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Membership 2021/22

The Provost, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor or Academic Vice-President (Chair)

Professor Pam Thomas

Director of Social Inclusion (Deputy Chair)

Kulbir Shergill

Assistant Director (Outreach) SROAS

Paul Blagburn

A member of academic staff from each of the three faculties:



Dr Rashmi Varma

Science, Engineering and Medicine

Professor Lanre Sorinola

Social Sciences

Dr Sharifah Sekalala
Two Students' Union Sabbatical Officers, appointed by the Students' Union

Chih-Hsiang Lo

Nathan Parsons

One member of Professional Services Staff grades 6-9

Antony Brewerton

One member of Professional Services Staff grades 1a-5

Wai-Wah Tsang

One independent member external to the University, with relevant expertise, appointed by the Council


The Chair of the Equality and Diversity Network Group

Rosalind Roke

Chairs/ Co-Chairs of Taskforce Groups:


Gender Taskforce

Professor Jo Collingwood

Dr Tess Grant

Rainbow Taskforce

Nick Cherryman

Ross Forman

Sam Parr

Race Taskforce

Dr Anil Awesti


Faith, Religion and Belief Taskforce

Reverend Mark Rowland

Disability Taskforce

Dr Jane Andrews

Students' Union Liberation Officer


Two co-opted members from the Values Review Programme

Jane Bryan

Helen Knee

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Terms of Reference

The Social Inclusion Committee shall advise and may make recommendations to the Senate and the Council on matters relating to the Social Inclusion strategy and the promotion and monitoring of equality, diversity and inclusion issues throughout the University.

Where appropriate, the Committee shall refer matters direct to, and seek responses from, other committees or any appropriate body.

a) To oversee and provide direction for the implementation of the University’s Social Inclusion Strategy working with, and providing guidance to, relevant taskforces and subgroups.

b) To devise, co-ordinate and monitor steps taken by the University to comply with the Equality Act 2010, with particular regard to the specific protected characteristics: age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marriage or civil partnership, as detailed in the Act; to undertake the same with respect to other marginalised groups including in relation to socio-economic background, minority ethnic groups, care leavers and asylum seekers.

c) To develop and review policies relevant to social inclusion (including specifically equality and diversity), to monitor the implementation of these policies, ensuring that they comply with the law and are effectively disseminated to the University community.

d) To advise the Council, the Senate and other University bodies on policy matters and practice relating to social inclusion, equality and diversity.

e) To consult widely with all relevant groups within the University in pursuance of its terms of reference.

f) To monitor the experience and composition of the University’s workforce and student body (including practice on the admission of students and the recruitment of staff) and to direct actions on identified trends where necessary.

g) To share areas of good practice within the University and across the HE sector more broadly.

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Reporting Structure

The Social Inclusion Committee reports to the Council and the Senate. It also liaises with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Vacant

Assistant Secretary: Claire Algar, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
(C dot Algar at warwick dot ac dot uk) or ext: 22356

Papers for consideration by the Social Inclusion Committee should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Dates of meetings of the Social Inclusion Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

The Timetable is published and updated online and should be referred to when verifying arrangements through the academic year.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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