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Residential Fellows

Supporting your Academic Journey

A fundamental purpose of College life is to help students succeed in their academic endevours and to provide a secure environment in which to study and work.

The College has a number of senior staff living onsite including the Principal, Deputy Principal, College Dean and Residential Fellows who provide academic support to residents and enrich the community by sharing their professional and academic expertise.

Burgman College is privileged to have four Residential Fellows living onsite. Residential Fellows support students throughout their everyday engagement by providing academic guidance and support. Our Fellows inspire and motivate students, supporting them beyond university classrooms.

Residential Fellow

Professor Asmi Wood

BE LLB (Hons) PhD, Law, Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law, International Law, Religion

Asmi is a descendant of the Torres Strait Islands and grew up on the mainland. Asmi is a Professor of Law, an ANU Distinguished Educator and the Acting Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He has a great ability to inspire and motivate his students and lives in the Village at Burgmann.

Lara Nicholls
Residential Fellow

Lara Nicholls

MA, BA(Hons) Australian Art, Curatorship

Lara Nicholls is the Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial and was previously Assistant Curator, Australian Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts at the National Gallery. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a Masters of Art (Art History). Lara lives on campus with her daughter and dog, Ziggy.

Mat Stasak
Residential Fellow

Mat Stasak

B Comm

Mat Stasak graduated in 2019 from The University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics and Accounting.  He works as an Adviser to the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.  Mat is ready to support students who hold an interest in politics and current global affairs, or to host a guided tour through Parliament House.

Brett Davies
Visiting Residential Fellow

Professor Brett Davies

Professor Brett Davies is a Visiting Fellow who brings with him a breadth of experience across multiple fields, including academia, law, entrepreneurship, book publishing, education advancement, and advocacy for the homeless and disadvantaged.

He is a Senator and Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia and a Barrister of the High Court of Australia. He’s also the author of Australian Estate Planning and co-author of Self Managed Superannuation Fund Guide.

Brett welcomes the opportunity to connect with residents or alumni about the law, economics, English literature, superannuation, and hot button tax topics, and encourages residents to approach him about internship opportunities in Australia and the UK.

Kim Cuniocolourcredit Peter Damo
Residential Fellow (Back in 2025)

Professor Kim Cunio

DCA, (composition), M Mus, (composition), B Mus (composition and voice), B Communications UTS, Head of the ANU School of Music, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Kim Cunio is Head of the School of Music at the Australian National University (ANU).  A scholar, composer and performer, Kim embodies the skills of the exegetical artist, showing that writing and making art are part of the same paradigm of deep artistic exploration. Currently on break, Kim will return in 2025.