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What’s the difference between a complaint and an academic appeal?

An academic appeal is a specific type of complaint: it is when you disagree with an assessment mark or grade, and seek to have your mark changed. Academic appeals should be directed to your unit coordinator, in the first instance: this is also known as making an ‘informal appeal’.
For example, maybe you are not satisfied with an exam result, and feel the reason you received a poor mark is due to the exam questions being designed badly, and insufficient feedback from your tutor. For the quickest outcome, we would normally recommend you consider an informal appeal against the exam mark (if you have grounds), and separately consider making a complaint against the teaching in your subject. While the informal appeal should be directed to your unit coordinator, your complaint should be addressed to the faculty, or to the Student Affairs Unit.
Contact SUPRA for assistance in making an appeal or complaint.

Escaping Violence Payment (EVP)

EVP is available for people who have recently experienced family violence and are in financial stress. You may be eligible for vouchers for essential items, or goods and services such as removalists, bond, or basics for a new home. If eligible you will be provided with wrap-around support including casework from the EVP provider. Find out more.
If you need immediate assistance as a result of family violence, contact the Safer Communities Office at the University by phone: +61 2 8627 6808 or email

Yoga with SUPRA

11–11:45am (Sydney time)
Monday 1, 8 and 15 November

SUPRA ran a special yoga class for mental health month on Monday 18 October. The class was well attended, with 31 University students and staff participating – thank you to everyone who came!

Yoga offers a safe way to gently get out of your comfort zone and challenge your fears! Join our final online yoga classes of Semester 2: register now!

SUPRA Hiking

Tuesday 30 November
Circular Quay Wharf

Lockdown’s over so we can catch ferries again, and get out an enjoy the harbour together!
Join SUPRA Council to catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo Wharf, for a 7km return hike to Clifton Gardens.
Spaces are limited so make sure you grab a ticket. Please bring your double vaccination certificate, as well as sunscreen, a hat, water and snacks.
See the full itinerary.

Last week to nominate your supervisor for a Supervisor of the Year Award!

Nominations for this year’s awards close on Friday 31 October!
Our awards have been running for over 5 years and are proudly student-nominated and student-judged.
Many of you have gotten through the pandemic with outstanding support from your supervisors.
Now is the time to give them the recognition they deserve: nominate your supervisor now!
Fun Fact

Global efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 also did a great job of supressing other viruses – including influenza. Flu cases have been very low all over the world, and one strain of flu hasn’t been detected in over 18 months, leading some scientists to hope that it may have been eradicated altogether.

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Discussion: What is the future of First Nations literature?
Esteemed Indigenous writers Professor Tony Birch and Professor Larissa Behrendt will be joined by emerging Torres Strait Islander author Jasmin McGaughey as they discuss the future of First Nations literature in Australia. 7:30pm (Sydney time) Wednesday 10 November, online. Register.

Indigenous Peoples and Law
On Wednesday 3 November at 6:30pm (Sydney time), the Sydney Law School will hold their inaugural public lecture on Indigenous Peoples and Law. This will be delivered by Munanjali and Birri Gubba woman Associate Professor Nicole Watson on the topic of ‘Indigenous Women, Outlaw Culture and the Law’. Please register to attend.

Complete the Unit of Study Surveys (USS) for Semester 2
Go in the draw to win Apple products or JB HiFi gift cards!
The surveys will be open from Monday 1 November. You will be able to login to the University’s Student Survey System to complete the surveys.
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