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Deema Khunda

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 Deema's submission below:

"The main challenge I faced during the COVID 19 pandemic has been loneliness. As an international student in the UK living in student accommodation during the first lockdown which started in March 2020, it was extremely hard to socialize and speak to other people through non-virtual means, some days would pass where I hadn't exchanged a word with anyone, and this was hard to adapt to. The second biggest challenge was my PhD research, PhD students are under extreme pressure to complete their research and submit their thesis in time, my research is experimental and suffered great delays of about 3-4 months due to school and university shutdown. I have been intensifying efforts to catch up on the experimental work to ensure I complete my research by my funding deadline. I volunteered with the Royal Voluntary service through the GOODSam app to respond to emergency and help requests in my neighborhood, this has been a useful activity through which I managed to give back to the community and help the more vulnerable members of our society through this difficult time."

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

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ED&I Newsletter

Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives

Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report

Policies

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.