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Nicky Thomas

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 Nicky's submission below:

"Recently swapping my role as a research associate in the Warwick Medical School (UAPC) to successfully applying for a PhD within the department amidst a pandemic has come with a few challenges! As a mature student juggling two children aged 9 and 5 as well as a full time studentship can seem pretty daunting, so throwing in some extra home schooling responsibilities and emergency spinal surgery has been like nothing myself or my family have ever experienced before!

These have been trying times for many people, including my son who has autism. The additional challenges of caring for a child with complex needs and supporting his wellbeing have been exhausting, isolating and at times overwhelming. But I am in constant awe of how well he has adapted to these changes, and his technology skills far surpass mine now!

I think if anything during lockdown it has proven how resilient women are, juggling being a researcher, student, mother, wife, teacher, carer and all things in between without being able to see friends and family for support is tough. Many times it has felt like I am constantly chasing my own tail, with no down time or working very late into the evenings to keep up with studies (after a full day of trying to figure out how many Greek mythical gods there are for my child's report!?). Taking the time to reflect, keeping a positive mindset and having faith in your abilities is important. Being lucky enough to work with and be supervised by other inspiring females at Warwick is also something that motivates me daily to keep going on the days when things can feel a lot heavier, which I am very thankful for."

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.