King’s Traditions is a website dedicated to honour and preserve the traditions of King’s College at the University of Queensland.
On Sunday, 17 March 2019, the Council of King’s College at the University of Queensland made the momentous decision to overturn 107 years of history and turn the College co-residential in 2020. This decision was taken without consultation and was apparently made on the basis that the College was out of step with modern Australia. It has left the vast majority of the current student body feeling bewildered and betrayed, Old Collegians angry, and parents (particularly of freshers) feeling they were misled when they decided to send their sons to a single sex college.
Apart from platitudes, there has been no release of economic modelling justifying the decision.
Over the coming weeks, King’s Traditions will provide you with information about what is really happening at the College as the fight is taken up to oppose this change.
King’s Traditions hears that on Sunday, 31 March 2019, the King’s College Student Club (KCSC) overwhelmingly passed the following motions:
1. The KCSC thanks Professor Trevor Heath for his many years of loyal and dedicated service to generations of Kingsmen.
2. The KCSC does not agree with the manner at which the decision was made by the King’s College Council. In particularly the KCSC condemns their efforts to ensure their stakeholders, which includes the KCSC, were not informed the decision had been finalised.
3. That the KCSC condemns the decision made by the King’s College Council on Sunday, 17 March 2019 to turn the college co-residential in 2020.
4. That the KCSC moves that its office holders, in their official dealings with the administration of King’s College and its Council, reflect the views of the KCSC with respect to turning the College co-residential in 2020.
Stay tuned for further updates.
King’s Traditions was saddened to hear of the resignation of Professor Emeritus Trevor Heath from the staff of King’s College. For more than twenty years, Trevor was a trusted counselor and friend to generations of Kingsmen.
Old Collegians' Association
King’s Traditions attaches the letter from the President of the King’s College Council and the President of the King’s Old Collegians’ Association (KOCA) on 18 March 2019. You can read it HERE.
We specifically refer you to the sentence, “We take the view that as a male-only college, King’s does not reflect contemporary Australian life and that, as such, would be unable to produce men capable of excelling in the modern world.”
What a slap in the face to recent and current Kingsmen! The Presidents of the King’s College Council and the King’s Old Collegians’ Association consider that you are unable to excel in the modern world… Wow!
What sort of a message does this send to the parents and families of those students? You have sent your sons to an institution that does not reflect contemporary Australian life… That’s an interesting marketing strategy! No wonder they can’t fill the place.
King’s Traditions also attaches the wording of the petition calling for the removal of those who run the KOCA. HERE is the link to it.
In the fullness of time, we will let you know the details of the Special General Meeting.