Meet the team

Description of the Hall Management

The Hall Management team (a manager and an assistant) are based in the Hall Office at Connaught Hall. They look after the buildings, furnishings, and finances at both Connaught Hall and College Hall, and are responsible for the day-to-day management of all services & facilities provided in Hall. They also work closely with the Finance Office to ensure fees are collected and Housing Services in dealing with room swaps and contract terminations. (Housing Services and the Finance Office are both based at Student Central on Malet Street.)

The Hall Manager and Assistant Manager are your first point of contact for accommodation, catering, health & safety, maintenance, security, and housekeeping issues.
The Hall Manager is based in the Hall Office on the ground floor (open 09:00 to 17:00) and can be contacted on email:

Alice Coote-Cowling
Hi, my name is Alice Coote-Cowling and I am the Hall Manager for College and Connaught Halls. I have worked for the University for a number of years and have had experience in working within most of the Intercollegiate Halls buildings. I enjoy my role at the University of London and I am based in Connaught Hall.

Julie Thorp
Hi, my name is Julie Thorp and I am Alice’s assistant at College and Connaught Halls. I have worked for the University for nearly 3 years and I will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

Description of Warden

Your Warden, Adrian Clark, is a resident member of staff responsible for welfare & pastoral care, discipline & conflict resolution (including noise complaints), re-admissions, out-of-hours emergency cover, and community & social life including the Residents’ Club Committee and Hall bar.

The Warden is Clerk to the Club & Senior Treasurer of the Residents' Club, Convenor of the Facilities Committee, and a member of the Multicultural Students' Forum. He is a first-aider for the Hall and, as Fire Warden, works closely with the Hall Manager in all aspects of fire safety.

The Warden is available in Hall on a part-time basis, usually in the evenings and at weekends. The Warden can normally arrange an appointment within 72 hours of receiving a request by email, or you can attend one of his regular scheduled open office sessions without an appointment. Five Senior Members – who are experienced, usually postgraduate students – support the Warden in his duties.

The Warden and Senior Members are here to offer support and guidance with problems such as academic difficulties, health or emotional issues, social concerns, and disputes between residents. They will support you throughout the time you live in Hall and will provide and enhance opportunities in Hall for residents’ personal, social, academic and cultural development.
Students in Hall are often living away from home for the first time. The Warden and his team know that students can encounter problems with loneliness, social isolation, bullying, conflicts related to religion or sexuality, depression, eating disorders, pregnancy, illness, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, as well as antisocial behaviour, noisy neighbours, theft, and damage to property. The Warden has a wealth of experience in offering frontline advice and support, and is ready to discuss these and any other issues if the need arises.
The Warden and his team endeavour to deal with any problems sensitively and confidentially and will never discriminate against anyone because of their age, race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.
Please do talk to your Warden if you want a bit of extra help and support with anything that is bothering you. No problem is too great or too small.

Description of Senior Members

Six Senior Members assist the Warden with the pastoral, disciplinary and social duties within the Hall to promote a supportive and harmonious living environment for students. The Senior Members are all students with at least two years' experience of higher education in the UK.
The Warden and Senior Members are here to offer support and guidance with problems such as academic difficulties, health or emotional issues, social concerns, and disputes between residents. Please do talk to a member of the team if you want a bit of extra help and support with anything that is bothering you. No problem is too great or too small, and we all enjoy meeting and talking with residents.

A duty Senior Member is on call every night and all weekend when the Hall Office is closed.
Your senior members are:

Megha Harish
Senior Member (B.A. candidate in Liberal Arts, King’s College London)

Hey everyone, I'm Megha and I'll be your senior member for the second floor!
Welcome to Connaught and I hope you'll find home and family within these walls, like I did.
I came from Bangalore (the IT city in South India) in my first year to do a totally non-technology degree. I'm on the Liberal Arts course at KCL, majoring in Politics and minoring in Colonial History.  I'm really into loose leaf teas, Disney mugs and old maps. I also dabble in spoken word poetry and late night competitive Scrabble.
Always feel free to stop by for a chat or with a movie suggestion or break into song over breakfast!

Daniel Hegman
Senior Member (B.A. candidate in Politics, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London)

Hello everybody and welcome to Connaught Hall! My name is Daniel and I am the Senior Member of the third floor.
I study Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies with a focus on the Middle East. At SOAS, I am involved with the Student Union and I also founded the SOAS Hungarian Society. My interests include travelling, table tennis, Arabic percussion instruments and strategy board games.
Feel free to stop by for a chat or contact me if you have any issues or need support. You can usually find me around the Bell Room!

Shehzad Kiani
Senior Member (M.B.,B.S. candidate in Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London)

Welcome Connaught hall residents! I am sure you will all have an amazing year as a resident here at the halls and also as a student in one of the best locations in the world.
I’m Shehzad, a senior member here at Connaught hall. I’m a medical student at Barts and the London and have an intercalated BSc from University of Bristol and an MSc from LSE. So basically I’ve been a student for quite some time so know what it’s like being a new student. In my spare time I like to play horse polo, row and travel but more importantly Socialise!
So if you need to talk about anything then please don’t hesitate in contacting me because I’m here to offer you any advice or support that you may need.

Jing Liao
Senior Member (M.B.,B.S. candidate in Medicine, King’s College London)

Hello people of Connaught Hall I'm Jingda from ground floor I work here as a Senior Member Can't wait to meet you in September!
So here's a few words about myself... I'm studying something to do with health Swimming is one of my favourite sports But I'm also found on the tennis courts.
If you need a chat about matters of life You can knock on my door which is 130 Otherwise I hope you have a great time
And my apologies for this terrible rhyme!

Louis Mignot
Senior Member (B.A. candidate in War Studies & History, King’s College London)

Hello everyone, my name is Louis and I am the Senior Member for the first floor.
Well done. You’ve secured a place at one of the best universities in the world and are residing in the best student hall in London! I am in the third and final year of my undergraduate degree in War Studies and History at King’s.
I’ve lived here in Connaught for the past two years and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. This hall is a fantastic environment to live in – it is obviously perfectly located in central London and its reputation is as one of the most comfortable and socially vibrant halls available.
I can usually be found working in one of the group study rooms or, more likely, playing FIFA in the Bell Room!

Marie Page
Senior Member (P.G.C.E. candidate in Teaching, University College London Institute of Education)

Hello! I am Marie and I will be your senior member for the Basement floor at Connaught. I am studying for a Primary PGCE at IOE, and did my undergraduate degree in History.
A little bit about me… just a few of my interests include; yoga, swimming, cake (of all kinds, preferably with tea) and books (especially children's books; I think we all need to embrace our inner child sometimes).
Please come and find me for a chat anytime you like. I live in Room 130, so please knock if you want to say hi.
Connaught is a fantastic place to live in one of the best locations in London.