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Project Fellow - Good Employment (2735)

Project Fellow - Good Employment (2735)

We have 2x FTE positions that are both fixed term for 19 months. Applications from HR professionals interested in working part-time or full-time on this innovative project are welcome.

We have an exciting opportunity to work as a  Project Fellow (Good Employment). This role will play a pivotal role in the project management and delivery of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Good Employment Learning Lab.

The Good Employment Learning Lab will work with partners  to develop effective approaches to raising line manager’s people management capabilities. In a place-based experiment, it will operate as the Good Employment Learning Lab and work with the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. In a sector-based approach, it will operate as the Adult Social Care Good Employment Learning Lab and work with social care partners within and beyond Greater Manchester. Your role will utilise the skills of an HR professional, and will work collaboratively in a small team, to enable the operationalisation of Learning Labs. You will focus on the Greater Manchester or Adult Social Care Learning Labs but also working flexibly across the entire project to ensure service continuity and integration. You will also work with a Research Associate and senior academic team to evaluate the project and progressively develop more effective means of developing line management capability.

The Faculty of Business and Law brings together MMU Business School and Manchester Law School in our award-winning building located in the centre of Manchester. We have supported industry and commerce in the city since 1889; today we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, together with professional qualifications, many recognised by industry associations.

Our Business School, along with just a handful of the world’s business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). This is a recognised global standard for excellence in management education.


The Centre for Decent Work and Productivity was established in 2018 by bringing together researchers in human resource management, organisational behaviour, strategy, entrepreneurship and diversity to think across disciplines about the future of work. Like the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations, we passionately believe that all people deserve 'decent work'. Work that is both decent for workers and productive for organisations is vital to the success of any good society. Our research centre builds knowledge about the relationship between work quality and performance, and how these can be aligned.


Part of the Decent Work & Productivity University Centre for Research & Knowledge Exchange , you will play a key role in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Good Employment Learning Lab

The Fellow will:

  • Facilitate the development of Learning Lab communities and contribute to a programme of events.
  • Develop a digital Resource Bank of learning materials.
  • Co-design workplace trials concerned with using masterclasses, peer learning and coaching to develop line manager capability. Working with our key researchers in employment and decent work, they will design a set of workplace trials, in which to test methods of developing “good work”.
  • Recruit organisations to take part in these interventions, using their key networks, business development skills, and working with other areas of the University.
  • Play a role in organising practical arrangements for all events.
  • Deliver workplace trials, in conjunction with the rest of the project team, working closely with organisations, to understand the needs of organisations, and to support them in doing things differently
  • Contribute to evaluation of the efficacy of these trials, again working closely with the organisations who are working with us.

In additional to a competitive salary in line with our Pay Bands, you will enjoy a generous annual leave allowance of 35 days, plus bank holidays, plus Christmas closure, a fantastic pension scheme, cycle-to-work scheme, local and national discounts on high street and online brands, and many more rewards and benefits.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are proud of our diverse community of staff, students and visitors.

To apply, please submit your CV and Covering Letter via our application portal. For informal enquiries, please contact Jennie Shorley (Head of Engaged Scholarship) on

Interview dates for this role are likely to be 19th or 21st October.


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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Business and Law
  • Salary:
    Grade 9 (£42,792 to £49,553)
  • Closing Date:
    29 September 2020
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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