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Debra Bick

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Debra's submission below:

"Many of the clinical trials we were working on were paused during the first wave of the pandemic, and it was a challenge to figure how we could 'COVID' proof our studies going forward (which we've done!). I was also acutely aware of how hard maternity service colleagues were working to ensure women giving birth during the pandemic got the support they needed. My WCTU colleagues have been amazing and have worked flat out to support new grant bids going in, keep studies running and ensure their colleagues feel supported. We've kept in touch with our maternity theme group at Monday morning meetings which provide a chance to update on work progress, celebrate milestones achieved and ensure everyone is OK.

A big challenge personally was concern about close family members providing frontline NHS services, worrying about their health and well-being, and knowing how difficult it was for them. It was also the challenge we've all faced, of not being able to see close family and friends during the lockdown. I'm incredibly lucky in that I have access to the beautiful Warwickshire countryside - going out for a walk every day and trying to take different routes has been a great way to get to know the local neighbourhood!"

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives

Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report


Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

* If you’re struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic find sources of support on the Staff Wellbeing Hub and access confidential online or phone support from the Employee Assistance Programme.