Your Learning Advisors

We are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and passionate about supporting you.

Plus, we’ve all been there before. Whether it's your first semester, or you've started a new degree, or you're up against a challenging task in your postgraduate course, we can relate.

We may not know everything about the specific content of your assignments, but we know a great deal about the skill of academic writing and how to meet the expectations of your assignments.

Meet your learning advisors

Michael writing centre mentor

Hello! I am Michael.

I am the Coordinator of the Writing Centre.

I have an MPhil in Philosophy, in which I researched the logic and nature of vagueness. I've taught in philosophy and interdisciplinary courses, and I love helping students develop confidence and competence in their thinking and writing.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, playing chess, and reading about political economy. 

Elise writing centre mentor

Hi, I'm Elise.

My PhD research examines the representation of victims in Ukrainian genocide survivor memoirs and what these representations can tell us about how survivors process trauma discursively. I am also an education researcher with an interest in the digital transformation of education, engaging curriculum design, cross-cultural communication, and international student learning experiences.

When I'm not researching, I enjoy learning languages and exploring the world through food.

Ali Reid updated photo

Hi, I'm Ali.

I am currently undertaking a PhD in Anthropology, exploring the lived experiences of refugee supporters in South Australia.

I hold a First Class Honours in Anthropology and a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies (now known as International Development).

I have an addiction to second-hand bookshops and op-shopping in general. When I have some rare free time, I enjoy doing Pilates, working with textiles, painting, reading, and finding new music on Spotify! I am also a passionate defender of human rights, with a particular interest in supporting refugees and asylum seekers.


Michelle writing mentor

Hello! I’m Michelle.

I have a PhD in Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts and a First Class Honours in International Studies. I have taught English and Creative Writing at the University.

I love making things up (mostly for creative writing), reading, photography, painting and hanging out with animals.


Anna writing mentor

Hello, I'm Anna.

I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in experimental and theoretical physics, and am now a postgraduate student researching and writing about high-energy particles.

In my spare time I love hiking, visiting the oldest second-hand bookshops I can find and staying up too late writing short stories.


Renee Gale Writing Mentor

Hello! I'm Renee.

I have a BEd and a Grad Cert in Arts, Writing. I am currently specialising in teaching English as a second language (TESOL). 

I am passionate about learning from different cultures, reading, music and supporting other writers.


Tiana Blazevic

Hello! My name is Tiana and I am a research student in Ancient History.

My thesis looks at the reception of Ancient Egyptian theology and ritual in late antique Greek philosophy and magic. I like to read poetry, watch Netflix and spend time with my two dogs. I also work at the Adelaide Festival Centre and if you see me around campus humming it is likely a musical number.


Anj Foley

Hello, I'm Anj.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in languages, a first-class Honours in History (for which I was awarded the Tinline Prize), a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in TESOL and an MPhil in Creative Writing. I have taught French, History and English in secondary schools and English to adult migrants in the tertiary sector. This year I am continuing with my Bachelor of Languages and am undertaking Advanced German.

I love learning other languages, travelling, reading history, and writing stories. I also enjoy staying fit. I look forward to helping you at the Writing Centre.

Emma Muhlack

Hi! I'm Emma.

As well as being a learning advisor at the Writing Centre, I'm a teaching academic in Public Health. My PhD thesis was on the social significance of alcohol consumption in middle aged populations.

I also have an academic background in English, Philosophy, and Communication. In my spare time, I'm a musician, a sailor, a voracious reader, a writer, and a D&D player.


Katherine Arguile

Hello, I'm Katherine.

I hold a PhD in Creative Writing, an MA in Post-War British Art and a BSc in Health Sciences. As an undergraduate at Cambridge I completed my BA (Honours) in Sinology and the History of Art.

Besides being a Learning Advisor, I'm an author and arts journalist with a tiny coffee shop in the city called Booknook & Bean. I enjoy printmaking, dancing, music, karaoke, cats and wild birds (kept well apart), baking sourdough and fermenting Japanese pickles.


Aaron Owen

Hi, I'm Aaron.

I'm currently undertaking a PhD program in Development Studies between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham. My research explores human rights-based approaches to early childhood education for refugee children. I have taught international Development subjects and have a passion for supporting students to reach their potential and achieve success in their studies.

Off campus, I'm a cricket tragic, keen gardener and love reading classic literature.


Manoj Badu

Hi, I am Manoj.

I have a research and teaching background in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. In my PhD, I researched the effects of forest use activities on catchment water production in the subtropical region of Nepal.

I enjoy reading, bush-care work, gardening and cricket. I also coach junior soccer and like to play a social game most weekends.