Tracey Grant, one of the Senior Wardens of Warwick’s Residential Life Team, was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2018 receiving an MBE for services to higher education.
Tracey has served the University, and our local community for over 30 years. She started out working in Warwick’s Finance Office in 1987 in the cash office and then supporting the work of the University’s Earned Income Group. She has had many varied roles in Finance, such as implementing the University’s SAP finance system before being seconded as Finance Director for the Students’ Union, where she played a truly transformational role in the SU’s financial operations. She also taught financial management on Warwick’s MA in International Cultural Policy and Management when the degree was first established.
Alongside her work in Finance, Tracey has volunteered in the Residential Life Team and been Treasurer for the Friends of the Mead Gallery. Tracey joined the Residential Life Team as a Resident Tutor in Cryfield in 1992. She worked her way through various roles in the Residential Life Team in different halls (Rootes and Jack Martin) before transferring back to Cryfield as Warden in 1998. She met her husband at the University and lives on campus with her family. Supporting students is now her substantive role at Warwick as she became one of the University’s Senior Wardens in January 2017.
In addition to her busy workload, she is a local Parish Councillor for the University ward on the Burton Green Parish Council, and is currently assistant Chair of Burton Green Parish Council.
It is such an honour to receive a MBE, the news is only just sinking in and I am absolutely delighted. I feel passionately about the transformative effect that being here at Warwick has on students and it is a privilege to be able to support this. This award does not just reflect my contributions to student experience here at Warwick, it also reflects the hard work, dedication and inspiration of every member of staff and the amazing students I have had the honour to work and volunteer alongside during my time here at Warwick."
Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft said:
Tracey is a tremendous ambassador for the University. In the 31 years that she has worked at Warwick she has given guidance and support to thousands of students and their parents. She has also played key roles in both the University’s and the Students’ Union’s finance systems, helping establish the University’s SAP system, and a long secondment to the SU where she transformed the Students’ Union’s finance systems and advised several cohorts of student sabbatical officers and trustees. I am just one of a great many people on our campus who I know will be delighted to hear that she has received this honour.”