• Blogs

  • December 2017 - Chara Bakalis - The concept of ‘hate crime’ will be familiar to many, particularly since the Brexit referendum when the spike in hate crimes was widely reported in the press. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that hate crimes are also being perpetrated over the internet. It is difficult to find any precise figures given that it is believed that only about 9% of online hate crimes are investigated. One survey suggests that as many as 68% of all hate crime incidents occur online. Similarly, TellMAMA (an organisation which measures anti-Muslim hate) found that 2/3 of the Islamophobic incidents reported to them occurred online. The police certainly believe the scale of abuse to be incredibly high and they have voiced their concerns about their ability to control this behaviour. These statistics and developments have not gone unnoticed, and increasing pressure on the government to do something about cyberhate is coming to bear.

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    October 2017 - Kate Clayton-Hathway - Despite an increasingly older workforce, and even though it is illegal, age discrimination at work is still a common phenomenon in the UK and many other countries around the world. Hiring practices in particular are identified as a major source of unfair treatment on the grounds of age and though many older workers wish to work longer, possibilities may be denied to them due to employers’ negative attitudes.

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    June 2017 - Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Oxford Brookes University shares the findings from her research into the crucial role Executive Search Firms play in recruiting senior leaders in Higher Education.

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    June 2017 - Claudia Filsinger-Mohun - A small number of career return programmes, primarily aimed at mothers returning to work after parenting breaks, have been in existence for a number of years in a range of sectors and professions such as banking, legal, teaching and nursing. In March 2017 the UK government announced £5 million to support those returning to work after long career breaks. While this amount is very small, it is a first step to bring career returns more into the general spotlight. Although these programmes are open to both men and women, the government announcement emphasised that the primary aim is to reach all levels of management and industries where women are underrepresented.

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    April 2017 - Emily Cousens - As gender and sexuality issues are increasingly the foray of the mainstream media, the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice invited three academics: Dr Anna Einarsdóttir (University of York), Dr Tessa Wright (Queen Mary University of London) and Professor Nick Rumens (University of Portsmouth, Visiting Professor at Brookes) to discuss what organisations can do to make the workplace more inclusive for LBGT+ employees.

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    March 2017 - Michele Paule - The late 1990s in the UK saw girls start to out-perform boys in national exams and to enter university in greater numbers than boys. These same girls will now be in their 30s, but one would have to look hard to find them in government, on executive boards or in many other leadership roles. This under-representation of women in decision-making is not just an issue for the UK – it is identified as of pressing national and international significance identified by the European Commission , the OECD and the World Economic Foundation.

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    15th March 2017 - Lucy Vickers - The decision of the CJEU in Achbita has been much anticipated as the first full judgment of the Court on discrimination based on religion and belief under Directive 2000/78. Although the facts of the cases are similar, the legal questions referred to the Court differ.

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    1st November 2016 - Lucy Vickers - In its Third Report of Session 2016–17, scrutinising the Children and Social Work Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights recommends the introduction in England of a duty on public authorities to have due regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the exercise of their functions relating to safeguarding and the welfare of children. The Government has thus far indicated that it does not intend to introduce this duty in England.

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    September 2016 - Lucy Vickers - In this post, I focus on two issues of note regarding the divergent reasoning of the Advocates General. The first is the question of whether or not religion is immutable, and whether the answer to that question is helpful in determining the extent to which religion should be protected....

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    8 August 2016 - Over a six week period Oxford Brookes University is collecting data from those working in British Horseracing in order to.....

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    1 January 2015 - The sector would do well to consider setting a target for the proportion of women heading universities, says Simonetta Manfredi (THES, 1 January 2015)

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    8 July 2014 - About the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling on France's 'burqa-ban' Authored by Professor Lucy Vickers

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    3 June 2014 - Discussion on this issue between Professor Janet Beer, former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and current Vice-Chancellor of University of Liverpool, and Professor Simonetta Manfredi of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University

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