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Jun
26
Wed
#LinkingLeeds DWP Day: life as a DWP analyst ‘reflections, analysis and methodology’ @ G.32 Liberty Building - University of Leeds, University Western Campus, Moorland Road, Leeds, LS3 1DB
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:15 pm

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#LinkingLeeds DWP Day at University of Leeds – life as a DWP analyst ‘reflections, analysis and methodology’

This day is part of the successful #LinkingLeeds series of events which aims to connect research with policy and has seen researchers at Leeds at other Universities building strong connections with policy-makers, analysts and strategists at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

This day will take place at the University of Leeds and is designed to provide information about opportunities at the Department for Work and Pensions, as well as insight into life as a policy analyst, focusing on reflections, analysis and methodology. It will also provide opportunity for researchers at Leeds to hear about topics of interest from a policy perspective.

Who is this event for?

This event is for University of Leeds students and researchers of all levels who are interested in policy engagement, finding out more about opportunities to work or engage with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and/or the specific topic areas represented in the programme. Please see the day’s programme below for further details.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hannah Crow (H.E.Crow@leeds.ac.uk) or Katie Barclay (K.Barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

Event Programme

10.00 – 10.30 Registration & Informal Networking

10.30 – 11.15 Kimberley Newcombe, Abbey Fish, & Thomas Hamlyn – ‘Starting at DWP’

  • A presentation on recruitment pathways towards being a civil servant with an insight into Kim’s experience. DWP placement students will also talk about their year at DWP and what it has to offer for placement students.

11.15 – 12.15 Alex Hayes & Emma Watson (Children, Families and Disadvantage Policy, DWP)

  • Alex will set out what it is like to work for DWP as a Policy Adviser. He will take about his area of policy, child maintenance, and how this related to the DWP’s Areas of Research Interest (ARI). Emma will talk about her work in DWP in the Family Policy team and her role on the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme.

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.15 Katie Pybus – ‘Extending the parity of esteem agenda: Mental illness and stigma from a socioeconomic perspective’

  • Katie will aim to provide an overview of her PhD research which explores how socioeconomic conditions interact with the stigma associated with mental illness. She will discuss the historical and current context of socioeconomic disadvantage for people with mental illnesses and use this to argue that achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health requires a move beyond ensuring equal access to healthcare funding and towards engaging with broader social policy initiatives.

 14.15 – 15.15 Peter Matejic (DWP Child Poverty Unit) – ‘Measuring low living standards over time’

  • What statistics are currently used to determine low living standards and how has this changed over time? Peter Matejic, the DWP statistician lead for the official low income statistics, will give a whistle-stop tour of how poverty has been measured over time and its interaction with official statistics. He will then cover how the current measures are constructed and describe current trends, before concluding with possible future developments.

15.15 Close

Jul
10
Wed
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 10 July @ Department for Work and Pensions Offices, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UA
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ seminar series; developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides opportunities to hear from both leading Social Scientists at the University of Leeds as well as prominent analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

At this event we will hear from Professor Nick EmmelDr Joanne Greenhalgh and Dr Ana Manzano on ‘What works for whom in which circumstance and why?—introducing realist approaches to evaluation, synthesis and research’

Abstract

The first objective of the ‘DWP Areas of Research Interest 2019’ adopts the realist question ‘what works for whom, when, where, why, and under what circumstances.’ A special question because it captures a way of thinking about the world that is quite different to very many traditional methods of evaluation. In this hands-on seminar we will start by considering how this question can be answered, what each part means and how the parts of the question relate to each other. Come prepared to think hard about many of the ideas you have been told about cause, theory, context and the generalisability of findings from evaluation research. Having spent a little time thinking about these ideas we will move on to a practical exercise. Using a hypothetical job training scheme we will ask you to work in groups to write theories about the scheme and consider how you will go about testing these. The session will be facilitated by three experienced realist evaluators and researchers.

The seminar will be followed by a question and answer session.

Please feel free to bring your lunch with you to eat during the session. If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

Join in the conversation – #LinkingLeeds

Jul
31
Wed
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 31 July 2019 @ Room GC05, Department for Work and Pensions - Quarry House,
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

REGISTER HERE

This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ series; developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides opportunities to hear from both leading Social Scientists as well as prominent analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The speaker at this event will be:

  • Katie Pybus (Social Researcher, Department for Work and Pensions) on ‘Extending the parity of esteem agenda: Mental illness and stigma from a socioeconomic perspective’.

Abstract:

In this talk I will aim to provide an overview of my PhD research which explores how socioeconomic conditions interact with the stigma associated with mental illness. I will discuss the historical and current context of socioeconomic disadvantage for people with mental illnesses and use this to argue that achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health requires a move beyond ensuring equal access to healthcare funding and towards engaging with broader social policy initiatives.

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

 

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