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Warwick’s Gender Equality Award 2022 winners announced

Individuals and teams across the University have been honoured in this year’s Excellence in Gender Equality award, which acknowledges commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion, and sharing best practice.

Initiated by the Institutional Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team and the Gender Taskforce, these awards were judged by the Provost, Chairs of Faculties, and the Director of Social Inclusion, and showcase the great gender equality work taking place at Warwick and our commitment to driving excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion.

See the winners below:


Chayn Sanjay Kohli, WBS

Chayn was recognised for her gender equality work in India, as well as at Warwick. The judges commented that she has raised awareness and funds to support education and rights. She has featured in regional media and writes for The Boar and other blog-posts at Warwick. Chayn brings in role models to the university and is the Vice President of Indian Student Association (INSA).


Read our interview with Chayn where she talks about the challenges around gender equality and how it can be tackled.


Kirstie Haywood, WMS


Kirstie was recognised for sustaining the contribution to culture change which has meant that Gender Equality is now mainstreamed across WMS.

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Very highly commended

Joanne Davis, WBS who the judges congratulated on her commitment and determination to “make things better”.

Highly commended

  • Nikita Asnani, School of Engineering, for the Making Magnificent Things projects for nursery students to help understand engineering through play.
  • Jane Shepherd, WMG (now Chemistry) for the new buddy system set up in WMG.
  • Charlie Ward, WMG who is an ambassador for gender equality and was described by the judges as a person who enthusiastically promotes equality in her marketing role.
  • Deema Khunda, School of Engineering, who is the Sponsorship Coordinator for Warwick Women in Engineering Society and promotes gender equality in and outside of Warwick
  • Anne Wilson, Student Opportunity, who has been leading the Springboard women’s development programme.


Read our interview with Kirstie where she talks about how collaborative working and active engagement with their community is key to WMS' equality work.


Department of Sociology Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, led by Professor Nickie Charles and Dr Maria do Mar Pereira.

The judges said the department has led sector level discussions to benefit of other institutions. The team have also created widely used AS templates, events and publications. They hosted a well-attended workshop and provided great evidence of commitment plus sharing of best practice.

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Very highly commended

The Centre for Teacher Education Department for sustained structural contribution with Gender Equality embedded in curriculum for Teacher Training.

Highly commended

  • Stefania Paredes Fuentres and the Women in Economics, a student workshop team for a great initiative and event demonstrating sharing good practice.
  • WMS Athena-Swan academic and career promotion sub-group for important work to support Gender Equality in WMS via an early and mid-career network and mentoring scheme.
  • Warwick Women in Economics, International Women’s Day Conference Team for the International Women’s Day flagship event.
  • The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Women in Engineering Society for their work in the Women’s Engineering Society.


Read our interview with Nickie and Maria where they talk about their work and how food has played an important part in their achievements.