Bruce Hall

Bruce Hall

Bruce Hall is a residential college of the Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia, housing about 320 students. Bruce Hall is notable for being the first co-educational residential college in Australia. Fact|date=April 2007

The Hall's motto is "Felix Qui Potuit Rerum Cognoscere Causas" which means "Happy is he who is able to discover the reason for things". There is also a tradition of striving for excellence in sports and the arts, and for encouraging each resident to achieve their own personal best in all aspects of life.


Bruce Hall is located on the campus of the Australian National University, along Daley Road, in the Dickson Precinct. It currently consists of 7 wings, which are North, South, East, West, Central, Extension and Packard.

Among Bruce Hall's facilities are two common rooms, music rooms, a darkroom, an art studio, laundry rooms, various function rooms, tutorial rooms, kitchens, a computer lab and a library. Bruce Hall also runs a buttery which sells snacks and alcoholic beverages to residents.

All residents, with the exception of residents in Packard Wing, are fully-catered, receiving a 21-meal per week under the meal plan. Packard wing residents, as well as non-resident guests have the opportunity to purchase individual meals from the hall, which are held together with normal catered meals. Meals, as well as major functions, are held in the W.P. Packard Dining Hall, which is also notable for being home to Leonard French's "Seven Days of Creation" series.

Catered Wings

All wings other than those in the Packard wing consists of single rooms each with a single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and washbasin. The rooms are centrally heated and carpeted and are the largest rooms available on ANU campus. [] There are a limited number of disabled access residential rooms, as well as cheaper non-standard rooms which may not contain all fixtures present in standard rooms.

The catered wings are generally occupied by junior undergraduate students of the Australian National University.

elf Catered Wing

The Packard wing provides studios, both single and double occupancy, with individual kitchens and bathrooms for postgraduate and later year undergraduate students. Each room has either a single or double bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, fridge, kitchenette and bathroom facilities. The rooms are centrally heated and carpeted. []

The Packard wing is predominantly occupied by senior undergraduate students and postgraduate students of the Australian National University.


Bruce Hall is the oldest residential hall on the Australian National University campus, being officially opened in 1961. It originally consisted of just 5 wings, North, South, East, West and Central.

Bruce Hall was named after the former Prime Minister of Australia Stanley Bruce. []

The first warden was Bill Packard OAM. He was instrumental in shaping the Hall's culture, developed Inward Bound, the ANU's premier inter-Hall event and continues to support the Hall's activities to this day. []

The hall's capacity was expanded with the completion of Extension Wing in 1971.

In 2004, Packard Wing was completed and houses mainly later-year undergraduates and postgraduate students. The Packard Wing was named in honour of Bill Packard OAM, the founding warden.


Admission to Bruce Hall is through the Australian National University's University Accommodation Services [] . Prospective residents apply through that office, and are allocated places at the various halls and colleges on the university based on preferences.


Bruce Hall is administered by the Australian National University's Accommodation Service (U.A.S.) in conjunction with the Facilities and Services Division. The University Accommodation Service appoints a Head of Hall and a Dean. Various students are appointed as sub-deans and Senior Residential Scholars, who are residents of the hall assisting the administration team in the day to day operation of the hall.

The hall also appoints residents to IT positions, who are charged with the administration and maintenance of the hall's physical computing and network infrastructure, as well as the upkeeping of the Hall's internal and external website. Buttery staff are also drawn from residents, who coordinate and staff the buttery during the term, as well as organises events held around the bar, specifically bar nights. These personnel are collectively termed Residential Scholars.

For 2006 Bruce Hall, and the other Halls of Residence at the ANU, were administered under the portfolio of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (University of Community) then held by the current Dean of Students. However, the arrangement lasted for little more than a year and, in 2007, primary administration of the Hall fell once again to U.A.S.

Organisations within the hall

Association of Residents

Bruce Hall has an association of residents whereby the objective of the association and the committee are to serve and represent the members in all matters, to promote within the Hall a community spirit by means of cultural, sporting and social events, and to advance the interests of the Hall as a whole.

It stands as the main organising body of the Hall, arranging most of the Hall’s cultural, sporting and social events. The committee, an elected group of fourteen residents, is the organising arm of the Association.

The committee also publishes a year book called Uroboros, encompassing all the activities and events of the year. []

The first committee was established in 1961, and has been known under three names since.

Junior Common Room, 1961-2004

The first Bruce Hall association of residents was established in 1961 as the Junior Common Room.

Bruce Hall Residents' Association, 2005-2006

The name of the committee was changed in 2005 with the adoption of a new constitution, with the original intention of a possible incorporation, which did not come to fruition.

The Residents' Association largely carried out similar duties to the original Junior Common Room.

Bruce Hall Common Room, 2006-current

Under directive from the Australian National University legal office, and in line with new university policies, the Residents' Association passed a motion to rename the association to "Bruce Hall Common Room" to bring Bruce Hall back in line with its historical roots, at its annual general meeting held on 11 October 2006. The committee shall then be known as the "Bruce Hall Common Room Committee"

Again, the change of name is purely cosmetic, and does not change the method in which the organisation is run.

Intentional Learning Communities

Bruce Hall provides Intentional Learning Communities for residents who may desire assistance in their areas of learning, as well as other areas of interest. A variety of processes are in place to help residents with university courses, and the advancement of other issues. []

The intentional learning community also has its own internal publications:
*Ignis Draconis, the hall newsletter
*Bruce Hall Academic Journal, featuring works by residents of the hall.

Bruce Green

Bruce Green is an organisation of individuals interested in environmental and sustainability issues within the hall. Bruce Green also seeks to spread awareness regarding environmental issues via events such as debates and meetings.

Bruce Hall Players

The Bruce Hall Players is a group of residents who produces and acts out an annual Bruce Hall play.Previous plays include:
*2001: "Kiss Me, Kate"
*2003: "Death By Chocolate"
*2004: "The Highway Man"
*2005: "Psyche and Persephone"
*2006: "Robin Hood, People in Tights"
*2007: "League: The Musical"
*2008: "The Bruce Brothers"

ports and Arts

Bruce Hall has a tradition in inter-collegiate sports and arts, having won the inter hall sports shield in 1998, 1999 and 2000, [] and the inter hall arts shield in 2004 and 2006. In addition to organised sports and arts events run by the inter hall community, the hall also has opportunities for social and informal sports and arts events, as well as inter wing competitions.

As reflected in the Sports Ethos, [] the hall prides itself on participation more than success, and places high emphasis on standards of sportsmanship.

A number of residents, both current and former, have proceeded into a higher level of sporting achievement, notably Frank Farina, former national football coach.

Notable Residents

*Rosi Braidotti, feminist theorist [] []
*Philip na Champassak, son of overthrown Laotian minister in 1975 []
*Frank Farina, former Australian National Team football coachFact|date=February 2007
*Professor Malcolm Gillies, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Australian National University []
*Gary Humphries, former Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and current Australian Senator []
*Jeff Kennett, former Victorian Premier and current Hawthorn Football Club President []
*Professor John Quiggin, University of Queensland []
*Professor Amin Saikal, Australian National University [] []
*Tony Whitlam, Federal Court Judge and son of Former Prime Minister Gough WhitlamFact|date=February 2008


Cross Sections

In 2005 the first edition of "Cross Sections: The Bruce Hall Academic Journal" was published. The project arose after discussions with residents and then dean Dierdre Pearce. The Journal seeks to be an inter-disciplinary work with both undergraduates, honours students and postgraduates contributing.

Since its inception the Journal has been funded wholly by the University, which ensures all residents receive a copy free of charge each year. Works submitted have been both written and visual pieces with all written works submitted for review by a University Academic. A panel of resident editors is appointed each year to oversee the project.

Since 2006, publishing of "Cross Sections" has been through [ Epress] the ANU's publishing unit and the work is now available as a [ free on-line download] or in a physical form on a pay-per-copy basis.

Other Events

Bruce Hall also houses the National Mathematics Summer School every January. []

External links

* [ Bruce Hall Homepage]
* [ University Accommodation Services]
* [ Explanation of Name]
* [ National Mathematics Summer School at Bruce Hall]

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