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IER newsletter - September 2016

IER Newsletter - September 2016

In this month's issue...

Welcome to Dr Luchinskaya and Professor Mulvey

Forthcoming events - Economic and social (in)security
- What is a graduate job?



Conference presentations


Welcome to Dr Daria Luchinskaya and Professor Rachel Mulvey

IER are pleased to announce that Dr Daria Luchinskaya joined IER in September and Professor Rachel Mulvey will join us from October.

Dr Daria Luchinskaya has recently undertaken an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. She completed her PhD at IER which built on the Futuretrack longitudinal survey of students who applied to study full-time undergraduate courses at UK higher education institutions in 2005/06. Daria has also worked at the Research Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford, and on developing a web-based women’s labour market information resource at the Scottish Government in Glasgow. Her research interests are on graduate employment, graduate skill utilisation, job upgrading and issues on gender and the labour market.

Professor Rachel Mulvey will be working on the EmployID project with Jenny Bimrose and Alan Brown.
She joins us from the University of East London where she was Acting Dean of Psychology. She is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her current research includes employability learning and teaching alongside the development and transfer of the employability skillset. Rachel’s National Teaching Fellowship provides specialist pedagogic skills needed for EmployID in the development of a European MOOC.

Forthcoming events

Party conference season: Economic and social (in)security

Michael Orton has been invited to speak at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference addressing the question 'Economic and social (in)security. What does it mean for the current generation?' The event is hosted by the Webb Memorial Trust and chaired by Warwick and Leamington MP, Chris White. Michael will be drawing on his research identifying solutions to socio-economic security, available on the Compass website.

Date: 4 October 2016
Venue: Blue Mango restaurant, Regency Wharf, Birmingham

Expert seminar: What is a graduate job?

The increase in the proportion of graduates working outside traditional areas of graduate employment, changes in technology and the labour market, and the shift in the definitions of skill towards encompassing interpersonal abilities, have redefined the concept of ‘graduate’ jobs. Two leading graduate job classifications are the Purcell and Elias (2013) and the Green and Henseke (2014) approaches – but how do they differ? This seminar provides a unique opportunity for expert discussion of the developments in graduate job classifications and their contributions to understanding the recent changes in the graduate labour market.

Date: 9 November 2016
Venue: Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

The seminar is free to attend, but places are limited. Contact Daria Luchinskaya for any queries or further information. The event is generously funded by the Institute of Advanced Study and the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Forum, University of Warwick. More information on the seminar.



Farewell to Milena Kremakova

IER says farewell to Milena Kremakova, whose research on the educational and career trajectories of Mathematics and Computer Science PhDs in the UK and Germany was supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Milena continues her career as a Guest at the International Reserach Center "Work and Life Course in Globa History" (re:work), Humboldt University Berlin. We are sad to see her leave and look forward to working with her in the future.

Goodbye to IER visiting fellows

Thank you to Dennis Nickson, Professor of Service Work and Employment at the Department of HRM, University of Strathclyde, who was an IAS Visiting Residential Fellow at IER in September 2016.

We would also like to thank Dr Hideki Tarumoto from the Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, Japan who came to IER in September 2016 to continue his ongoing project on migration and ethnic relations.

Education Select Committee Inquiry: Purpose and quality of education

Deirdre Hughes was invited by the Chair of the Education Select Committee to facilitate a breakout session on the theme of 'Employability and Functional Skills' at their conference on 14 September. More than 100 guests attended a series of breakout sessions, during which a number of subjects arising through the Committee’s inquiry were discussed. The conference finished with a keynote speech from academic and broadcaster Professor Mary Beard.

More information on the Education Select Committee Conference.



Work-life balance during austerity and beyond

Clare Lyonette is the co-editor of a a new book written by academics and practitioners on work-life balance during and beyond austerity. A chapter co-authored by Clare highlights recent research on flexible working arrangements and how they are being used by public sector organisations in the UK to manage austerity. It also discusses some implications of these developments in 'new ways of working' for employees and line managers.

Lyonette, C., Lewis, S., Anderson, D., Payne, N. and Wood, S. (2016) Work-life balance and austerity: implications of new ways of working in UK public sector organisations, in Lewis, S., Anderson, D., Lyonette, C., Payne, N. and Wood, S. (eds) Work-Life Balance in Times of Recession, Austerity and Beyond. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-92644-8

New directions in employment policy

A new report by Emyr Williams (Public Policy Institute for Wales) and Anne Green is now published as part of their ESRC-funded research on tackling poverty. The report reflects on the significant differences between sectors in terms of the kinds of employment opportunities which they provide. Low pay is therefore not attributable solely to an individual’s skill levels and qualifications but is also related to which sector they work in. Current policies focus on supporting people to access employment. However, some growth sectors are characterised by low pay and may not offer a route out of in work poverty. More could be done to help those who are in work to achieve career progression.

Williams E. and Green A. (2016) New Directions in Employment Policy, Cardiff: PPIW.

Study on antipsychotic prescribing in care homes

Freely accessible paper reports on the first UK study to examine long-term impact of a national policy initiative on antipsychotic prescribing in care homes.

Szczepura, A., Wild, D., Khan, A.J., Owen, D.W., Palmer, T., Muhammad, T., Clark, M.D. and Bowman, C. (2016). Antipsychotic prescribing in care homes before and after launch of a national dementia strategy: an observational study in English institutions over a 4-year period. BMJ Open: Geriatric medicine, 6(9): e009882.

Improving career prospects for the low-educated

The narrative study led by Jenny Bimrose with other colleagues from IER and partners in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy and Poland has been published by Cedefop who commissioned the research. The report draws both on literature review and an original collection of stories from biographical interviews of individuals from seven European countries. The narrative accounts describe the wide variety of experiences with initial and further education.

CEDEFOP/Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Barnes, S-A., Thomsen, R., Cort, P., Mariager-Anderson, K., Rochet, S., Mulvey, R., Hansen, B., Weber, P., Weber-Hauser, S., Tomassini, M., Zanazzi, S., Kargul, J., Minta, J., Mielczarek, M. and Sprlak, T. (2016) Improving career prospects for the low-educated: The role of guidance and lifelong learning (Cedefop Research Paper 54). Thessaloniki: CEDEFOP.

Conference presentations

Inclusive growth and labour market policy

IER's Anne Green and Paul Sissons from Coventry University gave a presentation entitled 'Inclusive growth and labour market policy: issues for urban and regional development' at the People, Place and Policy 'Governing Social and Spatial Inequalities under Enduring Austerity' conference in Sheffield on 15th September 2016. The presentation drew on work conducted in an ESRC project on 'Harnessing Growth Sectors' and two research projects funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on employment and skills policy and on inclusive growth. The presentation can be downloaded here.

Presentation on research into teachers' pay

Gaby Atfield and David Owen presented a paper entitled "Equality implications of the system for teachers' pay in England" at the Pay in the Public Sector Conference, organised by The Office for Manpower Economics and Incomes Data Research in London on 15 September. The conference discussed the current issues in public sector pay at a crucial point for policy and practice, particularly in the wake of the EU referendum and the Chancellor’s announcement that he has abandoned his intention to eliminate the Government’s spending deficit by 2020. More information on IER's research on teachers pay in England.

Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference presentation

Anne Green attended the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London on 31 August-2 September. Together with Neil Lee (LSE) and Paul Sissons (Coventry University), Anne gave a presentation on 'Sectors and low-paid employment in the UK' in a session on 'The Geography of Work, Employment and Poverty'. The presentation drew on quantitative analysis conducted as part of an ESRC-funded project on Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction.

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