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April 24, 2018 / Sian Moore

Time’s Up: Proposed Solutions for Equality and Diversity Challenges in 2018

The Diversity Interest Group at the University of Greenwich is showcasing its research on Equality and Diversity in a one day conference on Monday 11 June 2018 9:30am – 6:30pm in QA063 (Queen Ann Building, Greenwich campus)

Key note speech from Professor Tracey Reynolds: “Mind(ful) of the gap: intersectionality and the challenges of diversity in higher education”

Plus conference presentations from researchers at the University of Greenwich on the themes of:

  • Education
  • Careers and Employment
  • Justice

Including a practitioner focus from Sarah Crowe

Vice President | Senior Consultant- Diversity and Inclusion– EMEA, Northern Trust.

Followed by a roundtable including Professor Sian Moore and Dr Jason Arday.

For more information, please see draft agenda.

To register, please email Business Events with your name and job title to attend.

Professor Tracey Reynolds: Tracey’s teaching and research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood and parenting & youth studies, and she has established international recognition within these fields of expertise. She has conducted extensive empirical research in the UK across a range of social issues including black and minority families living in disadvantaged communities, the study of families and in the Caribbean and North America. Research awards include Economic Social Research Council awards on Caribbean youths and transnational identities; Big Lottery on care planning among BAME older people in London (with Age UK Lewisham and Southwark) and Arts Humanities Research Council on migrant mothers’ citizenship.

Professor Sian Moore: Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich. Sian joined the University of Greenwich as Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) in September 2015. She was previously Professor of Work and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR) at the University of the West of England.

Dr Jason Arday: a Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, School of Education, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust and Co-Chair of the Runnymede Academic Forum.He has recently completed an edited collection with Professor Heidi Mirza (Goldsmiths, University of London) entitled Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (Palgrave).

April 6, 2018 / Sian Moore

Article comparing Great Britain and France in respect of disabled people’s employment

WERU members Sue Corby and Laura William and Sarah Richard from the University of Strasbourg have just published an article comparing Great Britain and France in respect of disabled people’s employment, focussing on possible explanations for France having a lower employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people than Great Britain. The article, published in the latest edition of the European Journal of Industrial Relations (2018, 24, 1, pp.1-16), concludes that in part this is because France has a quota-levy scheme which has no parallel in Britain’s essentially voluntarist regime. You can find the article on this link.


April 4, 2018 / Sian Moore

Philosophy of Management Conference 2018

Philosophy of Management 2018 will be held at the University of Greenwich between 25-28 June 2018. The conference has been sponsored by WERU and chaired by WERU’s dr Wim Vandekerckhove. The conference is linked to the journal Philosophy of Management. Papers presented and discussed at the conference will cover various aspects of philosophy of management. Contributions explore the relationship between philosophy and management practice from within different cultural or philosophical traditions. See the tracks at the 2018 conference here.

Conference Committee

Nigel Laurie, Paul Griseri, Vincent Blok, Mark Dibben, Cristina Neesham, Frits Schipper, David C Wilson, Marian Eabrasu and Wim Vandekerckhove.


25 – 28 June 2018.

Book your place

Please register here.


Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS.

Please note that there is no parking available on campus. See link for How to find us.

Useful Links

For further information contact
Conferences and Executive Development team
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8331 9083

March 7, 2018 / Sian Moore

Tackling the gender pay gap

The Work & Employment Research Unit and the Diversity Interest Group is organising a joint seminar on tackling the gender pay gap. The seminar will take place on 21st Mar 2018, 3pm – 6pm, at Greenwich Campus (Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ). The seminar will look at how employers are responding to the new governmental reporting requirements and at new research from the IES on success in tackling the issue.


Please email Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend.


Dr Duncan Brown heads the HR work at the Institute for Employment Studies. Duncan’s work covers pay and HR research, for example a recent study for the Office of Manpower Economics on the use of market pay supplements; client advisory work to employers including DCLG, the NHS, the Prince’s Trust and Lloyds Banking Group ; and government policy input, acting as an expert adviser on topics including pensions, gender pay and employee engagement. He has more than 30 years’ experience in pay and HR management, working for major consultancies such as Towers Perrin and Aon Hewitt, as well as 5 years as director of research and policy at CIPD

Jisha Hales is the policy lead for gender pay gap reporting in the public sector and the public sector equality duty. She is a member of the Equality Framework Team in the Government Equalities Office. The Government Equalities Office leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality. It is also responsible for a range of equalities legislation.

Lara Plaxton has over 14 years’ experience working within HR and heads up the HR function in the UK at FDM Group, a global IT Services provider. FDM was the 6th employer to register its gender pay gap data and has been a driving force in encouraging others to adopt the new legislation early. Lara is committed to ensuring an inclusive environment at FDM that fosters the diversity that has been critical to its success. She is also passionate about creating more meaningful experiences through enhanced digital capability, a more collaborative workforce and an environment that cultivates creativity and innovation. Lara also volunteers as a Board Trustee for Jigsaw4u.

August 22, 2017 / Sian Moore

New book: Marketization of employment services

Former WERU director Ian Greer has published a new book with Oxford University Press on the marketization of government-funded services for the unemployed. The marketization of employment services: Dilemmas of Europe’s work-first welfare states is co-authored with Karen Breidahl and Flemming Larsen from Aalborg and Matthias Knuth from Duisburg, and includes contributions from WERU members Graham Symon and Lisa Schulte. It is based on qualitative data from Britain, Denmark, and Germany gathered as part of the MESEC project funded by the Hans Boeckler Foundation.

For more information see the Marketization in Europe research blog and Oxford University Press website.

There will be a book launch in Greenwich in late autumn, date to be determined.

May 18, 2017 / Sian Moore

Employee Lay Members in Employment Tribunals in Great Britain, France and Germany Findings from a research project funded by the German trade union research foundation, the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. Date: Tuesday 6 June 2017 Time: 11.00 – 16.45 Location: Queen Anne Court, (Room 063) University of Greenwich Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9LS Speakers: Prof Sue Corby and Pete Burgess (Work & Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich) Prof Laurent Willemez (University of Versailles) Prof Armin Höland (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) Brian Doyle (President of Employment Tribunals E & W) RSVP to by Friday 19th May for this FREE conference, stating any dietary and access requirements.

December 15, 2016 / Sian Moore

New publications on whistleblower protection

On International Anti-corruption Day, PSI has released a report produced by Dr Wim Vandekerckhove & Arron Phillips of University of Greenwich  and other partners on: Checkmate to corruption: Making the case for a wide-ranging initiative on whistleblower protection – which contributes to the debate and provides arguments, evidence, and examples on how a robust protection for whistleblowers with the active support of trade unions is a major – if not the most important – tool to fight corruption.

Dr Wim Vandekerckhove has  also published a paper in La Revue des droits de l’homme on  Freedom of expression as the “broken promise” of whistleblower protection.