Academic Progression - Stage 2

This page provides information on Stage 2 of the Academic Progression Staying on Track Program. Academic progression is covered by Part 15 of the Coursework Policy and is designed to provide early identification and support for students who are making poor progress.

What are you required to do under the policy?

  • You are required to have a meeting with your academic advisor in your school.
  • We strongly recommend that prior to the meeting you download and honestly consider and answer the stage 2 self reflection survey. We recommend you give your advisor a copy of your completed survey so that your advisor will discuss the issues you have included in your answers and will also give you enrolment advice.
  • We recommend you attend a Staying on Track information session

What general advice do we give?

You are on Stage 2 because you have repeated a previous poor performance.

This may be because you did not make sufficient changes to your study habits after Stage 1, or you did not properly allow for ongoing problems, or perhaps there are new issues that have arisen.

Please revisit the Stage 1 information page to see whether any of the listed issues apply again. Review your response to your Stage 1 survey to evaluate why your strategy has been less successful than it should.

You will be required to meet your academic advisor (he or she may require you to meet with someone more senior) who will ask you to explain the reasons for your performance, and ask you to provide information about any support services or other relevant
remedial action the student may have taken since you were first
on stage 1.

If there is another semester of poor performance, you are likely to move to Stage 3 and it is then possible that you could be excluded from your degree.

Is there a serious problem affecting you?

It is possible that there are strong personal issues affecting your performance which are not easy to resolve, such as depression, anxiety, fear, sadness, grief, family problems, financial difficulties or work commitments, relationship issues, sporting commitments, lack of focus or personal interest in the degree, or the work is simply too hard for you.

If so, this is not going to go away by simply saying “I’m going to try harder next time.” You may need to reduce your enrolment to a level you can manage (this can be approved for International Students), or be referred to a counsellor to help you manage your personal situation. In any case you must avoid repeating the same mistakes again.


Please email or visit the Engineering and IT Faculty Office for in person questions.