Meet the Advice Team
Vics Brown – Advice Manager
I love that my role enables me to support students at Exeter to ensure that you are well informed and hopefully get the best outcomes possible with whatever you are going through. I have a background in Housing, criminal justice, drugs and alcohol and working with vulnerable individuals who have experienced abuse. This links well with my role as one of the University Dignity and Respect advisors. As well as working directly with students to support and advise you I am also working on systems and actions that create a great service that meets the needs of students.
Claire Botham – Student Advisor Widening Participation Specialist
My role enables me to support students who have had the added pressure of coming from difficult and emotional situations before university and I am here to guide you through some of the financial and emotional difficulties you may encounter in your university journey.
My background is working with vulnerable families and safeguarding so I can use that experience in my role as an advisor to ensure the students are safe, supported, respected and valued.
Helen Kongialis – Student Advisor
My experience within the education sector spans 18 years, working both within community education and within an FE College. I am passionate about making a difference for those embarking upon their learning journey. My role as a Student Advisor, enables me to utilise a range of transferable skills and to provide essential support and guidance to our students.
Dave Newport – Student Advisor
I am passionate about working with students to help them to get the most out of their time at university. I have a particular interest in mental health and I am keen to support students to reach out for help.
I have always been keen to do a job that makes a difference - my background to this role includes working in widening participation and the homeless sector. I also studied at Exeter and I love that I am able to give back to the university community.
Kim White – Student Advisor
I am very happy to be part of a team which gives students advice to support them with their University experience. Also, to support individuals to get the best possible outcome. I have experience working with vulnerable adults to seek and maintain housing, supporting asylum seekers and refugees, and working with foster carers. Finally, my most recent role was based within the University of Exeter and I have support students with health, wellbeing and the impacts this maybe having on their studies. With all my roles I have gained many skills which are all relevant to ensure students feel supported and valued when they are seeking out advice.