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10: General Information

Outside the classroom

As part of induction week, we will be organising a number of sporting activities. We also run two weekly sports activities during term time: Zumba class on Monday afternoons and Football on Sunday afternoons. These are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students and staff outside the classroom and have fun while exercising.

Links are given below to some further information about University activities outside of the classroom:

Sports Centre 

Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Volunteers

Lord Rootes Memorial Fund 

Music Centre 

Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) 

University community values and expectations

At Warwick, we value our diverse and international community, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and research with real impact. We nurture intellectual challenge and rational, rigorous debate. We want to support our students and each other to become critical thinkers and collaborative yet, independent, learners – individuals with a global and sustainable outlook, who are able to make an active and positive contribution to society. At the same time, we are committed to working towards a supportive, accessible and inclusive environment within which all members of our community can successfully learn, work, live and socialise.

We uphold the importance, not only of freedom of thought and expression, but also the significance of academic and personal integrity, equality and diversity, and mutual respect and consideration for the rights, safety and dignity of all.

We place great importance on the responsible behaviour of both our students and staff at Warwick. It is important for you, as a student, to have an idea of Warwick’s core values and an understanding of the primary expectations of student members of the Warwick community. Take a look at the following to help you understand what this means for you:

Equal Opportunities Statement: The promotion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion concerns all of us and is the responsibility of all members of our community. It is expected that we will all contribute to ensuring that the University of Warwick continues to be a safe, welcoming and productive environment, where there is equality of opportunity, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences. We understand that simply having diversity in our work force and student body is not enough; we must create an inclusive environment where all people can contribute and reach their full potential.

Inclusion is engaging the uniqueness and talents, beliefs, backgrounds, capabilities and ways of working of all individuals, joined in a common endeavour, to create a culture of belonging, in which people feel valued and respected

What’s Expected of Students at Warwick, which summarises key expectations for students and signposts to associated support.

Dignity at Warwick Policy, setting out how our differences are respected and valued and how we aim to prevent and address harassment and bullying.

University Strategy, which sets our vision as a world-class university and our values.

Warwick Student Community Statement, which sets out aims for the University as well as for students.

University Calendar, the main ‘rule book’ and includes ordinances and regulations which you need to be aware of, including examinations, cheating, use of computing facilities and behaviour.

Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides quick and easy links to University regulations, policies and guidelines that govern what you can expect from the University and what you need to adhere to as a student.

Other policies and regulations

Useful forms

Health and Safety

The University has published a Health, Safety and Wellbeing policy.

The Department considers that high standards of health and safety are of paramount importance in enabling us to achieve our objectives. We view compliance with legal requirements as the minimum acceptable health and safety standard. We are committed to planning, reviewing and development of health and safety arrangements, in line with changes in health and safety legislation, in order to achieve a continual improvement in performance.

All staff, students and others working in the Department are expected to adopt a positive attitude to health and safety issues and must comply with appropriate legal requirements and University requirements as laid down in the University’s Health and Safety Policy.

Key Contacts

  • Head of Department, Professor Jeremy Smith, holds the ultimate responsibility for the health and safety within the Department.
  • Departmental Health and Safety Officer, Sarah Duggan, for maintenance, monitoring, development and implementation of health and safety policy and practices in the Department (
  • Facilities Assistant, Colin Ellis, for fire, first aid, building/facilities issues (
  • HR Officer, Lisa Hayes, for health and wellbeing (

More comprehensive information on each area of health, safety and wellbeing aspects are detailed below.

Fire, First Aid and Security

In the event of:


When fire alarms are active, the department's assembly point is at the REAR OF THE ARTS CENTRE.

Our Fire Evacuation Warden is Colin Ellis, ext. 28185, room S0.88.

Report any fire incident immediately to the University's Security Control Centre, ext. 22222 or by mobile phone 02476522222


The location of First Aid boxes are rooms S0.88 and S1.130 Our First Aiders are Colin Ellis and Sharon Yarrow.

If Emergency services are required, contact the University's Security Control Centre, ext. 22222 or by mobile phone 02476522222


Report any suspicious behaviour to the Campus Security Control Centre, ext. 22083.

For Emergency services, contact the Security's Control Centre, ext. 22222 or by mobile phone 02476522222.

The Campus Security team is part of the People Group and has a primary focus on safeguarding everyone within the University's campus community, 24 hours a day - 365 days a year, and work extremely closely with all departments who are concentrated on ensuring the best possible service for students, staff and visitors.

Children on campus

The Department is a ‘designated work area’ and is covered by the Shops, Offices and Railway Premises Act 1963. Among other things, this means that the building is designed and equipped to be safe when used by responsible adults, but it is not a safe environment for children. When children are brought into the Department their escorts are personally responsible for ensuring that they are at all times safe and protected from the hazards of a working environment and from the behaviour of people who do not expect children to be around. Under no circumstances should children be allowed to wander unaccompanied or to operate office equipment. Members of staff are not empowered to accept responsibility for children and must not be asked to do so.


The information in this Handbook is as accurate and up-to-date as we can make it. Statements of departmental policy are made in good faith and are an honest attempt to describe current practices, but they do not replace entries in University regulations. In the event of uncertainty the University Calendar and Regulations take precedence.