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IER newsletter - January 2015

IER Newsletter - January 2015


This month...

- Dr Mary Gatta visits IER
- Appointment to Wolverhampton Skills and Employment Commission
- Recent Events

- Publications
- New Research Projects

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Dr Mary Gatta from the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University visits IER

Dr Mary Gatta from the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University visited the University of Warwick sponsored by IER, the Sociology Department and CREW. Dr Gata shared findings from her new book "All I Want is A Job" in a public lecture on 15 January. Her book reveals the experiences of unemployed women as they navigate the US public workforce system and struggle to survive unemployment during the great recession. The lecture weaves together interviews with the unemployed and the "street­‐level bureaucrats" who service them, as well as her own experience of going undercover in the US system. She also discussed American workforce policy through a gender and racial lens, and consider how jobs policy needs to change in today's economy. For for more information on Mary's visit and other CREW events go to the CREW website.

Anne Green appointed to the Wolverhampton Skills and Employment Commission

An independent Wolverhampton Skills and Employment Commission has been established to provide Wolverhampton City Council and its local partners with a set of practical recommendations on how to ensure that Wolverhampton has the appropriately skilled workforce required to support the City’s economic growth, to support the sustainability of businesses in the city and critically to ensure that residents and young people have access to the right skills provision to give them the best chance of securing employment.

Anne Green, who was formerly Chair of the West Midlands Regional Observatory's Economy and Labour Force Topic Group and who has undertaken a series of research projects on local skills issues, has been invited to serve on the Commission and attended its first meeting at Molineux Stadium, the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, on 6 January 2015. Details of the Commission's Membership is available on the Commission's website.


Recent Events

Multilingual Coding Software presented at DASISH Final Conference

On 27-28 November 2014, Peter Elias, Margaret Birch and Ritva Ellison attended the final two-day conference in Gothenburg of the DASISH project – Data Services Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities. A presentation was made outlining IER’s role in the project and the IER team also presented a poster and gave demonstrations at the conference.

DASISH was a three-year EU Framework Programme 7 project, within which IER was sub-contracted via City University to produce a multilingual version of Cascot coding software, called Cascot International. This version allows coding into ISCO 08 classification and it has been created in eight European languages (Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Slovak and Spanish in addition to English). The upgraded software will facilitate future extension to incorporate additional languages as and when relevant index materials and associated funding become available.

Presentation at SRHE Conference 2014

Charoula Tzanakou gave a presentation entitled "Is reflection a useful tool for teaching and learning about health and wellbeing?" with Dr Aikaterini Kassavou (from Cambridge University) at the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Conference in Newport on 12 December 2014. The presentation drew on findings from an academic project (funded by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, University of Warwick) based on Charoula and Aikaterini's experience as Certificate Tutors for the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


Reports from Talent Match National EvaluationTalent Match Annual Report Summary

Researchers at IER are involved with colleagues at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) in the medium-term National Evaluation of the Talent Match Initiative. Talent Match is funded by the Big Lottery and is concerned with investing resources in a number of local areas in England where youth unemployment is a significant issue. The aims of the evaluation are to track the success of the initiative and projects within it - to identify what works well, for whom and in what circumstances; and to share learning and improve practice.

Duncan Adam, Gaby Atfield and Anne Green contributed to the first year Annual Report - see Summary and the Full Report. Gaby Atfield also contributed to a special report on the Involvement of Young People in the design and implementation of Talent Match, and Anne Green co-authored a theme report on Partnership Working.

New Journal article

Lynn Gambin and Terence Hogarth (2015). 'Factors affecting completion of apprenticeship training in England', Journal of Education and Work, Online: 1 - 24. DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2014.997679.

New Research Projects

  • Midterm skills supply and demand forecast - order form 5 - funded by CEDEFOP, January 2015 - June 2016
  • Research to understand the extent, nature and impact of skills mismatches to the economy - funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, January 2015 - April 2015

For more information on any of these projects please email

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