Honorary Fellows are appointed to help us build long-term strategic relationships across the University. The positions aren't time limited and we really look forward to building on these partnerships.
Don Pollacco (Astrophysics)
I'm an observational astronomer working on extra-solar planets and pollution in space. Throughout my career I've used my work to help lever engagement activities be it in a local school or at a national/international level. I'm interested in meeting adults who have no interest in education or youngsters who have no aspiration too learn. For these success is not measured by recruitment but instead in generating curiosity.
Kate Owen (WMS)
As Director of Medical Studies at WMS I lead on development and delivery of the curriculum to 800 medical students. Patients are our ultimate stakeholders and community voice is key to developing a generation of patient centred, empathic doctors. I set up our “CommUnity” group of local people & patient support groups interested in partnering with us in developing teaching and educational research and work closely with our local hospitals and GP practices.
Kerry Kirwan (DPVC Knowledge Exchange)
My work has always included strong engagement activities and it is exciting to bring new scientific or engineering concepts to real audiences across the different platforms – from mobile phones to racing cars. It has certainly taken me out of my comfort zone, but the sense of achievement is often greater than the work itself. Now, perhaps more than ever, our engagement skills are so important and I’m delighted to be part of the Institute.
Kevin Moffat (Life Sciences)
As Director for Outreach in SLS, I have a great team. Activities include working with schools: reception, primary and secondary students, including teacher training. We work locally to widen participation, through to running the British Biology Olympiad nationally. Science festivals and International competitions are highlights. Personally, I have a passion for combining Science with the Arts – particularly physical theatre and have now worked with the three theatre companies. Storytelling and empathy are my new foundations.
Lawrence Young (WMS)
I'm internationally recognised for my research on the role of virus infection in cancer development and for my work on novel therapies. I've made frequent contributions to various public engagement activities including events to raise cancer awareness and to inform about more general developments in biomedical research. My background in virology and immunology has been in great demand during the COVID-19 pandemic with frequent contributions to the local, national and international media.
Lisa Harding (WMG)
I'm a passionate advocate of improving peoples understanding of science, bringing this alive through a variety of ways. Throughout my career I have been involved in many exciting programmes the most recent being the British Science Festival we held here at Warwick. Day to day, through my press and media work, I promote WMG’s research to a wide audience showcasing the new developments and what this means for society.
Lorenzo Frigerio (Vice-Provost/Chair of Faculty)
I'm Vice Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine (from 1 August 21)
I am a plant biologist and my research focusses on the organelles present in seed cells that produce and store most of the plant proteins that we eat.
I am passionate about science communication: I teach plant cell biology practicals in a national summer school for undergraduate students, run activities for children in local schools, and contributed music and lyrics to educational songs and videos on plant cell biology.
Margaret Low (WMG)
I'm Director of Outreach and Widening Participation for WMG. I work with young people to encourage them to become creators as well as consumers of technology. My interactive workshops explore creative aspects of technology. I collaborate with local, national and international organisations and communities to explore inclusive, creative learning experiences. In 2008, I set up the student-led, Technology Volunteers project at Warwick, enabling students to present technology workshops for local school children.
Martine Barons (Applied Statistics)
It was the discovery, during my undergraduate degree, that Maths can make people’s lives better that inspired me to continue into postgraduate study and research. My excitement for Mathematical sciences and their applications naturally bubbles over in conversation and I waste no opportunity to explain the power of mathematical sciences for social good on TV, radio, in newspapers, at Pint of Science, Café Scientifique, science and other festivals and events for older school pupils.
Rebecca Freeman (Life Sciences/Dean of Students)
I've had a consistent focus on engagement through my role in School of Life Sciences, as Dean of Students and in my research. In Life Sciences I've co-developed a final year module - Science Communication - which provides insight and experience of engagement to students. My research has focused on theories of engagement and approaches to working with key stakeholders to develop and enhance policy and practice in higher education.
Anil Awesti – Senior Teaching Fellow
My research, teaching and practice are based on the relationship between Higher Education (HE) and social justice. My current work focuses on anti-racism in HE and, in doing so, I Chair Warwick’s Race Equality Taskforce and lead the institution’s anti-racism staff training programme. I have spent much of the past decade engaging with non-university audiences as a means of fostering social dialogue and understanding through a series of talks in local schools, pubs and community settings on topics of contemporary political interest as well as open access seminar series on analysing Brexit. I have also engaged with the United Nations and European Union on the role of HE in tackling social and economic inequalities.
I look forward to contributing to the development of WIE, particularly in fostering links between the university and local disadvantaged communities and the role WIE can play in furthering social justice.
Graeme Currie (WBS)
I'm Professor of Public Management in Warwick Business School. My research is set in health and social care, within which I'm interested in enhancing its organisation and management for better patient care. Iwork with a range of local health and social care providers and the public in the region, supported by funding National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Centre West Midlands, to implement integrated care for those with long-term conditions. Nationally, I lead an ESRC funded research study to support scale up of innovations that help care leavers transition into adulthood. Internationally, funded by NIHR I carry out research to support the implementation of early intervention services for young people with first episode psychosis in India, and funded by the NHMRC in Australia, research to accelerate progression of women in healthcare leadership positions.
Jackie Hodgson (Law/DPVC Research)
Much of my research work in criminal justice has engaged with courts, commissions of enquiry, legislatures, parliamentary committees and policy makers, as well as with public audiences. This has been on matters as varied as prisoner well-being, suspects’ rights across jurisdictions, miscarriages of justice and counter-terrorism, engaging through public debate, training, policy and practitioner events, film screenings and pre and post-theatre talks. See further. As DPVC (Research) impact and engagement run through my portfolio, especially in relation to City of Culture and the GRP programme. We have been working with researchers across campus to collaborate with partners and communities in Coventry, and to bring their research to new audiences. As the Warwick lead on Coventry CreatesLink opens in a new window, a collaborative project with Coventry University, I was delighted with the digital exhibition created to showcase commissioned artworks from Coventry creatives, produced in response to pieces of research.
Jonothan Neelands (WBS/ Academic Director Cultural Partnerships)
I'm the Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships and Professor of Creative Education WBS. I led the influential Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value in 2015 and the development of the Coventry Cultural Strategy 2017-2027. I was part of the team that successfully bid for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. I'm now leading on evaluation for the City of Culture Trust. All of these initiates have involved working closely with senior individuals and organisations in the world of arts and culture and extensive consultation with communities and residents of the city and beyond.
Nick Vaughan-Williams (Politics and International Studies, Vice-Provost/ Chair of Faculty of Social Sciences)
I’m Vice-Provost/Chair of Faculty of Social Sciences (from 1 August 2021) and Professor of International Security.
My research focuses on the international politics of borders, migration, and security. I’m fascinated by the changing nature and location of attempts to govern human mobility, and what this tells us about the societies in which we live.
Ih focus groups with citizens as a participatory research method, and my findings have been presented to the EU Commission, Frontex, the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, & Development Office, and the Maltese Presidency.
Nigel Driffield, Professor of International Business, Deputy ProVice Chancellor Regional Engagement
Nigel Driffield is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for regional engagement and also Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, having held a similar post at Aston Business School for 10 years which included a spell as the dean of the business school. He has a PhD from Reading University, and has published some 80 academic papers across a range of disciplines including international business, regional science, finance, and economics.
His main areas of interest are the links between firm internationalisation and firm performance; the impact of inward investment on host locations; international technology transfer; policy responses to globalisation
He is the Midlands Lead for the ESRC Productivity Institute. He also holds a £1m investment from ESRC looking at productivity in the West Midlands, “From Productivity to Prosperity”. This is a collaboration with Birmingham Business School and WMG at Warwick focusses on how productivity growth through investment, skills and supply chain collaboration can be translated into inclusive growth. He is also part of a team holding a £650K ESRC grant looking at policies to deliver productivity and growth locally.
He recently held a Prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship, investigating the impact of internationally mobile capital on both home and source countries, particularly in terms of competitiveness and labour markets.
More generally, he is currently an advisor to the BEIS Select Committee, and the Department of International Trade, with a focus on inward investment. He has carried out research and consultancy projects for UNCTAD, World Bank, European Commission, OECD, and in the UK several Government Departments and local Regional Development bodies. Locally, he has worked with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP since its inception, serving on the economics strategy board, chairing the academic advisory group, and on the executive steering committees for both the Heseltine Report and the Strategic Economic Plan.
More recently he was the academic lead and deputy chair of the West Midlands Productivity and Skills commission. He has written extensively on the prospects for inward investment post Brexit.
He was on the Business and Management Sub-panel for the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) exercise, and has been re-appointed for 2021. He recently completed a term on ESRC grants panel. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies, the “World Elite” journal in the area of international business, as well as the Journal of World Business and the Global Strategy
David Coates (Faculty of Arts Curator)
As the Faculty of Arts Curator, I’m charged with ensuring that the new Faculty of Arts Building is brought to life for students, staff and the general public. I’ll be helping to shape how the Faculty of Arts presents itself and how we disseminate student and staff research and practice within and beyond our building. In my role as Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies I research and teach theatre history with a specialism in entertainments in Britain in the long nineteenth century. Before joining Theatre and Performance Studies, I worked at Warwick Arts Centre and continue to work closely with them in my various roles at the university.
David Morley (Warwick Writing Programme, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)
I'm an award-winning poet, a National Teaching Fellow, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. I trained as an ecologist in the Lake District and won the Ted Hughes Award for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems. I pioneered podcasting in creative writing through my Writing Challenges apps which were downloaded onto all demo Apple Macs. My latest book FURY was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the Forward Prize.
Gemma Wright - Head of Creative Learning at Warwick Arts Centre
My role is to develop strategies that widen the reach of the organisation to increase creative engagement opportunities for our community. I have previously worked at arts organisations such as Spike Island in Bristol, Leicester Print Workshop and Camden Art Centre. I am committed to demonstrating the social impact of arts and culture in people’s lives and to breaking down barriers to engagement. I believe that everyone has the right to experience and enjoy arts and culture, to be creatively empowered and to discover their creative futures.
Penny Roberts (Chair of Faculty)
I'm the Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of early modern European History. I'm president-elect of the Society for the Study of French History, which promotes the study and understanding of the history of France and the Francophone world through an annual conference and annual lecture, engagement with schools and other societies, and various other activities. I've been a contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes, including In Our Time, Woman's Hour and the Afternoon Shift, and the BBC History magazine. In 2019 I gave one of the Royal Historical Society's public lectures.
Sarah Shalgosky, Curator, Warwick Arts Centre
Biography to follow
I'm taking up my role as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research from 1 August 21.
My research, spanning the two key areas of eating disorders and workforce mental health and productivity, involves many external partner organisations, including the NHS, industry partners from a range of sectors and schools both nationally and internationally.
I'm currently Warwick PI on the Midlands Engine-Funded Mental Health and Productivity Pilot.
Doreen Foster (Warwick Arts Centre)
I'm Director of Warwick Arts Centre, a role which I started in September 2018, and I'm committed to socially engaged practice. I've worked in the arts and cultural sector for over 30 years including leadership roles at Black Cultural Archives in Brixton; Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham and the Arts Council. I'm a Trustee at Clean Break Theatre, Heart of Glass (St Helens) and Triangle Trust.
Gwen van der Velden (DPVC Student Experience)
I'm Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at Warwick and was the Founding Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy – a sister Academy to WIE. My interest in engagement stems originally from my national and institutional work on student engagement. My interests have since broadened into international inter-university engagement on education matters, and on social inclusion in the context of public, educational and societal engagement.
Jonathan Heron (IATL)
I'm Director of IATL and a member of the University Education Executive. As a theatre practitioner I led engagement activities at Pegasus Theatre Oxford, Royal Shakespeare Company and Trinity College Dublin. I was Artistic Director of Fail Better Productions and a core member of AHRC research collaborations with health practitioners to develop compassionate caregiving within NHS settings. I lead the Found Sound project, in partnership with Coventry Cathedral and other regional venues: https://coventrycreates.co.uk/project/found-sound/
Leti Gramaglia (WIHEA)
Head of Academic Development and Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA), I'm responsible for the strategic leadership of development for academic staff who teach, ensuring alignment with institutional priorities and sector trends. My disciplinary background is in post-colonial studies, with a research focus on Indo-Caribbean literature and history of mental health institutions in the Caribbean. I'm a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Peter Scott (IAS)
Director of IAS and chair of Warwick’s spectacular public art collection, I support a range of engagement activities. As a Royal Society Industry Fellow, I lead one of Warwick’s largest industry partnerships. I'm founder and director of Interface Polymers Ltd, bringing a unique recycling technology to market. My team also conducts world-leading research in molecular self-assembly with applications in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and antimicrobial resistance. I'm a trustee of NMiTE; a new engineering institute in Hereford.
Andy Johnson (Social Inclusion Manager)
I have over 20 years’ experience in Widening Participation and Social Inclusion. I’ve spent my career working to enhance access, dispel myths and breakdown barriers to university by delivering wide-reaching, high-quality engagement opportunities to a diverse range of people. I truly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with, and to be enabled to reach their potential within Higher Education. I’m excited to bring my experience of inclusive programme design to this Institute.
Dan Derricott - Director of Education Policy and Quality
Dan works within the division of the Education Group responsible for supporting colleagues across the University to continuously improve teaching, learning, curricula and the student experience. This is increasingly outward-facing and collaborative in support of new modes of delivery (such as apprenticeships) and new strategic partnerships (such as that with University College Birmingham, which he helps to lead for Warwick). This helps ensure our Education offer remains connected to our communities. He is part of the Education Executive, a WIHEA Fellow and proudly Chair of Governors at a large primary school in Leicester.
David Plumb – Director of the Innovation Group
David generates disruptive ideas, and translates them into transformation, business development and growth. He's also an experienced Non Executive Director who has served on the board of major consumer businesses such as Tesco Mobile, and innovative digital businesses such as giffgaff. An accomplished digital leader, for example serving as Chief Digital Officer at O2, with a track record of regeneration of traditional business models.
Passionate about helping people fulfil their potential by running high potential groups, speaking in schools and local community work.
Charlotte Ridley - Director of Brand and Marketing
I am responsible for addressing how we build our brand and reputation across our broad range of identified audiences, ensuring all we do aligns consistently to our higher strategic and social purpose. Having originally come from a commercial PR background, I proactively chose to work in organisations that had a clear social purpose at their heart and have worked for major charities including Comic Relief and The Prince’s Trust, and social justice movement, Make Poverty History. I believe universities are incredible organisations that make a real world impact on people’s lives and I believe that quality, positive engagement in the community with expert academics sharing their knowledge and their unique understanding of the world can be a life-changing experience, particularly for people who have no other opportunity or reason to interact with or be inspired by the work of the higher education sector. This is why I believe in public engagement and want to contribute to the work of the Institute, bringing my own expertise to the table.
James Alexander (Digital Strategy)
I'm Director of Digital Strategy and Transformation at Warwick, sitting within the Information and Digital Group. I have responsibility for the creation of a cross-institutional digital roadmap to help the university reach its 2030 vision. I have experience engaging varying stakeholders on the topics of digital disruption and delivering complex programmes of change. In previous roles in technology consulting, I led thought leadership on emerging technologies and cross industry alignment on new digital standards.
Jane Furze – Director of MCI
Jane has led Warwick’s Public Engagement team since 2017. Her tenure as Director of Regional Strategy and Public Engagement has seen Warwick host major events such as the British Science Festival, feed into national decision making around PE, and the creation and launch of the Warwick Institute of Engagement. Alongside her role in creating the Warwick Institute of Engagement, Jane is Director of Regional Strategy and leads the University’s marketing and communications strategy. She sits on a number of national public engagement forums including the Royal Society Public Engagement committee. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in engagement after a career spent in management and communications roles across private, public and charitable sectors. In particular, her time spent as Director and CEO for Cheltenham Festivals ignited her passion for engagement. She is a firm believer in the power of engaging young people, in ensuring engagement is inclusive and reaches all parts of our community, and in championing the importance of experts building knowledge and understanding in our communities
Kulbir Shergill (Director of Social Inclusion)
I'm an accomplished diversity and social inclusion consultant, adviser and leader for over 20 years. I bring cross-sector experience and learning from complex, fast-moving and challenging commercial firms, local and central government and not for profit organisations. I have won several national and international awards for leading transformational change at strategic and operational levels, embedding behavioural change to create more inclusive and harmonious working environments.
Mike Haymes (International Strategy and Relations)
I support Warwick’s engagement with the EUTOPIA alliance of European Universities. EUTOPIA is a network of six universities funded by the European Commission to develop a new model for Higher Education. Together, we share best practice, pilot new initiatives and develop new international opportunities for our staff and students. This includes exploring ways in which our universities connect to local, regional, national and international stakeholders.
Paul Barlow (Warwick Volunteers)
My role is to champion the work of Warwick Volunteers (WV) following my intense conviction that extra-curricular volunteering is an incredible means not only to develop students, but also create two way dialogue between the community and University at a grass roots level. WV engage around 1000 students in supporting 60+ local schools and third sector organisations. I joined Warwick from Loughborough University where my work saw 2 out of 3 students participating in extracurricular activity.
Paul Blagburn (WP)
Engagement can be transformational, inspire and change lives. Yet, engagement can be challenging, especially when trying to reach those that don’t wish to be engaged with, those communities that don’t have a real affinity with HE, those families and groups that feel universities are ‘not for the likes of me’. My interest is to improve how we as a university, an influencer in its locality, can better connect with the people in the local communities, especially where the need is the greatest.
Rachel Sandby-Thomas - Registrar
Rachel sits on the Executive Committee of AHUA, the Registrars’ network, and chairs its Training and Development Committee. She is Chair of the Russell Group Registrars.
Outside of HE, she serves on the Labour Party’s Council of Skills Advisors, is vice Chair of LEAP Confronting Conflict, a trustee of The Whitehall & Industry Group, the ‘Future-Fit’ Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts Academies. She is a Governor of the Warwick College Group, a Companion of the CMI, a Fellow of the RSA and a Freeman of The Goldsmiths’ Company and the City of London. She sits on the Goldsmith’s Membership Committee.
Prior to joining Warwick, Rachel was shadow CEO of the UK Government’s Institute for Apprenticeships and Director General in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills for 8 years.
She was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2012, named as one of the 2016 FTSE 100 “Women to Watch” and The Times 100 “Most Influential Lawyers”, 2012.
Rachel graduated from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge with a double first class honours in Law.
Roberta Wooldridge Smith (Student Opportunity)
I have worked in a variety of student or education-oriented professional services roles and I am currently Director of Student Opportunity and Deputy Academic Registrar. A member of the Education Executive, I work closely with the Academic Directors for Employability & Skills and Internationalisation. Delivery of co-curricular development for students presents a myriad of opportunities to enable students to experience engagement and I look forward to working with the Institute of Engagement to integrate opportunities across their portfolio.
Sam Roseveare – Head of Government Affairs
Sam leads the university’s engagement with politicians and policymakers. His background is in public policy and strategy, and has previously worked at Universities UK and Imperial College London.
Engagement, and particularly policy engagement, is important to him. Research and policy is often strengthened through engagement with a wide range of perspectives and voices, and he looks forward to working with WIE as it goes from strength to strength.
Sarah Hall (R&IS)
I provide the Professional Services leadership for the development and articulation of the University’s research impact, working closely with the PVC and DPVCs (Research), and leading a team of expert practitioners that face out to the Faculties and Departments.
This team supports researchers at all career stages to develop external engagement plans and achieve high quality research impact across a wide range of end users, partners, and beneficiaries.
I'm also responsible for the management and oversight of the institutional portfolio of Impact Acceleration Accounts, funding circa 70 live knowledge exchange projects, and ensuring that the University works collaboratively with the Research Councils to achieve research impact across the disciplines.
Most recently, I led the Professional Services support for the REF Impact submission and initiated Warwick’s ‘Working on the Future’ communications theme, producing signage for the British Science Festival in 2019 and launching a research impact film in 2021.