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Welfare Strategy Group

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 dependent childeren


Meera Unnikrishnan, WSG Co-Chair, Assistant Professor

Biomedical Science Division
Special interest in school outreach activities.

Married with two dependent children

Meera's Profile


Claire Algar, Equality & Diversity Coordinator, UoW, External to WMS

UoW - Equality and Diversity
Single Parent with two 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


Deborah Biggerstaff, Senior Teaching Fellow

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Deborah's Profile


Thomas Brooker, PhD Student

Postgraduate Research, Biomedical Sciences

Thomas Brokker

Rosemary Cragg, Unit Coordinator

Unit Coordinator, UHCW Campus, PULSE Champion

Rosemary Cragg

John Davey, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

John's Profile

John Davey

Chloe Guy, Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate - full-time, WMS MB ChB

Chloe Guy

A Hardy, Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate - full-time, WMS MB ChB

Kirstie Haywood, Principal Research Fellow

Social Science and Systems in Health Sciences

Kirstie's Profile


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

Tim Hunter

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”

Charles' Profile


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 two dependent children


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”

Sudhesh's Profile


Debbi Marais, Principal Teaching Fellow

Education and Wellbeing

Debbi's Profile

Debbi Marais

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.”


Rebecca Mole, MB ChB Examination Manager


Niki Morrow, Unit Coordinator (Clinical Trials Unit)


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


Paul Sutcliffe, Associate Professor

Populations, Evidence and Technologies, Lead for Disability

Paul's Profile

Paul Sutcliffe

Jane Warwick, Professor

Clinical Trials Unit

Jane's Profile


Hollie White, Senior Teaching Fellow

Social Science and Systems in Health Sciences


Early and Mid-Career Researchers Network Leads share attendance at the WSG Meetings

Nabil-Fareed Alikhan

Nabil-Fareed Alikhan

Senior Research Fellow
Microbiology & Infection


Raquel Nunes
Research Fellow, Statistics and Epidemiology in Health Sciences


Matthew O'Connell
Assistant Professor, Social Science and Systems in Health Sciences