Valerie Laryea

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Student Adviser Valerie Laryea

What I do

Hi, I’m Valerie. I am the Student Adviser for Anthropology and the Institute of Archaeology and I am here for you as a key point of contact during the first year of your undergraduate studies. I am available to discuss any wellbeing, support, and student experience matters.

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Working within the Student Support and Wellbeing team, I will be hosting a range of events and activities during term time to support your Social bonding, Skills for life and Wellbeing at university. Explore the workshops and activities you can join throughout the academic year listed below, then click 'Book a space on an event' to reserve your place. 

Term 1: September 25th - December 15th 2023
Your Guide to thrive - managing your wellbeing and workload - 20th November @ 14:00 - 15:30

It can be challenging at times to manage both your wellbeing and workload, yet this balancing act is essential for your academic progress. So, how can you do it? Come along to this workshop for practical tips and advice and to participate in interactive activities that will help you maintain your wellbeing and manage your workload successfully. This workshop will be followed by a social event, so you'll also get to know your peers better. Please come along!

Term 2: January 8th - March 22nd 2024

Your SHS Student Advisers present the Social and Historical Sciences Scavenger Hunt! Get ready to shake off those winter blues and embark on a quest filled with clues, challenges, and fantastic prizes.

Form a team of up to 5 members (or come alone and we will put you in a team!), sign up using the link above, and come along to the Anthropology Common Room at 2pm. Once there, you will receive your briefing, including a map, clues, and the official scavenger hunt rules!



As part of SSW's Exam Season Toolkit, your SHS Student Advisers present Relax, Rest, Revise, Repeat!

If you've been feeling stressed and in need of a break, unsure with where to start with your revision, or just in the mood for some self-care, then this is the event for you! 

From revision tips and tricks, mindfulness chocolate tasting, temporary tattoos, and plenty of arts and crafts, there's something for everyone. We'll have FREE cakes, snacks and drinks, with plenty of space to ask any questions you may have. Let us know you'll be coming by booking using the link above, and head to the Phineas Bar between 2-4pm on Wed 13th March. We can't wait to see you!

Term 3: April 22nd - June 7th 2024

More information coming soon.

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Who am I?

About Valerie

What was your experience of further or higher education like?

I really enjoyed seeing the results of the hard work I put in throughout my studies. Although my learning experience was challenging at times, it helped me to develop both personally and professionally and I was able to identify areas I am interested in. 

Who or what made the biggest positive impact on you when you were studying?  

My family and my placement tutor - Sonia Gardner. 

And how did they support you?

My family have always been a great support system for me. They especially helped me to stay focused and motivated whilst studying and they helped me to put things into perspective when I felt overwhelmed. 

Sonia was always so friendly and approachable. She offered a safe and comforting space for me to openly express my feelings and reflect on my placement and she was a great source of encouragement. 

What working achievements or initiatives are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the meaningful work I’ve completed with the young people and families I’ve worked with, especially during the pandemic. I’ve really enjoyed using a variety of methods and approaches to ensure they’re receiving the right support. It’s always lovely to see how much joy it brings a young person and their family when they achieve their goals. 

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Grow through what you go through.  

What would it surprise people to know about you?

A poem I wrote when I was 9 years old is published in a book.