Personal Academic Mentor (PAM) Program

The School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics runs a personal mentoring program for all students enrolled in:

  • Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced)
  • Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Data Science and Analytics
  • Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Mathematics/LLB degrees.
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Mathematics

This program is exclusive to our School and offers academic advice on:

  • Student enrolment
  • information regarding student exchange and possible studies
  • information regarding scholarships which may be available
  • honours year information
  • careers advice

Attendance to all meetings is compulsory and typically lasts 15 - 30 mins.

PAM Meetings

Depending on the circumstances, your meetings may be on campus or online.  You will be notified of this prior to the meeting.

Academic Advisors are academic staff within the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics. From time to time staff may be away on study or conference leave for one session. In the interest of continuity, these staff members do not participate in the program for the whole year so therefore students may have a change in advisor from year to year although this is avoided as much as possible.


First year students attend three meetings in their first year of study. These will occur in Week 1 of Autumn Session, and Week 1 and Week 13 of Spring Session.

The Week 1 Autumn Session meeting allows the student contact with an Academic Advisor within the School. The subjects the student has selected will be the main topic. This is also an opportunity for students to ask questions as they commence their studies.

The meeting in Week 1 of Spring Session will be a follow up of the first meeting. Discussion will centre on the first session results and any adjustments made to the enrolment.

The Week 13 Spring Session meeting concentrates mainly on the proposed course plan. This plan 'maps out' the student's studies for the remainder of their course. The plan takes into consideration strengths and weaknesses, pre/co-requisites, course rules and the student’s career intentions. Adjustments can be made to this plan, however, these decisions should always be made in conjunction with advice from the Academic Advisor.

Attendance is required at a meeting in Week 13 of Spring Session. This meeting discusses the proposed course plan made in the first year and is adjusted according to the student’s individual needs.


Students are not required to attend a PAM meeting in their final year of study. However, they are welcome to see their Academic Advisor at any time during the year if they are having difficulty or would like to vary their program of study.

In addition to the scheduled meetings as mentioned above, students are more than welcome to discuss their study plan with their Academic Advisor at any other time. Students should feel free to make an appointment with their Advisor directly. It is advisable to give your Advisor notice before a meeting so they may retrieve your file in order to save you both time and have your records ready to discuss. 

Students can also contact their Academic Program Director if they have any questions regarding their program of study.


If you have any questions please contact the PAM Coordinator:

Lisa Pyle

Phone: (02) 4221 5429

Or the PAM Directors:

Maureen Edwards ( or

Aidan Sims (


Resources for students, teachers and parents to plan maths study pathways, delivered by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI).

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