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Respect at Warwick

Respect is one of the four values set out in the University's strategy. Below we've listed the eight key respect messages - simple actions you can take to help build the community you want to be a part of (scroll for more on each):

  1. Start With The Basics.
  2. Remember We Are All Different.
  3. Be Self-Aware.
  4. Develop Your Communication Skills.
  5. Respect In Your Workplace.
  6. Support Others.
  7. Don't Be A Bystander.
  8. Lead With Respect.


Start With The Basics

A simple 'hello' or acknowledgement goes a long way.

"It's nothing grand... Just respect everyone you meet and work with."

University of Warwick anonymous Pulse comment


Remember We Are All Different

Take time to learn about others and consider different perspectives; just because one person is right it doesn't mean the other person is wrong.

"In our work and in our living, we must recognise that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."

Audre Lorde


Be Self-Aware

Think about how you interact and come across to others.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Harriett Tubman

Learn how to identify and counteract unconscious biases in the Unconscious Bias Moodle.


Develop Your Communication Skills

Do you really listen? Do you challenge in a respectful manner?

“Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.”
bell hooks

Find in-person training and online resources on the self-development section of the Organisational Development website.


Respect In Your Workplace

Discuss what respect means in your local place of work/study. Which behaviours are acceptable?

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

Albert Einstein

There are a range of ED&I training sessions and resources on the ED&I section of the Organisational Development website.


Support Others

Take time to connect with and support others across the community - you may be surprised by what you learn.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Don't Be A Bystander

Intervene early, if you see something that does not seem right; don't let silence condone inappropriate behaviour.

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa

Lead With Respect

Leaders play a key role in setting the tone; make sure your style is inclusive, collaborative and respectful.

"Your job gives you authority, your behaviour gives you respect."

Irwin Federman