The Student Development and Engagement team

The Student Development and Engagement team provides support to help our students have the best possible experience at the University.

We support our diverse range of engineering students – under-represented groups at University, students transitioning into tertiary study, and more – from Orientation through to employment. Our team can also act as a central point for help if you’re struggling, stressed, or have experienced a traumatic event that will have impact on your study. Students are welcome to drop by and see us on Level 4, 20 Symonds Street, or reach us via email at foe-engagement@auckland.ac.nz.

The Student Development and Engagement team also works closely with our faculty’s student clubs to help provide engineering students with social, professional and academic opportunities, and can also link you to support services such as counselling, financial assistance, mentoring, and childcare.

We are also responsible for initiatives such as Orientation, the Part I Assistance Centre, Women in Engineering Network (WEN), Tuākana for Māori and Pacific students, the Rainbow Engineering Network, information evenings with prospective employers, and the Postgraduate Buddy programme.

Our team

Michael Willimott | Student Development and Engagement Manager

09 923 7881 | m.willimott@auckland.ac.nz
Michael manages student development, engagement, support and retention initiatives to enhance students' experience.

Chris McClymont | Student Development and Engagement Team Leader

09 923 2927 | c.mcclymont@auckland.ac.nz
Chris works closely with the Student Experience Advisers and Student Support Advisers to support undergraduate and postgraduate students, and provide development opportunities for all students.

Alcione Fagundes | Student Support Adviser (Equity)

09 923 2990 | a.fagundes@auckland.ac.nz
Alcione supports all engineering students with their wellbeing, pastoral care and learning support. She is also the primary Student Support Adviser for equity students.

Steve Roberts | Student Support Adviser (Māori and Pacific)

09 923 4538 | s.roberts@auckland.ac.nz
Steve supports all students with their wellbeing, pastoral care and learning support. He is the primary Student Support Adviser for Māori and Pacific students.

Jonathan Culley | Employer Liaison Manager

j.culley@auckland.ac.nz
Jonathan facilitates employer networking and fosters industry relationships, along with graduate and intern recruitment. He also provides advice and support to students on career options.

Meleane Akauola | Student Support Adviser

m.akauola@auckland.ac.nz
Meleane supports all engineering students with their wellbeing, pastoral care and learning support. She is also the primary Student Support Adviser for international students.

Monique Warder | Student Experience Adviser

m.warder@auckland.ac.nz
Monique provides a range of development and engagement activities for postgraduate students.

Alex Pennycuick | Student Experience Adviser

a.pennycuick@auckland.ac.nz
Alex provides a range of development and engagement activities for all students. She works closely with Campus Life and the faculty’s student clubs.