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

Merrion Baker

Kia ora! My name is Merrion and I am a Student Support Advisor for Domestic and Equity students. I have a huge passion to support, empower and encourage young people to strive towards their individual goals and work towards overcoming any obstacles. I am particularly passionate about working with and supporting those who have additional barriers that might prevent them from making the life choices that they want to.

My career background is working in the health and social care sector with vulnerable adults and young people, both in Vancouver and London.

I look forward to meeting you, listening to you and supporting you through your studies during your journey at the University of Auckland.

Merrion Baker
Student Support Adviser (Domestic and Equity Students)
Email: Merrion Baker

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 student support and advice. I am passionate about helping people and look forward to supporting you along your education journey and success.

Mariam Almasri
Student Support Adviser (Postgraduate and Southwest University)
Email: Mariam Almasri

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 six 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; Students of Refugee Background)
Email: Erica Farrelly

Student support adviser Jina Kim

Jina Kim

My background is Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Language and Literature, plus PGCertEd: working over eight years in secondary schools, including Auckland Grammar School as a part of the International department team, ensuring student safety, wellbeing, and integration for students’ success academically and personally.

My passion has been supporting students to pursue excellence in a balanced way and to strive for personal bests while being well-rounded global citizens. I am always keen to learn and share how to support students to build their own sense of autonomy and to have positive learning experiences. 

Jina Kim

Student Support Adviser

Email: Jina Kim

Sharon Televave

Tēnā tātou katoa, Talofa Lava and warm Pacific greetings!

My background is in anthropology (more specifically ethnomusicology and education), tutoring, academic learning development, mentoring, and providing academic and pastoral support to tertiary students - in particular Māori and Pacific students.

I have worked at the University for a long time now, in various faculties and service divisions.

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

Fa’afetai tele lava.

Sharon Televave 

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

Making appointments

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Academic Advisers

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Advisers for undergraduates

Advisers for postgraduates