Receive remote support with academic progression and factors affecting academic performance, including academic standing.
School of Arts and Media, School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities and Languages, School of Education
Book an Academic Advising appointment here for students in the School of Arts and Media, School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities and Languages, School of Education
Availability as advised online between 9am and 5pm (weekends excluded). Meetings booked outside of these hours will not be attended.
- Once you have booked a meeting, you will be emailed a meeting invite with a link to join the meeting before or on the day of your appointment. Please accept the meeting invite.
- You can reply to the email with a preferred number if you would prefer a call instead.
- If you are having issues making a booking, please reach out for online assistance or call (02) 8936 7005.
Your academic advisors
Dr. Alessandra Mecozzi Saha is an AHPRA registered psychologist, Mental Health First Aid Training Instructor and Justice of the Peace in and for NSW. Ale is dedicated to helping students improve their awareness, academic performance and increasing their enjoyment of it.
Before coming to UNSW, Alessandra worked with students and athletes at Boston University, Tuffs University, high schools and academies, maternity and adolescent psychiatry wards and, more locally, with HSC students in Sydney, residential students in Brisbane and Toowoomba and student-athletes from the Queensland Academy of Sport.
Bachelor of International Studies
Nikki Beaumont is the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of International Studies. Having held that role for several years, Nikki has a deep understanding of the unique requirements of this degree. She is passionately committed to supporting and enhancing student performance and helping students to maximise the opportunities afforded by the program, particularly throughout the mandatory Overseas Study Program (OSP).
Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNSW and further qualifications in a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Please contact your Academic Advisor by email to make an appointment. If you have a general enquiry, you should first contact the Student Centre.
Undergraduate Academic Advisors
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Practice)
Dr. Rochelle Haley
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Theory) and Bachelor of Art Theory
Dr Veronica Tello
Bachelor of Design
Mr. Stephen Goddard
Bachelor of Media Arts
Dr Grant Stevens
Postgraduate Academic Advisors
Master of Art
Dr Grant Stevens
Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership
Dr. Scott East
This confidential 30-minute session can help you address difficulties with program options, enrolment and progression relating to:
- Commitment/ motivation
- Problems at home
- Employment/ finances
- Academic skills
It can also help you with:
- Issues affecting academic progression not mentioned above
- Academic standing
- Maximum time to complete
- Maximum repeat fails
- Fee Remission
- Special consideration
You can book an appointment using the link above on this page if you are in the following double degree programs:
- All Education programs
- All Music programs (except Music/Law)
Book in here if your program authority is Engineering:
Schedule Appointment with Engineering Academic Advising booking portal
School of Maths and Stats drop-in centre for support with numeracy skills
Business Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
If you are on onshore and have a visa expiring in the next six months, please contact the Nucleus Student Hub.
As an international student, please note that International Student Advisors can also help with wellbeing support, visa related questions, accommodation, reduced study load, program leave, academic success and your visa.
For difficulties with full-time study, please click the link for information on reducing your study load.
Most students expect Honours and postgraduate studies to differ from their undergraduate studies. However, it can be difficult to anticipate what these differences are and to what degree these studies are different. Unclear expectations can result in poor academic performance and a less than ideal start to your studies. In some cases, this may be further complicated if you are studying away from home for the first time or studying remotely. While we recommend discussing specific course and program expectations with your convenors, an academic advisor can help you clarify relevant support, policies and procedures to meet those expectations. For example, postgraduate academic skills resources and links may be useful in your program. If you are beginning with an end in mind, career services may offer trainings, workshops, and other resources that can help you develop relevant skills throughout your academic program. Mentoring programs may also help you feel welcome and provide guidance with any issues that affect your transition. More links are available on our website but your academic advisor can help you navigate these to ensure you are utilising these resources at the appropriate time/s in your degree.
NB: Postgraduate academic standing calculations are changing in T1 2021. You can book in a meeting with an Academic Advisor to discuss any concerns relating to your academic standing, issues with progression and/ or enrolment.
The purpose of the Suspension period is to give you a break from your studies when things are not going the way you intended. Book an appointment with your academic advisor if you would like advice on how you can make the best use of this break or simply re-enrol once your Suspension period is over.
Before returning from Supension, it is strongly advised that you make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss how your circumstances have changed and to ensure you are aware of any changes in support services, policies and procedures. We recommend that you make an appointment before the Census date of your returning term.
We recommend clicking the links below for more information, awareness and help with bookings. Your academic advisor can discuss how each service, policy and/or procedure is relevant to your cirucmstances and what to expect. This can reduce the amount of time you spend trying to find which support is right for you.
for general enrolment guidance
Peer Support and Mentoring
to connect with your peers based on community groups and/or faculty groups
Learning & Career Hub
for academic skill support
for help with second year Education placement requirements
Student Support and Success
for general support, including financial and accommodation advice
PaW (Psychology and Wellness Services)
for support with mental health
Equitable Learning Services
for educational adjustment support with ongoing conditions affecting academic performance
for educational adjustments with unforeseeable circumstances affecting academic performance
for courses attempted unsuccessfully within the past year as a result of unforeseeable circumstances that occurred after Census date
For Clubs & Societies, including student advocates
to work out future course marks to end up with a particular WAM at the end of your studies
Review of results
for marks you believe to have been calculated incorrectly
2021 Key dates
- 10 January Summer 2021 enrolment deadline
- 17 January Census date
- 5 February Deadline to drop WITH academic penalty
- 11 February Release of results
- 1-14 February: Undergrad Internal Program Transfer (IPT) acceptance period for T1 2021 intake
- 9 February Registration deadline (if already enrolled)
- 21 February Enrolment deadline
- 14 March Census date
- 22 March-16 April IPT application period for Term 2, 2021 intake
- 28 March Last day to drop WITHOUT academic penalty, resulting in a grade of NF
- 23 Apr Last day to drop WITH academic penalty, resulting in a grade of AW.
- 20 May Release of results
- 19 March Class timetable published
- 25 May Registration deadline (if already enrolled)
- 27 - 30 May Undergrad IPT acceptance period for Term 2, 2021 intake
- 5 April Registration opens
- 6 June Enrolment deadline
- 27 June Census date
- 28 June-30 July IPT application period for Term 3, 2021 intake
- 11 July Last day to drop WITHOUT academic penalty, resulting in a grade of NF
- 6 August Last day to drop WITH academic penalty, resulting in a grade of AW.
- 2 September Release of results
- 2 July Class timetable published
- 19 July T3 Registration opens
- 19 September Enrolment deadline
NB: If you are struggling to stay motivated in your current degree, please book a meeting to explore program options.
Academic standing is a measure of progress and is calculated at the end of each term after final results are released. If you do not pass more than 50% of courses attempted at the end of each term, you will be emailed a letter of concern which informs you of your academic standing. Academic standing is not punitive. There may be factor/s that interfered with your academic progress despite your best intentions. Likewise, if your academic standing is 'Good', that does not mean your studies have been unaffected. Academic advising is available to you regardless of your academic standing to discuss issues with your progression and/ or enrolment.
NB: Academic standing calculations are changing at the end of T1 2021. You can book a meeting with an Academic Advisor to discuss any concerns relating to these changes.
Maximum Time To Complete
If you have received a warning letter regarding the maximum time to complete your degree, you must meet with your academic advisor to discuss factor/s affecting timely graduation. An academic advisor can help address foreseeable issues and assist with an academic progression plan that maps out your remaining requirements.
- If you have received a maximum time to complete warning, you must sign off on an academic progression plan with recommended action to avoid program termination.
- If you have been warned that you exceeded the maximum time to complete your degree and do not meet with an academic advisor within the following term, you are likely to be terminated from your studies.
Maximum Repeat Fails (MRF)
If you have attempted the same course twice or thrice, you will receive a warning maximum repeat fails warning letter that advises you to meet with an academic advisor. Your academic advisor will help you reflect on course-specific difficulties, regardless of any other factor/s that may have affected their ability to pass the course on multiple occasions.
- You must sign off on an academic progression plan with recommended action. This plan is intended to help you address any difficulties you may anticipate in attempting the course again.
- Enrolment consent will be required for students who have successfully appealed termination due to maximum repeat fails.