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Diversity and Inclusion

The university is proud of its diverse cultural community and supports an environment of equal opportunities for all. General informaiton on equal opportunities can be found on Warwick's Diversity and Inclusion website.

Conference Care Fund

Did you know ... up to £100 for childcare costs or caring responsibility is available for staff, associated with attendance at conferences / workshops? For more information or to make an application please contact Sandra Beaufoy: or visit the Athena Swan pages: 

The information below highlights recent activities and/or relates more directly to research active staff.

conference support


Dignity at work and study

Athena Swan

Unconscious Bias

The University launched a Dignity at Work and Study Policy for staff and students in June 2009, as it is keen to develop an approach to tackling harassment and bullying by emphasising positive behaviour and the responsibilities that we all have to challenge inappropriate behaviour when we see it.

As part of the implementation of the Dignity at Work and Study Policy a number of Dignity Contacts have recently been recruited from across the University to act as a confidential listening service for individuals involved in harassment and bullying incidents.

To find out more about the policy and view the details of the contacts visit the Dignity at work and study website

For an introduction, please look at the presentation notes from the 'Dignity Contacts Training Session'  (PDF Document) which took place on the 4th and 15th July 2014.

The work of the Equality Challenge Unit includes:

  • The Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
    In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

  • For an introduction, here are the presentation slides (Powerpoint Presentation) used at the Windows on Warwick session, held on 8th July 2014


"Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences."

(ECU: 2013 Unconscious bias in
higher education

For further information on activities that Sandy Sparks has led at Warwick and in the Midlands region, visit our page on Unconscious Bias.