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