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.
Dianne was a founder member of Yorkshire's first and continuing Lifelong Learning Network, Higher York, and a member of the HEFCE Board for three years, together with chairing its Widening Access and Participation Strategic Advisory Committee.
Current engagements include:
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Leadership development and Governor development programmes
UK Resources Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
Mentoring Senior Women Scientists for Public Body Trusteeshi
York Older People’s Assembly
Various Board positions