Identifying and Supporting students at risk

A University-wide run program, “Staying on Track” is designed to help students achieve their academic potential.

“The program allows the University to recognise when students are experiencing difficulty meeting the minimum academic progression requirements for their degree and provides students with a wide range of support services to assist with their ongoing studies.” from Sydney University website

If you have identified a student that you believe is at risk of failing a subject you are teaching, you are encouraged to first discuss the situation with the student. If there has been no significant improvement, the next step would be to highlight the situation to your Chair of Unit. Other areas of student support include:

Conservatorium Advisors

  • First Year Adviser: Christopher Coady,
  • Second Year Adviser: Lewis Cornwell,
  • Third Year Adviser: Alan Maddox,
  • Fourth Year Adviser: Neal Peres Da Costa,
  • Graduate Student Adviser: Peter Dunbar-Hall,
  • Honours Advisers: Helen Mitchell, ; Arts Music: Charles Fairchild,
  • Undergraduate Coordinator: Ivy Chy, ; Arts Music Unit, Anne Boyd
  • Counselling Service:
    Telephone: (02) 8627 8433
    Student Representative Council (SRC)

    Telephone: (02) 9660 4260

If at the end of the semester none of these steps have success and the student does fail to meet academic expectations, they will be automatically enrolled in the University of Sydney Staying on Track Program.

A more complete picture of policy and procedure can be gained through the university website:

Please do not hesitate to contact either Cedric Poon or Professor Anna Reid if you have any questions.