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The social inclusion agenda at Warwick aims to make a real difference by nurturing the most diverse and inclusive citizens and leaders for today and tomorrow, and through inclusive practice, Warwick can leverage the benefits of difference to help the University achieve its vision.

At Warwick, diversity is about all members of our community. It is leadership at all levels of the University’s community that will be central to driving the structural changes required to see everyone living Warwick’s values and nurturing a culture that truly recognises, respects, and fosters diversity.

Learn more about the University's champions on social inclusion issues below.

Social Inclusion Executive Sponsors

Members of the University’s Executive Board will act proactively as Sponsors for elements of our social inclusion work.

Executive Sponsors will champion particular protected characteristics (as defined by the Equality Act 2010). Each Sponsor will lead by example and serve as a change agent in day-to-day business as well as seeking engagement with other senior stakeholders and the wider internal and external communities. Visible leadership for equality, diversity and inclusion at Executive level within the University will be integral for long-term culture change.

Executive Sponsors provide credibility and authority to an agenda. Being present, vocal, and visibly supporting key initiatives will help to raise the profile of the inclusion agenda and fuel real change.

Social Inclusion Executive Sponsors are as follows:

  • Disability - Rosie Drinkwater (Group Finance Director) and Chris Ennew (Provost).
  • Race - Mike Shipman (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International).
  • Religion and Belief - Sharon Tuersley (Secretary to Council).
  • Sexual Orientation - Chris Ennew (Provost).
  • Sex/Gender - Rachel Sandby-Thomas (Registrar).

Social Inclusion Champions

The role of Social Inclusion Champions is to:

  • Improve two-way communication between departments and the Social Inclusion team – acting as a first point of contact in their department.
  • Act as the initial contact for disabled staff, students, and visitors who need adjustments, signposting them to support.
  • Support workplace health and wellbeing by promoting relevant health and wellbeing opportunities and positive mental health.

You can find more information about the duties and requirements of Champions in the Social Inclusion Champions Role Description.

If you would like to become a Social Inclusion Champion for your department, let us know (please note this is a voluntary role) - email .

See a list of current Social Inclusion Champions here.

Senior Disability Champions

To support the University's work toward the Disability SmartLink opens in a new window audit, a group of Senior Disability Champions have been appointed across key business areas, aligned to the themes covered in the audit and our Social Inclusion Strategy.

We have also added three additional Senior Disability Champions for areas important to the University which aren't covered by Disability Smart: