Academic Advising

Our senior academics reflect on how their involvement in advising has been an essential part of their career progression and share their greatest pieces of advice for current and future students regarding career choices and personal development.


What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising at Melbourne connects you with an academic within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, helping you to make the most of your time at the University of Melbourne.   Advising sessions provide a space to think, share ideas, talk about your goals and explore opportunities with an academic member of our (University) community.

Academic Advising at Melbourne, in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, is available to first year students in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Oral Health.

Want some direct insights into the experiences of our Academics? Our Peer Leaders, Dan and Andy, have been interviewing some of our Senior Academic Advisers for their podcast and you can access them below:

Want to know what motivated our academics to be a part of Academic Advising at Melbourne? What their personal experiences with mentoring are? Who were their mentors? Found out below!

Being an Advisee

Being an advisee gives you a new level of unique access to the highly experienced academics at the University of Melbourne. This opportunity is something that should be used to help you connect, discover and learn about everything you can to set you on the path to success!

  • How does it work?

    You will be matched with an academic adviser and will be able to see their details via the my.uniLife app. The structure of the sessions is as follows:

    • Year 1 - Second Semester: Group meeting with academic adviser and approximately 10 other students also allocated to the same academic adviser (approximately 60 minutes)
    • Year 2 - First and Second Semester: 2 x one-on-one sessions with your academic adviser. One session in each semester (approximately 30 minutes each)
    • Year 3 - First Semester: A one-on-one session (approximately 30 minutes)

    We encourage you to connect with your academic adviser outside of the scheduled sessions to build that connection and get the support that you need.

    Note: All Bachelor of Biomedicine students who are transferring from another tertiary course will meet one on one with their assigned academic adviser in their first semester.

  • How do I get involved?

    You don't need to do anything! You will automatically be allocated to an academic adviser and notified who they are. You can get it touch with us if you have any questions.

  • What are the benefits?

    Academic advisers are experienced members of our community who can help you adjust to study and life at University. Your academic adviser will take an active interest in your progress, success and challenges. Using their extensive networks, they can help you to connect with your faculty and the broader University community, as well as external professionals and industry representatives.

    The sessions provide a space to think, share ideas, talk about your goals and explore opportunities with an academic member of our (University) community

    Making sure you are prepared before each meeting and arriving on time can help build a good rapport with your academic adviser. Over time, your academic adviser will be a friendly face on campus, someone you can call on for advice, or even ask for a reference at the end of your degree.

  • What kind of support can my academic adviser give me?
    • Academic advisers come from a discipline broadly aligned to your studies and will help you explore opportunities to build on your interests and strengths. If you do have a specific area of interest, they may be able to connect you with other academic staff or suggest ways that you can make these connections for yourself.
    • Academic advisers are not experts in everything, but they can help you identify when you may benefit from seeking specialist support and advice.
    • Meetings with your academic adviser are designed to support your growth and development, so you can discuss a range of goals and challenges with your adviser. There is a limit to the confidentiality of advising meetings, and there may be some cases when an adviser needs to disclose information to help you access support.
    • Academic advisers can help you with general advice on study skills and routines that support your academic success, however it is not their role to tutor you or review specific pieces of academic work. Academic support services are available, and your academic adviser may encourage you to access this support.
  • I want more information

    You can find more information about Academic Advising at Melbourne here.

    If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.

How can mentors work to create a strong, supportive, and thriving relationship with their mentees? What are the most important traits for a mentor to have? Our Academic Advisors discuss their top tips for becoming an effective advisor and a great mentor