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September 12, 2019 / Sian Moore

CREW seminar: Emerging and future research themes in work and employment

Monday 23rd September 2019
TIME: 14.00 – 17.00
VENUE: Room HH103, Hamilton House, Park Vista, Greenwich SE10 9LZ

New developments in economic, political, social, environmental and technological contexts are reshaping work and employment, and the associated institutions, organisations, practices and experiences of workers and managers. This seminar builds upon our previous conversations about these issues which were initiated at the launch of CREW in January 2019, including with Professor John Burgess. In the seminar we will consider a range of perspectives on these issues, from experienced and early career researchers and from policy-makers, furthering our discussion of emerging areas and issues for researchers in work and employment, including the possibilities that these trends offer for developing new research agendas. Speakers include:

Professor John Burgess – Emerging research and policy on work and employment
Professor Duncan Brown – Back to the future: whatever happened to strategic human resource management?!
Dr Jane Lethbridge – Democratising expertise – constructing a research strategy
Dr Barbara Samaluk – Emerging issues from research on work-life transitions within and across national borders
Dr Scott Tindall – The future of uniformed services
Dr Alexandra Stroleny – Nursing: policy context and HRM
Dr Leroi Henry – Equality, diversity and inclusion in football
Chaired by Professor Sian Moore, Director of CREW, University of Greenwich


Professor John Burgess, is a visiting professor at CREW (UoG) and Professor of HRM and Employment Relations at Royal Melbourne Institute for Technology (Melbourne). John has extensive international experience in research on a wide range of issues in the fields of employment relations and HRM, including HRM in multinational enterprises, contingent employment, work and technology, workplace partnerships and consultation, EEO and diversity management.
Professor Duncan Brown, is Head of HR and reward work for the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) in the UK, which supports improvement in HR and employment practice. He has more than 25 years’ experience in reward and HR consulting, research and policy work and has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, engagement, pensions, equal pay and human capital reporting. His current work is focused on medical pay, gender pay, employee financial wellbeing and working in the gig economy.
Dr Jane Lethbridge, was a Director of the Public Service International Research Unit (UofG) and has worked on public service issues, including the impact of privatisation on public services, social dialogue in the health and social care sectors and the role of public professionals in improving public services for over 20 years with experience of management in both the public and voluntary sectors. Her book ‘Democratic Professionalism in Public Services’ was published by Policy Press in June 2019.
Dr Barbara Samaluk, is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at CREW (UoG), with a PhD at the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity at Queen Mary U. She researches transnational mobility and migration, work-life transitions, precarity, intersectional inequalities and (self)organising of precarious workers and wider social groups. She is currently investigating school-to-work transitions and transnational mobility of Slovenian teachers and social care workers.
Dr Leroi Henry, is a Senior Lecturer at the UoG and a member of CREW and his research includes migrant and BAME health professionals, discrimination, exclusion and the role of unions in challenging discrimination. He is currently researching processes promoting increased BAME representation in football management, the role of LGBT friendly football teams in promoting inclusion and the intergenerational legacies of Windrush generation nurses.
Dr Scott Tindal, is a Lecturer at the UoG and a member of CREW. He is interested in the sociology of organisations and his recent research is as a part of the Future Reserves Research Programme, examining the challenges and opportunities to implementing the Future Reserves 2020 reforms across the British Armed Forces.
Dr Alexandra Stroleny, is a Lecturer at UoG and a member of CREW, and was previously at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). Her doctoral thesis examined the impact of distinct national institutional contexts on performance appraisal, with a focus on public sector hospitals and nurses. She has been involved in a range of EU-funded comparative research projects at King’s College London exploring the impact of austerity in local government and the role of service users in shaping HRM practice.
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:

September 12, 2019 / Sian Moore

Football clubs should embrace compulsory shortlisting of BAME-managerial candidates – or face sanctions, report says

There should be a national campaign and recruitment-training for all English Football League (EFL) clubs to get more Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people into senior football positions, a new report says. Otherwise, clubs should face financial penalties or even points deductions, the authors argue.

The Voluntary Recruitment Code (VRC) was made mandatory for EFL clubs in January 2018 but progress has been slow, according to the report by researchers from the University of Greenwich and Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

Recommendations that will be reported today include a national campaign and training programme for all ELF clubs, transparent monitoring of recruitment practices and financial penalties and possibly points deductions for violations of the Code.

“Although regrettable, sanctions may be the single most important measure to ensure that inclusive shortlisting is taken seriously by club directors, like they do in American football” says Dr Patrick McGurk who worked on the report.

“The EFL is missing an open goal with its adoption of the ‘Rooney rule.’ The under-representation problem is simply dire and not improving, and clubs are just waiting to be led on this issue. The EFL deserves credit for its initiative so far, but now needs to relaunch the Code in a bold and positive way so that clubs can embrace the new measure and show that they are responsible and inclusive employers. But there’s been a reluctance to give the Code real teeth. It would be good for fan engagement to have a more diverse set of football managers, and a fresh chance to source a great pool of coaching talent that’s being missed.

“We recommend compulsory inclusive shortlisting, accompanied by transparent monitoring and a combination of positive and negative incentives for clubs to adapt. This is politically achievable and immediately implementable, even for the most senior coaching roles in clubs.

“The VRC has come in very gradually with little fanfare. The data on it is not too transparent and there are no sanctions, other than reputational, for not complying.

“The magic bullet would be the Premier League adopting it, because it’s so high profile. But the recruitment culture across football is so short-termist and secretive, particularly with first-team appointments.

“In 2019, clubs need to be thinking more long-term and have a more level-headed approach to HR planning, as there’s no evidence that the typical crisis-driven approach to managerial changes has any sustained impact on improving football clubs’ actual performance.”

‘English Football’s ‘Rooney Rule’ for BAME managers: An Open Goal’ will be presented at Charlton Athletic Football Club on Thursday 12 September (4-6pm). You can access the report on the following link: 2-VRC Final Project Report – Final (web)[11249]

Results from a questionnaire survey of EFL Club Secretaries will be presented with case studies of four EFL clubs, based on meetings and interviews with senior club staff and industry experts.

Adapted from the 2003 US National Football League’s (NFL) ‘Rooney Rule’, the VRC was piloted in the English Football League (EFL) in the 2016-17 season and made mandatory across all EFL clubs from 1 January 2018. The Code requires clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate in a recruitment process for any new senior coaching vacancy.

The research was carried out by: Dr Patrick McGurk (Queen Mary University of London, formerly University of Greenwich); Dr Leroi Henry (University of Greenwich); Professor Sian Moore (University of Greenwich); Dr Michael Seeraj (Charlton Athletic Community Trust).

It will be presented at The Valley, Charlton Athletic FC, Floyd Road, London, London SE7 8BL

September 10, 2019 / Sian Moore

Book launch: The Whistleblowing Guide

We invite you to join us to launch our new bookThe Whistleblowing Guide: Speak-up Arrangements, Challenges and Best Practicespublished by Wiley Finance.

When and where: 11th October, Linklaters LLP, London, 5pm. See map

Details: New legislation requires organizations to make significant changes in order to protect whistleblowers against retaliation, and to establish confidential whistleblower channels and clear reporting processes.  Organisations must now implement arrangements that enable employees to speak up about perceived wrongdoing. But how to go about this? Our latest book features research into leading organizations in the finance, health, engineering and public sectors. We studied common mistakes and examined the opportunities, challenges and best practices associated with different types of speak-up arrangements.  Join us on 11th October to hear more about  The Whistleblowing Guide: Speak-up Arrangements, Challenges and Best Practices.

This event will feature discussion from leading experts in the field:

– Jane Berney (ICAEW)

– Wendy Addison (SpeakOut-SpeakUp)

– Colin Coulson-Thomas (Institute of Management Services)

– Jillian Naylor (Linklaters)

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by email to​​

June 13, 2019 / Sian Moore

New Book on the British Airways Dispute 2009-11

New book on a compelling oral history of the 2009-11 strike action carried out by cabin crew workers against British Airways, authored by Phil Taylor and Sian Moore, with Robert Byford. For more information and discount please click on the following link to Taylor Flyer with discount.


May 20, 2019 / Sian Moore

Book launch: ‘Democratic Professionalism in Public Services’ by Jane Lethbridge

The University of Greenwich would like to invite you to the book launch for ‘Democratic Professionalism in Public Services’ by Jane Lethbridge (Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)/ Centre for Research in Employment and Work (CREW)), followed by a drinks reception.

Date: 5th of June 2019

Location: QA080, Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, SE10 9LS

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Registration: Please email to register your attendance

‘Democratic Professionalism in Public Services’ by Jane Lethbridge (to be published on 4th June  2019 by Policy Press/Bristol University Press) examines how public professionals delivering public services can work in different ways to increase their engagement with service users.  Democratic professionalism is an approach that enables public service professionals to work democratically with clients, patients, students and other public service users.  This book explores what is means to act in a democratic way and provides practical guidance which will help public service professionals ensure users are at the centre of public services delivery, drawing from examples of different public services around the world. It considers the conflicts and tensions of being an activist and a professional and provides a vision for a future democratic professionalism.


May 9, 2019 / Sian Moore

The changing labour market: current and future trends

DATE: Wednesday 29th May 2019
TIME: 15.00 – 18.00
VENUE: Room HH102, Hamilton House, Park Vista, Greenwich SE10 9LZ

We have record levels of employment and lower levels of unemployment than thought possible after the financial crash of 2008/09. Where has the job growth come from? What sectors have seen jobs growth and where have jobs been lost? Is the labour market strong or is it weak? If strong, then why the lack of impact on earnings? The new digital industries have seen employment growth but the collapse of jobs on the high street offsets this. What is happening to bogus self-employment? Threats to employment come from both AI and Brexit. Will there be a future for car manufacturing in the UK? Some employment growth has come from older women seeking work who have seen pension changes undermine their financial position.
To make sense of the different trends we have three expert speakers to aid our understanding.

Matt Hughes, Head of Labour Market Outputs at the Office for National Statistics, will deliver an overview of the latest Labour Market (LM) estimates and identify if there are particular industries driving the job creation and/or exposed more than others.

Kate Bell, Head of Economics at the TUC, will present a trade union view of current developments in the labour market, focusing on trends in women’s employment and also the threats to jobs from AI and Brexit.

Professor Ken Mayhew, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Chair of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, will set the issues in the context of economic changes and challenges. He will explore the strength of the labour market and the implications for earnings.

Chaired by Emeritus Professor Alistair Hatchett

Matt Hughes: Matt is Head of Labour Market (LM) Outputs at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and leads the team that produces the monthly Labour Market estimates. Record employment, the gig economy and the gender pay gap are all topics which Matt has been invited to discuss at user engagement and media events -recent broadcast credits include the BBC One O’Clock News, Radio 4’s Moneybox Live and Radio 5 Live News. Prior to joining LM, Matt was Head of UK Gross Domestic Product at ONS and led the production/publication of each release to communicate a highly informed interpretation of what the latest numbers say about the state of the economy.

Kate Bell: Kate is the Head of the Rights, International, Social and Economics department.The Department leads the TUC’s work on boosting employment rights, promoting social and economic policies that benefit working people, and building international solidarity. Before joining the TUC, Kate worked as Head of Policy and Public Affairs for a local authority, for the Labour Party, and for the charities Child Poverty Action Group and Gingerbread. Kate is also a member of the Low Pay Commission, representing workers

Professor Ken Mayhew: Ken is Emeritus Professor of Education and Economic Performance at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow in Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is also an Extraordinary Professor at Maastricht University and a member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. Ken was Founding Director of SKOPE, an ESRC research centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance. In 1989 and 1990 he was Economic Director at the UK National Economic Development Office, and has worked as a consultant for many private and public sector organisations at home and abroad, including the European Commission, the OECD, BIS and the DTI. His main research interests are in policy analysis, labour economics, human resource management and the economics of education and training. Together with Chris Warhurst, David Finegold and John Buchanan, he has recently edited an Oxford University Press Handbook on Skills and Training (published in 2017).

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 by emailing Dr Ruth Ballardie

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

May 9, 2019 / Sian Moore

A Symposium on Catherine Riessman’s narrative scholarship

Date: May 29, 2019

Venue: University of Greenwich, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9LS, The Heritage Room, Queen Anne QA077 & QA080

Catherine-Kohler Riessman has just turned eighty, unbelievable and yet true! ‘There are many ways I could narrate my career. I have travelled a crooked road to finally achieve a comfortable place in narrative studies’ she modestly wrote in a career interview piece, published in 2014. What she calls ‘a comfortable place in narrative studies’ should actually be rewritten as a major influence in narrative research in the human sciences on a variety of levels: disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, epistemological, geographical and last but not least personal. More importantly Riessman’s work has opened up paths leading to what we want to call the ‘amor narratio’, an intellectual love for and deep engagement with the rich multiplicities of narrative research. In celebrating her life, career and narrative scholarship, we are organizing a symposium in London on May 29, 2019.

You can find more information about the symposium and how to book your place on the following link:

We look forward to seeing you in London, in May!