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Manchester Met Launches Project Generating routes for Women’s Leadership, supported by Northern Power Women

The 8th March marks International Women’s Day 2017, and even now, there is still a large amount of work to be done towards women’s equality in the workplace in the UK.


Prof Julia Rouse, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, spoke to MPs and policy makers last week at a keynote seminar on Women in the Workplace as part of the Westminster Employment Forum.


Julia has 20 years of experience in researching gender equality in the workplace, and 'The Sylvia' is launching a new project 'GROWL' - 'Generating Routes for Women's Leadership'. This uses the methodology of 'Engaged Scholarship' to work with organisations under the Northern Powerhouse to reflect on what we know causes leakiness in the pipeline of women's leadership, associate this with their own context and practice knowledge, and to co-create organisational change.


Other speakers included, Caroline Dinenage MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years and Sarah Champion MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.


The specific focus of the seminar was the gender pay gap, and women in executive management, with Julia speaking also as part of a group of presentations on improving equality in the workplace. Her presentation was entitled: ‘Using Research to Create Organisational Change.’ This gave her the opportunity to talk about aspects of the GROWL project, and how they could be practically applied. 

Last night, Julia attended the Northern Power Women awards, along with Julia Clarke, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Met and representatives from St Ann’s Hospice and Santander who support the GROWL project.


For further details regarding the GROWL project please contact Dr Helen Woolnough, Research Fellow h.woolnough@mmu.ac.uk, or search for #mmugrowl on social media.

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