Marina Fox

Marina Fox

Head of the Chiropractic Academic Programme, New Zealand College of Chiropractic
Master of Education student

It sounds challenging, but Marina Fox says that AUT has made it possible to combine postgraduate study with working full-time and bringing up a family.

“The university and its staff are supportive, encouraging and made something I thought would be very difficult, in terms of time, much more comfortable. AUT’s degree structure allows for comfortable part-time study.”

Improving health and wellbeing
Marina, who is completing her Master of Education, has worked in education for the past 15 years. She currently works at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC), and came to AUT to improve what she can offer her students.

“Expanding my knowledge base in education has been essential for the improvement and development of our programme,” she says.

Marina says she benefitted from knowledgeable academic staff as well as the diverse group of classmates.

“The breadth of knowledge of my supervisor and other lecturers has been invaluable. The interaction with classmates from other teaching backgrounds has also provided some great ideas to apply in my own work environment.”

Opening doors
The opportunity to undertake further study has been an effective way to fast-track her career, Marina says.

“The Master of Education has given me a great knowledge base as well as practical skills to improve my performance as an educator.”

Marina’s research aims to advance chiropractic education.

“I want to improve the delivery of the chiropractic programme and use it as a template for other chiropractic colleges to apply to their programmes.”

Finding balance
Time management is always a challenge, but Marina says AUT provides a supportive environment that enables achievement.

“The lecturers are great to communicate with. If you ask for the help you need, they are willing to give you the time and the help to complete each assessment. Don’t doubt yourself, just do it.

“Before coming to AUT, I investigated several options and talked to colleagues who had completed various master’s degrees and doctorates from universities in Auckland. AUT came highly recommended. It offered the best topic choices for my situation, and the flexibility I needed to complete my master’s degree part-time while continuing to work.”