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Jumbunna Learning Assistance Tutors specialise in Academic Communication or Academic Mathematics and can assist you with your studies.

Just drop in to Jumbunna during business hours and look for the people wearing this t-shirt:

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Directly targeted to the needs of our students via individual tuition or the facilitation of small working groups, The Learning Development Program is regularly evaluated and reviewed to ensure it addresses the changing demands of Higher Education.
Students frequently comment on how important the program has been in ensuring their academic success. Performance tracking data shows that students who attend the program weekly have greatly increased rates of success.

Dr Adrian Kelly (Senior Lecturer, Learning Development and Coordinator, Learning Development Team) has been assisting students to go to university and to succeed at university since 1989. Adrian’s background is in Linguistics, Language and Literacy Education and Academic Development. Adrian has worked in a number of universities in Australia and also at Hanoi University of Foreign Studies, Vietnam and Universitas Tujuhbelas Augustus, Solo, Indonesia. Adrian coordinates the Unistart program, works one-to-one and in small groups with students enrolled in faculty-based block courses, oversees the provision of ITAS tuition and coordinates the Learning Development program for Direct Entry students. Adrian also works with Bill Buckley, Gregory Martin and Jane Ewing on the development of Testing and Assessment instruments for the Direct Entry Program.

Gregory MartinDr Gregory Martin (Senior Lecturer, Education) has had broad experience as an educator, activist and researcher in both school and community based contexts. He has also worked in community and labour market programmes in Western Australia. Greg undertook graduate studies at Kent State University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is on the editorial boards of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Education Policy Futures and the International Journal for Critical Pedagogy.

Bill Buckley (Academic Communication Tutor) has been involved with the Learning Development Program for many years. He works one-to one or in small groups to develop students’ abilities to communicate in relation to faculty requirements. He has had wide experience as a lecturer in a number of universities in Australia, as well as having worked as a teacher and consultant in Australia, Malaysia, China and East Africa – mainly Tanzania. Bill also works with Adrian Kelly, Greg Martin and Jane Ewing on the development of Testing and Assessment instruments for the Direct Entry Program.

Jane Ewing (Mathematics Tutor) has worked in Learning Development Program for many years helping students to develop the mathematics skills and foundational knowledge necessary for their courses of study. She has wide experience as an educator in both tertiary and secondary sectors, and in curriculum development in mathematics and its applications. She also has many years of experience in joint TAFE - Industry partnerships with a particular focus on enhancing educational pathways for Indigenous people. Her research focus is on the psychosocial needs of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer/Blood Disorders and their families.

The Learning Assistance Program is funded by the Commonwealth Government and does not incur an additional Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS-HELP) debt.


After first year, students can continue to access Learning Assistance opportunities by consulting with Adrian Kelly, Co-ordinator, Learning Development.

The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) is a vital part of our Learning Assistance Program. ITAS offers all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to receive supplementary tutorial support while enrolled at UTS either one-on-one or in a small group.