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Project looking for ‘best practice case examples’ regarding part-time staff returning to work from maternity leave

Dr Julia Rouse (MMU Business School) and Jamie Atkinson (Manchester Law School) are carrying out research into the experience of small firms managing staff who take maternity leave and then want to return to work part-time. They are currently interviewing employees and managers and hope to present their findings next year.

As a member of the External Advisory Group to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s ‘Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination in the Workplace Project’, Dr Rouse advises on the development of practical materials to help small firms manage maternity fairly and productively.

We are currently looking for ‘best practice case examples’, so if you know any women employed by a small firm or SME who has managed staff maternity, and have a positive story to tell, we would love to hear about their experiences.

For more information about the project and how to get involved, please email Jamie Atkinson at

For more information

  • Katherine Roycroft
    Research Project and Development Manager (Mon–Wed)
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    0161 247 6067
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  • Jane Walkington-Ellis
    Research Project and Development Manager (Wed–Fri)
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    0161 247 3654
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  • Gary Lindsay
    Research Administrator
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    0161 247 2706
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  • Knowledge Hub,
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Business School,
    All Saints Campus,
    Oxford Road,
    Manchester, M15 6BH,
    United Kingdom

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