Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is intended as a starting point for conversations and big ideas and we are excited to have a place to share more in-depth information and where we can facilitate discussions between our Centre members. Please send any contributions to Gary Lindsay g.lindsay@mmu.ac.uk (although we cannot guarantee publication of everything we receive)

If you would like to write a guest blog please contact the Centre Heads Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk or Julia Rouse j.rouse@mmu.ac.uk.


Successful Research Showcase

Members of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre met on 16th May to showcase examples of research underway and to hear about future plans and ideas.  We also welcomed a visiting speaker from the Pankhurst Trust, who talked about the research needs of their part of the voluntary sector.

Eight centre members spoke about ongoing research into topics from shared parental leave to gender disparity in Computer Games students; and Dr Kate Cook also introduced the idea of the “Sylvia Series” of seminars, which aim to host events to mark the centenary of votes for women, which occurs in 2018.

The first seminar and meetings for the autumn term of 2017 will be announced in July. In the meantime we will take a break, but may I remind everyone to register for Feminist Reflections on 21st July http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/events/6297/ and to email Jamie Atkinson j.atkinson@mmu.ac.uk if you have any business contacts who might be willing to get involved with his shared parental leave research.

Many thanks

Dr Kate Cook



Looking for participants – both social workers and mothers: Do current approaches to mothers within child protection social work, re-victimise women with violent partners?

My name is Stacey and I am trained as a social worker – I’ve worked in both Child Protection and Children In Care social work before returning to Nottingham Trent University to undertake a PhD that looks at mothers experiences of domestic abuse and social work.

Criteria for Mothers: Anyone who has been in, or is in an abusive relationship AND who has, or has had involvement with children’s services.

Criteria for Social Workers: Anyone who has worked in Child Protection.

I would like participants to be involved in different parts of the research, and so you have a choice of how you can be involved.

There are focus groups which review research tools, activities/interviews, and help disseminate the findings – this is a method known as participatory action research. My approach seeks to ensure that the stories of participants are told accurately – from their point of view. You wouldn’t be expected to take part in all of these roles, so if any of them sound interesting to you, we can discuss this and find what suits you the best.

I have chosen this method because I want to understand if the current approaches to Mothers within child protection social work, re-victimise them with their violent partners. This interests me because during my time in social work I was made very uncomfortable by the way that social workers work with women who had experienced domestic abuse.

Social workers have to decide whether domestic abuse is having a damaging impact on the child; and if it is, they must decide how to manage the risk and ensure that the child is protected. In this situation, they often focus their attention on the main care-giver, who is often the Mum; and this can lead to decisions being made by a social worker – which takes away the Mothers ability to make decisions, and often leaves her feeling powerless.

Such decisions may assume that the Mum has enough support and money to leave the relationship safely, and that the Mum hasn’t been protective of her children; and it does not place responsibility for the abusive behaviour on the right person. It can also ignore the statistics about the risks to Mothers leaving abusive relationships. I know that this chain of events can happen, and I want to investigate it with Mothers and social workers.

I would like to hear if you have experienced behaviour like this; and hear about experiences that were positive and different from this. Most of all, I would like to hear from you about what YOU experienced in the situation.

If you are interested in my project and would like to have a chat, make a comment, or even become involved, please don’t hesitate to text, call or email me on 07565 472560/  stacey.stewart2016@my.ntu.ac.uk.

With very best wishes and thanks in advance,


MPA Big Debate 2: ‘Diversity matters’ 20th July 5pm at Neo, Manchester (last few places!)

John Walding, Marketing, Communications and Campaigns Manager of Manchester’s LGBT Foundation completes the panel for tomorrow’s MPA Big Debate.

Joining him are panellists:

Nihal Arthanayake – Broadcaster
Kate Vokes, Director of Culture, Bruntwood
Vic Elizabeth Turnbull, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, UpRising and Director, SilentRadio.co.uk
Ewan Douglas, Agency Principal – Nations & Regions, Channel 4
Erica Ingham, CFO, MediaCom North

For further information please follow this link:


Feminist Reflections: Law, Society & Care. 21 July – final week for bookings

Feminist event wordle

You are warmly invited to a collection of talks and symposium papers for individuals working within Feminist Frameworks and methodologies.

Sponsored by the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre

DATE: 21 July 2017 9.30am-6.00pm

VENUE & DATE:  Room 2.10 Sandra Burslem Building, Manchester Met

Donna Dickenson, Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives

Alison Jaggar, Gendered Perspectives on Global Justice

Helen Pankhurst, Words not Deeds

Register here:


Melanie Latham, Kelly Dannielle & Aysha Mazh

Please join us for a collection of talks and discussions

You are warmly invited to join us for the forthcoming Feminist Reflections on Law, Society and Care Symposium

On the 21 July, prestigious guests Alison Jaggar, Donna Dickenson, and Helen Pankhurst will be visiting Manchester Law School as part of a symposium exploring a diverse range of topics including: Family Law and Ethics, Global perspectives on issues of Gender and Justice, Abortion Law and Reproductive choice, the Female Body, and Constructions of Women

Tickets are only £20 (including lunch) and are open to all staff, students and friends

Please book now as places are limited


Sponsored by The Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University

Best wishes and we hope to see you there.

Melanie, Kelly and Aysha ​(Manchester Law School)

British Academy Funding Call: Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

The British Academy has launched a new, competitive research funding call, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business, in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).

The call invites proposals from the best researchers (across all disciplines within the humanities and social sciences) in the UK and overseas, to develop and lead research projects focused on the challenge of eradicating forced labour, ending modern slavery and human trafficking, and securing the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in modern business.

This programme will fund excellent policy-oriented research geared towards filling the evidence gaps in current understanding of what works in addressing modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour, and enabling UK policy and business communities to develop effective interventions.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s electronic Grant Application and Processing (eGAP) system.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 19 July 2017
Institution Approval Deadline: Thursday 20 July 2017
Decisions Available: Autumn 2017

Contact Details

Please contact badfid@britac.ac.uk or call 020 7969 5220 for further information.

Find out more


Feminist Reflections on Law, Society and Care Conference 2017

We would like to invite colleagues to this prestigious event who share a keen interest in addressing feminist ethics and feminist frameworks in relation to contemporary societal issues. Your interests might fall into a range of categories, broadly defined, including Ethics of Care; Global Justice; Health Care; Technologies; Community activism and Feminist Methodologies.

This one-day event consists of a mix of keynote speakers, and smaller panel and workshop sessions with brief papers.

Our three keynote speakers comprise:

  • Donna Dickenson, Research Associate, HeLEX Centre University of Oxford, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, presenting on ‘Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives’.
  • Alison Jaggar, College Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Birmingham, presenting on ‘Gendered Perspectives on Global Justice’.
  • Helen Pankhurst, International Development and Women’s Rights Activist and Writer, presenting on ‘Words not Deeds’.

Sponsored by The Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre



Manchester Met Women’s Network Event 2017

We are delighted to invite you the next Women’s Network on Monday 10th July 2017 11.30am-1pm in room 5.05, Business School.

2016 saw the launch event of the Manchester Met Women’s Network, which was very well attended by staff from across the University. The aim of the Women’s Network is to provide a platform for women to share ideas, their experiences, and provide mutual support and confidence.  Since the launch event, the University has organised a programme of events to celebrate International Women’s Day, sponsored Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day Festival Awards Ceremony, supported ten women on the Aurora leadership development scheme, reviewed family-friendly policies, and is currently developing a Working Parents’ Network.

We are thrilled that, one of our very own, Professor Helen Laville, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education will be our first guest speaker.  Helen is an internationally renowned expert on post-war American history and has published extensively on women’s history, civil rights, gender equality and international relations.

At the meeting, you will also have an opportunity to learn more about the support available, other events already planned and to take away a questionnaire to help us plan more activities for the year.  Of course, you can just use the time to meet new colleagues over lunch and refreshments!


  • 11.30am – Welcome by Josie Elson, Asst. Director of HR.
  • 11.45am – Talk (including questions) by Prof Helen Laville.
  • 12.30pm – Lunch and networking.

The network is inclusive and open to women across all grades* in academic, research, teaching, professional services and support staff roles.

If you would like to attend, please complete the Eventbrite booking and let us know if you have any specific dietary and/or access requirements: https://mmu_womensnetwork2017.eventbrite.co.uk

* If you are a line manager, please ensure your staff are made aware of this network and that you do what you can to facilitate them being able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


On behalf of the Equality & Diversity team