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Planning your course

Academic advice

Most faculties and schools have academic advisors who can provide advice about planning your course.

Architecture, design and planning program directors

Program Contact Email
Bachelor of Design in Architecture Mr Michael Muir
Bachelor of Design Computing
Bachelor of Design Computing/Bachelor of Advanced Studies
Dr Callum Parker (until 23 September 2019)
Mr Liam Bray (from 23 September 2019)
Bachelor of Design Computing/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) Dr Callum Parker
Design Major (Table S) Dr Karla Straker
Biological Design Major (Table S) Dr Phillip Gough
Bachelor of Architecture & Environments Dr Somwrita Sarkar (2019)
Dr Christhina Candido (2020)
Master of Architecture Dr Paolo Stracchi
Associate Professor Chris Smith
Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)/Master of Architecture Dr Ross Anderson
Master of Design Dr Erez Nusem
Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch
Master of Interaction Design & Electronic Arts Dr Lian Loke
Master of Heritage Conservation Dr Cameron Logan
Master of Urban Design Dr Tooran Alizadeh
Master of Urbanism Dr Pranita Shrestha
Master of Urban & Regional Planning Associate Professor Paul Jones
Master of Architectural Science Dr Daniel Ryan

Master of Architectural Science stream coordinators

Stream Contact Email
Audio and Acoustics Associate Professor Densil Cabrera
Illumination Design Associate Professor Wendy Davis
High Performance Buildings Professor Richard de Dear
Sustainable Design Dr Daniel Ryan
Building Services (Graduate Certificate) Professor Richard de Dear
Facilities Management (Graduate Certificate) Professor Richard de Dear

Academic Undergraduate Student Advisors

Your Academic Undergraduate Student Advisors are senior academics available to offer you advice and support throughout your studies. You can talk to them about a range of different topics including:

  • improving your academic performance
  • setting study goals
  • planning your degree and choosing subjects
  • understanding the range of different student support services available to you and accessing the best resources for your needs
  • what to do if you are struggling at university and need some advice.

If you have a question about a specific unit of study you are enrolled in, it's best to contact your unit of study coordinator. If you aren’t sure who to speak to, contact the Student Affairs and Engagement team at and we’ll connect you with the right person.

Contact your Academic Undergraduate Student Advisor

There are two key ways you can contact your Academic Undergraduate Student Advisor.

  1. Complete the online form and get matched with an Academic Undergraduate Student Advisor in your field of study.
  2. Send an email using the contact details below. In your email include who you are, what you are studying, and what you’d like to discuss. You can contact any of the Advisors listed and should choose the person who most closely matches your study background. If your Department does not have an Advisor, we recommend you contact any of the Advisors from your School.
School Academic Undergraduate Student Advisors
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)

Jess Kean (Gender & Cultural Studies)

Andres Rodriguez (History)

Brian Hedden (Philosophy)

Ben Brown (Classics and Ancient History/Dalyell)

Jelle Stoop (Classics and Ancient History)

Elly Cowan (Classics and Ancient History)

Caroline West (Philosophy)

Shawna Tang (Gender Studies)

School of Languages and Cultures (SLC)

Chiew Hui Ho (Chinese studies)

Josh Stenberg (Chinese)

Carolyn Stott (French)

Seiko Yasumoto (Japanese Studies)

Tamaki Mihic (Japanese Studies)

Ruben Perez-Hidalgo (Spanish and Latin American Studies)

Joyce Nip (Chinese Studies/MECO)

School of Literature Art and Media (SLAM)

Isabelle Hesse (English)

Jan Guy (SCA)

Sanné Mestrom (SCA)

Oliver Smith (SCA)

Alexander Howard (Writing Studies)

Benjamin Miller (Writing Studies)

Jonathan Hutchinson (MECO)

Bronwen Dyson (Writing Studies)

School of Economics (SE)

Anatastasia Burkovskaya (Economics)

Stephen Whelan (Economics)

Peter Exterkate (Economics)

Ye Lu (Economics)

Yi Sun (Economics)

Rebecca Taylor (Economics)

Vladimir Tyazhelnikov (Economics)

Chandana Maitra (Economics)

Huy Vu (Economics)

School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS)

Alex Lefebvre (GIR/Philosophy)

Ryan Schram (Anthropology)

John Brookfield (Government/IR)

Gil Merom (Government/IR)

Craig Browne (Sociology/Social Policy)

Christine Winter (Government/IR)

Beatriz Carrillo Garcia (Sociology/Social Policy)

Rebecca Pearse (Political Economy)

Susan Banki (Sociology/Social policy)

School of Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Louise Sutherland (Student Experience Coordinator)

Heather McMaster (Program Director, Primary Education)

Alison O'Grady (Program Director, combined Education degrees)

Louisa Peralta (Program Director, Health and Physical Education)

Amanda Niland (Program Director, Early Childhood Education)

Marianne Fenech (Program Director, Early Childhood Education)

Other James Curran (INGS Director)
Specialist portfolios  
Educational Integrity Coordinators

Giorgia Alu - Educational Integrity Coordinator

Nigel Goodwin - Educational Integrity Coordinator

Disability Liason Officers Associate Professor David Evans - Faculty Disability Liaison Officer
Christopher Pepin-Neff - Faculty Disability Liaison Officer
Social Inclusion Catriona Elder - Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
Student Affairs Alex Lefebvre - Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Student Life Carolyn Stott - Associate Dean, Student Life
INGS/Bachelor of International and Global Studies Director James Curran - Degree Director
Dalyell Scholars Program Coordinators Helen Proctor - School of Education and Social Work
Brendon O’Connor - US Studies Centre

Postgraduate Coursework Coordinators

If you're a postgraduate student, you can contact your Coursework Coordinator for support. They will be able to provide advice to you over email or face-to-face about a range of topics including support services available, degree planning and improving your performance.

Contact your Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator

You can find a full list of Postgraduate Coursework Coordinators in Canvas. Send an email using the contact details provided to a Coursework Coordinator in your field of study. In your email include who are, what you are studying and what you would like to discuss.

If you're studying in the Sydney Law School you can find contacts for advice in Canvas.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Course directors
Discipline Course Contact Email
Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health Bachelor of Health Sciences Zakia Hossain
Exercise and Sport Science Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports
Science)/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Helen O’Connor
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports
Kate Edwards
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) Glen Davis
Master of Exercise Physiology Chin-Moi Chow
Medical Imaging Sciences Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) Peter Kench
Master of Diagnostic Radiography Jillian Clarke
Master of Health Science (Medical Radiation Sciences)/Master of Medical Imaging Science Roger Bourne
Occupational Therapy Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Chris Chapparo
Master of Health Sciences (Developmental Disability) Roger Stancliffe
OT: Master of Occupational Therapy Margaret McGrath
Physiotherapy Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Debra Shirley
Master of Physiotherapy Natalie Allen
Rehabilitation Counselling Master of Rehabilitation Counselling (+GDip) Roxanna Pebdani
Speech Pathology Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) Natalie Munro
Master of Speech Language Pathology Elise Baker
Stream coordinators
Stream Contact Email
Bachelor of Science (Health) stream and Health major coordinator Melanie Keep 
Hearing and Speech major Maree Doble
Human Movement major Mark Halaki
Disability and Participation major (available from 2020) Anne Cusick

Sydney Dental School

Discipline Contact Email
Academic Lead Education Dr Delyse Leadbeatter
Oral Biosciences Associate Professor Munira Xaymardan
Oral Health Dr Kimberly Mathieu-Coulton
Oral Surgery, Medicine and Diagnostics Professor Hans Zoellner
Orthodontic and Paediatric Dentistry Professor Ali Darendeliler
Population Oral Health Professor Woosung Sohn
Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry Professor Axel Spahr

Sydney Medical School

Discipline Contact Email
Advanced Surgery
Clinical Surgery
Surgical Anatomy
Jayne Seward
Brain and Mind Sciences
Trudy Stone
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Intrnational Ophthalmology
Ophthalmic Science
Emma Coleman
Clinical Neurophysiology
Critical Care Medicine
Internal Medicine
Metabolic Health
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development
Jackie Ross
Clinical Trials Research Adrienne Kirby
Infection and Immunity Jim Manos
Medicine Pieta Joy
Pain Management Elizabeth Devonshire
Leigh-Anne Funnell
Sleep Medicine Sally Middleton

Sydney Nursing School

Pre-registration courses Contact Email
Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) Coordinator Toby Raeburn
Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) Year 1 Advisor Dr Narelle Story
Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) Year 2 and 3 Advisor Clare Davies
Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Pre-registration programs Coordinator Dr Vasiliki Betihavas
Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Year 1 Advisor Astrid Frotjold
Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Year 2 Advisor Dr Ronald Castelino
Master of Nursing Combined Degree Advisor (Science/Health Sciences) Dr Taneal Wiseman
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing Combined Degree Advisor Moira Dunsmore
Postgraduate courses Contact Email
Advanced Nursing Practice and Clinical Nursing Coordinator Associate Professor Christopher Gordon
Cancer and Haematology Nursing Coordinator Shannon Philp
Emergency Nursing Coordinator Elizabeth Leonard
Intensive Care Nursing Coordinator Associate Professor Janice Gullick
Mental Health Nursing Coordinator Dr Andrea McCloughen
Nurse Practitioner Coordinator Jacqueline Fong
Primary Health Care Nursing Coordinator Dr Sue Randall
Clinical education Contact Email
Clinical Education Academic (Clinical Simulation) Astrid Frotjold
Clinical Education Academic (Clinical Facilitation) Michelle Maw

Sydney Pharmacy School

Program Contact Email
Program Director, Undergraduate Associate Professor Nial Wheate
Undergraduate Year 1 Coordinator Professor Timothy Chen
Undergraduate Year 2 Coordinator Dr Carl Schneider
Undergraduate Year 3 Coordinator Dr Joanna Harnett
Undergraduate Year 4 Coordinator Dr Stephen Carter
Honours Coordinator Dr Danijela Gnjidic
Program Director, Master of Pharmacy Associate Professor Rebekah Moles
Program Director, Intern Training Program Dr Irene Um
Program Director, Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines Dr Joanna Harnett
Program Director, Higher Degree Research Dr Ingrid Gelissen

Sydney School of Public Health

Program Contact Email
Bioethics Dr Claire Hooker
Biostatistics Associate Professor Patrick Kelly
Clinical Epidemiology Dr Sharon Reid
Global Health Dr Giselle Manalo
Professor Mu Li
Health Policy Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider
Indigenous Health Promotion Dr Michelle Dickson
Public Health Dr Erin Mathieu
Professor Tim Driscoll
Program leaders Contact Email
Undergraduate first year advisor Dr Chris Coady
Bachelor of Music (Performance) Associate Professor Jeanell Carrigan
Bachelor of Music (Composition) / (Composition for Creative Industries) / (Digital Music and Media) and Postgraduate Research (Composition) Dr Damien Ricketson
Bachelor of Music (Music Education) Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley
Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) Mr David Theak
Bachelor of Music (Improvised Music) Dr Kevin Hunt
Bachelor of Music (Musicology major) Dr Alan Maddox
Bachelor of Arts (Music major) / Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) Associate Professor Charles Fairchild
Postgraduate Coursework Assoc Professor Stephanie McCallum
Postgraduate Research (Performance) Associate Professor Helen Mitchell
PhD Associate Professor Kathleen Nelson

If you're studying in the Faculty of Science, you can find more information about degree planning and academic advice on the Science Student portal on Canvas. This includes science specific advice contacts and information.

you can use the degree planning and academic advice (pdf, 120KB) information sheet and planner to prepare an advice request.

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