Activities

Institute members are involved in a variety of other activities and events.

 

2020-2021


July 2021: Emma Banister commented in an article for BBC News about the uptake of paternity leave amongst men and the resultant persistence of gender inequality in early years childcare.

May 2021: Tony Dundon was cited in the Financial Times, commenting on improving employment in the care sector given advances in technology. See: ‘Booming social care sector offers the chance to create better jobs’, Financial Times, 19th May

March 2021: Jill Rubery, Eva Herman, Caitlin Schmid and Abbie Winton produced a briefing note for the GM (Greater Manchester) 4Women's Employment Action Group, looking at the challenges for working women in the wake of the pandemic.

February 2021: Jill Rubery and Eva Herman took part in a fringe event at the TUC Women's Conference, discussing GM4Women2028 and the employment elements of the recently published scorecard.

February 2021: Karen Niven shared her insights on empathy in the workplace in a blog for Diversity and Inclusion Leaders.

February 2021: Jill Rubery and Isabel Tavora took part in a webinar for the European Social Observatory (OSE) on ‘Gender equality and in-work poverty: which role for the EU’. The full event is on YouTube.

February 2021: Jill Rubery was cited in a major parliamentary report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact, highlighting how existing gendered inequalities in the economy have been ignored and sometimes exacerbated by the pandemic policy response.

January 2021: Anne McBride joined a panel of experts from industry and academia at the Aster Group World of Work roundtable sharing their insights and experiences on diversity in the workplace. The related blog is here.

Debra Howcroft co-authored a report on working from home (WFH) for the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC). The Covid-19 and Working from Home Survey was based on responses from more than 3,000 UK workers, the majority of whom were normally based in offices prior to the pandemic. It was carried out by Professors Phil Taylor and Dora Scholarios (University of Strathclyde) and Professor Howcroft (University of Manchester) and revealed some of the challenges associated with working from home.
While a majority of workers of wanted to spend two days or less in the workplace there was also compelling evidence that WFH is not desirable for a significant minority.

Read the report’s preliminary findings here.


2019-2020

May 2020: Tony Dundon presented seven recommendations calling on shares from automation to sustain better equalities for the Future of Work to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee and the House of Commons Select Committee. You can read the report or watch the meeting.

April 2020: Jill Rubery spoke at a panel discussion at the ILO on Closing the Gender Pay Gap.


Sheena Johnson's research on the health and wellbeing of professional drivers has led to the development of the Age, Health and Professional Drivers' Network. Most recently the research team has produced a set of ten best practice guidelines.

Information about the work of our institute members based in the School of Social Sciences can be found on the Gender, Work and care website.