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Jan
22
Tue
ESRC International Development NGO Workshop @ Woodhouse Suites, University House, University of Leeds
Jan 22 @ 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

The Leeds Social Sciences Institute in collaboration with the Centre for Global Development and the Economic and Social Research Council are pleased to invite you to this one day workshop around international development research.

Aims:

  • Showcase research conducted at Leeds around International Development and collaborating with NGOs
  • Offer an opportunity to discuss issues around ethics, data and partnerships in international development
  • Networking and the chance to view and discuss materials from projects within the international development space.

Agenda

08:45 – 09:00

Arrivals and tea/coffee

09:00 – 10:30

International Development NGO Showcase

Prof Caroline Dyer & Dr Ben Alcott

Dr Lena Jaspersen

Dr Mahua Das & Dr Helen Elsey

Dr Lata Narayanaswamy

Dr Anne Tallontire

Dr Anna Mdee

10:30 – 10:45

Break and tea/coffee

10:45 – 12:00

Collaborating with NGOs Discussion Panel

NGO representatives

Carly Koiange –UN Environment

Jim Walker & Bron Thornton – Walk 21

Shahab Adris – MEND

Chair – Professor Karen Lucas

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch

13:00 – 14:30

Round table discussions and interactive workshop around international development challenges:

Ethics

Data

Partnerships

14:30 – 14:40

Summary and Close

14:40 – 16:00

Informal networking and Information Exchange

(tea/coffee & cake)

Jan
31
Thu
Corporate Wisdom – Future of the Corporation @ Maurice Keyworth Auditorium (G.02), Leeds University Business School
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reforming capitalism to tackle our anxieties and bring about better business for the greater good

*This is a collaborative event with Leeds University Business School and The British Academy.

This event will see Professor Sir Paul Collier FBA, CBE, Professor Colin Mayer FBA, CBE, share the latest thinking and research into the future of capitalism and the corporation to understand how business might be changed to make it work better for society. The speakers will bring together their new books alongside the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation programme research to pose serious questions of our economic system.

Speakers:

Professor Sir Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998-2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Centre. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po and a Director of the International Growth Centre. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Professor Colin Mayer

Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College and St Annes College, Oxford. He is a member of the UK Competition Appeal tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee and the International Advisory Board of the Securities Exchange Board of India. Colin Mayer was the first professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994 and the Peter Moores Dean of the Business School between 2006 and 2011. He works on the nature of the corporation, the regulation of financial markets and institutions, and their effects on the financing and control of corporations. The common theme of his research is the international comparative nature of a corporate finance and corporate governance and the relation of these to financial markets.

Event format

17:00 – 17:30 Registration and refreshments
17:30 – 17:40 Welcome keynote
17:40 – 18:00 The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties – Professor Sir Paul Collier FBA CBE
18:00 – 18:20 Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good – Professor Colin Mayer FBA CBE
18:20 – 18:40 Panel comments following presentations
18:40 – 19:00 Q & A Session
19:00 – 20:00 Close. Followed by refreshments in the Maurice Keyworth foyer
Feb
13
Wed
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 13 February 2019 @ Department for Work and Pensions Offices, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, LS2 7UA
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

REGISTER HERE

In order to help build a richer connection between the academic and policy worlds, the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) at the University of Leeds, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have developed a new seminar series: Linking Leeds.

This seminar series will provide an opportunity 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 Michael Thomson and Dr Sam Lewis (School of Law), on ‘The New Science of Child and Family Policy’.

The seminar will be followed by a 30 minute question and answer session. Lunch will be provided.

If you have any dietary or access requirements, or any further questions about the Linking Leeds seminar series, please contact LSSI Coordinator, Hannah Crow (H.E.Crow@leeds.ac.uk).

Mar
13
Wed
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 13 March 2019 @ Department for Work and Pensions Offices, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UA
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

REGISTER HERE

In order to help build a richer connection between the academic and policy worlds, the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) at the University of Leeds, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have developed a new seminar series: Linking Leeds.

This seminar series will provide an opportunity 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 Christina Beatty, Professor of Applied Economic Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, on ‘The Uneven Impact of Welfare Reform’ & Dr Ghazala Mir, Faculty of Medicine and Health at University of Leeds, on ‘Variations by Group – How can we reduce ethnic and religious group inequalities in the labour market?’

The seminar will be followed by a 30 minute question and answer session. Lunch will be provided.

If you have any dietary or access requirements, or any further questions about the Linking Leeds seminar series, please contact LSSI Coordinator, Hannah Crow (H.E.Crow@leeds.ac.uk).

Mar
29
Fri
Conference: Young people, skills and prospects in employment @ Leeds Civic Hall
Mar 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm

Young people, skills and prospects in employment: policy, practice and inclusiveness. Developing understanding of what works and why

A conference co-hosted by the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council and supported through the ESRC IAA DTP Business Boost fund.

Overview

In a context of increasing concerns about skills shortages and worsening job prospects for many young people, multiple interventions seek to improve young people’s pathways from school and college into employment, raise skill levels and promote inclusive growth. Whilst such ambitions are at the heart of national and local agendas they are situated within contexts of enormous complexity and challenge. These include difficulties of coordination across key stakeholders, linked capacity issues, entrenched social inequalities and barriers to inclusion, and limits to supply side policy solutions. Furthermore there are important gaps in evidence about what works and why, and what facilitates and what obstructs effective policy and practice in local contexts.

This one day conference will focus on these questions in the Leeds city context. It will bring to bear national as well as city expertise and evidence, and explore a range of approaches which seek to enhance young people’s pathways, skills and prospects. We will document the kind of research evidence and strategies which could further support policy and practice, and aim to facilitate a new network and ongoing collaborations.


9.00   Registration

9.30   Cllr Jonathan Pryor: Introduction 

9.40 Prof. Ewart Keep (University of Oxford): On complexity and young people’s prospects: policy, evidence and  possibilities for meaningful interventions

Session 1: strengthening connection between education and employment

10.15 – Panel: (How) can enhanced connections between schools and employers support young people into quality employment? Each speaker will describe examples of their organisation’s work, reflect on efficacy in enhancing young people’s pathways and prospects, and linked challenges. Open discussion will follow. Speakers: Olly Newton (Director of Research and Policy, The Edge Foundation); Andrea Cowans (Leeds City College); Sonya Midgley (Enterprise and Education Lead LEP); Stephanie Burras (CEO Ahead Partnership). Discussion: floor and panel

 11 20 Coffee

 Session 2: Local labour market contexts and labour demand

11.45 Peter Glover (LEP) Leeds labour market, skills in context and young people’s prospects

12.00 Mark Goldstone (Head of Policy, WNY Chamber of Commerce) Employer perspectives on training, education and youth skills: can policy and practice be more joined up?

12.15 Workshop: facilitated small group discussions

1.00 Summary feedback session

1.10 Lunch

Session 3: Employers, young people and skills in context

1.50. Prof. Irena Grugulis (University of Leeds) Soft skills: how much are they a product of employment contexts?

2.05 Dr. Jo Ingold (University of Leeds) Apprenticeships and the levy: institutional constraints on take up

2.20 Q and A

 Session 4: Diversity and Inclusion

2.30. Prof. Sue Maguire (University of Bath) Young people at the margins: social inclusion and skills policies in UK comparative perspective

3.00. Sue Wynne (Head Employment and Skills LCC) Young people at the margins in Leeds city context: inclusive growth, employment and skills strategies in practice

3.20. Prof. Sarah Irwin (University of Leeds) Summary of day, prompts for plenary

3.30. Plenary: All speakers and Q and A / discussion from floor; 4.00. Next steps

4.15. Close


Further details

Workshop (from 12.15 – 1.00). Education to employment: what works in enhancing young people’s access to employment?

The facilitated workshop session will ask participants to explore the following questions from different perspectives (e.g across school, college, employers, third sector organisations, city policy makers, young people and their families). What is the evidence that interventions make a difference?  What are the barriers to effective interventions? What works, for who, and why (and in what contexts)? Where would more research, evidence and analysis be most valuable? What scope is there for collaboration across partners?

Plenary (3.30 – 4.00)

This will build on discussion and interests arising through the day; some example questions are as follows:

  1. What are the main challenges to effective interventions in enhancing young peoples’ access to work and progression within work, and in supporting employers to invest in skills and quality jobs?
  2. Does ‘business as normal’ reproduce inequalities?
  3. On gaps, shortfalls or misconstructions – what evidence, research and analysis would be of value?

 


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