Academic Advising

The Student Academic Support Team’s focus is to provide you with support and guidance if you are experiencing difficulties with your progress.

Who needs to book in to see an Academic Advisor?

If you are enrolled in an Arts and Social Sciences program, and have been contacted by the University regarding your Academic Standing, you must book in to see an Academic Advisor to discuss your progress.

If you have not been contacted by the University and/or are on Good Academic Standing, you may still want to book an appointment if you relate to any of the 8 Red Flags You Should See an Academic Advisor (PDF) [86 Kb].

What is an Academic Advising appointment?

This confidential 30-minute session will provide you with a review of progress and academic advice. You will find it easier to overcome difficulties or barriers using relevant support services that are available to you at UNSW and your Student Academic Support Advisor can help you map out strategies accordingly.

The Student Academic Support Team can also provide early intervention plans to help you improve your academic performance and complete specific academic goals during your program. If you are having issues with the course content, readings, attendance or assessments, you need to let your tutor or course convenor know. If you are not comfortable approaching them, your Academic Advisor can provide you with some strategies.

Do I need to prepare anything before the meeting?

No. You will be asked to provide information in your booking and your Academic Advisor will ask you to fill in a short survey to discuss what you believe is interfering with your studies.

If you are applying for Special Consideration, please bring evidence to your meeting, if possible. The same is true if you are an international student planning to reduce your study load.

If you are registered with Disability Unit, Elite Athlete Program or are of Indigenous background, you are welcome to make that known at the meeting for specialised advice.

Where do I book in to see my Advisor?

We are located in the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre, Ground floor (G01) Morven Brown from Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Phone: (02) 9385 2289. Email:

You can find the advising schedule for your program and book an appointment using our online booking system.

Book an Academic Advising session

Who are my Academic Advisors?


Dr Alessandra Mecozzi Saha is a registered sport psychologist and Justice of Peace. She is dedicated to helping students improve their academic performance and increase their enjoyment of it.

Alessandra has worked with student athletes at Boston University, Tuffs University, high school students in Boston schools and academies, as well as hospitals in Rome and Boston, in both maternity and adolescent psychiatry.

She collaborated more locally with student-athletes from the Queensland Academy of Sport, students from the University of Southern Queensland, local high schools and Laureate International Universities before coming to UNSW.

Alessandra is an active member of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Indigenous Strategy and Disability Working Groups, and specialises in advice to Elite Athletes.



Vlad Miro is a registered psychologist committed to helping students improve their academic performance and successfully complete their programs. Vlad has completed tertiary education at the University of Sydney and has thirteen years’ experience helping people with medical conditions to address barriers to education and employment.

Vlad is bilingual (speaks Russian). He is passionate about seeing students’ progress, enjoying their time and completing their tertiary education at UNSW.

Vlad is an active member of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Culture & Language and Disability Working Groups.

Contact the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre

The Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre is the first point of contact for advice about your program and other related matters.

Student Centre: Room G1 Ground Floor, Morven Brown Building (C20)
Phone: (02) 9385 2289

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

To find out more information about academic advising, visit the UNSW academic advising and support website.