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Dr Stewart Gill, The Master of Queen's College

Dr Stewart Gill OAM

Welcome. A Message from the Master

The warmest of welcomes to everyone who visits our website.

Queen’s College represents something rather rare and special, an academic residential community. About 300 of us live here in the beautiful buildings and grounds of the College. We live together because we are studying at university or providing support for those who are studying.

We form a vibrant and supportive academic community by sharing common aims and common values, by doing many different activities together, by giving each other support and encouragement, and by making friendships that will last a lifetime. Within our community individuals are given the freedom to pursue those activities which are important for them.

I invite you to browse and explore our website. There are many things for you to learn about, including

  • a beautiful and centrally located environment in which to live
  • excellent facilities for residents and visitors
  • an extensive programme of academic support
  • a wide range of academic, spiritual, cultural, sporting and social activities
  • how you can apply to become a resident
  • how you as a former resident can still stay in touch with us

As the eighth Master of Queen’s College in its 131st anniversary year I am very proud of both our history of developing outstanding individuals, and as a historian I often reflect upon the words of eighteenth-century British philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke: “Society is a contract between the past, the present and those yet unborn.” Echoing Burke’s well-known declaration, Queen’s College’s commitment—our social contract—is to our alumni, current residents and future residents, so that they may not only flourish personally, but also contribute to the prosperity of our society as a whole.

Our social contract is based on respect for all, and in the #metoo era we encourage our community members to embrace and enact respect for all, and to join with us as we strive always to be better and to create a community that is safe as well as vibrant, where all can flourish.

If you would like to visit the College itself, please let us know and we will be most pleased to show you around.

Dr Stewart Gill OAM

See also: The Master’s SCR profile