Academic Advising

Academic adviceAcademic advising is about more than talking through any problems you may have with your course; it’s aimed at helping you develop personal, academic and professional skills. Advising meetings can help you improve your academic performance and make you aware of possible areas for professional and personal growth. Academic advisors can help you navigate assessment feedback and develop action plans to improve your performance in the future.

From the start of your programme you will have a named advisor, who is a member of academic staff. If you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student, you will be allocated an academic advisor from your department; for postgraduate research students the role is undertaken by your research supervisor, coordinated by the Graduate School and a network of departmental postgraduate research tutors. 

You and your advisor should set clear boundaries and communicate through a mutually preferred method, such as email or published office hours. You should meet three times a year to discuss your academic studies, co-curricular activities that could enhance your profile, and to reflect on any issues that may impact on your overall performance at university.

At GCU we have developed, and use, the PPACT standard of academic advising.