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Welcome to Aston Preston Hall

 

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As a unit within the Office of Student Services and Development, Aston Preston Hall provides a wide range of opportunities for the growth and development of our students through a multiplicity of targeted student-centred programmes: arts and culture, sports, volunteerism and outreach, leadership, environmental awareness, academic support and many others. Our students are encouraged to take advantage of these offerings to enhance and cultivate their skills and competencies that will make them competitive and distinctive students and graduates of the University.

We constantly keep abreast of the needs of our students. We are aware that our new students experience unique challenges in acclimatizing to a new environment and consequently have a need to connect, to access pertinent support and services and to function in a wholesome and stimulating learning space. We have therefore designed for them a residential version of the First Year Experience (FYE) Programme; an exciting learning experience which is guaranteed to aid in their smooth transition into the University and through their first year of studies. The FYE Programme, in conjunction with other co-curricular offerings, is designed to complement their academic pursuits, creating for them the holistic UWI, Mona experience.

The Second-Year Transitional Experience Programme (STEP) focuses on civic engagement through volunteerism and outreach; while the Third Year Experience (TYE) Programme features professional development for employment and/or readiness for graduate studies locally and abroad. Among other important values, we:

  •  Encourage critical thinking
  •  Create healthy learning environments
  •  Enhance the creative potential of our students
  •  Foster an ethic of care with a commitment to social justice
  •  Emphasize honesty, integrity and truth
  •  Promote leadership and teamwork

In hall, we have an expert team of Resident Advisors, Administrative and Facilities Staff, and Student Leaders who are available to provide you with any assistance necessary for you to make the best of your university experience.

Have a wonderful and successful academic year!

The Aston Preston Hall

The Aston Preston Hall was conceived out of a desperate need to provide more student accommodation on the Mona Campus. On March 20, 1990, after a long period of negotiation for funding, financing was approved by the European Development Fund (EDF) under the Lome Regional Programme as part of the Student Accommodation for Caribbean Regional Educational Institutions.

As an architectural dream, Aston Preston Hall was seen as the creation of a new concept in student housing, which would not only be residential in character, but also provide an institutional setting that would be conducive to learning and to the development of regional student integration. After funding was approved by the EDF, a design competition was launched to select architects to conceptualize and follow through with this dream. Entries were assessed by a panel and two architectural companies were selected: Marvin Goodman & Associates of Jamaica and Norman & Dawbarn of the United Kingdom (UK).

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The Hall Song

Written by Franklin Halliburton & Jenelle Babb.

Musical Arrangement by Marlon Simms.


Preston Hall we sing our praises true,

And give our hearts, our best, our all to you.

Guardian of our pride, our faithfulness abide,

Always now and in the future more.

Preston hall we pledge loyalty,

Serving with unfailing duty.

Relentless as a shark, with excellence our mark,

We will rise to even greater heights.

Sing we now for you oh Preston Hall,

That your name forever will stand tall.

With heads lifted high,

We turn your hopes towards the sky.

Sing we now for you oh Preston Hall,

That your name forever will stand tall.

With heads lifted high,

We turn your hopes towards the sky.

We salute you A.Z. Preston Hall! We salute you A.Z. Preston Hall!

The Hall Pledge

Our hall pledge expresses the commitment to harmony, community and excellence that characterized the life of our founder Aston Zachariah Preston. As we recite these lines we commit to giving only of our best self for the benefit of our hall, our institution, our respective nations and the development of the human race.

We Prestonites do solemnly promise to serve this prestigious institution to the best of our ability for the upcoming year and years to come. We will endeavour to be productive persons, conducting ourselves in the manner and spirit of a true Preston soldier. We will remember to protect and care for the members of our Preston family and never mistreat these surroundings, our home. We will always be mindful of the vision of this illustrious institution and forever trudge the path to the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence. Our pledge binds us to a code of excellence and signifies our commitment to excel without reservations or doubt.

We Prestonites are indomitable, determined and unstoppable.

 

Hall Management

Dr. Lindy Anthony Jones
Student Services Manager
Job Description

Student Affairs, Programme Development, Academic Support, Staff Training & Development, Events Planning

 
Marlon Virtue
Operations Supervisor
Job Description

Disaster Management

 
Yvonne Andrews
Administrative Secretary
Job Description

Human Resource Management, Public Relations

 
Denise Chin
Resident Advisor
Job Description

Clusters Amsterdam and La Maison; Third Year Experience Programme, First Year Experience Programme, Hall Dinner, Dining and Etiquette Programme, Computer Lab

 
Ali R. Evans
Resident Advisor
Job Description

Outdoor physical activites (hiking, river tubing, etc.)

 
Alpha Obika
Resident Advisor
Job Description

Clusters Los Matadores, Italia and Regensen; Culture and Entertainment Affairs Committee, Environmental Affairs Committee, Men's Programme, Shark Radio

 
Desireina Delancy
Resident Advisor
Job Description

Clusters Burgplatz and Belgique; External Affairs Committee (including outreach programme to Hope Valley and the Craig Town Mentorship Programme), Second Year Experience Programme, Preston Honours Society, Women's Programme

 


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Hall Song

Written by Franklin Halliburton & Jenelle Babb.

Musical Arrangement by Marlon Simms.

Preston Hall we sing our praises true,

And give our hearts, our best, our all to you.

Guardian of our pride, our faithfulness abide,

Always now and in the future more.

Preston hall we pledge loyalty,

Serving with unfailing duty.

Relentless as a shark, with excellence our mark,

We will rise to even greater heights.

Sing we now for you oh Preston Hall,

That your name forever will stand tall.

With heads lifted high,

We turn your hopes towards the sky.

Sing we now for you oh Preston Hall,

That your name forever will stand tall.

With heads lifted high,

We turn your hopes towards the sky.

We salute you A.Z. Preston Hall! We salute you A.Z. Preston Hall!

Hall Pledge

Our hall pledge expresses the commitment to harmony, community and excellence that characterized the life of our founder Aston Zachariah Preston. As we recite these lines we commit to giving only of our best self for the benefit of our hall, our institution, our respective nations and the development of the human race.

  • We Prestonites do solemnly promise to serve this prestigious institution to the best of our ability for the upcoming year and years to come.
  • We will endeavour to be productive persons, conducting ourselves in the manner and spirit of a true Preston soldier. We will remember to protect and care for the members of our Preston family and never mistreat these surroundings, our home.
  • We will always be mindful of the vision of this illustrious institution and forever trudge the path to the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.

Our pledge binds us to a code of excellence and signifies our commitment to excel without reservations or doubt. We Prestonites are indomitable, determined and unstoppable.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Horton Dolphin Shark Lounge
Fully Furnished
The Aston Preston Hall Computer Lab
Fully Equipped
Barbara Preston Conference Room
Fully Furnished
The Aston Preston Hall Study Room offers students a quiet and comfortable space to study and/or do assignments. It has 13 cubicles which comfortably accommodate students.  The Study Room has an adjoining outdoor patio area which may be used for quiet reading or group work/study
The Aston Preston Hall Study Room
Furnished
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PROGRAMMES

The Aston Preston Hall Environmental Programme

The Aston Preston Hall Environmental Programme is an exciting initiative which makes caring for the environment fun.

Leadership Development Programme (Residential Version)

The Aston Preston hall Leadership Development Programme aims at enhancing leadership skills among residential students who chair or sit on various student-led committees.

Aston Preston Hall Volunteerism & Outreach

The Aston Preston Hall Volunteerism & Outreach Programme aims to create social awareness and empathy through civic engagement.

First Year Experience Programme (FYE) Residential Programme

The First Year Experience Programme aims to develop and implement a comprehensive, coordinated approach toward the first-year experience.

Second-Year Transitional Experience Programme (STEP)

The Second-Year Transformative Experience Programme (S.T.E.P) in the Aston Preston Hall aims to develop and implement a comprehensive coordinated approach toward the second year experience

Third Year Experience Programme

The Third Year Experience Programme is an enhancement and rehabilitative initiative. It focuses specifically on finalising students residing in Aston Preston Hall and seeks to address personal growth areas tied to their prospects of being employed upon graduation from the University

Preston Entertainment and Cultural Ensemble (P.E.A.C.E.)

Aston Preston Hall, affectionately known as the Cultural Mecca of the University, is home of the Preston Entertainment and Cultural Ensemble (PEACE), the body which specialises in developing a host of skills and competences in the areas of entertainment and culture within the hall.

Aston Preston Hall’s Health and Wellness Programme

The Aston Preston Hall’s Health and Wellness Programme, ‘Pursuing You’, consists of a series of physical, spiritual, social and intellectual activities that will help to target the problem areas in the life of the Preston student

Aston Preston Fine Dining & Etiquette Programme

The Fine Dining & Etiquette Programme is designed to help students develop the various skills associated with formal dining and etiquette in the areas of dress, appropriate use of tableware, conversation, general manners and some aspects of programme planning and delivery.

Shark Radio

What is Shark Radio? Shark Radio is a programme that will be broadcasted on the Aston Preston Hall intercom system three times per week.

Aston Preston Hall Inaugural Short Film Competition

The Aston Preston Hall Short Film Competition aims to develop the creative and innovative skills of students through the use of technologies associated with film making and production.

DOCUMENTS

General Residence Application Form

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Returning Residents Application form

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Summer Residence Application form

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Fresher's Guide

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CONTACT

INFORMATION REQUEST FORM

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