Sunshine Coast teenager to make history as King's College welcomes women

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Amy Turner

Sunshine Coast teenager Amy Turner will make history this week when she moves into King's College at The University of Queensland in Brisbane as part of the first female cohort to live at the 108-year-old College.

Ms Turner will be amongst 74 young women to move into the St Lucia residential college following an announcement last year that King's College would become co-residential in 2020.

King's College Master, Greg Eddy said response to the move had been overwhelmingly positive with women comprising nearly half of all new enrolments this year and a quarter of the college's overall 320 students.

"We've started a waiting list of women who are keen to move into the college should any places become available and we have also received several inquiries and enrolments from families interested in securing a room at King's College for their daughters for 2021 and beyond," Mr Eddy said.

"It's an exciting new era for the college."

Ms Turner, 18 of Buderim, who studied at Chancellor State College will move into King's College on Sunday, February 16 and attend the official Enrolment Dinner that evening in the College's dining hall.

She is keen to start her new academic life and will study a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences at University of Queensland while living at King's College.

Ms Turner said the facilities and culture at King's College had really appealed to her.

"I just felt like it would be great to be part of that first group of women to join King's College," Ms Turner said.

Mr Eddy said the first female cohort included young women from throughout Queensland as well as New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

"Young women have always been welcome at King's College and are a large part of college life through academic, cultural and sporting pursuits," he said.

"The fact they are now living in the college will enrich King's College community life and traditions and ensure they continue for another century and beyond."

Find out more at kings.uq.edu.au

 
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