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Jenny Wheeler

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 Jenny's submission below:

"Having moved to the University of Warwick as a student in 2012 and then stayed on as staff after graduation in 2017, I moved away from my family in Kent and started my new life up here. Before 2020, they never felt far away as they would still come up for regular concerts or if I was down in London for monthly meetings, I would meet with them for dinner before heading back north. I would always return home for Christmas, but I am much more independent than my sister who moved back in with them after graduation. She enjoyed the four years of peace and quiet with my parents whilst I was at uni and she was still at school, so I don't blame her! This year was the first year that I felt far away from home and with no meetings bringing me to London and no concerts bringing them up here, in-person contact with them has been limited. This was especially hard when family bereavement meant that all you wanted to do was hug people, knowing that in normal circumstances the funeral would have been packed to the rafters!

The introduction of more video-based interactions has had its benefits though. At work, I am able to pace myself better without having to rush across campus between meetings and can make myself more comfortable (or even better turn my camera off if necessary!) but still take part and feel connected even if I am unwell. The ability to attend meetings remotely was always listed as a reasonable adjustment for me due to my disability, but not many people were sympathetic to this as an option. Now, everyone's doing it! I am hopeful that everyone's experiences during this time will mean more understanding and willingness to implement reasonable adjustments for disabled people, including more flexible working arrangements such as the ability to work from home or virtual means of communication where appropriate."

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

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Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

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Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report

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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.