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Restorative Justice in HE

Led by Dr Jane Bryan (Law) and Dr Imogen Davies (WMS), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Explore how Restorative Justice works in other institutions (within and outside of HE)
  • Explore the literature on Restorative Justice and develop an evidence base relevant to Warwick
  • Engage with stakeholders from across the university and explore ways in which Restorative Justice processes might be used at Warwick

Upcoming events: save the dates

Please join the RJ in HE listserv to be kept updated on these and other event details (email

Warwick staff are invited to join the Restorative justice practices at Warwick Microsoft Team)

16 June 2021 12-1.30 pm

Kick-off meeting of the Restorative Practices in Higher Education network

The aim of this network is to give colleagues who are interested in restorative practices in HE to come together to introduce our initiatives, share experiences and strategies for growth and embedding of activities, and begin to develop solutions to common problems.

We hope that the network will provide opportunities for collaboration as well as learning, and we welcome suggestions from you about the role the network can play in supporting our individual activities.

Booking link here: Restorative Justice in Higher Education Network (


30 June 2021 3-4.30 pm  

WIHEA seminar: 'How to build a restorative university' with Dr Lindsey Pointer

Lindsey Pointer (Vermont Law School) has had a lot of success implementing restorative practices in universities in New Zealand and the US and will be sharing her experiences around some of the challenges and opportunities.

Booking link: WIHEA Seminar: 'How to build a restorative university' (


22 July 2021 3-5.30 pm  

WIHEA seminar: An online screening of a film on RJ 'Circles' with a live online talk with the maker of the film Cassidy Friedman and the central character, Eric

Circles introduces us to Eric, a dedicated high school counsellor who struggles to balance the energy he pours into supporting his at-risk students and his relationship with his own son.

WIHEA Seminar: An online screening of a film on RJ 'Circles' with live talk with filmmaker Cassidy Friedman and the central character, Eric Butler (

 In development

RJ and campus sexual assault workshop with Professor Tim Chapman and Tony Walker (Autumn 2021)

Previous events

WIHEA Seminar: What would RJ at Warwick look like?

A staff and student seminar to consider how Restorative Justice could fit into the Warwick Context.

Thursday, 13 May (1:30-3pm) (via Microsoft Teams)

Following on from the WIHEA Symposium 'Restorative Justice in Higher Education' on 22 April 2021 which looked at the higher education context generally, this webinar was an opportunity for staff and students at Warwick to explore how restorative justice (RJ) practices could fit within our practices, for example, in teaching or dealing with disagreement or discipline (such as plagiarism).

Dr Amanda Wilson (Warwick Law School), one of the speakers at the Symposium co-led the session together with Dr Imogen Davies (Warwick Medical School) and Dr Jane Bryan (Warwick Law School). They spoke in more detail about some of the advantages Warwick may enjoy if RJ were to be integrated within its practices and some things that would need to be considered.

This was a supportive space where innovative ideas can be discussed and considered amongst peers. There was no need for prior knowledge of RJ nor attendance at the Symposium.

Who was this event aimed at?  

All Warwick staff and students but particularly those with an interest in conflict management, such as students and staff involved in managing teams (including leading seminars), discipline, academic integrity, and residential life.

Booking form: more detail of the events including the padlets with the thoughts of participants.

WIHEA Symposium: 'Restorative Justice in Higher Education'

2pm - 5pm, Thu, 22 Apr '21 Export as iCalendar
Location: Online

How universities react when students have harmed others is challenging for many reasons. Traditional disciplinary measures can often feel inappropriate, but alternatives can be difficult to imagine. This symposium brings together experts with experience of RJ in a range of contexts, who will examine the rationale, extent and effectiveness of restorative justice and its place in a higher education setting as a possible way to repair harm and re-educate the harmer about the needs and values of the university community.

A recording of this event can be found at the link below. This event was of interest to those in the university community with an interest in conflict management, such as Heads of Departments, Discipline teams, Academic Integrity leads, residential life teams and many others.

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