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November 16, 2018 / Sian Moore

Intergenerational Legacy of Windrush Nurses

On Monday, 29 October, the Work and Employment Research Unit and Applied Sociology Research Group hosted a symposium on the Intergenerational Legacy of Windrush Nurses:  Exploring the impact and legacy for successive generations of African-Caribbean people in the UK. The event was organised by Dr Myrtle Emmanuel, Professor Tracey Reynolds and Dr Leroi Henry

Dr Jan Etienne, Birkbeck University of London gave a keynote speech on “Windrush Sisters – survival and success:  Legacy for a new generation”. The address situated the sacrifices of the Windrush generation in the context of moves to decolonise higher education and forefront the voices of black women. As part of an explicitly black feminist womanist agenda, Dr Etienne highlighted the centrality for black women of caring and the importance of passing on the survival skills critical to maintaining communities. She went on to discuss matriarchal learning hubs as emancipated spaces for learning where black female voices could be foregrounded.

Dr Myrtle Emmanuel, Professor Tracey Reynolds and Dr Leroi Henry then presented some initial findings from their research on Windrush nurses. The presenters discussed the nurses’ motivations for becoming nurses and coming to the UK, their early experiences in the UK, the negative implications of the nurses being channelled into SEN rather than SRN training, their subsequent career progression, their experiences of racism and how they responded to it and the ways in which they developed career resilience. The session concluded by discussing the nurse’s reflections on their overall contribution to the NHS, relationships with younger generations and inter-generational legacies and finally the recent Windrush Scandal.

Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng then chaired an inter-generational roundtable discussion with Greenwich sociology students and RCNA research project participants. The panel included 4 retired nurses (Ruth Roberts, Lucy Reid, Correl Hileene Evelyne Zamore and Hazel Watson) and 3 students from the University were interested in finding out what brought the nurses to the UK. The nurses outlined that opportunities were better in the UK for people in their position. The students asked about their initial experiences of the UK. The nurses discussed getting used to the food and weather, support from other nurses and migrants and their differing experiences of discrimination. The nurses were interested in whether the older generation discuss their experiences with younger generations to which the students discussed how they had been told about their struggles, where they came from and how the older generation had instilled in them a work ethic. The nurses asked about the students experiences of racism with the students discussing their varied experiences. The session concluded with a discussion on the importance of young and old interacting and learning from one another in order to maintain the community.

The event continued with a Rehearsed Reading of “Voices of the Windrush Nurses” a script produced by Adeola Solanke and performed by Anni Domingo, Martina Laird, Ellen Thomas, Marci Lecky and Vivienne Rochester This dramatization developed from interview transcripts brought to life some of the key narratives of the nurses.

The day concluded with a traditional Caribbean supper and a performance by “Bolder Voices”,a community campaigning choir.

If you need more information, please contact: Dr Myrtle Emmanuel <>.


October 26, 2018 / Sian Moore

Is whistleblowing the new normal?

This seminar on whistleblowing  will take place on Wednesday, 12th December 2018, between 3-6 pm, at the University of Greenwich (Room HH102, Hamilton House, Park Vista).

In the context of whistleblowing, policy-makers have recently started to shift the focus from the person of the whistleblower towards the recipients of whistleblowing, i.e. those whom whistleblowers call upon to stop wrongdoing. Increasingly, organisations are implementing speak-up policies through procedures, training, and in-house or outsourced hotlines. Is this a new form of managerialism? Is it, as some voice scholars wrote recently (Barry & Wilkinson, 2016 BJIR), “pro-social or pro-management”? On the other hand, research shows that external whistleblowing is most often a result of badly managed internal whistleblowing. Hence, the way organisations institutionalise whistleblowing warrants our attention. This seminar discusses the institutionalisation of whistleblowing, around four pieces of recent research conducted by invited speakers:

Dr Erik Mygind du Plessis, Copenhagen Business School. “Speaking truth through power: Conceptualizing internal hotlines using Foucault’s dispositive.”

Prof David Lewis, Middlesex University. “What information about whistleblowing do the FTSE top 100 firms post on their website?”

Dr Mahaut Fanchini, University of Paris-Dauphine. “The co-construction of whistleblowing: How expectations of the recipient frame ‘acceptable’ whistleblowing narratives.”

Arron Phillips, University of Greenwich. “Do trade union members blow the whistle differently? Exploring data from a UK whistleblower advice line.”

Chaired by Dr Wim Vandekerckhove, University of Greenwich

Biographies of speakers:

Erik Du Plessis is assistant Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. His research explores ways in which whistleblowing is institutionalised. Previous studies include whistleblowing in the context of Danish trade unions.

David Lewis is Professor of Employment Law at Middlesex University. He is the convenor of the International Whistleblowing Research Network. He is head of the Whistleblowing Research Unit at Middlesex University, and has published widely on the topic of whistleblowing since the mid-1990s.

Mahaut Francini is Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies at the University of Paris-Dauphine. Her research focuses on understanding practices and discourses related to the reception of whistleblowing episodes.

Arron Phillips is a WERU/CREW PhD student at the University of Greenwich. His current research focuses on the role of trade unions in the whistleblowing process.

Wim Vandekerckhove is Reader in Business Ethics at the University of Greenwich, and WERU/CREW member. He has provided expertise on whistleblowing to various stakeholders, including Council of Europe, Transparency International, ACCA, British Standards Institute, Financial Conduct Authority, Department of Health, and Public Concern at Work. He is currently the convenor of the ISO working group (TC309/WG3) developing an international standard on internal whistleblowing systems.

This is a free seminar, open to the public and all are invited, but please can you inform us if you are planning to attend from outside the University of Greenwich by registering your interest at:   Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend. Or email Dr Ruth Ballardie on


Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ

Telephone: +44 20 8331 9083 E-mail:

October 18, 2018 / Sian Moore

Study on privatised water industry in the UK

Recent PSIRU study The Privatised Water Industry in the UK critically evaluates the privatised water & sewage industry in England. It finds that the public-owned sector in Scotland delivers the service just as efficiently, albeit at a lower cost to consumers. Its econometric analysis suggests that the 40% increase in real household bills since privatisation was mainly driven by continuously growing interest payments on debt, contrary to the regulator attributing them to growing costs and investments. The study shows that the accelerating debt levels are primarily the result of disproportionate dividend pay-outs, which exceeded the privatised companies’ cash balances in all but one year since 1989. The study concludes that the way the industry operates may no longer be sustainable and seems to disadvantage consumers greatly without their knowledge, as there is a fog of misleading statements by the companies and the regulator.

You can also read news articles about the study in  Times  and the Guardian.


September 27, 2018 / Sian Moore

Upcoming Symposium: Intergenerational Legacy of Windrush Nurses

Symposium will mark 2018 Black History Month and aims to highlight 70 years of valuable contribution and legacy that Windrush nurses have made and continue to make to the NHS workforce.  The event is hosted by Applied Sociology Research Group, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences​ and Work and Employment Research Unit, Faculty of Business of the University of Greenwich.

It will take place on Monday 29th October 2018, 2-6pm, QA063 Queen Anne Building, at Maritime Campus, University of Greenwich.

This free event promises a myriad of activities including presentations, roundtable discussions, performance pieces and an exhibition of archive and memorabilia showcased by the Retired Caribbean Nursing Association.

Guest speakers and performances include:

  • Dr Jan Etienne, Birkbeck University of London  (Author of ‘Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of first-generation African Caribbean Women’)
  • Tracey Reynolds, Myrtle Emmanuel, Leroi Henry and Deborah Isaac, University of Greenwich
  • Retired Caribbean Nursing Association
  • Windrush Nurses Foundation
  • Performances including a dramatized piece, written and produced by Adeola Solanke, University of Greenwich
  • Community Choir

To register please visit: Spaces are limited to 50 delegates.

For further information please contact: Dr Myrtle Emmanuel (

September 27, 2018 / Sian Moore

Workshop on Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data

WERU member, Dr Ruth Ballardie, organised a workshop on the Secondary Analyse of Qualitative Data that was taking place on 21 September 2018, at Greenwich Campus.

The workshop was led by Dr Kahryn Hughes, from Leeds University, who is the Director of the Timescapes Archive and a scholar of secondary data analysis. Participants engaged in robust discussions about the opportunities and challenges of doing secondary analyses, including issues related to cross project archival research and of ethical issues. With the existence of  a large number of qualitative research project archives, many with a specific focus on issues related to work and employment, and with several large grant opportunities available, this workshop supported participants to gain a deeper understanding of  this method, contributing to the potential for developing  future research projects using this method.


September 26, 2018 / Sian Moore

The Future for Employment Regulation: a Manifesto for Labour Law?

Work and Employment Research Unit is organizing a seminar on The Future of Employment Regulation that will take place on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, between 3-6pm, at the University of Greenwich.


This seminar will look at the future of collective bargaining and trade union recognition. Over the past 30 years the extent of collective bargaining in the UK has been significantly reduced and, despite union recognition law being passed by the previous Labour Government, union membership has also declined. Since 2010 the impact of the economic recession and Government austerity policies have not improved this situation. In 2016 a group of legal experts put forward a proposal to increase collective bargaining in the private sector by extending sectoral or industry bargaining, underpinned by strong trade union rights. This was published by the Institute of Employment Rights as ‘A Manifesto for Labour Law’. Professor Keith Ewing of Kings College London and Professor Sonia McKay, Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich, were both co-authors of the report and they will both speak at the seminar. Our other speakers will be Sarah Veale, previously Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC, and Alastair Hatchett, previously head of pay research at IDS (both are Visiting Fellows at the Work and Employment Research Unit).

Professor Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at Kings College London. Professor Ewing joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 1989. Prior to this he was Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia (1992); at the University of Alberta (1987-88) and at Osgoode Hall Law School (1982). He has also held positions at the University of Edinburgh, 1978-83 and at the University of Cambridge, 1983-1989.

Professor Sonia McKay Sonia McKay is a visiting Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Greenwich as well as the University of the West of England. She was previously at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University where she headed a number of research projects, mainly focusing on discrimination, migration and collective organisation at both national and EU level. She holds a law degree from Queens University, Belfast and a Ph.D in employment law from Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Dr Sarah Veale was Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC between 2003 and 2015, when she retired. Since then Sarah has been a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a member of the Regulatory Policy Committee, an Executive Committee member of the Institute for Employment Rights and Vice Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Previously Sarah was a member of the ACAS Council and the Health and Safety Executive Board.

Alastair Hatchett has been a visiting fellow at the University of Greenwich since 2013, having retired from his post of head of pay and research at Incomes Data Services in 2012. He has an extensive knowledge of pay systems and pay bargaining after 30 years of research at IDS. He has led a wide range of pay research projects for the Low Pay Commission, the Pay Review Bodies, many different trade unions, the TUC and the CIPD and was a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. His current research is focussed on public sector pay, the future of collective bargaining and the changing structure of the labour market.

This is a free seminar open to the public and all are invited but please can you inform us if you are planning to attend from outside the University of Greenwich by registering your interest at:   Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend. Or email Dr Ruth Ballardie on

Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ
Telephone: +44 20 8331 9083

July 30, 2018 / Sian Moore

Undergraduate dissertation  prizes

Work and Employment Research Unit

WERU gives yearly prices to the best student dissertations. This year’s winners of undergraduate dissertation  prize are:
  • Nicole Calimlim  – How do flexible work arrangements influence millennial’s point of view on work-life balance in the consulting industry
  • Anisha Badhah – Part-time work and education
  • Lina Jurgeleviciute  – To what extent does nepotism influence millennial’s perceptions of job candidate’s capability and likeability?

Winners got certificates and £50 Waterstones vouchers. Below are the photos of the three dissertation prizewinners getting their prizes from Paul Mortimer.

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