Go ahead for public value engagement scheme
24 October 2017
Three projects are set to address the disability employment gap, modern slavery, and social enterprise for the disadvantaged thanks to the School’s first public value engagement scheme.
Selected from a series of applications, the projects are part of a pilot scheme which aims to deliver public value through research, teaching, and engagement activities.
The successful applicants are Professor Melanie Jones and Professor Victoria Wass, Dr Jean Jenkins, and Professor Tim Edwards and Dr Shumaila Yousafzai.
Policy and practice
Professor Melanie Jones and Professor Victoria Wass’ submission, ‘Supporting evidence-based policy and practice to halve the disability employment gap’, is a challenge to engage with disability rights policy-makers.
Building upon recent research and the School’s ongoing partnership with Disability Rights UK (DRUK), researchers will present 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...”
Dr Jean Jenkins’ project, ‘Research-led teaching: civil society and forced labour/modern slavery’, will give 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 will interrogate and analyse international trade agreements identifying specific clauses and issues of relevance to ASI, which might form the basis of their dissertations.
Professor Tim Edwards and Dr Shumaila Yousafzai’s proposal, ‘Empowering the Disadvantaged through Entrepreneurship: A University/Third Sector Partnership Approach’, is an extension of an existing outreach programme which delivers entrepreneurial learning and self-improvement opportunities to undergraduates and refugees.
The project will add two further modules to the existing arrangement initiated by the Business School with the Continuing and Professional Education Department in partnership with the Welsh Refugee Council (WRC) and international student organisation, Enactus.
Professor Tim Edwards said: “We are responding to the needs identified by the WRC and, by a new partner, the Centre for African Entrepreneurship (CAE), by adding modules dedicated to Muslim women and CAE members.
“Participants will get the chance to test ideas and create a commercial or social enterprise with the unique support of all project partners...”
Professor Martin Kitchener, Dean and Head of School, said: “Identifying meaningful engagement opportunities which deliver impact is central to our public value strategy...”
“They are excellent examples of the way in which we seek to deliver public value in all that we do. I look forward to hearing about their progress.”