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Equality and Diversity

At Warwick Law School we aim for our student and staff population to truly reflect and represent contemporary society. We believe that in so doing, we encourage the very best talent to succeed. We look at ways in which we can assist people of all genders, all races, and from all walks of life to join us at Warwick.

Widening Participation

Warwick Law School has an active outreach programme for schools and colleges. Coordinated by our enthusiastic Widening Participation Officer, Becca Kirk, our academic staff, researchers and PhD students put on events and activities with young people both on campus and in schools.

We invite groups of school students to our Department for Taster Days in order to introduce the study of Law at university and give a taste of campus life, seminars and lectures. The purpose of the day is to provide a taster of what university life is like and specifically to allow students to experience what it is like to study Law at Warwick.

We also visit schools and colleges to provide lectures, seminars and workshops about some of the research going on in the Department or to teach the fundamentals of the subject.

For year 12 students we run a 'Writing Wrongs' School Project, a series of workshops to give students skills and support to create a piece of writing based on social justice issues.

Who do we work with?

We work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and our projects aim to widen access to university for under represented students. Priority is given to local schools and schools who serve disadvantaged communities (based on widening participation data for your school, which includes the proportion of pupil premium and FSM students, average performance at KS5 and postcode information).

We do not charge for any of our outreach activities.

On being accepted on to a degree programme within the Law School, applicable students also have the opportunity to apply for the Multi-cultural Scholars’ Programme scholarship.

Thinking about University?

Useful information for potential students, parents and teachers.

Want to know more?

If you would like to have more information about our range of outreach activities please contact:

Becca Kirk
Widening Participation Officer
Tel: 024 765 24990
b dot kirk at warwick dot ac dot uk

Gender Equality

Warwick Law School is committed to furthering gender equality within higher education.

Athena Swan

Since 2014 our Self-Assessment Team has been reviewing policies and practices on gender equality in the Law School and in November 2016 we submitted our application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Gender Equality Charter Mark.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2005. Initially focused on the careers of women in science, in 2015 it was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. Its remit also expanded to include those in professional and support roles, and work done to support trans staff and students.

The aim of the Charter is now to recognise the advancement of gender equality more broadly – ‘representation, progression and success for all.’

The Self-Assessment Team has been led by Dr Helen Toner and she will be continuing to lead our Equality and Diversity Committee. The committee will monitor the implementation of the Action Plan and develop wider issues relating to Equality and Diversity within WLS.

If you would like to be involved or have any questions please contact Helen (

Athena Swan at Warwick

University Policy

Faculty Policy

Dr Anil Awesti (Widening Participation Officer) manages the department's school/college partnerships and organises the department's outreach activities. He is also co-director of the Law School's Multicultural Scholars' Programme (MSP). His work focuses on the research and practice of the department's strategy for widening access to students from low-participation backgrounds.
Dr Jane Bryan (Principal teaching fellow, Director of Student Experience and Director of Admissions) studied at Warwick as an undergraduate and for her PhD. After starting her family and then gaining her PhD, she progressed from a Teaching Fellowship to Senior Teaching Fellow and now Principal Teaching Fellow.
Joanna Cope (Director of Administration, maternity cover) joined WLS in September 2015 on secondment from her position as Departmental Business Manager in the Psychology department of Goldsmith’s University in London.
Satwant Kaur (PhD student, Part-time Tutor) has an undergraduate (LLB) and Masters degree (MSc) from the University of Leicester. She completed her LLM at WLS in 2012 and commenced her PhD in 2014 with a scholarship from the ESRC. She administers the Centre for Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE) and is currently undertaking an internship at the International Criminal Court.
Sundu Madise (PhD student, Part-time Tutor) joined WLS in 2013. He has BSc, LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi and an LLM from the University of Western Cape. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Authority. He is also Resident Tutor at Gosford (Westwood). He has made presentations at Widening Participation meetings.
Maria Ovens (Director of Administration) has had a variety of administrative roles at Warwick University since 2010. Before that she worked as a project manager at the University of Bristol, having started her career as a researcher in speech recognition and synthesis technology. She has a BA from the University of Sheffield and an MSc from University College London.
Susanna Pinkney (Student Experience Officer) studied Classics at Warwick, graduating in 2010, and worked in the Law School administration between 2013 and 2016. She contributed to the first phase of the self-assessment process in her role as undergraduate administrator with particular responsibility for student experience, communications, and our exchange programmes.
Professor Rebecca Probert (Head of Department) has a BA from Oxford and an LLM from UCL. She joined WLS as a Lecturer in 2002 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and to Professor in 2010. She was acting Head of School January-July 2014, and Head of School from September 2015.
Dr Sharifah Sekalala (Assistant Professor) has an undergraduate degree from Makerere University in Uganda and is a member of the Ugandan Bar. She also has an LLM from the University of Nottingham. She then completed her PhD at WLS and was successively appointed as an Early Career Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in WLS, and Assistant Professor.
Dr Adam Slavny (Assistant Professor, Director of First Year Studies) obtained both his undergraduate and PhD degrees at WLS (moving to KCL for his Masters) and progressed from a Teaching Fellowship to Assistant Professor in 2014.
Dr Helen Toner (Principal Teaching Fellow and Director of Student Support & Wellbeing) studied at Cambridge, then trained at the Bar and obtained her LLM from the LSE before teaching and doctoral research at Oxford. She has worked in WLS since 2004. She has been Senior Tutor with oversight of student support and pastoral issues in the department since 2009, and has taken advantage of some mental health and introductory counselling training provided through the University.
Policies and Resources

Dignity at Warwick
The University is committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all University members (staff and students) are treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

Diversity and Inclusion
The University is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. All colleagues are encouraged to complete an e-learning module on Diversity in the Workplace.

Wellbeing at Warwick
The University aims to promote colleagues’ well-being through support for flexible working, keeping active, healthcare schemes, parental leave and time off for dependants, Occupational Health, and counselling.

Email Etiquette
The School has agreed that as colleagues we should try to have face-to-face meetings rather than relying on email, avoid emails over the weekend wherever possible (at least ones requiring an immediate reply), and generally adhere to good email etiquette

Career development
Advice on probation, staff development, annual reviews (DPRs) and promotion can be found on our intranet. The University also runs annual ‘Demystifying Promotion’ events.

Staff leave
Policies on annual leave (including purchasing additional leave) and study leave.

Support for parents
Advice on maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental leave; baby changing facilities on campus, the University’s mentoring scheme for returning parents and the Working Parents Network.

Warwick Academic Returners Fellowship
This enables academic colleagues to be freed from teaching and administrative responsibilities upon their return from maternity leave and refocus on research

Warwick Conference Support Awards
Awards of up to £100 are available to academic, research active staff and those in appropriate support or administrative posts to help support the extra child-care costs associated with attendance at conferences.