Engagements

A regular invited speaker at conferences, Dianne, is an advocate and practitioner for socially inclusive higher education and for successful ageing. She promotes educational endeavour and opportunity that engage with the needs of modern communities for social, cultural and economic wellbeing. Dianne engages in contemporary debates around the student experience in higher education and the distinctive role and contribution of church colleges and universities. She leads on the contemporary governance agenda. A social scientist with a multidisciplinary practice, Professor Willcocks’ research is in the field of old-age. She engages diverse audiences to recognise the significance of the creative/cultural economy. She also leads public policy and practice debates to secure social inclusion. Importantly she adopts a style of empowerment to develop the next generation of leaders.

Current engagements include:
York Museums Trust

York Theatre Royal fundraising

York Mediale Festival

Great Exhibition of the North

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

York Older People’s Assembly

Patron OCAY: Older Citizens Advocacy York

York Dementia Action Alliance

York Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

She promotes inclusivity for the wider community and engages diverse audiences to recognise the significance of the creative/cultural economy.