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Membership 2022/23 (subject to approval by the Education Committee)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) (Chair)

Professor Christopher Hughes

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Gwen van der Velden

Academic Director (Postgraduate Taught)

Lee Griffin

Academic Director (Employability and Skills)

Professor Pat Tissington

Dean of Students

Professor Rebecca Freeman

Representative of the Faculty of Arts

Professor Tim Lockley

Representative of the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Medicine

Professor Derrick Watson

Representative of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Emma Smith

Representative of Warwick Medical School

Professor Celia Brown

Academic Registrar

Roberta Wooldridge Smith (Interim)

Head of Admissions

Dr Elizabeth Hough

Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning

Professor Ruth Hewston

Director of Student Opportunity

Jenny Hughes (Interim) / Roberta Wooldridge Smith

Head of Student Finance

Sue Jones

Head of Widening Participation

Paul Blagburn (Secretary)

Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding


Deputy Finance Director (Departmental Services)

Samuel McClenaghan

Students' Union Representative (Education)

Chih-Hsiang Lo

Students' Union Representative (Postgraduate)

Hamza Rehman

Development Representative

Natalie Lloyd

Strategic Planning and Analytics Representative

Faye Murray

Warwick Foundation Studies Representative

Professor Nina-Anne Lawrence

Centre for Teacher Education Representative

Professor Kate Ireland

Widening Participation Manager

Baljit Gill (Assistant Secretary)

Director of Student Experience

Dr Adele Brown

Director of Social Inclusion

Kulbir Shergill

Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Sub-Group Chair

Professor Emma Smith

Student Success and Progression Sub-Group Chair


Head of Academic Development

Dr Letizia Gramaglia

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Terms of Reference

(a) To develop and implement the University’s strategy around widening participation for undergraduate and postgraduate provision

(b) To make recommendations to the Academic Resourcing Committee to secure the implementation of the University's widening participating strategy and access agreement

(c) To monitor the University’s progress towards its access agreement targets and other widening participation objectives

(d) To consider and review the progress of widening participation groups across the student lifecycle, including outcomes on access, student success and progression

(e) To review, consider and make recommendations on external policy documents connected to widening participation

(f) To receive reports on institutional widening participation programmes with a focus on monitoring, evaluation and impact outcomes

(g) To consider new innovative approaches to access and student success which reflect the University’s strategic priorities

(h) To provide guidance and strategic direction to WP sub-groups

(i) To consider the widest possible spectrum of issues impacting Widening Participation

(j) To provide a summary of progress and issues to the Education Committee and Senate on the strategic and operational responsibilities of the group.

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Reporting Structure

The Widening Participation Committee reports to the Education Committee.

Widening Participation work is also discussed by the Faculty Education Committees.

Widening Participation Sub-groups
There will be three WP sub-groups introduced which will facilitate and implement the University’s widening participation strategy and will include representation from academic departments and relevant professional service departments. These will report to the Committee on a termly basis. These groups will include:
1. Widening Participation and Access group
2. Student Success and Progression group
3. Widening Participation Research and Evaluation group
4. National Collaborative Outreach Programme Management Group (This is an externally funded project and is not a formal sub-group of the Widening Participation Committee, however some of its business will be reported when required.)

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

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Secretary: Mr Paul Blagburn (P dot Blagburn at warwick dot ac dot uk).

Assistant Secretary: Baljit Gill

Papers for consideration by the Widening Participation 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 Widening Participation Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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You may also wish to visit:

Widening Participation and Outreach webpages