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About us

STUDYSmarter helps students with their study, communication, maths, writing and research skills.

Our aim is to provide innovative services to equip students of all capabilities with the language and learning needs required to achieve their academic potential.

We also have a range of resources to support staff.

Meet the STUDYSmarter team!

Photo of Siri Barrett-Lennard Siri Barrett-Lennard (manager)

An English Language and Study Skills Adviser, Siri is fascinated by the way people think and express ideas. She enjoys interacting with students and devising new ways to assist them to excel in their studies. Included in her innovations are the English Language Corner, the Language and Cultural Exchange Program, and English Language and Academic Communication I and II. Siri also helped establish UWA Toastmasters, the Association for Academic Language and Learning, and STUDYSmarter. Siri received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2011 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Photo of Dhammi Azariadis Dr Dhammi Azariadis

Dhammi has a background in languages. She has completed her PhD in French and Francophone literature at the University of Western Australia. She has extensive experience in teaching French and English in both secondary and tertiary education. Dhammi is particularly interested in critical distinctions between culturally defined learning models, difficulties of international students in transitioning from one learning model to another and its implications for academic writing in English.

Photo of Fiona Burrows Dr Fiona Burrows

Fiona has a background in English Literature and is particularly interested in the interdisciplinary links between science and the arts. She has taught writing at university in both a critical and creative context, and believes that passion and creativity are integral to learning in all fields.

Photo of Geoff Coates Geoff Coates

Geoff has worked at the front line of university transition in various roles, including lecturer/tutor of first year maths/stats units, lecturer/course designer of pre-tertiary numeracy bridging courses and providing academic support to new students through one-on-one consultations and workshops. He enjoys helping people become confident tertiary students, in particular those who think they will never be good at maths and/or stats.

Photo of Sarah Evamy Sarah Evamy

Sarah has worked in universities for over 26 years and enjoys assisting and advising all students on a range of academic and non-academic issues. She is particularly interested in students' university experiences including their expectations, concerns, and engagement.  Sarah has a Masters in Marketing and is currently studying a Doctor of Education at UWA.

Photo of Meriel Griffiths Dr Meriel Griffiths

Meriel has a professional background in secondary education and taught in the UK and Australia before completing a PhD in English and Cultural Studies at UWA. She enjoys working with students to develop their skills in academic writing, critical thinking and public speaking as well as helping them to improve their study skills.

Photo of Lucy Halsall Dr Lucy Halsall

Lucy thoroughly enjoys interacting with students and believes it is important to provide a positive and comfortable environment that allows everyone to engage in and enjoy their learning. She has a background in education and a particular interest in supporting students who are beginning researchers.

Photo of Adam Nicol Dr Adam Nicol

Adam has a PhD in English, with a research background in nineteenth-century literature and science. He began teaching at UWA in 2007, and has worked in equity, access and transition initiatives.

Photo of Veronica Ong Dr Veronica Ong

Veronica has worked in the areas of academic literacies development and learning support for over 18 years at universities in Australia and Singapore. Her work has focused predominantly on the design and delivery of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs, Post-entry English Language Assessments (PELA), embedded discipline-specific academic literacies support, and transitioning students to university studies. Veronica has a PhD in Education, specialising in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney.

Photo fo Sanna Peden Dr Sanna Peden

Sanna has a PhD in contemporary European film and a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. She has been a lecturer and tutor at UWA for many years and her research has been published internationally. She does not use the Oxford comma, but wishes no specific harm to those who do.

Photo of Isabel Rossen Dr Isabel Rossen

Izzy completed a PhD in social and political psychology at UWA. She has lectured and tutored undergraduate psychology for several years, and has also supervised honours research projects. She is particularly interested in the psychology of teaching and learning and how this research can be applied to improve the student experience.