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Meet the team

The Community Values Education Programme (CVEP) team

Our team forms part of the Dean of Students' Office. We are proud to be a diverse team who are passionate about improving the student experience. The Programme Managers (job-share) oversee the strategic direction of our work and the day-to-day implementation of activities and resources. Our course Tutors facilitate Active Bystander activities, and input on sub-projects. The Student Engagement team are current students at Warwick and support specific tasks or projects related to wider CVEP goals.

Puja Laporte - Programme Manager (Job-share)
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Hi! I am passionate about raising awareness of the Active Bystander approach and helping students to increase their confidence in taking safe action where appropriate. I enjoy co-creating resources with staff and students, engaging students in CVEP's activities, and listening to feedback to help improve the programme. I am currently focused on introducing new Warwick students to our offer and working with departments and the SU to implement our activities.

Puja works Tues-Fri.

Sam Parr - Programme Manager (Job-share, currently on secondment)

Welcome! I'm Sam (he/him), and I'm the Programme Manager for the Community Values Education Programme (CVEP). I'm passionate about connecting people with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to tackle barrier to becoming active bystanders and upholding community values. My background is in campaigns management and activism, helping people engage with work to improve their institutions and make their communities safer and more inclusive. I'm also the lead coordinator for the Queering University programme at Warwick, which supports staff and students at Warwick to develop, implement, share and sustain queer pedagogies and perspectives, and encourages teaching & learning, pastoral, and other practices that are inclusive of LGBTQUIA+ people.

Sam is currently on secondment from his role as the CVEP Programme Manager (job-share). Please contact Puja Laporte with any queries.

Nick Cherryman - Tutor
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Nick is a PhD student in the Centre for Study of Women and Gender. Their research looks at the construction and conceptualisation of the idea of the ‘human’ and of ‘gender’, with a focus on drag performance. They are a performance artist and a nationally recognised drag performer, and they perform regularly and have travelled around the UK for shows and talks. They are a recipient for the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence, and are and advocate and activist for LGBTQ+ rights. They have taught at the university for over 5 years, and their teaching is reflective and through-provoking. They have developed a reputation for exciting and unconventional ways of teaching and facilitation. They can be found on Instagram @Ibiprofane.

Alison Sham - Tutor

Hi, I’m Alison (She/Her). I have just completed an MSc in Intercultural Communications with Business and the Professions at Warwick. My dissertation explored identity construction within virtual meetings. Alongside delivering the CVEP workshops, I am a Progress Coach, mentoring those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). In the past, as a CIPD Associate, I have worked in various HR functions. I have also taught Mandarin as a foreign language and worked in the University well-being team providing support services to SEND students. I strongly believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. Alison enjoys watching Modern Family and Chinese chat shows and game shows.

Matt Ross - Tutor
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Hi, i'm Matt (He/Him), a professional Career Coach, CDI accredited and Masters in Career Guidance.

Specialist in supporting the employability of students, graduates and workers of all ages in a range of settings from Public Sector including school, FE, HE the Prison Service to the Private Sector, incorporating learners with varying abilities and challenges.

By developing meaningful relationships, (I also work with The Prince’s Trust and One Million Mentors), I empathise with my clients and tailor my guidance to help them make informed decisions about their career choices.

I am particularly passionate about supporting social mobility, widening participation, BAME and first-generation students.

Outside of my professional life, I have an interest in many sports, love travelling, binge watching Spanish soaps (to learn the language…honestly), reading and cooking.

Leiyun Ni - Tutor
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Hello everyone, my name is Leiyun Ni, and I use she/her pronouns. I completed my Ph.D. in History from the University of Warwick and am deeply committed to feminist and anti-racist activism. Over the past several years, I have been actively involved in various feminist and East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) groups, facilitating dialogues on gender and racial equality. I've facilitated interactive and creative activities to engage our participants such as zine-making workshops and printmaking workshops. I have also completed the Active Bystander Intervention course and am excited about the opportunity to contribute to its dissemination among a broader Warwick student body. Outside of my academic and activism activities, I have a passion for cooking and climbing.

Bing Lu - Tutor
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Bing received her PhD in the Department of Education Studies (DES) and is currently an Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at University of Warwick. Bing has also been serving as the Director of Student Experience and Progression in the Faculty of Arts at Warwick since February 2023. Bing has been recently awarded the SRHE Newer Researcher Award 2023 as one of the three prize winners in the UK and is currently leading a project on 'Migrant supervisors learn to supervise in UK institutions - an inclusive perspective' as PI.

Bing has substantial experience in term of working with students from diverse backgrounds. Bing has an orientation of developing pedagogical flexibility through breaking staff/student barriers. Bing has a belief in community, connectivity and communication.

dipbuk - Tutor

dipbuk (uses they/them pronouns) is neurodivergent, and engages this aspect in their pedagogy and praxis. They have significant experience in the field of equality, diversity, and inclusion, and are passionate about supporting meaningful change in these areas.

dipbuk is supportive and considerate in their facilitation style. dipbuk enjoys meeting students and understanding more about their experiences.