Advisor Resources

Faculty/staff advisers play an essential role in developing student organisations that strengthen the Yale-NUS community while extending learning beyond the classroom. Every recognised student organisation is required to have one advisor – this can be a faculty member, staff member or Dean’s Fellow.

Advisor of the Year 2018
David Royster Yale-NUS Afro Society

Advisor Expectations

Student organisation advisors are expected to:

  • Review the constitution and mission statement of the organisation in order to understand the structure of the group.
  • Offer support to the student leadership of the organisation in order to cultivate enthusiasm for the group’s development and success.
  • Occasionally attend orgnisation’s meetings or events, and be available for consultation when the organisation encounters problems.
  • Refer relevant information, events, news, and suggestions to the organisation’s leadership.
  • Represent the student organisation in staff/faculty meetings when needed, and to serve as the liaison between the organisation and the College.
  • Offer evaluation and feedback regarding events, activities, and group dynamics.
  • Serve as an impartial arbitrator when needed (e.g. elections, etc.).
  • Advise student leadership on College policies, when needed.


Student Leader Expectations

In return to having an Advisor, student organisation leaders will:

  • Inform advisors of group events and activities, including regular meeting times.
  • Meet with their advisor each semester to discuss the orgnisation’s goals and mission.
  • Manage and discuss orgnisation funds, including adherence to College financial policies.
  • Inform advisors on intentions of seeking funding from outside Yale-NUS College.
  • Notify advisors on the identities of current leadership and all changes that may come during the academic year.
  • Respond to requests from the adviser to meet up and discuss specific or general thoughts on the club and its activities.
  • Notify the advisor of internal and external conflict pertaining the club in order to better assist the advisor in advocating on the group’s behalf.



  • Faculty/staff may serve as advisors to a student group if they will be in Singapore for at least one semester of the academic year. Faculty/staff advisors who will be away from campus for 1+ year should inform the group(s) they advise so the group can secure a different advisor.
  • Faculty/staff should not feel obligated to advise student groups. It is acceptable to decline to advise a student group if you do not have the time or do not think the relationship would work well for either party.
  • Faculty/staff advisors should communicate any urgent concerns regarding club behaviour or practices directly to the Student Organisations Manager in the Dean of Students’ Office.
Have Questions?
Petrina Loh
Senior Manager

Contact with questions about student organisations and event planning.