Family, Gender and Equality Unit


Welcome to the Family, Gender and Equality Unit (FGEU). The FGEU is a Research Unit based in the Law Department at the University of the West of England. The Unit operates to increase the profile of legal and inter-disciplinary research undertaken by members of the Law Department into the wide variety of issues that can be included within the areas of family, gender and equality.

Current Events and Projects within the FGEU include:

  • The recent publication of Gender, Sexualities and Law (Glasshouse, 2011), edited by Jackie Jones, Rachel Fenton, Anna Grear and Kim Stevenson. This innovative and far-ranging collection of essays features contributions from leading academics, such as Ngaire Naffine and Rosemary Hunter, as well as chapters written by the editors and many other members of the Unit, including, Philip Rumney, Iain McDonald, Shilan Shah-Davis, Sue Heenan and Jane Rees.
  • Rachel Fenton has established a Forum for Undergraduate Female Students in the Law School. The Forum was launched with an Inaugural Lecture in November 2011 by Vanessa Williams, partner at ClarksLegal.
  • Jackie Jones is currently curating a number of Special Issues for Journals including a special issue of the Liverpool Law journal on human dignity and a special issue of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Journal on dress codes in the workplace.

The FGEU provides a supportive and collegiate atmosphere in which staff can exchange and develop ideas in their current work or for the future.

The Unit also works to engage proactively with the wider field of institutions and organisations interested in these areas, through a variety of activities including:

  • Guest peaker programmes
  • Conferences and Symposiums
  • Developing contact with a variety of stakeholders in the field
  • Media engagement activities

Please browse through these pages to find out more about the range of activities we undertake and the work of FGEU staff members.

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