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Meet the team

Meet the Community Values Education Programme (CVEP) team

The CVEP team is part of the Dean of Students' Office. We work a mix of full-time, part-time, and contracted hours, and some of the team also work in other roles at the University. We are proud to be a diverse team who are passionate about improving the student experience.

The core programme team oversees the strategic direction of our work and the day-to-day implementation of activities and resources, including the development and delivery of Active Bystander Intervention courses and workshops. Our course tutors facilitate Active Bystander activities, and some of the tutors also lead activities on other sub-projects.

The Student Engagement Officers are UG or PGT students at Warwick. They work on specific tasks or projects related to wider CVEP goals. The Active Bystander Champions are students who have previously completed the full Active Bystander Intervention course which aims to address harmful behaviours like sexual misconduct within our community. They have volunteered their time to plan and deliver activities to engage other students in the course.

Dr Jane Bryan (Academic Lead)
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My name is Jane Bryan and I am a Reader in Law at the University of Warwick Law School and Academic Lead of CVEP. My interests focus on the diverse benefits of dialogue: ensuring meaningful consent in medical treatment, using peer dialogue to enhance teaching practice and mediation to resolve disagreements, and finding ways to unearth and amplify the student voice. I am a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy, Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence commendee and a Finalist in the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2019. I am also a solicitor (non-practicing) and an accredited mediator and a restorative justice facilitator.

Sam Parr (Programme Manager)
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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 barriers 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.

Cherisse Francis (Tutor)
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Cherisse is a proud Afro-Caribbean attorney at law and Doctoral Researcher originally from the beautiful island of Barbados. Her research interests are centred around human rights; trafficking in persons, gender, and youth development. These interests stemmed from her own experiences and the experiences of others who have crossed her path. She is passionate about active bystander work to ensure that others can avoid some of the microaggressions and larger harms that she has encountered. Her hope is that through these programmes everyone can feel safer and more included in our community. Cherisse recommends reading 'Girl, Woman, Other' and watching 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' (Film).

Nick Cherryman (Tutor)
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My name is Nick. I am a PhD Student in the Department of Sociology, and I broadly look at how gender is constructed and deconstructed. I founded a research group called queer/disrupt, and am openly non-binary and use they/ them pronouns. I am a member of Warwick Sport, teach SCUBA diving, and play underwater rugby and underwater hockey (which are as strange as they sound). I think that whilst discrimination and sexual violence need to be tackled on a government level (i.e. laws like the Equality Act), we also need to tackle it ourselves for instance through checking our biases and challenging them in safe ways. In lockdown, I spent most of my time reading Sci-Fi. I also am a drag queen so have been playing with make-up and pretending it’s relevant to my PhD when, to be honest, I could be doing more research. I also sometimes sing (badly) to my elderly Jack Russell, The Miadog (who often features in my classes in a lazy sort of way).

Dr Pierre Botcherby (Tutor)
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Pierre recently completed his PhD in the History department, where he worked on the impact of industrial decline and urban regeneration on community in England since the mid-twentieth century. Pierre is also a PGR Development Officer with the Doctoral College and the Doctoral Training Manager in the Arts Faculty Office. Pierre is a strong advocate of initiatives to improve student experience and promote student voice on campus. Outside work, he is often found chasing shadows on the squash courts in the university’s Staff Squash League. Pierre has recently enjoyed reading ‘River Kings’ by Cat Jarman, a fascinating look at the Viking era all based around a single bead discovered in a dig in Repton, putting the Viking presence in England very much in a global perspective.

Alison Sham (Tutor)
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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.

Margot Potter (Project Officer)
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Hello, my name is Margot (she/her). I am a recent law graduate interning with the CVEP team over the summer 21/22. During my time at Warwick, I have been greatly involved with the Warwick Volleyball Club and The Women’s Project, both of which have furthered my interest in facilitating the discussion on sexism in sport and combatting gender-based violence. Having completed the Active Bystander Course over Spring, I look forward to encouraging current and future students, sport clubs and societies to engage with the CVEP resources, strengthening our university community values and ensuring student and staff safety on campus. As well as playing volleyball, I enjoy reading in my spare time and am currently reading a sci-fi novel called ‘Only Forward’ by Michael Marshall Smith.

Harry Sun (Student Engagement Officer)
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Hi everyone :) I'm Harry, a second-year law student. I joined the team running the Community Values Education Programme (CVEP) because, like many students, I chose Warwick for its diverse and inclusive student community. However, I am acutely aware of the impacts that micro-aggressions can play in affecting our student experience, and I'd love to work with the community to understand what a 'values-driven community' means. I look forward to engaging with student societies and staff communities on understanding challenges towards greater inclusion within our community and to build past these challenges using the various resources that we have available at Warwick, such as the text message short course on acceptable conduct, or report and support. As a law student, I've watched Suits (ask around the law school, who hasn't?) and absolutely loved the series. I also love meditating and using Headspace when I feel the need to take some time for myself. Remember, it's important to look after each other, but don't forget to also take care of ourselves!

Jess Saunders (Active Bystander Champion)
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Hi everyone! My name is Jess and I use she/her pronouns. I am a second-year BA French and Linguistics student here at Warwick. Due to my cultural studies, I am particularly interested in striving for equality and empowering everyone, regardless of differences, to reach their full potential. Through my study of linguistics, I have also developed an appreciation of the importance of inclusive language, considering that language is such an important part of the process of crafting identities for ourselves as well as our social interactions with peers. After having completed the engaging and informative Active Bystander Intervention Course, I felt empowered and motivated to apply the skills and knowledge I had developed to our university environment, which led me to pursue this role. The team behind CVEP has done some brilliant work to raise the profile of our university’s values on campus and I am grateful to be able to play a role in the continued development of their initiatives. I also tutor younger students alongside my own studies as I am passionate about supporting others to overcome their academic and/or personal difficulties.

Lauren Ketteridge (Active Bystander Champion
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Hi there! I'm Lauren, I use she/her pronouns, and I'm just finishing up my second year on the Digital Healthcare Science course at WMG. Having completed the Active Bystander Intervention course, I was keen to keep supporting the programme and consider ways to get more students engaged with Warwick's community values. I am particularly interested in engaging STEM students in such work, as I sometimes think we can get too wrapped up in the data and "hard facts" without considering the implications of our actions and how we play into broader societal processes. In my free time, you can usually find me bouldering or practising the Serdo as part of Canley's Samba band.

Yuqi Wang (Active Bystander Champion)
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Hello there! My name is Yuqi Wang and I am a year 1 undergraduate economics student. A funny thing about me is that the primary reason I participated in this active bystander program is I thought it was mandatory. But after I went through the whole program, I found it really inspirational, and gave me many ideas about how to treat everyone in your life properly! In my daily life, I consider myself a person with a little social phobia, which means I’m not that good at dealing with a lot of people at the same time. But I’m always trying to be helpful and show my best part to everyone. It’s an honor for me to become this champion, and I’m looking forward to participating in various activities that help build our inclusive community.

Additional project staff: We have a number of staff and students who work with us to deliver specific sub-projects. Currently, these include:

Previous CVEP team members:

Champions:

  • Yihan Tian and Yazhuo Liu (2021/22)

Student Engagement Officers:

  • Fay Inverarity, Sophie Norman, and Nikita Asnani (2021/22).
  • Chinwe Onuegbu, Eleanor Molloy, Emily Dunford, Hannah Ayres, and Karen Dhillon (2019/20)

Tutors:

  • Beth Jennings (2019-21)
  • Olugbemi Moronfolu (2019/21)
  • Elizabeth Lockwood (2021/22)

Project staff:

  • Puja Laporte, Programme Manager
  • Krystal Douglas, Research Assistant (2019/20)