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Champions

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).

EDI and Wellbeing Champions

The role of EDI and Wellbeing Champions is to:

  • Improve two-way communication between departments and the ED&I 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 EDI and Wellbeing Champions Role Description.

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

See a list of current EDI and Wellbeing Champions
Name Department Contact details
Vicky Hodgkins Academic Office x23760
V dot Hodgkins at warwick dot ac dot uk
Francesca Jennings Campus & Commercial Services Group (CCSG) x73348
Francesca dot Jennings at warwick dot ac dot uk
Lorraine Blackwell CCSG Directorate, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick Retail 07824 540882
Lorraine dot Blackwell at warwick dot ac dot uk
Claire McKeown Centre for Education Studies (CES) x50364
Claire dot McKeown at warwick dot ac dot uk
Julia Badger Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal & Research (CEDAR) Julia dot Badger at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kelly Chennery Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) x24228
Kelly dot Chennery at warwick dot ac dot uk
Lila Tennent Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) x72515
L dot Tennent at warwick dot ac dot uk
Becky Harris Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

x51155
R dot Harris dot 2 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Rachel Cooper Centre for Teacher Education (CTE) x22325
R dot A dot Cooper at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kate Glavina Centre for Teacher Education (CTE) x22881
C dot M dot Glavina at warwick dot ac dot uk
Alexandra Walker Centre for Teacher Education (CTE) x23830
A dot Walker dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Jayne Sweet Centre for the Study of the Renaissance x24587
J dot Sweet at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kate Pearson Chaplaincy x28158
K dot Pearson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Debbie Castle Children’s Services x23389
Debbie dot Castle at warwick dot ac dot uk
Izzy Evans Department of Applied Linguistics x22860
Izzy dot Evans at warwick dot ac dot uk
Penny Mosavian Department of Applied Linguistics x23199
P dot J dot Mosavian at warwick dot ac dot uk
Andrew Marsh Department of Chemistry x24565
A dot Marsh at warwick dot ac dot uk
Dianne Walsh Department of Chemistry x51039
D dot Walsh at warwick dot ac dot uk
Ann Dixon Department of Chemistry x50037
Ann dot Dixon at warwick dot ac dot uk
Donna Corcoran Department of Chemistry x23653
D dot M dot Corcoran at warwick dot ac dot uk
Clive Letchford Department of Classics & Ancient History x22002
C dot A dot Letchford at warwick dot ac dot uk
Sharon Howard Department of Computer Science (DCS) x22002
S dot L dot Howard at warwick dot ac dot uk
Nivaria Morales Salas Department of Economics x74733
N dot Morales-Salas at warwick dot ac dot uk
Lisa Hayes Department of Economics x23276
L dot Hayes dot 2 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Siân Moore Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies x73789
Sian dot Moore at warwick dot ac dot uk
Julie Lobalzo Wright Department of Film & Television Studies x22703
J dot Wright dot 4 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Jennifer Spalding Department of History x23453
J dot J dot Spalding at warwick dot ac dot uk
Claire Nicholls Department of History of Art x50390
Claire dot Nicholls at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kerry Talmage Department of Philosophy x50522
Kerry dot Talmage at warwick dot ac dot uk
Ayesha Rahman Department of Physics x51380
A dot Rahman at warwick dot ac dot uk
Karoline Schneider Department of Politics & International Studies (PAIS) x24141
K dot Schneider at warwick dot ac dot uk
Steve McGladrigan Department of Psychology x23189
S dot McGladrigan at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kate Messenger Department of Psychology x50557
K dot Messenger at warwick dot ac dot uk
Ravi Thiara Department of Sociology x73771
R dot K dot Thiara at warwick dot ac dot uk
Amy Clarke Department of Sociology x73671
Amy dot Clarke at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kathryn Fisher Disability Services x73734
K dot J dot Fisher at warwick dot ac dot uk
Despina Weber Disability Services x73734
D dot Weber at warwick dot ac dot uk
Helen Freeman Disability Services x74120
H dot Freeman dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Alison Thomas Education Group – Directors Office / Secretary to Council’s Office x75683
Alison dot Thomas at warwick dot ac dot uk
Jenny Wheeler Estates J dot Wheeler dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Diane Sargeant Estates x73534
D dot Sargeant at warwick dot ac dot uk
Louise Hasler Education Policy and Quality x50295
L dot Hasler at warwick dot ac dot uk
Dawn Saxon Finance Office x74825
Dawn dot Saxon at warwick dot ac dot uk
Steven Leemoon Health & Safety Department x23455
S dot Leemoon at warwick dot ac dot uk
Nikki Birch Human Resources x50858
Nicola dot Birch at warwick dot ac dot uk
Mara Caldarini Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning (IATL) Mara dot Caldarini at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tayyba Qayyum Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning (IATL) x73563
Tayyba dot Qayyum at warwick dot ac dot uk
Rosanna Clark Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) x73921
Rosanna dot Clark at warwick dot ac dot uk
Erika Kispeter Institute of Employment Research (IER) x24477
E dot Kispeter at warwick dot ac dot uk
Sally Wright Institute of Employment Research (IER) x23514
S dot A dot Wright at warwick dot ac dot uk
Martyn Potts IT Services x51744
M dot Potts at Warwick dot ac dot uk
Amrit Samra Legal & Compliance Services x22799
Amrit dot Samra at warwick dot ac dot uk
Jane Cooper Leadership and Management Development x24893
J dot P dot Cooper at warwick dot ac dot uk
William Rupp Leadership and Management Development x50413
W dot H dot Rupp at warwick dot ac dot uk
Naila Rabbani Research Technology Platforms (RTP) N dot Rabbani at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tracey Grant Residential Life x24405
Tracey dot Grant at warwick dot ac dot uk
Anne Maynard School for Cross-Faculty Studies x28359
J dot A dot Maynard at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kirsten Harris School for Cross-Faculty Studies x74964
K dot Harris dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Sam Broster School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures (SCAPVC) x23020
S dot H dot Broster at warwick dot ac dot uk
Daciana Iliescu School of Engineering x22077
D dot D dot Iliescu at warwick dot ac dot uk
Caroline Whitehouse School of Engineering C dot Whitehouse dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
James Atkinson School of Engineering xx23889
James dot A dot Atkinson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Becca Kirk School of Law x24990
B dot Kirk at warwick dot ac dot uk
Rose le Breton Bagley School of Law x23175
R dot A dot Le-Breton-Bagley at warwick dot ac dot uk
Sharifah Sekalala School of Law x24492
Sharifah dot Sekalala at warwick dot ac dot uk
Carolyn Ayres School of Life Sciences x28380
Carolyn dot Ayres at warwick dot ac dot uk
Harpal Singh School of Modern Languages and Cultures x24126
Harpal dot Singh at warwick dot ac dot uk
Wallace McDowell School of Theatre and Performance Studies x74272
Wallace dot B dot McDowell at warwick dot ac dot uk
Marie Diebolt SROAS x23718
M dot L dot Diebolt at warwick dot ac dot uk
Naomi Mouland Strategic Planning & Analytics and Social Inclusion x75299
N dot Mouland at warwick dot ac dot uk
Sian Eales Strategic Programme Delivery x23626
S dot E dot Eales at warwick dot ac dot uk
Liam Manley Student Mobility x50725
Liam dot Manley at warwick dot ac dot uk
Christopher Anderson University Executive Office / Information and Digital Group Christopher dot J dot Anderson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Jane Dashwood Warwick Accommodation x74535
J dot Dashwood at warwick dot ac dot uk
Marie Kettell Warwick Accommodation x74535
M dot Kettell at warwick dot ac dot uk
Benjamin Suffolk Warwick Arts Centre x22793
B dot Suffolk at warwick dot ac dot uk
Laura Davenport Warwick Arts Centre L dot J dot Davenport at warwick dot ac dot uk
Harriet Wilson Warwick Arts Centre x22442
Harriet dot Wilson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Joanne Davis Warwick Business School (WBS) x28239
Joanne dot Davis at wbs dot ac dot uk
Jade Skilling Warwick Business School (WBS)

x22058

Jade dot Skilling at warwick dot ac dot uk

Phil Jones Warwick Conference Park and Events x23901
Phil dot Jones at warwick dot ac dot uk
Clive Singleton Warwick Conference Park and Events x28285
Clive dot Singleton at warwick dot ac dot uk
Julie Taylor Warwick Conference Park and Events x72654
Julie dot M dot Taylor at warwick dot ac dot uk
Emma Durrant Warwick Employment Group x72975
E dot L dot Durrant at warwick dot ac dot uk
Orla Whelan-Davis Warwick Foundation Studies x72975
Orla dot Whelan-Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk
Amanda Kowalczyk Warwick Foundation Studies A dot Kowalczyk dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Magda Mos Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) x73823
M dot Mos at warwick dot ac dot uk
Paul Brown Warwick Mathematics Institute x50332
P dot E dot Brown at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kat Rock Warwick Mathematics Institute x50256
K dot S dot Rock at warwick dot ac dot uk
Thomas Hudson Warwick Mathematics Institute x51345
T dot Hudson dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kirstie Haywood Warwick Medical School (WMS) x50616
K dot L dot Haywood at warwick dot ac dot uk
Steph Smart Warwick Medical School (WMS) - Dean's Office x50493
S dot J dot Smart at warwick dot ac dot uk
Hannah Pollard Warwick Training and Conference Centres H dot Pollard dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Sarah Newell Warwick Volunteers x75744
Sarah dot L dot Newell at warwick dot ac dot uk
Matt Hobson Warwick Volunteers x75313
Matthew dot Hobson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Katie Sewell Welcome x24794
K dot Sewell dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

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.

Disability Smart theme

Leadership: You recognise the importance of disabled people to your business and the societies in which you operate. You promote your commitment to best practice internally and externally.

Learning and development: You equip employees so that they understand your commitment to best practice and are confident interacting with disabled people, knowing what to do and how to do it.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 1: Internationally recognised leaders in social inclusion.

Chris Ennew, Provost

We are fully committed to our Social Inclusion agenda and our disability work is integral to this. We aim to ensure that all of our policies, processes and facilities are fully inclusive ensuring that all staff, students and visitors to campus have a positive experience whether they are working, learning, living and/or visiting campus.

To demonstrate our ongoing commitment, the University subscribes to the Business Disability Forum, an organisation that provides expert advice and support on all disability issues (visible and non-visible), and which has additionally developed a disability management audit to help organisations measure and improve on their performance for disabled employees, students and other stakeholders. Additionally, in 2018, the University recruited an Accessibility Officer to help inform and progress the buildings and facilities work, not only to ensure compliance but to also inform on best practice.

To help deliver these expectations and progress this work, the University appointed a Disability Standard Steering Group (chaired by the Provost, Chris Ennew). A Disability Taskforce (with sub-groups addressing particular projects) will also act as a driver for change and will serve as a communication channel for the wider Warwick community. The Taskforce has formal reporting responsibility into the Social Inclusion Committee, which is a joint Committee of the Senate and Council. Additionally, all of the above mentioned groups work collaboratively and in consultation with the Disabled Staff Network to inform our disability work, along with engagement with external disability organisations who are best placed to improve our understanding of issues that affect disabled people.

Our promise is that we will all work together to improve our processes/procedures and lines of communication to bring about positive changes and to provide opportunities for our disabled community to gain confidence and reach their full potential in a supportive and inclusive environment.

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Find out more about our work on leadership:

Disability Smart theme

Learning and development: You equip employees so that they understand your commitment to best practice and are confident interacting with disabled people, knowing what to do and how to do it.

Procurement: You expect your suppliers and corporate partners to reflect your values and enable you to meet your commitment to best practice.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 2: A culture that supports Warwick students and staff to achieve thier potential - Diversity is recognised, understood, and valued.

Rosie Drinkwater, Group Finance Director

Alongside her support for enhanced provision of Carer’s leave, Rosie has played a key role in championing a range of infrastructure projects to enhance accessibility across campus including

  • Investment of £30k to provide significant enhancements to accessibility for the WBS buildings.
  • Investment of over £100k to provide a high dependency suite for accommodation to have a student and 2 carers within a self-contained area, but still engaged with a residential block.
  • Improvements within the Arts Centre as part of a larger scale extension project, including reviews of the remaining toilet and changing facilities.

Through her leadership responsibility for Estates she has pushed to ensure that impact assessments for any new staff/students or changes to buildings continually take place and our Accessibility Officer (Jenny Wheeler) continues to do accessibility audits looking at specific facilities as well as the general environment, with these audits highlighting improvements that need to be made. More specifically, she has played a key role in driving a range of general improvements to routes that require power assisted doors for staff or students.

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Find out more about our work on learning and development:

Disability Smart theme

Workplace adjustments: You anticipate the needs of disabled people and have a robust process for making any reasonable adjustments which might be needed by individuals.

Customers and service users: You value your disabled customers, clients and service users and address their needs when developing and delivering your products and services.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 3: Increase the diversity of Warwick's staff and students.

Dr Hannah Friend - Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding

Diversity, disability, and accessibility are underpinning principles that are embedded across the work of the Wellbeing and Safeguarding group. The University’s Wellbeing Strategy provides a comprehensive framework to deliver institutional objectives for wellbeing and disability, and further reinforces our commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for our entire community.

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Find out more about our work on workplace adjustments and supporting customers and service users:

Disability Smart theme

Recruitment: You attract and recruit disabled people, with processes that enable you to access to the widest talent pool at every level.

Retention: You value all your employees, including those who are disabled or become disabled, and are committed to their retention and development.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 3: Increase the diversity of Warwick's staff and students.

Karen Terry Weymouth, HR Strategy Director

As HR Strategy Director for the University, I have oversight of all aspects of Recruitment and Talent Management and I am committed to raising awareness of the equality dimension in recruitment and development decision making. This means ensuring that all Warwick colleagues embrace the concept of diversity from the initial stages of advertising work opportunities within Warwick, through selection and appointment to those vacancies and at every stage of an employee’s lifecycle. Through the work of my team, we provide various HR, recruitment and reward services to enable a fair and equal environment where all colleagues can achieve their potential. We are continually looking for improvement in our processes and behaviours that support the equality and diversity agenda and welcome all feedback as to how we can further enhance our offering to staff.

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Find out more about our work on recruitment and retention:

Disability Smart theme

Communication: Your communication channels are accessible to disabled people, and whenever necessary you also make reasonable adjustments for individuals.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 2: A culture that supports Warwick students and staff to achieve thier potential - Transparency and accountability for actions.

Jane Furze , Director of Marketing, Communications and Insight

As Director of Marketing, Communications, and Insight, it’s an essential part of my role, with my team, to ensure continuous improvement in how our marketing and communications activities enable the University to attract, retain and develop disabled people. Our entire approach is grounded in insight, so we collect and use feedback from a wide range of people to identify opportunities and issues and take action to improve the inclusivity of our content. From 2021, we are leading a web transformation project which will enable us to meet our obligations to make the whole University website accessible – this includes providing training for staff across the wider University on how to make their content accessible.

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Find out more about our work on communications:

Disability Smart theme

Built environment: Your built environment is accessible to people with disabilities, and whenever necessary you also make reasonable adjustments for individuals.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 2: A culture that supports Warwick students and staff to achieve thier potential - An environment, which is flexible, adaptable and facilitates meaningful interactions.

James Breckon, Director of Estates

James Breckon joined the University of Warwick in October 2014 as the Director of Estates. James serves as a senior officer within the University reporting directly to the Group Finance Director. He is accountable for three main areas of activity essential to enable the University to succeed and maintain its global top 10 ranking. Firstly the capital programme of new builds and refurbishments reaching circa. £100m annually. Secondly the safe and effective operation of the University buildings and landscapes and thirdly, the student and staff accommodation service comprising of circa. 10,000 beds located on and off campus. He is responsible for about a sixth of the workforce at the University employed across two campuses in Coventry and Warwickshire.

In Estates we are working hard to develop an inclusive environment on campus to ensure that our buildings and infrastructure are inclusive and accessible to all. We are achieving this by raising awareness through the Estates Accessibility Team to implement and work/aspire to the Construction Industry Council’s Essential Principles for Achieving an Inclusive Environment. This involves embedding Inclusive Environment Principles across all Estates business, developing Inclusive Design Standards, continuing training and awareness programmes and strengthening communication links between Estates and the disabled community at Warwick. We are a proud winner of the AUDE University Impact Initiative of the Year Award 2020!

We are continuously looking at ways to improve communications about accessibility information including real-time updates or changes. We are developing an action plan to standardise key features on campus to ensure consistency, manage expectations and further an inclusive environment.

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Find out more about our work on the built environment:

Disability Smart theme

Technology: Your technology is accessible and usable by disabled people, and you also make reasonable adjustments for individuals.

Social Inclusion Strategy

Objective 2: A culture that supports Warwick students and staff to achieve thier potential - An environment, which is flexible, adaptable and facilitates meaningful interactions.

Tony Pauley, Chief Information and Digital Officer

Information and Digital Group's (IDG) role is to support and enable excellence across the University. To be a truly excellent university we must ensure everyone experiences the same high degree of service and opportunity regardless of their situation or ability. Within IDG we are actively seeking greater diversity - across communities and abilities - to enrich our workforce and bring fresh experience and perspective to our work.

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

John Phillips, Director of Health & Safety

As the Director of Health and Safety for the University it is a central part of my role to support the university's directors, managers and staff in pursuit of the highest standards of health, safety and welfare for all individuals who might come to our campus, whether that be to work or study, or to take part in social or sporting activities. My team provides support across all departments including academic, commercial and professional services department covering a wide range of issues including (but not limited to) food safety, chemical safety, biological safety, building safety and fire safety.

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Find out more about our work on health and safety:

Robin Green, Librarian and Director of Knowledge Group

I’m Robin Green, the University Librarian.

One of the Library’s 5 core aims is to support ‘the whole student’. It’s important to me that all our students (and University staff of course) have the best possible opportunities to make the most of the learning, research and personal development opportunities on offer at the University, including those the Library provides.

For some years the Library has had a post dedicated to disability support. The postholder looks after our accessible rooms and other facilities, provides training and guidance for disabled users and Library staff, and helps us develop relevant services. There’s also a budget to keep our provision – equipment, software, and so on - up to date, and I’ll supplement it to support a new need or initiative. For example, we created a sensory study room in addition to our existing accessible rooms.

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Find out more about our work at the Library:

Lisa Dodd Mayne, Director of Sport & Active Communities

Warwick Sport are committed to ensuring that all our facilities and programmes that we deliver are inclusive to all. We will ensure that where possible we support disability initiatives and will work with others to ensure we continue to operate best practice.

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Find out more about our work on learning and development: