Care 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 Student Support Advisers are here to provide care and support during your time studying in Science. You can speak through your pastoral care needs with one of our friendly Student Support Advisers in a safe and judgment-free space. This may include concerns about managing your workload, how your wellbeing is impacting your studies or any personal/emotional needs you wish to talk through.

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

Kia ora koutou.

I’m Erica and I’m here to support you through your university journey and link you in with a range of services. I recognise these past years have been incredibly challenging and I am here to listen and talk to about this and any further barriers or challenges you may be experiencing.

A bit about me – I was on the pilot programme for the MATES Mentoring programme when I was in high-school. I am proud to have come from the South Auckland community and know how important it is to have a sense of community which I try to create on campus.

I have 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 and I continue to volunteer in the English language space.

Please send an email - I am happy to offer a Zoom or face-to-face appointment.

Erica Farrelly
Student Support Adviser (International; Students of Refugee Background)
Email: Erica Farrelly

Lizzie Tafili 

Kia ora koutou and Tālofa lava! Ko Lizzie toku ingoa and I am a Student Support Advisor for ākonga Māori and Pasifika. I am passionate about journeying alongside students, by encouraging and empowering them to find whanuangatanga at the university and navigate them towards academic success.

I hold qualifications in biomedical science and youth development. My career background is in academic tuition and youth and community work across a range of contexts.

I am always up for a kōrero, and look forward to supporting you throughout your time at Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Lizzie Tafili 

Student Support Adviser (Maori and Pacific)

EmailLizzie Tafili

Make an appointment

Use our online booking system to make an appointment with one of our student support advisers. Appointments can be carried in person or via Zoom. More information is available on the booking site.

If you don't have an appointment, feel free to contact the Student Hubs.