Wesley College has a proud, distinguished and continuing tradition of academic excellence and achievement. In the past 20 years Wesley College has housed 6 students who would go on to be awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, 3 Fulbright scholars, numerous university medalists and students who received first-class honours.
To ensure that academic standards are maintained, the College monitors the academic results of its students at the end of each semester. Students are required to maintain and further their Academic Progress in order to guarantee their re-admittance to College in the following semester.
Academic mentors are senior undergraduates, postgraduates, Resident Assistants or tutors with expertise in certain academic disciplines who provide advice and academic support to the younger students (especially in their first year of study). Mentors can provide encouragement and inspiration to freshers since they have been through the “first year experience” and have done well academically. Also, from time to time, Academic mentors from the senior staff are appointed to individual students who are on academic probation.
Academic Tutorial Program
The College contracts more than 30 tutors (senior undergraduates, postgraduates or university staff with expertise in academic disciplines) each university semester to conduct subject-specific tutorials each week within College. Tutoring is provided for a wide range of subjects including Psychology, the Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, History, Languages, Engineering, Computing, Economics, Commerce, Government and Law. (Click here to access the latest full tutorial program)
In cooperation with the University IT service Wesley College provides freely accessible computers in the Wesley College Library and in the student computer laboratory. Furthermore, all Wesley students, in an agreement with The University of Sydney, have unlimited free internet access direct to their rooms. IT support is provided within College by the student IT Secs.
The College has a comprehensive Library which is staffed by a professional Librarian and two student Library Assistants. The books cover a wide range of academic areas from the sciences to the arts and there is an extensive reference section.. The College also provides computers in the student computer laboratory in cooperation with the University IT service. All student rooms are connected to the University Computer System and the internet.
Academic Results and Monitoring
In 2004, there was one student who was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and another, the Fulbright Scholarship. There were also 18 students who received first class honours and 3 students gained the university medal. Approximately, 20% of the students living in the College had a High Distinction or Distinction average in the same year.
Scholarships and Academic Prizes
To ensure that academic standards are maintained, the College monitors the academic results of its students at the end of each semester. Students are only allowed to be re-admitted to the College in the following semester if they maintain a level of “Academic Progress”. For details on the definition of “Academic Progress” see section 5.11 of the College Handbook
The College offers a range of Scholarships and prizes for new and continuing students including:
The Bertram Wyllie Scholarship
The Norman Webb Scholarship
The David Greatorex Scholarship
The Jessie Hope Paterson Scholarship
Sporting Scholarships (jointly with SU Sport)
The Cultural Scholar in Residence Award
The Vietnam Scholarship
The Robson Bryant Scholarship (for the best university matriculating pass into the University of Sydney for a College resident)
The John Irvine Hunter Scholarship (for the best pass of a College resident entering his/her final undergraduate year)
The WCF Indigeous Scholarships
The Prof Dennis A Ahlberg Scholarship
The WCF Sporting Scholarships
The FEB/Wesley College joing Australian Indigenous Scholarship
The Allan Bromley Scholarship
The Frank Simpson Medical Scholarship
The Edwin Hocking Remote Scholarship
The Indigenous Scholarships Endowment Fund
The Linden Edwards Scholarship
Wesleys Rhodes Scholarship List
An extraordinary achievement for Wesley College and for Sydney University…
In the 9 years from 1995 to 2004 – 6 Rhodes Scholarships were awarded to students of Wesley College
1995 Rhodes Scholar Andrew Robertson – Student at Wesley College 1991-1994, Engineering
1996 Rhodes Scholar Stuart Grieve – Student at Wesley College 1992-1995, Science
1998 Rhodes Scholar Danny Sriskandarajah – Student at Wesley College 1995-1996, Economics Law
2001 Rhodes Scholar Annaleise Grummitt – Student at Wesley College 1997-2000, Science
2003 Rhodes Scholar Nilay Hazari – Student at Wesley College 1999 – 2002, Science
2004 Rhodes Scholar Stephanie Topp – Student at Wesley College 1998, Liberal Studies
Since the Rhodes Scholarship was opened to female applicants in the 1980s, 3 Wesley women have been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship- Anna Donald, Annaleise Grummitt and Stephanie Top