Academic Advising

Academic Advising appointments will continue to be offered online and via phone ONLY until further notice. 





Online Assistance 

Receive remote support with academic progression and factors affecting academic peformance, including academic standing.

Book an Academic Advising appointment 

Availabilites only 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.

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
  • Health
  • Academic skills
  • Accommodation

 It can also help you with:

  • Issues affecting academic progression not mentioned above
  • Academic standing
  • Maximum time to complete
  • Maximum repeat fails
  • Appeals
  • Fee Remission
  • Special consideration

    and more.


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) 

Law Peer tutoring and mentoring 

COE processing resumed 4th January and students are being contacted in order of application following release of results 18th December 2020. If you are on onshore and have a visa expiring in January, 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 tricky to articulate 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.

Program leave and general enrolment advice

Sample programs 
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

CAPS (Counselling and Psychological Services)
for support with mental health 

Equitable Learning Services 
for educational adjustment support with ongoing conditions affecting academic performance

Special Consideration 
for educational adjustments with unforeseeable circumstances affecting academic performance

Fee Remission 
for courses attempted unsuccessfully within the past year as a result of unforeseeable circumstances that occurred after Census date

Join ARC 
For Clubs & Societies, including student advocates

WAM calculator 
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

Appeal your academic standing of Suspension or Exclusion 

Submit a complaint 

Report sexual harassment, assault and misconduct

2021 Key dates 

Summer 2021

  • 10 January Summer 2021 enrolment deadline
  • 17 January Census date
  • 5 February Deadline to drop WITH academic penalty
  • 11 February Release of results

T1 2021

  • 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 

T2 2021

  • 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 

T3 2021

  • 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

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 50% or more of courses enrolled, 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. 

More information about academic standing can be found here.

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. Your academic advisor can help review your needs and assist with program options.

Academic Advisors

School of Arts and Media
School of Social Sciences
School of Humanities and Langauges
School of Education

Ale in Teams pic

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.


School of Art and Design

If you have a general enquiry, or your academic standing is Referral, you should first contact the Student Centre.

For advice with academic standing other than Referral, or other academic issues with your studies, we have Academic Advisors for our specific undergraduate and postgraduate programs, as listed below. 

Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Dr Grant Stevens

Bachelor of Art Theory
Dr Veronica Tello

Bachelor of Design
Stephen Goddard or Karin Watson

Bachelor of Media Arts
Dr Grant Stevens

Postgraduate Academic Advisors

Master of Art 
David Eastwood

Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership
Dr Grant Stevens

Master of Design 
Dr Rebecca Green or Bic Tieu

Master of Visualisation, Simulation & Immersive Design
Dr Rebecca Green or Bic Tieu


School of Built Environment
Students whose academic standing is not 'Good' should email stating what program they are in and requesting an appointment with an academic advisor. Student with 'Good' academic standing should intially contact Student Services via Webform.

More info in the Student Newsletter

So, for this week...

  • Students can now find links to progression plans/sample programs/etc. from all faculties in one place
  • Faculty/school specific exchange info sessions for LAW, ENGINEERING and ADA (all schools except Art & Design) are taking place this week, and all students have been reminded that the Exchange Tutorial is the first thing they should do if considering exchange
  • The library Study Hacks workshops continue this week

You can find the full newsletter here.