilled roles as a youth worker, senior manager of youth services, researcher, academic, and as a consultant and adviser to community agencies, peak bodies and governments. Tim has published widely in the area of youth studies and is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University. Among his research interests are the sociology of youth, school to work transitions, youth and community development, and programs for young people at risk.


      • Associate Chaplain & Senior Tutor, Mr Ian Chapman

        Ian ChapmanBATheol, MTS

        • Ian joined Queen’s College in 2013 as the Associate Chaplain. He completed his Master of Theological Studies in 2014 just before welcoming his first child into the world. He has worked in various pastoral roles with youth and young adults and continues to appreciate the conversations, challenges, and joys that come with serving the Queen’s community as a chaplain, tutor, and mentor.
      • Director of Music, Dr  Kathleen McGuire

        Kathleen McGuire

        BMus, GradDipA(Mus), GradDipEd, MMus, DMA, ASCAP

        Kathleen is Director of Music at Queen’s College. Originally from Melbourne where she completed studies in music composition, conducting and education at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University, she returned to Australia in 2013 with a master’s degree (distinction) from the University of Surrey (Guildford) in the UK as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow and a doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (elected to Phi Kappa Lambda – National Music Honors Society). Most recently she spent 13 years in San Francisco, conducting choirs and orchestras. She has received many accolades for her community work and as an educator, including a special citation in Music Education from The American Prize. Her music specialty is conducting while she is also an accomplished singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Alongside her work at Queen’s, she is the co-artistic director of the School of Hard Knocks. For more information, visit: www.kathleen-mcguire.com.

      • Mrs Gonni Runia

        Gonni Runia

        • Revd Dr Sean Winter

          BA(Hons) DPhil

          Rev Sean Winter is Queen’s Dean of Chapel and is Head of Department for Biblical Studies at the United Faculty of Theology

        • Revd Sharon Hollis

          Education Co-ordinator, Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria & Tasmania

        • Revd Prof Geoff Thompson

          Rev Dr Geoff Thompson recently joined the Faculty of the Uniting Church Theological College at the CTM as Professor of Systematic Theology. Geoff returns to Melbourne after twelve years as Principal and Director Studies of Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, the ministerial and theological training college of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. In late June, he relocated to Parkville with his wife Linda and one of his two sons, Jamie. Current research involves finishing a book on a Uniting Church Theology exploring the way the Basis of Union engages with contemporary theological issues. Geoff’s longer term hope is to research in the area of Discipleship Christology and drawing on the way the death and resurrection of Jesus are related to each other in the systematic theological tradition.

        • Choir Director, Mr John Weretka


          BA (Hons), GradCertArts (Art History), PostGradDipArts (Art History), GradDipTheol, AMusA
          John Weretka holds qualifications in mediæval history, musicology, art history and theology and is currently a doctoral student in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is also studying for the Graduate Diploma in Humanities (Classical Languages—Latin) at the University of New England. His doctoral thesis examines the design process behind the construction of the façades of churches in Rome built between 1700 and 1732. John has taught subjects on the history of music in the Renaissance and Baroque period and harmony and counterpoint for the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne.

          He has given public lectures and talks for bodies including the Johnston Collection, and the National Gallery of Victoria, and is a frequent preconcert speaker for the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is a cultural tour leader for Australians Studying Abroad, for whom he has led tours in Rome and Sicily. Active as a performing musician, John has appeared as a singer or viola da gambist in festivals including the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Four Winds Festival at Bermagui, and the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord/Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and with groups including e21 and Ensemble Gombert. John was Director of Music at St Peter’s Anglican Church (Eastern Hill) from 2003 to 2008.Visit the College choir page for more information.

        • Chapel Organist, Mr David Agg

          BSc, DipEd,ThA
          David Agg has been Chapel Organist since 1986. He is a science graduate of the University of Melbourne and also has diplomas in education, theology and organ. After a brief career in teaching, he travelled to Europe to further his musical studies with Peter Hurford in England and Karl Hochreither at the Berlin Church Music School. From 1988-2000 he was Director of the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord. He has given numerous recitals in Australia and recorded for 3MBS-FM and the ABC as well as lecturing on various musical topics for the CAE. On several European tours he has performed in Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, France and England. He is also Director of Music at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell and a deputy organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Visit the College choir page for more information.

        • Senior Tutor, Sandeep Kirpilani

          Sandeep Kirpilani

          B.Com, CA, MDevSt
          Sandeep has recently completed a Master of Development Studies (December 2014) from the University of Melbourne and is deeply intrigued as to why is the world an unequal one. While there are multiple answers/ perspectives to this big question (the lopsidedness of capitalism, human rights, gender, etc), Sandeep is currently in the process of figuring out his niche within this large space. From being a practicing Chartered Accountant upto 2009, and working with certain development organizations in India thereafter (including grassroots to industry level), Sandeep realized that he really enjoys facilitating critical thought amongst young adults and especially with those who are on a quest to understanding themselves and their positions in the world. As part of the SCR at Queen’s, Sandeep tutors accounting and humanities along with being in-charge of the Duty officers. In the long run, Sandeep hopes to contribute within the intersection of entrepreneurship, social development and young adults, which focuses on building sustainable village communities in India..

        • Senior Tutor, Mrs  Sarah Chapman

          Sarah ChapmanBA
          Sarah arrived at Queen’s in 2013. She has been involved with the Queen’s community through mentoring, editing and copywriting, singing in the Queen’s College Choir, and bringing the youngest member of the college community into the world in August, 2014. She has previously studied English Literature and worked in the elderly care field. This year she is excited to begin a Master of Nursing Science at Melbourne University, tutor in Academic Writing at Queen’s College, and of course continue to mother young Winston.

        • Resident Tutor, Mr Mark Johnson

          Photo of Mark Johnson

          BComm(Media), MCreatWrit
          Mark is a newly appointed Resident Tutor and is also currently acting in the position of Marketing, Communications & Promotions Officer for Queen’s College. Mark has been a university tutor over several years at Swinburne Online where he taught the foundational undergraduate subject, Learning & Communicating Online.

          Mark’s educational background is in the creative arts. He has a Bachelor of Communication in Media/Multimedia Production from the University of Canberra (UC), and a Master of Creative Writing from UC. He has also studied photography and design at the Canberra Institute of Technology and is the owner/operator of Catch ‘n’ Kiss Photography.

          Mark is currently investigating research topics in narratology with the view to commencing his PhD in 2016.

        • Resident Tutor, Ms Katy Greenland

          Photo of Katy GreenlandBSocWork(Hons), BSocSci(Psych), GradDipInfoMgmt, MInfoMgmt(App.Res)
          Katy completed her undergraduate degrees at RMIT in 2009, followed by her graduate degrees in the field of librarianship and information management, both at Charles Sturt University in 2013 and 2014. Katy’s Masters research project investigated issues in online identity including anonymity, self-presentation, privacy and ethics, and she is contemplating a PhD to further these research interests.

          Katy’s work history includes a mix of frontline work with children and families in crisis with Melbourne CityMission and neuropsychiatric rehabilitation at Austin Health, as well as social policy work in local government. She has worked at The University of Melbourne for the last four years and in her current role, coordinates research grants, ethics and publications for the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Two of Katy’s greatest loves are the arts and education and this year, she will offer tutorials in social work, psychology and academic skills at Queen’s.

        • Resident Tutor, Ms Emma Parker

          BA, MDevSt
          Born in rural Victoria, Emma has grown up in a few countries, including the United States, Singapore, and France. In 2010, she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Occidental College in Los Angeles, majoring in French Language and Culture as well as Cognitive Science. Subsequently, Emma taught English at both a primary school and a language school in rural Hungary, where she discovered a passion for non-conventional skill development and engaging young people in value-based thinking about their communities and linking this to global issues. Emma then pursued a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne and while studying she continued working with young adults at Trinity College through mentoring and providing leadership training in various areas, including social justice. Emma is now a Residential Tutor at Queen’s College, where she hopes to continue pursuing her passion by challenging and being challenged within a residential academic environment through tutoring and mentoring young adults.


Middle Common Room Members

  • Jonathon Ball – Currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Arts

  • Tanya Banagala – Currently studying a Master of Architecture

  • Graeme Berk – Currently studying Science (CSP)

  • Tarek Bilani – Currently studying a Master of Law (Juris Doctor)

  • Jessica Bonaddio – Currently studying a Doctor of Physiotherapy

  • Rose Burnfield- Currently studying a Master of Law (Juris Doctor)

  • Akash Chakravarty – Currently studying a Master of Engineering Mechatronics

  • Christine Chan – Currently studying a Doctor of Physiotherapy

  • Stacey Coenders – Currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship

  • Matthew Daly – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Maxwell Davenport – Currently studying a Master of Science

  • Gordon Davis – Currently studying a Master of International Relations

  • Ian Andrew Forsyth – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Ross Gales – Currently studying a PHD in Engineering

  • Andrea Gatti – Currently studying a Master of Engineering

  • Alex Guerin – Currently studying Biomedicine (CSP)

  • Irina Halmagiu – Currently studying a Master of Engineering

  • Liesel Hardy – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Canny Huang – Currently studying a Master of Clinical Audiology

  • Jake Jun – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Kylie King – Currently studying a Master of Arts (Art History)

  • Sophie Lawes – Currently studying a Master of Law (Juris Doctor)

  • Darren Lee – Currently studying a Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Soo Lee – Currently studying a Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Zhen Li – Currently studying a Master of Accounting

  • Tim Liu – Currently studying a PHD of Science

  • Sariah Lopez Fierro – Currently studying a Master of Information Technology IFP

  • Mingxiang Low – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Taryn Luitingh – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Jeff Manangquil – Currently studying a Master of Management (Finance)

  • Jess McKendry – Currently studying a Master of Nursing Science

  • Lara McQuillan – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Ellie Miller – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Bek Moran – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Alice Morgan – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Silverio Nanni – Currently studying a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Richard Pagone – Currently studying a Master of Criminology

  • Elizabeth Prest – Currently studying a Master of Law (Juris Doctor)

  • Basil Razi – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Elle Richards – Currently studying a PHD in Arts

  • Emma-Leigh Rudduck – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Olivia Salthouse – Currently studying a Master of Psychology

  • Gino Sarri – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Kevin Schroeder – Currently studying Medicine/Surgery

  • Claire Shearwood – Currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Arts

  • Meg Stevens – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Josh Trebilcock – Currently studying a Master of Global Media Communication

  • Matt Whybird – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Jessica Wong – Currently studying a Doctor of Medicine

  • Peter Yoo – Currently studying a PHD in Neuroscience

  • Hualin Zhan – Currently studying a PHD in Physics

  • Natasha Maria Zloty – Currently studying a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine