Academic Advising

Important information:

We are here to support you with Academic Advising appointments online and via phone ONLY until further notice.


Online Assistance

For Online Assistance, please allow up to 5 working days for a response.

Book an Academic Advising session    

All appointments scheduled as of Wednesday, March 18th will take place via Skype, Microsoft Teams or phone.

  • After a booking has been made, a link to join the meeting will be sent to your primary email address before/on the day of your appointment.
  • Please click the link on the agreed date and time​ or reply to the email with a preferred number if you would prefer a phone call instead.

To report any issues with the calendar or for assistance with a booking, please phone Arts and Social Sciences Student Services on +61 2 8263 8009.​

    Many of you may be dealing with stress related to changes in course delivery mode, health concerns and the impact of recent changes announced by the Federal and State government.

    These changes may have affected your financial situation and reduced access to mental/physical/social support. These changes may also have exacerbated pre-existing factors compromising academic performance. Those who were previously unaffected may also find that prolonged periods of isolation result in decreased motivation and general productivity.

    If you know someone in the faculty who has been affected by any of the above and is not receiving assistance, or if you have any ideas or input on how the faculty can improve student support during this unprecedented time, please email Your email will be treated confidentially.

    This confidential 30-minute session provides advice in relation to students' earliest graduation date and program options for those whose academic progression is/ has been/ may be affected by mitigating circumstances, including: 

    • Commitment/ Motivation
    • Health
    • Finances
    • Employment
    • Problems at home 
    • Transition to student life
    • Interest in another program
    • Repeated fails and/or failed pre-requisites
    • Maximum time to complete 
    • Access to support

    Please note:

    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 faculties, Disabilities Services, Elite Athlete Program, Nura Gili, Student Development International, Success and Wellbeing services.

    Skype meetings are available Tuesdays or by request.

    Alessandra Mecozzi Saha

    Dr Alessandra Mecozzi Saha is a registered sport psychologist, Mental Health First Aid Training Instructor and Justice of the Peace in and for NSW. She is dedicated to helping students improve their academic performance and increase their enjoyment of it.

    Before coming to UNSW, Alessandra worked with student athletes at Boston University, Tuffs University, secondary students in Boston high schools and academies, maternity and adolescent psychiatry wards in Rome and Boston, and more locally with student-athletes from the Queensland Academy of Sport, University of Southern Queensland Residential Colleges, Burwood High School and Torrens University.


    Academic standing is a measure of academic progress and is calculated at the end of each term once final results are released. Depending on the percentage of courses passed, UNSW may be concerned with your progress. The level of UNSW's concern is indicated by your academic standing. For example, if your academic standing is 'Good', it means UNSW is not concerned about your academic progress. If your academic standing is not 'Good', it means that there may be cause for concern. As a result, UNSW will advise that you meet with an academic advisor to ensure you are receiving appropriate support and advice. Academic standing is not punitive. There are often genuine factors that interfere with your academic progress, despite your best intentions.

    Regardless of your academic standing, you may find it useful to speak with an academic advisor for support with your program requirements in relation to:

    • Commitment/ motivation 
    • Problems at home
    • Employment/ finances
    • Health
    • Academic skills
    • Accommodation

    More information about academic standing can be found here.

    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.

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

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

    School of Maths and Stats has its drop-in centre for support with numeracy skills

    Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for Business 

    Peer tutoring and mentoring in Law

    Representatives from International Student Experience and Student Support&Success hosted Academic Success information workshops from February 11th to February 21st. Information regarding those workshops may be available to you on Moodle. The information provided in these workshops does not substitute a meeting with your Academic Advisor but can provide useful strategies applicable to university study.

    Visit your International Student Advisors for help with Academic Success and Your Visa.

    Please click the link for information on How to reduce your study load.

    Postgraduate academic standing calculation 

    If you are affected by factors impacting academic performance and have concerns about your ability to complete in time, please book in a meeting with an Academic Advisor to discuss program options and exit strategies.

    Sample programs

    For bookings with the Learning & Career Hub

    For bookings with Student Support and Success, including student loans and accommodation advice

    For bookings with CAPS (Counselling and Psychology services)

    To register with Equitable Learning Services

    To apply for Special Consideration

    To apply for Fee Remission

    Join ARC - Clubs & Societies, including student advocates

    How to apply for a review of results

    Appeal your academic standing of Suspension or Exclusion

    Submit a complaint within the faculty

    Report sexual harassment, assault and misconduct

    28 June 
    T2 Census date

    July 12th
    Last day to drop a T2 course WITHOUT academic penalty

    September 3rd
    T2 Release of results

    6 July - 31 July 
    Internal Program Transfer (IPT) application period for Term 3, 2020 intake
    NB: If you are struggling to stay motivated in your current degree, please book a meeting to explore program options.

    Link to Fee Remission

    Link to Student Support and Success  and support with Wellbeing 

    Link to the Learning and Career Hub

    Link to Equitable Learning Services