ANU Student Elite Athlete Program
In October 2004, the ANU became a member of the national network of Elite Athlete Friendly Universities (EAFU) by signing an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS).
The ANU aims to identify elite athletes and assist them in the development of skills which enable these students to successfully balance their sporting and academic aspirations. Where necessary and possible the ANU will accommodate the elite athlete student with flexible study options. Some ways this might be achieved are listed below:
Extra assistance with academic planning.
Support in negotiating and securing cross-institutional study.
Flexibility with assessment deadlines to accommodate sporting related travel commitments.
Allowing deferred examination adjustments where examinations directly clash with sporting commitments.
Waiving the minimum attendance requirements at lectures, tutorials and/or practicals where elite athletes are unavailable due to sporting commitments.
Tailoring study loads to integrate with sporting commitments.
Negotiating lecture, tutorial and/or practical timetables to accommodate sporting commitments.
Extending the maximum time to complete degree programs where study load has been decreased to accommodate sporting commitments.
Flexibility with leave of absence where required, due to sporting commitments.
Provide Summer/Winter study alternatives and/or the ability to swap between distance education mode and on campus mode where possible
Prior recognition of credit achieved at interstate universities.
Providing access to distance education materials and class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals.
Luke Letcher: Bronze Medallist, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
"If I had not had the help of Access and Inclusion I would not have been able to continue to pursue my studies while training in pursuit of the Olympic Games. With my heavy training schedule, I have only had very small windows of time available to progress my studies. Access and Inclusion gave me the flexibility to make that possible. Allowing me to enrol in tutorials and labs at times that were possible to attend and allowing me to negotiate due dates for assessments that wouldn't overlap with competition has been vital to me continuing to progress."
Seve De Campo: Cross Country Skiing, 2022 Winter Olympics Beijing
"I arrived in Canberra and the ANU in 2018 with the intention to balance a great degree, quality training and a fun time at uni as I hoped to stay motivated and hungry to achieve my dream of representing Australia in Cross Country Skiing at the Winter Olympics (a dream that is about to come true this February). Being part of the ANU Elite Athlete Program and holding an Elite Athlete Education Plan has over the years provided the flexibility I need to minimize stress levels, fit in my training and racing and just be a nice safety blanket. A big thanks to Sue Hancock and the ANU for the great support! "