Research on ‘LGBT communities in the twenty-first century’

‘Solidarity but not similarity? LGBT communities in the twenty-first century’ by Eleanor Formby was published in 2012 by the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research at Sheffield Hallam University.

The term ‘LGBT community’ is increasingly used in policy, practice and research, yet there is little explicit discussion of what the application of the concept of ‘community’ means to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. This study therefore sought to examine understandings and experiences of LGBT communities, and assess implications for (LGBT) health and wellbeing.


ROTA inquiry into ‘Racism In The Classroom’

‘Racism In The Classroom. An Alternative Inquiry Into Education in London’ was published by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) in October 2012.

The aim of the publication is to ‘highlight the continuing impact of race inequality on education’.

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Review of the Work Capability Assessment

‘The People’s Review of the Work Capability Assessment’ from We Are Spartacus was published in November 2012.

The review is presented ‘in order to show the reality of going through the Work Capability Assessment for those who are living with sickness and disability every day’.


Report of seminar: ‘Rewriting our rights? Human rights and the UK constitution’

On 12 November 2012, the British Academy Policy Centre, EDF and the EDF Research Network held a seminar about recent human rights developments in the UK.

Tumultuous and politicised debate about human rights protections in the UK led the Government to appoint a Commission on a Bill of Rights to consider the future of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the possibility of introducing a British Bill of Rights. As the UK awaits the Commission’s report to be published at the end of the year, the British Academy, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) and the EDF Research Network held an open discussion on developments around human rights in the UK.

The event considered how those who campaign, research or make policy on this issue should build their respective cases using solid and effective evidence covering:



BIS: ‘Modern Workplaces – Government response to closed consultation on flexible parental leave’

‘Modern Workplaces – Government response to closed consultation on flexible parental leave’ was published on 13 November 2012 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
This is the Government’s response to the closed consultation on proposed flexible parental leave which ran from 16 May to 11 August 2011.

On 13 November, the Deputy Prime Minister announced ‘a range of new family-friendly policies to help working families’ including the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service with their employer.

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