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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
Mr Liam Bray
Bachelor of Design Computing/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) Mr Liam Bray
Design Major (Table S) Dr Naseem Ahmadpour
Biological Design Major (Table S) Dr Phillip Gough
Bachelor of Architecture & Environments

Dr Matthew Mindrup 

Dr Dallas Rogers

Master of Architecture Dr Paolo Stracchi
Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)/Master of Architecture Dr Ross James Anderson
Graduate Diploma & Master of Design Dr Erez Nusem
Master of Interaction Design & Electronic Arts Dr Luke Hespanhol
Master of Heritage Conservation Associate Professor Cameron Logan
Master of Urban Design Associate Professor Nancy Marshall

Master of Urbanism Associate Professor Nancy Marshall
Master of Urban & Regional Planning Associate Professor Nancy Marshall
Urban Studies Major (Table S) Associate Professor Tooran Alizadeh

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

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.

The following FAQ documents have been developed to assist FASS students. Before you contact an academic advisor, please download the document for your school (SSPS, SOPHI, SLC, SLAM) or stream (INGS, Dalyell) and check to see if your question(s) are answered in the FAQs. 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.
  3. If you are unable to submit an online academic advice registration form due to a system error and you urgently need to meet an academic student advisor, please send an email including your SID, full name and the reason of meeting an advisor to FASS Student Affairs and Engagement for assistance. We understand your need and thank you very much for your patience and understanding during this time. We apologise for the inconvenience being caused.
School Academic Undergraduate Student Advisors
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)

Helene Sirantoine (History)

Dr Tamara Neal (Classics and Ancient History)

Dr Ruben Perez-Hidalgo (International & Global Studies)

Professor Roland Fletcher (Archaeology)

Professor Catherine Driscoll (Gender and Cultural Studies)

Dr Michael Nielsen (Philosophy)

School of Languages and Cultures (SLC)

Chiew Hui Ho (Asian Studies)

Tristan Lay (German Studies)

Beatriz Carbajal (Spanish and Latin American Studies)

Carolyn Stott (French and Francophone Studies; Complex Case)

Christine Ji (Chinese Studies)

Matthew Stavros (Japanese and Asian Studies)

Ruben Perez-Hildago (INGS only)

School of Literature Art and Media (SLAM)

Jane Gavan (SCA/BVA/BAS)

Rebecca Johinke (English, Complex Case)

Margaret Van Heekeren (MECO and Digital Culture)

Dr Yvonne Low (Art History)

Frances Di Lauro (Writing Studies)

Benjamin Miller (BLAS queries only)

School of Economics (SE)

Chandana Maitra

Huy Vu

Alastair Fraser

Nadine Yamout

Shauna Phillips

Rebecca Taylor

Vladimir Smirnov

Oleksii Birulin

Simon Kwok

Aarti Sing

Suraj Prasad

Katrien Stevens

Christian Gillitzer

School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS)

Brendon O'Connor (Dalyell and American Studies)

Jamie Reilly (Government and International Relations)

Jamie Roberts (Government and International Relations)

Estrella Pearce (Criminology/Socio-Legal)

Craig Browne (Sociology/Social Policy)

Robbie Peters (Anthropology)

School of Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Louise Sutherland (Program Director for Secondary Combined Degree - Science, Maths and Geography)

Yeow-Tong Chia (Program Director for Secondary Combined Degree – Arts and Humanities)

Tarunna Sebastian (Student Life Advisor, Secondary Combined Degree - Science, Maths and Geography)

Tarunna Sebastian (Student Life Advisor, Secondary Combined Degree - arts and Humanities)

Steve Georgakis (Program Director, Health and Physical Training)

Dr Wendy Saeme Lee (Student Life Advisor, Early Childhood Education)

Jennifer Way (Student Life Advisor, Primary Education)

Amanda Howard (Student Life Advisor, Social Work)

Specialist portfolios Contact
Educational Integrity Coordinators

Gwendolyn Hyslop - Educational Integrity Coordinator

Giorgia Alu - Educational Integrity Coordinator

Disability Liason Officers

Associate Professor David Evans - Faculty Disability Liaison Officer

Christopher Pepin-Neff - Faculty Disability Liaison Officer

Indigenous Services and Social Inclusion

Linda Tsung - Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

Student Affairs

Greg Martin (Associate Dean, Student Affairs)

Student Life

Frances Di Lauro (Associate Dean, Student Life)

INGS/Bachelor of International and Global Studies Director

Chris Hilliard - INGS Director

Dalyell Scholars Program

Anne Rogerson - School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Brendon O’Connor - US Studies Centre

Alexander Howard - School of Literature, Art and Media

Postgraduate Coordinators

If you're a postgraduate student, you can contact your 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.

See the table below for the list of postgraduate coordinators in 2021.

School Academic Postgraduate Student Advisors  
School of Language and Culture (SLC) Associate Professor Michelle Royer (SLC)
School of Literature Art and Media (SLAM)

Dr Mark De Vitis (Art Curating)

Dr Beth Yahp (Creative Writing)

Associate Professor Ahmar Mahboob (Cross-cultural and Applied Linguistics)

Dr Marcus Carter (Digital Communication and Culture)

Dr Matthew Sussman (English Studies)

Dr Olaf Werder (Health Communication)

Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer (Media Practice)

Dr. Anna Broinowski (Moving Image)

Dr Chiara O’Reilly (Museum and Heritage Studies)

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya (Publishing)

Dr Mitchell Hobbs (Strategic Public Relations)

Professor James Martin (Master of Cross-cultural and Applied Linguistics)

School of Economics (SE)

Associate Professor Mark Melatos (Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences and Economics)

Dr Malcolm Edey (Macroeconomics Analysis)

Dr Anastasia Burkovskaya (Microeconomics Analysis)

Dr Chris Gibbs (Public Economics / Economics Research)

School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS)

Dr Luis Angosto Ferrandez (Development Studies)

Dr Dinesh Wadiwel (Human Rights)

Dr Thomas Wilkins (International Relations)

Associate Professor Sarah Phillips (International Security)

Associate Professor Jake Lynch (Peace and Conflict Studies)

Dr Susan Schroeder (Political Economy)

Professor Gaby Ramia (Public Policy)

Dr Ihab Shalbak (Master of Human Rights Coordinator)

School of Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Professor Michael Jacobson (Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator)

Professor Peter Reimann (Learning Sciences and Technologies)

Susan Poetsch (Indigenous Languages Education)

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips (Social Work)

Associate Professor Professor David Hirsh (General/no stream)

Professor Lina Markauskaite (Digital Technologies)

Dr Minkang Kim (Educational Psychology)

Dr Christine Grice (Educational Management and Leadership)

Dr Alexandra McCormick (International Education)

Associate Professor Cathie Burgess (Leadership in Aboriginal Education)

Professor David Evans (Special and Inclusive Education)

Professor Donna O’Connor (Sports Coaching)

Associate Professor Aek Phakiti (TESOL)

Associate Professor Danny Liu (Graduate Certificate - Higher Education)

Tarunna Sebastian (Master of Teaching - Secondary)

Heather McMaster (Master of Teaching - Primary)

Claire Marvell (Master of Teaching - Health and Physical Education)

Dr Wendy Saeme Lee (Master of Teaching - Early Childhood)

Pam Joseph (Master of Teaching - MSWQ)

Associate Professor Susan Heward-Belle (MSWQ Course Coordinator)

Postgraduate Coursework Coordinators (GIR)

Dr Luis Angosto Ferrandez (Anthropology/Development Studies)

Tom Wilkins (Government and International Relations)

Gaby Ramia (Government and International Relations)

Stewart Jackson (Government and International Relations)

Wendy Lambourne (Peace and Conflict Studies)

Susan Schroeder (Political Economy)

Danielle Celermajer (Sociology and Social Policy)

If you're studying in the Business School you can find contacts for advice in your Canvas hub:

For Business School students on the Academic Progression Register, please send an email to

If you are studying at the Faculty of Engineering, it is recommended that you speak with your year advisor for academic advice. Please see the list of schools below, and email the relevant advisor for an appointment.

If you are a new students, you can visit Welcome to Engineering for more information. 

If you're studying in the Sydney Law School, you can find the course and timetable information in Canvas.

Please email: for academic advice about Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws Programs. for academic advice about Law Masters and Graduate Diploma Programs.

Sydney School of Health Sciences

Course directors
Discipline Course Contact

Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Zakia Hossain

Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science)

Kate Edwards

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)

Jacqui Raymond

Combined Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) / Bachelor of Advance Studies


Janelle Gifford


Master of Exercise Physiology

Nathan Johnson

Medical Imaging Sciences

Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

Warren Reed

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)

Justin Scanlan


Master of Health Sciences (Developmental Disability)

Andy Smidt

OT: Master of Occupational Therapy


Sanetta Du Toit


Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)


Debra Shirley

Master of Physiotherapy

Susan Coulson

Rehabilitation Counselling

Master of Rehabilitation Counselling (+GDip)

Roxanna Pebdani

Speech Pathology

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Natalie Munro

Master of Speech Language Pathology

Alison Purcell

Stream coordinators
Stream Contact

Bachelor of Science (Health) stream and Health major coordinator

Leigh Wilson

Hearing and Speech major

Isabelle Boisvert


Human Movement major

Chin-Moi Chow

Disability and Participation major (available from 2020)

Kim Bulkeley

Sydney Dental School

Discipline Contact

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

Advanced Surgery

Clinical Surgery


Surgical Anatomy

Professional Education in Health

Brain and Mind Sciences

Professional Education in Health

Clinical Neurophysiology
Critical Care Medicine
Internal Medicine
Metabolic Health
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development

Professional Education in Health

Sleep Medicine

Professional Education in Health

Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Intrnational Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Science

Discipline of Ophthalmology

Child and Adolescent Health

Professional Education in Health

General Practice and Primary Health Care

Professional Education in Health

Genomics and Precision Medicine

Professional Education in Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Professional Education in Health

Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy

Professional Education in Health

Clinical Trials Research

Adrienne Kirby

Infection and Immunity

Jim Manos



Jane Bleasel

Pain Management

Elizabeth Devonshire

Leigh-Anne Funnell

Sydney Nursing School

Pre-registration courses Contact

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

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

Clinical Education Academic (Clinical Simulation)

Astrid Frotjold

Clinical Education Academic (Clinical Facilitation)

Michelle Maw

Sydney Pharmacy School

Program Contact

Program Director, Undergraduate

Dr Stephen Carter


Undergraduate Year 1 Coordinator

Dr Janet Cheung


Undergraduate Year 2 Coordinator

Dr Lifeng Kang


Undergraduate Year 3 Coordinator

Dr Jonathan Penm


Undergraduate Year 4 Coordinator

Andrew Bartlett

Honours Coordinator

Associate Professor 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


Dr Diego Silva


Associate Professor Patrick Kelly

Clinical Epidemiology

Professor Fiona Blyth

Dr Naomi Noguchi

Global Health

Associate Professor Camille Raynes-Greenow
Dr Tanvir Huda
Dr Erin Hunter

Health Policy

Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider

Dr Samantha Rowbotham

Indigenous Health Promotion


Dr Michelle Dickson

Public Health

Professor Tim Driscoll

Dr Erin Mathieu

Dr Ed Jegasothy

Heidi Gilchrist


Program leaders Contact Email
Undergraduate first year advisor Dr Narelle Yeo
Bachelor of Music (Performance) /Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Performance)/ Diploma of Music (Performance) Dr Vladimir Gorbach

Bachelor of Music (Composition)/ (Composition for Creative Industries)/ (Digital Music and Media)

Bachelor of Music/ Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Composition)/Diploma of Music (Composition) / (Composition for Creative Industries)/ (Digital Music and Media)/ Master of Music (Composition)

Dr Daniel Rojas
Bachelor of Music (Music Education) Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley
Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies)/Diploma of Music (Jazz Studies) Dr Kevin Hunt
Bachelor of Music (Musicology major)/ Diploma of Music (Musicology)/ Master of Music (Musicology) 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, find out how to approach degree planning and academic advice on the Science Student portal on Canvas. If you are a new student, you can also visit Welcome to Science for more information.

There are many different contacts in the Faculty of Science for academic advice. You'll need to decide which contact best matches your study background/plans or the questions you have, and then contact them directly. You must tell the contact who you are, what you are studying, and what you’d like advice on.

Science academic advisers are academics available to offer you advice and support throughout your studies. You can talk to them about a range of different topics including:

  • strategies for managing your studies
  • improving your academic performance
  • 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.

You can find the full list of Science academic advisers in Canvas.

For unit of study advice, contact your unit of study coordinator (listed in the unit of study descriptions in your handbook) for assistance..

For advice about your course or course components, find a list of the relevant contacts on the Science Student portal on Canvas.

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Last updated: 21 January 2022

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