The University of Newcastle, Australia

Academic progress

The University wants to see you succeed in your studies, and we have plenty of support available to help you achieve your goals.

Taking the time to reflect on your studies will help you identify the things you can do to succeed.

You won’t be alone either – the University will review your academic performance after every term, and if we identify you’re struggling we will reach out to find out why and help get you in touch with support.

Review of academic progress

To ensure you are being successful in your degree, the University will keep track of your progress and offer support when needed. There is a two-stage process for this outlined below. The requirements for this process are different for domestic and international students. You are considered an international student if you are studying on a student visa with UON.

The process for identifying and giving assistance to students in the Joint Medical Program (JMP) is also slightly different. This process is outlined below.

Stage one – Review of progress

You will be identified in this stage if you:

  • fail a course that must be satisfactorily completed to progress in your program
  • are an undergraduate student and have failed or withdrawn from more than 50% of units in a term
  • are an international student and have failed 50% or more
  • are an international student and have withdrawn from one of more courses in a term without Student Central approval

If you are identified in this stage, you will be asked to complete a Progress to Success Plan to assist you in finding support.

Stage two – Academic concern

If you are identified in stage one, or were of Academic Concern in your previous term, you will progress to stage two and be required to respond to a Notice of Academic Concern if you:

  • have failed, for a second time, a course that must be satisfactorily completed to progress in your program
  • are an undergraduate student and have failed or withdrawn from more than 50% of units in two consecutive terms
  • are an international student and have failed 50% or more two consecutive terms
  • are an international student and have withdrawn from one or more courses in two consecutive terms, without Student Central approval

This will be the case, regardless of your degree and any intervening periods of absence, including leave of absence, suspension, exclusion or non-enrolment.

JMP Students

The process for identifying and giving assistance to students in the Joint Medical Program (JMP) is slightly different, so refer to the progress procedure policy:

Improving your academic performance

UON recognises the hard work you have put in to get to university, and we want you to succeed in your studies.  There is a lot of support at UON, and you can complete a Progress to Success plan to help you understand the academic, personal, and social support we can provide.

Academic concern process

If you are identified as being of Academic Concern the University will contact you with a Notice of Academic Concern. This will explain why you have been contacted, and provide you with information on how to complete the online Academic Concern form.

In this form you will need to identify what has been impacting your ability to succeed, and what steps you’re going to take to overcome this if you are allowed to continue studying. You will also be able to provide supporting documentation to help explain your circumstances. The information you provide will then be considered by the Faculty Progress and Appeals Committee and an outcome will be emailed to you.

If you are unsure how best to explain your situation, or need advice on how to do this, you can contact the Student Advocates [link] for advice and support.

Outcomes

The outcomes you may receive from the Committee is to ensure that you are taking the time you need to work on the things that are impacting on your ability to study, based on the information you have provided them. If you do not complete the form and provide information on what’s happening, the Committee will make a decision on the information they have available. The Committee will deliver you one of the following outcomes:

  • continue in your degree
  • continue in your degree with specified conditions, such as a restricted number of units
  • suspend you from your degree or Faculty for a specified period of up to one academic year
  • if you have previously been of Academic Concern, exclude you from your degree or Faculty for a period of one or more academic years