Academic Advising

You’d be wiser to see your academic advisor.

Book an Academic Advising session

*When making a booking, please include your zID in ‘Reason for appointment’

What is academic advising?

Personalised academic advice is provided based on all available program options in favour of your earliest possible graduation date.

This confidential 30-minute session provides the following advice to students who are, have been or may be affected by mitigating circumstances: 

  • any factor that affected your academic performance 
  • progression
  • enrolment 
  • repeated fails and/or failed pre-requisites
  • maximum times to complete 
  • advice navigating your course structur
  • specialised support services within UNSW for additional help to stay on track

You do not need to prepare anything for a meeting.

Skype meetings are available Tuesdays or by request.

You may receive a short survey via email to provide your academic advisor with more information prior to the meeting.

Academic advisors are able to liaise with Disabilities Services, Elite Athlete Program, Nura Gili, Student Development International and other relevant services.

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 Diversity and Cultural Working Group and specialises in advice to Elite Athletes.


Tracy Costa brings to her role, qualifications in counselling, psychology and educational studies. She is committed to ensuring students gain the most out of their university experience in a meaningful and productive way.

Tracy has worked extensively in higher education as an educator and counsellor with a focus on encouraging student engagement through identifying their strengths, establishing clear goals, and utilising appropriate support resources.

She previously specialised in assisting music students to develop effective management strategies for addressing performance anxiety and maximising their performance potential.

Tracy is currently completing a Masters of Social Work and endeavours to incorporate a person-in-environment perspective for identifying student issues and facilitating effective early interventions.

My academic standing is... Good

If your academic standing is Good, UNSW has no concerns about your progress. 

You may find it useful to speak with an academic advisor if you would like help navigating your program requirements in relation to any of the following:

  • commitment/ motivation 
  • problems at home
  • employment/ finances
  • health
  • academic skills
  • accomodation

My academic standing is... Referral

If your academic standing is Referral, it means that UNSW is concerned about your progress. Let your academic advisors know if you believe there is no longer reason for concern. A quick email to an academic advisor is a great way to ask questions if you are unsure.

My academic standing is... Probation

If your academic standing is Probation, it means that UNSW is very concerned about your progress. We strongly advise a meeting with an academic advisor to discuss your circumstances, review all academic options and ensure that you are accessing all the right support.

My academic standing is... Suspension

If your academic standing is Suspension, UNSW is extremely concerned and believes that a break from your studies is required. If you believe your academic standing level has been incorrectly calculated, please email If you wish to appeal against Suspension, please follow the guidelines in "How to Appeal your Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion".

My academic standing is... Exclusion

If your academic standing is Exclusion, UNSW has serious concerns about your ability to complete your program. If you wish to appeal against Exclusion, please follow the guidelines in "How to Appeal your Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion".

Returning from Suspension

If you are returning from Suspension, we strongly advise that you make a time with an academic advisor to discuss how your circumstances have changed since the last time you were enrolled. We recommend that you do so before Census date.

Contact us

By appointment:
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
The Nucleus: Student Hub (Library Main Entry, Level 2)

Drop-in hours:
Bachelor of International Studies: Mon 9:30am-1pm and Wed 1pm-4:30pm
All other programs: Daily 12pm-1pm


Note: During peak periods, there may be a delay in email response.

Contact the Arts & Social Sciences Student Services

For general program advice, our Student Services team is located in The Nucleus: Student Hub Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm. You can also Ask a Question online.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) offered for EDST1108 and CRIM1011 in T2 2019

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) are:

  • group study sessions that are facilitated by PASS leaders, who are current students and have excelled in the course
  • voluntary weekly sessions
  • designed to maximise your understanding of the course content and to develop study skills and relevant exam techniques
  • attached to courses that over time have proven to be challenging for students
  • proven to produce higher course marks for students that attend regularly.
  • open to all students enrolled in the PASS supported course
  • a relaxed and casual study environment

For more information on attending PASS or how to become a PASS leader, email

Dual degree students

Arts & Social Sciences is the program authority for the following programs:

  • All Education programs
  • All Music programs (except Music/ Law)