Public value fellows
Our public value engagement scheme gives students and faculty the opportunity to engage with external partners to tackle some of the grand challenges facing society.
The scheme, setup to deliver public value through research, teaching, and engagement activities, is the first of its kind at Cardiff Business School.
In its pilot year, Professors Melanie Jones, Victoria Wass and Tim Edwards, Dr Shumaila Yousafzai and Dr Jean Jenkins were selected from a series of applicants for projects on the disability employment gap, empowerment through entrepreneurship and modern slavery.
Policy and practice
Building upon their existing research and the School’s ongoing partnership with Disability Rights UK (DRUK), Professor Melanie Jones and Victoria Wass presented clear evidence-based recommendations to improve and monitor the employment chances of disabled people in meetings with key policy-makers.
Professor Melanie Jones said: “The Government’s promise is ‘to be a country that works for everyone’ and its specific target is to halve the disability employment gap...”
Deprivation, exploitation, disadvantage
Dr Jean Jenkins‘s project championed public value teaching and gave our MSc International Management students the opportunity to collaborate with Anti-Slavery International (ASI), engaging with and influencing public policy on forced labour in the UK.
Working on live research projects, the students interrogated and analysed international trade agreements identifying specific clauses and issues of relevance to ASI, forming the basis of their dissertations.
Enterprise for social inclusion
Professor Tim Edwards and Dr Shumaila Yousafzai’s project extended an existing outreach programme, which delivers entrepreneurial learning and self-improvement opportunities to undergraduates and refugees.
Adding to the existing arrangement initiated by Cardiff University in partnership with the Welsh Refugee Council, the project responded to needs identified by new partner, the Centre for African Entrepreneurship (CAE), adding two modules dedicated to Muslim women and CAE members.
Our first public value engagement scheme saw students and faculty engage with the disability employment gap, modern slavery, and social enterprise for the disadvantaged with third sector partners.