UNE officially opens Wright College

Posted by | April 30, 2015 | Events, News, Staff, Students | No Comments

The University of New England today officially declared its newest residence, the distinctive Wright College, open.

Students and guests joined UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, and UNE Chancellor, James Harris, for the opening of the new state-of-the-art residence.

Professor Annabelle Duncan and Chancellor James Harris at the opening of Wright College

Professor Annabelle Duncan and Chancellor James Harris at the opening of Wright College

Prof. Duncan said the College is a fundamental part of life at UNE and, despite being brand new, maintains a strong link to UNE’s collegiate culture and traditions.

“Wright College will provide a home away from home for many of our on-campus students,” Prof. Duncan said.

“The College has attracted a diverse cohort of students. Amongst the current residents are international students, first year students, postgraduates, and even members of staff.”

Despite being UNE’s newest residence, Wright College has a long history as the new incarnation of the original Wright College which stood on the same location from 1958.

The original Wright College was demolished in 1996 and construction on the new buildings began in 2013 with the ‘Autumn Block’ first to be completed in early 2014.

The modern design of the college, with buildings reflecting the very distinct Armidale seasons, offer students self-contained living in rooms which are spacious and filled with natural light.