Warwick Medical School's commitment to equality and support for staff and students is guided and driven by the Welfare Strategy Group (WSG).
WSG members are from all areas of WMS with a wealth of differing experiences in staff and student welfare. The group includes academics, non-academics and students. Our united purpose is to facilitate the advancement of both women and men in their careers as staff or students within a caring environment. We aim to enable people to work productively and positively towards high quality education and research.
Originally formed as the ‘Welfare and Communications Group’ (WCG), the group evolved into the 'Welfare Strategy Group' (WSG). By broadening its gender equality remit to encompass the welfare of students and staff as a whole, we embrace the wider departmental working, environment and culture.
WSG is accountable to the Senior Management Team, who in turn report to the Board of Faculty of Medicine
Graham Partridge, WSG Co-Chair, Head of Human Resources
Human Resources, link to Senior Management Group
“A key aspect of my remit is to develop, maintain and support equality, diversity and inclusion in the School. Having recently joined the School, it is pleasing to witness the vital role that the Welfare Strategy Group plays in monitoring the effectiveness of the inclusiveness, equality and diversity in our workforce.”
Married with two children, ages 7 and 5.
Claire Algar, Equality & Diversity Coordinator, UoW, External to WMS
UoW - Equality and Diversity
Single Parent with 2 dependent daughters
Sandra Beaufoy, University Equality and Diversity (E&D) Lead,
External to WMS
UoW - Equality and Diversity, AS Group
Married with caring responsibilities for elderly mother
Thomas Brooker, PhD Student
Postgraduate Research, Biomedical Sciences
Rosemary Cragg, Unit Coordinator
Unit Coordinator, UHCW Campus, PULSE Champion
Chloe Guy, Undergraduate Student
Undergraduate - full-time, WMS MB ChB
Jane Hodge, Chief Operating Officer
WMS, link to Senior Management Group
“I am responsible with the Dean for representing WSG activity to the School’s SMG. I believe that everyone, female or male, deserves to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect in life –including the life they live at work. The Welfare Strategy Group enables us to develop plans, deliver actions and continuously assess our performance in this regard.”
I have one adult daughter who is proud of her working mum.
Tim Hunter, Senior Assistant Registrar
Athena SWAN Delivery
Charles Hutchinson, Professor of Imaging
Integrated Clinical Training (IAT), link (Clinical)
“I am responsible for about 50 trainees and need to balance their academic and clinical training requirements. There is a positive drive to increase the number of female candidates not least because the male female balance in medical trainees is approaching 40:60”
Rebecca Kearney, Associate Professor
WMS Clinical Trials and clinical duties.
"I receive excellent support to work full time, from my husband and WMS."
Married with a 3 year old boy and a 2 year old girl.
Janine Kimpton, Technical Services Centre Manager
Technical Services and Health and Safety
“The thing I feel most strongly about is the role of technicians within particularly the research environment, and getting them the recognition they deserve as professionals for the roles they undertake.”
Married with 2 children, ages 19 and 16.
Sudhesh Kumar, Medical School Dean
WMS, link to Senior Management Group
“I am fully engaged in WSG to wholeheartedly promote equality within WMS; my wife and 2 daughters keep me grounded in this endeavour”
Claire McDonald, Head of Marketing and Communication
WMS Marketing, link to Senior Management Group
“I am a strong advocate of gender equality and as a professional woman actively seek to ensure that women are appropriated represented within the workplace. I am also particularly interested in working to develop a positive, collegiate culture within WMS ensuring that colleagues have opportunities to work and socialise together. As I believe that a happy and engaged workforce are vital for the success of an organisation.”
Dipesh Mistry, Research Fellow
WMS Clinical Trials Unit
Married with one dependent child (aged 2)
Daniel Mitchell, Principal Teaching Fellow
WMS MBChB Med Education
Sunita Palmer, Project Officer
Deans Office and Professional Support Services, Implementation
“I am a keen advocate, who challenges behaviours and actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion within my immediate environment and the department.”
Married with one dependent child (aged 6)
Judy Purkis, Senior Teaching Fellow
Paul Sutcliffe, Associate Professor
Populations, Evidence and Technologies, Lead for Disability
Meera Unnikrishnan, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Science Division
Special interest in school outreach activities.
Married with 2 children, aged 7 and 11.
Karl Waldron, Business Support Officer
Clinical Trials Unit, Administration
Married with a newborn.
Early and Mid-Career Researchers Network Leads share attendance at the WSG Meetings
Helen Atherton, Assistant Professor
Social Sciences & Systems in Health
Lena Alkhudairy, Research Fellow
Populations, Evidence & Technologies
Nabil-Fareed Alikhan, Senior Research Fellow
Microbiology & Infection
MB ChB Administration team share attendance at the WSG Meeting
Anjula Kang, Phase I Secretary
Emma Sweenie-Fuller, Phase II Secretary
Michelle Stokes, Phase III Secretary