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Warwick Inclusion Conference

Warwick Inclusion Conference

16 June 2022

See our conference highlights:

If you'd like to catch up on what you missed or revisit the day, you can see some of the highlights using the button below.

Here you'll find photographs from the day, a recording of our keynote speech, speakers' slides and notes and even some poetry...

Event Details:

9:30-16:45 followed by a drinks reception until 18:00

Scarman Conference Centre with online options throughout the day

About the event

Staff from across the university were invited to attend Warwick's first Social Inclusion Conference.

The event celebrated diversity and offered an inclusive environment in which colleagues could learn, collaborate, and co-create. Thank you to everyone who joined us - whether you were a speaker or attendee - it was great to see so many of you engaged


The conference offered an opportunity to share practice, generate ideas, think deeply about what it means to be an inclusive institution and to celebrate our collective achievements and progress so far. We hope you left the event feeling inspired and able to contribute towards our aim of becoming an internationally recognised leader in social inclusion.

We were also joined by Stuart Croft and members of the University Executive Board to participate in a panel discussion as part of the event.

Keynote speaker - Professor Olivette Otele

As the first Black female Professor of History, Olivette Otele is a symbol of inclusion and hope. Specialising in geopolitics, the slave trade and Europe’s colonial past, Olivette's keynote speeches draw upon pinnacle events in world history to explore some of the barriers she has overcome during her journey to becoming a Professor.

Upon being appointed Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University in 2013, Olivette explored collective memory and European colonisation, before being appointed the first Black female Professor of History in the UK, in 2018. The prestigious position is a testament to Olivette’s determination and mental resilience, as she had to work twice as hard due to discrimination against her race. Olivette now works for the University of Bristol and is using her appointment to inspire more Black female academics to follow in her footsteps, having opened the door for minority professionals.

Olivette has shared her knowledge across several forms of media including Times Higher Education, The Conversation and the BBC. She was also named in BBC’s 2018 100 Women List and Prospect’s Greatest Thinkers of 2020.