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IER secured Bronze Athena SWAN Award

Athena SwanIER has been awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its efforts to promote equality, representation, progression and success for everyone working within the Institute.

Professor Clare Lyonette, along with Catherine Vassallo, IER’s Administrator, led the Athena SWAN submission with support from the Self-Assessment Team (SAT). Clare and Catherine are delighted with the award which is a testament to the incredible hard work and effort by all involved.

Clare said:

‘We are proud that the Equality Challenge Unit has recognised us in this round of awards and we are now looking forward to fully implementing our Action Plan. We have a dedicated team of staff who will be working together to make sure that the impetus is maintained over the coming months and years’.

She added:

‘The Athena SWAN submission included new data collection and analysis and led us to reflect upon our processes and practices more closely, particularly with a new intake of early career researchers in recent years. We will strive to ensure that they, and all staff and students, are equally recognised and have equal opportunities to thrive in a busy and demanding research-only environment’.

Fri 07 Jun 2019, 16:29 | Tags: Athena SWAN

Clare Lyonette presents her research at the Community, Work and Family conference in Valletta, Malta

Clare Lyonette attended this year's Community, Work and Family conference, held in Malta from May 22nd-25th 2019. Clare presented two papers:

(i) one focusing on the Forces mic in conferencein Mind Trust-funded project on self-employment among the Armed Forces Community: 'The transition to self-employment among military veterans – identifying class differences in success and failure’, and

(ii) the other with Professor Tracey Warren from the University of Nottingham on their joint body of research on part-time employment: 'Poles apart? The impact of occupational class and hours of work on part-time job quality for women’.

Fri 07 Jun 2019, 16:27 | Tags: part-time work, military

IER literature reviews, commissioned as part of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, published

GSR logoThe Department for Education published three IER literature reviews commissioned as part of the Augar Review:

Dickinson, P. (2019) Choices students make between different post-18 education routes. London: Department for Education. For a short summary in the press release read here.

Baldauf, B. and Luchinskaya, D. (2019) Graduate choices in post-education jobs and careers - a literature review. London: Department for Education.

Hunt, W. and Atfield, G. (2019) The wider (non-market) benefits of post 18 education for individuals and society. London: Department for Education.

The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, launched by the Prime Minister in February last year, was led by Philip Augar, and reported its findings on 30 May.

Thu 30 May 2019, 16:04 | Tags: higher education, further education

Daria Luchinskaya appointed as co-convenor of SRHE Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning network

networkDr Daria Luchinskaya has been appointed as a co-convenor of the Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning network for the SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education).

Together with convenors Dr Heike Behle and Dr Ciaran Burke, Daria will be organising SRHE network events and other network activities - look out for the Network's forthcoming events on the SRHE website.

Wed 29 May 2019, 21:16 | Tags: employability, workplace learning, higher education

IER organised Director of Skills workshop

skillsA meeting of Directors of Skills took place on 14 May 2019; it was organised by the IER, and hosted by West Midlands Combined Authority.

It brought together Directors of Skills from seven of the nine current Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) to share and discuss their experiences of skills devolution and the development of their Local Industrial Strategies.

The workshop, chaired by Olly Newton of the Edge Foundation, also heard presentations on skills ecosystems and apprenticeships by Ewart Keep (Director of SKOPE, Oxford University) and Peter Dickinson (Senior Research Fellow, IER).

A follow-up Director of Skills workshop is planned for Autumn 2019.

Tue 28 May 2019, 13:58 | Tags: skills

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