TOP STORY: Professor Nicolas Whybrow is Retiring
Professor Nicolas Whybrow is retiring early at the end of October 2020 owing to recent ill health. He is a long-time member of Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick, joining in February 2004. A former Head of School (2014-2017), Nicolas taught across a range of modules, most notably Performance and the Contemporary City and Live Art and Performance. In 2010 he won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.
Nicolas played a leading role in the University’s research culture, being appointed as thematic lead for two of its GRPs, Sustainable Cities and Connecting Cultures. In 2017-2020 he was the PI on a 3-year AHRC-funded practice-as-research project entitled Sensing the City, which culminated in a multi-medial exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and an edited book, Urban Sensographies (2021). Meanwhile, his book Contemporary Art Biennials in Europe: the Work of Art in the Complex City appeared in 2020.
Further details about Nicolas are available on his staff profile on the Theatre and Performance Studies website. Happily, he retains his connection to the University as Emeritus Professor.
Statement regarding the recent University disciplinary hearing
Department of Theatre & Performance Studies statement in relation to the recent student disciplinary case
The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies joins with colleagues across the University to express its commitment to values of equality, dignity and respect, and condemn the comments made in the group chat that gave rise to the recent disciplinary proceedings. An update on the case can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/group_chat_update_and_further_information
We have contributed to recent consultation concerning the case and welcome the Vice Chancellor’s update, along with the commitment to a restatement of the values that underpin the university, and a review of the disciplinary procedures that uphold these values. We look forward to engaging as a community with this important work. We hold that the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is of paramount concern. Whilst our Department has not been directly involved in this case, we express our ongoing support for those affected by it. We would like to reassure our students, members of our alumni community, prospective students and other colleagues of our continuing commitment to values of equality, dignity, respect and inclusion.
Any students who need support in relation to this or any other incident should contact their Personal Tutor, the Department’s Senior Tutor, the Academic Administrator – Engagement, or the Head of Department. Further to this, you may wish to contact University services and offices listed below:
Dignity at Warwick: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/dignityatwarwick
The Residential Life Team: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/residentiallife/rlt/
Warwick Wellbeing Support: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/studentsupport
Independent Sexual Violence Adviser:https://warwick.ac.uk/services/supportservices/preventionandsupport/sexualviolence/supportforsurvivors/isva/
Warwick Students’ Union: https://www.warwicksu.com/