Elite athlete friendly university network

Elite athlete friendly university network

Macquarie University is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University network (EAFU), which means elite athletes have access to appropriate support services, helping to facilitate their academic and sporting success. The EAFU has been established to identify and promote universities who have responded to the specific needs of elite student athletes by developing new, or promoting existing policies and practices which assist elite student athletes to undertake sporting opportunities whilst pursuing and achieving academic excellence.

Macquarie University will provide the following support:

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  • Advice and guidance on academic planning
  • Support in negotiating flexibility to meet academic requirements
  • Advocacy within the university environment
  • Support in obtaining cross institutional study or credit transfer arrangements
  • Provision of advice and support

Flexible Study Options

Macquarie Universities will use their best endeavours to tailor (or develop) policy documentation to incorporate the following student athlete needs:

1. Assessment related needs

Macquarie University will use their best endeavours to offer the:

  • Ability to negotiate assessment deadlines based on sporting travel commitments
  • Ability to sit exams externally under exam conditions, within the athlete's environment (e.g. whilst travelling, in their hotel etc)
  • Minimum attendance at lectures, tutorials or practicals waived where the student-athlete is unavailable due to sporting commitments
2. Enrolment related needs

Macquarie University will use their best endeavours to:

  • Tailor academic study load to integrate with sporting commitments
  • Negotiate lecture and tutorial timetables to accommodate sporting commitments
  • Extend minimum time to complete courses due to periods of decreased study load 
  • Take several leaves of absence where required due to increased sporting commitments (e.g. Olympic Games year)
  • Complete cross institutional study options with interstate universities and flexibility within this policy provided for student athletes (e.g. first year student's eligible, increase number of subjects able to be completed by cross institutional study
3. Provision of summer study alternatives and/or ability to swap between distance education mode and on campus mode, depending on sporting commitments
4. Recognition of credit achieved at interstate universities
5. Course related needs including access to distance education materials, and/or class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals

Defining Elite Athletes 

For athletes to access the support associated with the EAFU program, they must be recognised as an elite athlete by one of the following:

  • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • State Institute or Academy of Sport
  • AFL Players' Association
  • Australian Cricketers' Association
  • Rugby Union Players' Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers' Association
  • Alternatively, they must be a national squad member from the Australian Sports Commission funded sports

If an athlete is not recognised by one of the above, they may submit an application for consideration to the University. The University will use its discretion in assessing student athletes.

For further information on the EAFU Program click here
For a list of endorsed Universities throughout the EAFU network click here

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