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Dalyell Scholars

Managing your Dalyell status

Choosing your Dalyell units

You need to complete 12 credit points of Dalyell units to satisfy the Dalyell stream requirements and graduate as a Dalyell Scholar at the completion of your degree. These units are interdisciplinary in nature, will add depth and breadth to your degree and are designed to help you develop the University's graduate qualities to a high level.

These units will typically replace electives in your degree structure. They can be taken in your first, second or third year, depending on how you choose to structure your course. It is recommended you aim to take them early in your degree where possible, to avoid enrolment constraints when you reach your final year. If you have space in your degree, it is possible to take additional Dalyell units as electives.

You can find the list of available Dalyell units in the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook. You can complete any unit in the Dalyell table, and are encouraged to consider units offered by other faculties as well as your own. You need to be enrolled in the Dalyell stream to be able to take these units.

You will select your Dalyell units during your enrolment.

Acceleration and enrichment units

As a Dalyell Scholar, you will have early access to more advanced units of study in your chosen field (acceleration units) and enrichment units outside of your discipline that enhance the depth and breadth of your study.

Acceleration units count towards your program, major(s) or minor(s) but don't count towards your Dalyell stream requirements of taking 12 credit points of Dalyell units. Your Dalyell coordinator can guide you on opportunities available.

Enrichment units give you access to units outside your area of study and up to two years beyond your current level of enrolment, which you do not need to have completed prerequisites for. You can select from the list of Dalyell stream enrichment units that will be available in the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook. When you go to select a unit from the enrichment list, you will be prompted to submit an enrolment exception request.

Your progression

As a Dalyell Scholar you are expected to maintain a cross-semester average mark (CSAM) of 75 for every full-time year of study or equivalent.

If you don’t achieve a mark of 75 your Dalyell coordinator will be notified and will arrange to meet with you to discuss the circumstances. This may result in you being removed from the Dalyell stream. Your completed Dalyell units will still count towards your degree where possible and your enrolment in your course will not be at risk.

If you are removed from the Dalyell stream because you did not maintain the CSAM requirement, you will not be permitted to re-enter.

Extenuating circumstances

In some cases, you may experience genuine extenuating circumstances that mean you’re unable to maintain the mark required to remain in the Dalyell stream. In this situation you may be able to outline your circumstances and demonstrate reason why you should remain in the stream.

Extenuating circumstances include situations that may have been unforeseeable and beyond your reasonable control, such as unexpected, serious or long-term illness or misadventure impacting your ability to engage appropriately with your studies. This doesn’t include demands of employers, pressure of employment or time devoted to non-University activities, unless these are relevant to serious ill health or misadventure.

These circumstances may have happened despite you accessing the appropriate support systems available at the University and adjustments made as a result, such as special considerations and arrangements or Disability Services.

If you feel that your performance was significantly affected by extenuating circumstances you should contact your Faculty Dalyell Lead to make an appointment as soon as possible. You'll need to provide any supporting documents that demonstrate your circumstances.

Following your appointment your case will be discussed with the Associate Dean.

Opting out of the Dalyell stream

If you decide you no longer want to participate in the Dalyell stream, you can manage your status through Sydney Student (go to 'Course details' then 'Request to opt out of Dalyell Scholars'). It is recommended that you contact your Dalyell coordinator to discuss the process before you elect to withdraw.

If you choose to withdraw from the Dalyell stream, you will not be permitted to re-enter.

Awarding your degree

When you graduate, both your academic transcript and your degree certificate (testamur) will reflect your Dalyell Scholar status. Your participation in the stream will be listed for each year, and included in your award detail.

If you complete the graduation requirements for your degree but do not satisfy the requirements of the Dalyell stream, you can still graduate with your degree, but the Dalyell stream will not be awarded.

Guide for Dalyell Scholars

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Last updated: 18 January 2021

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