Advisers and support

If you feel like you need support or guidance with your studies, talking to one of our friendly advisers can help.

Science student support advisers

Our advisers are trained and happy to guide you through whatever issues you may be having with your courses. You’ll find them at the Science Student Centre.

Merrion Baker

My background is in the health and social care sector, specifically working with vulnerable client groups and supporting them with their various complex needs.

I believe everyone has the right to both fulfil their potential and receive the support and guidance in order to do this. I have a huge passion to help people succeed and give support in whichever way they need. I look forward to meeting you and supporting you to achieve your educational goals.

Merrion Baker
Student Support Adviser (Equity)
Email: Merrion Baker

Deirdre Doyle student adviser international

Deidre Doyle

My background is in Learning and Development and Mental Health.

I worked for Wesfarmers, a global Australian corporation for 6 years in learning and development, designing and delivering training. My most recent role was at the WALSH Trust where I supported people who have experienced poor mental health.

My recent experience as a university student and passion for supporting people to achieve their goals means the role as a Student Academic Adviser is a good fit.

I believe everyone has the right to support services that will allow them to flourish and succeed and feel privileged to work at the University of Auckland, where I can make a positive difference for our students.

Deidre Doyle
Student Support Adviser (International)
Email: Deidre Doyle


Erica Farrelly

My background is a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography and Development Studies. I lived in Argentina for nine months where I taught English as a second language.

I am very passionate about student success and look forward to meeting you to offer advice and support.

Erica Farrelly
Student Support Adviser (International)
Email: Erica Farrelly

Sharon Televave

Tēnā koutou katoa, talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings. My background is in tertiary education, tutoring, academic learning development, mentoring, and providing academic and pastoral support to tertiary students.

My passion is to enable and enhance the success and retention of all students and, in particular, Māori and Pacific students.

Sharon Televave
Student Support Adviser (Māori and Pacific)
Email: Sharon Televave  

Making appointments

To make an appointment with one of our Student Support Advisers, please email

Academic Advisers

Find our more about who your academic advisers are and how to contact them.

Advisers for undergraduates