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.

Mariam Almasri

Mariam Almasri

My background is in languages and language teaching, but I have spent most of my career in education specialising in providing support and advice for international students. I am passionate about helping people and look forward to supporting you along your education journey and success.

Mariam Almasri
Student Support Adviser (Southwest University, China)
Email: Mariam Almasri

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 (Domestic and 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

Janet Tawaketini

Our students are our waka and they are not lone sea-farers. Like te waka they need all the expertise on board to guide them through both calm weather and storms to reach their destination.

Tēnā koutou katoa and warmest Pacific greetings. My background is in secondary and tertiary education: teaching, academic learning development, mentoring, and pastoral and academic support.

As an alumna and former tuākana, I believe that educational success = study + support. I’m privileged to continue supporting you, teina, to reach your destination to your highest potential in becoming a leader of society.

Janet Tawaketini

Student Support Adviser (Māori and Pacific)
Email: Janet Tawaketini   

Making appointments

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Academic Advisers

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Advisers for undergraduates

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