During March 2022 we have been hosting a series of inspirational weekly lunchtime speakers. The theme of the talks is The Contribution of Women across the Lifespan in the Covid-19 Crisis

The series started with Dr Elaine Dewhurst (University of Manchester) and Dr Sarah Campbell (Manchester Metropolitan University) talking about her research project Uncertain Futures

You can watch it here:

Challenges and Contributions of women over 50 in Manchester during Covid-19: Lessons from the Uncertain Futures Project.

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Law here in Manchester. Her expertise is in equality law particularly gender and age discrimination law. She has worked on this topic for many years and is currently co-producing the Uncertain Futures project with Manchester Art Gallery and MMU. This looks at inequalities affecting women over 50 in Manchester particularly around work. Elaine is also a ground expert on Age for the European Equality Law Network which advises the European Commission on gender and other forms of discrimination. 

Next, Dr Hope Christie from University of Edinburgh presented her work on pandemic experiences of mothers of children with intellectual disabilities. 

You can watch it here:

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mothers of children with intellectual disabilities

Dr Hope Christie is a UKRI research fellow based in the Department of Clinical Psychology, and is an associate fellow at the Centre for Research with Children and Families at the University of Edinburgh. Hope’s research is primarily focused on the impact of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder on parents with subsequent impacts to parenting and the family dynamic. Hope is currently the lead research fellow on the Road to Recovery project, which aims to explore the lived experiences of families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; by examining the impact of the pandemic and recovery phases on children with intellectual disabilities and their caregiver

Upcoming event Wednesday  27th April 12-1 pm

Dr Eileen Cunningham (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Joy  Probyn (University of Salford)

Exploring the lived experiences of working mums in lockdown

Eileen is a Lecturer in Business Psychology and Professional Skills at Manchester Metropolitan University as well as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Her research specialism is career management and her PhD research focused on student and graduate experiences of unpaid work. During lockdown she was teaching online, home-schooling and completing her PhD which was challenging enough and yet she felt this was an important opportunity to explore and capture data about the experiences of other professional women in the same situation.




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