The Dean is responsible for overseeing the daily management of all aspects of college life, supporting both the students and residential staff in making sure the college is safe, enjoyable and all-inclusive.

Joel Wilson

Dean, Philip Baxter

I’m from a little coastal town up north called Shoal Bay. Like most people from the coast I like to surf, hike and ski whenever I get some free time.

I studied science/law at UNSW and lived in Philip Baxter College during my first 2 years at university. I decided to live on campus, and at one of the Kensington Colleges, because I wanted the complete university experience.

College quickly became my home and the residents my family and in so many ways those first few years of living on campus helped define me. The support and guidance I received allowed me to excel academically and to discover what I wanted to do in life. This included advocating for student rights as the UNSW Student Representative Council President and now writing policy and piloting special projects as a member of the NSW Public Service.

As the current Dean of Philip Baxter, I continue to enjoy every aspect of college life and the community it creates.


If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Obi Wan.

What is one of your favourite quotes?

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen - Bob Marley.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Learn how to paint!

Favourite flavor of ice-cream?


Resident Fellows

Resident fellows (RFs) are staff members of UNSW and typically in their final years of study or already holding a degree. RFs live with the students on their floors and provide daily academic and pastoral support. RFs aren’t teachers, but they’re a little like a supportive older sibling with loads of experience to pass on and a willingness to help guide the residents.

If students are homesick, stressed about work, or have any questions, I’m the person they can call. When you come to a new place, it’s nice to know you have someone looking out for you.

Scott Ashby, RF



Floor 1

Lara Nest
Resident Fellow
4th Year Medicine

Floor 2

Benjamin Jones
Student Fellow
2nd Year Medicine

Floor 3

Lucy Murdoch
Resident Fellow
Bachelor of Arts

Floor 4

Indianna Chant
Student Fellow
2nd Year Medicine

Floor 5

Katie Richards
Resident Fellow
4th Year Medicine

Floor 6

Scott Ashby
Resident Fellow
Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Floor 7

Edward Bartolo
Deputy Dean
Final Year Commerce/Science