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



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

Women in the Law UK invite you to ‘How to take charge of your career – work life balance’

 With the following speakers:

  • Jane Barrett of Career Farm, and author of “If not now when?” and “How to take charge of your career”, and
  • Tom Westcott, Commercial Solicitor and Burton Road Brewery and Kate Jones, Inspired Lives  ex Solicitor.

Date: Thursday 15 June 2017

Venue: Kings Chambers, 36 Young Street, Manchester M3 3FT

Time: 6-8pm

Free to members £20 to non-members

To Book please email  womeninthelawuk@gmail.com or book on Eventbrite. Payment by BACS transfer to:

Account name: Women in the Law, Bank: Santander, sortcode: 090129: account number: 00295039

Reference: (please write your professional name) 

We Look forward to seeing you.

Querying and Queering Masculinities Seminar/Workshop/Discussion Wednesday 21st June 2017: 12 noon – 4.30pm Bradford University School of Management

Men remain, in many ways, the unexplored but omnipresent Other in feminist and gender studies. The pages of the journal devoted to the study of Men and Masculinities speak of masculinities under threat: its latest edition explores vulnerability of older men to suicide, the male corset, the loss of manhood, vasectomies, circumcision and male infertility, and so on. At the same time, men remain the privileged side of the binary in male/female, masculinity/femininity. How then can we understand contemporary men and masculinities? We will seek answers to this question over the course of what should be a vibrant, intellectually-stimulating afternoon. Speakers include:

  • Nick Rumens: Queering hetero-masculinity in the workplace;
  • Stephen Linstead and Garance Maréchal: Re-reading masculine organization: Phallic, testicular and seminal metaphors;
  • Brendan Gough: Digital masculinities: identity work by men in on-line settings.

Venue: Heaton Mount, School of Management, Bradford University.

Cost: £50, to include pre-meeting lunch and afternoon tea.

For more information contact Nancy Harding (n.h.harding@bradford.ac.uk) or Hugh Lee (h.lee4@bradford.ac.uk) and to book:



MetroPolis announces second Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme call

After the successful first call for applications, MetroPolis are pleased to announce that the second call for applications for the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme is open.

We match researchers with policy-making organisations for a period of between 6 weeks to 6 months. We can provide costs up to £9000 per placement to cover expenses including accommodation, travel, paying for research assistant time, or purchasing equipment to enable/support the work. The individual placements can be part of the academic’s normal duties or a fully-embedded experience. The placements are designed to enable high-level research input into policy development, but also facilitate knowledge exchange between the academic and the host organisation in terms of research methodologies, academic expertise, policy-making processes and user environment experience. The ultimate outcome for the academic will be input into big policy challenges.

Fellows are asked to nominate a chosen placement organisation that they have already established links with or are endeavouring to establish links with currently. We welcome a number of approaches and experimental models, and will support a flexible approach that takes into account individual Fellows workloads and circumstances.

Head over to our website for a list of FAQs: https://mcrmetropolis.uk/the-chancellors-fellowship-scheme/

Should you have any other questions, or would like to apply, please contact me via email (e.goodier@mmu.ac.uk).

Kind regards,

Emily Goodier

MetroPolis Intern

Please join us to welcome prestigious speaker Professor Helen Stalford, University of Liverpool – leading expert in European Children’s Rights

Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgements with Professor Helen Stalford

Helen will discuss a collaborative project which involved re-writing judgements handed down from national and supranational courts to increase the visibility of children in the law.

Manchester Centre for Law in Society Research Seminar Series

Friday 9 June 2017 (Sandra Burslem 2.10)


All welcome