Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Seminar: Experience of Employers of Working with Specialist Disability Employment Services (7 Nov 2012)

Sponsored by Helen Eadie MSP

Venue: Committee Room 2, Scottish Parliament
Date: Wednesday 7th November 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Project details

The event aims to provide an opportunity for Members, employer bodies, supported employment providers, and supported employment funders and policy makers to learn about the findings from recent research carried out by the Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) with employers of people with disabilities.

It will also take into account the current economic context and the on-going welfare reform, and in particular, what helps people with disabilities stay in employment, as well as what hinders them in their effort to find employment.


Chris Oswald, Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland (EHRC)

Head of Policy and Communications

Chris joined the EHRC in October 2007 where he has lead responsibility for Policy & Communications and is also currently co-director.

Prior to joining the Commission Chris has worked for 2.5 years with the Disability Rights Commission as Head of Policy & Communications and a further three years at the Commission for Racial Equality as a Senior Policy Officer leading on the promotion and enforcement of the Public Sector Race Duty. Prior to this Chris worked extensively in the race equality movement working in Lothian Racial Equality Council (REC) and then running Fife REC.

Chris is a community worker by training and has also worked in Housing, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Health with a strong focus on social justice and equality issues.

Professor Sheila Riddell, University of Edinburgh

Professor of Inclusion and Diversity/ Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange /Director of the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Sheila Riddell is Director of CREID at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. She previously worked as Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in the broad field of equality and social inclusion, with particular reference to gender, social class and disability in the fields of education, training, employment and social care. Sheila is currently working on projects investigating the experiences and outcomes of disabled students in higher education, lifelong learning policy, and special and inclusive education across Europe.

Pippa Coutts, Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

Research and development consultant

Pippa is a freelance research and development consultant specialising in health, social care and employability. Recently, Pippa has worked with The Scottish Government and SUSE to promote supported employment in Scotland.

Since 2003, Pippa has been employed at a senior level in Scotland’s health sector, where she has been a driver of mental health policy in Scotland, and put policy into practice - leading teams and organisations to develop fruitful partnerships and more effectively deliver better health outcomes and increased social return on their investments.

Previously, Pippa worked for over ten years in international development, firstly as a project manager, and then co-founding a successful international livelihoods consulting company.

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Investigating the case for supported employment