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Sarah Brennan

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 Sarah's submission below:

"I have worked throughout the pandemic on campus managing my team. There were so many constant changes and guidelines to follow that my workload increased immensely in order to ensure the team and the students safety. I felt hugely responsible for the team and their welfare and I spent a lot of time supporting them both in their role, but also mentally. I had a lot of very scared people, and by dealing with that high level of emotion my level of my empathy for others has increased two fold.

Although the last year has been a huge task, the positive aspect is that I have been able to build upon my working relationships with my team members (I have a very large team!) and get to know more about them and their families.

The days I have been able to work from home have been great for my mental wellbeing as although it feels like I don't stop, and there are obstacles with working from home, I am in a "safe" environment. I hope to work from home part time after the pandemic.

I have also been fortunate that as my daughter is of University age I have not had to home school. I really do take my hat off to all the staff that are working from home and home schooling also. What an inspiration they are.
So many things have changed in my role and although I have adapted very well to this, something I am proud of myself for, I do wonder if things will ever be the same after the pandemic. This is probably something we are all currently asking ourselves. Things CAN only get better."

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

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.