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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Creates, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maureen McLaughlin (EPQ)
With over 30 years in the HE sector in the UK and overseas, I have benefitted from roles which have enabled me to engage with staff and students. Most specifically I held the post of Head of Public Engagement at QAA in which I developed critically important relationships with key stakeholders across the sector. The infinite opportunities for learning from these relationships continue to inspire and energise me in my current role at the University of Warwick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Hutchins (Chief Communications Officer)
I’m delighted to act as a champion for Warwick’s public engagement activities and for WIE from my new position on the University’s Executive Board. I’m especially interested in our local and regional communities and how Warwick engages with multiple stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors. I also have a keen interest in how we engage with schools which started when I led the creation of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.