Louise is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School teaching on a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and corporate programmes, including Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.
Before joining Nottingham Trent University Louise was a part-time Lecturer in Human Resource Management at De Montfort University. Alongside teaching responsibilities, she also worked with the Careers Team helping students prepare for video interviews and advising Careers Consultants on how best to support students for this process. As a result Louise taught at the University of Warwick on the Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education run by AGCAS.
Prior to joining the Higher Education sector Louise worked in industry for nine years for a number of organisations as a generalist HR practitioner, which has greatly informed her teaching. This included developing HR strategies and proactive HR Departments, gaining Investors in People status, and being instrumental in achieving integrated management system certifications. This was alongside the provision of of commercial and pro-active advice and support and application of policies including complex case management to multi-site environments together with coaching and support of managers.
Louise’s PhD research examines the care and career experiences of mid-life (age 45-65) women who work in formal employment and also care for a dependent adult. It particularly explores sociological concepts of work and the consideration of informal caring as work, and resultant informal career development.
Louise’s research interests include:
- Women’s careers
- Concepts of work
- Interaction of caring and work
- Informal careers with a focus on caring
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and formerly Vice-Chair of the Leicestershire Branch
- Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Member of the global Carework Network steering committee
- Member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association
Sponsors and collaborators
Louise works closely with practitioners and policy makers in the public sector. She has delivered a seminar series for the Home Office and collaborates with local authority strategy surrounding carers.
Oldridge, L., Greene, AM., Larkin, M. and Nightingale, C. (2017) ‘“Why should I care?" Identities, expectations and motivations of mid-life female informal carers’, Global Carework Summit, Center for Women & Work at the University of Massachusetts, USA, 1st – 3rd June 2017
Oldridge, L. (2016) ‘Care(er): An examination of the career development of mid-life women who combine formal employment and caring’, CIPD 2016 Applied Research Conference, at University of Westminster Business School, 19th December.
Oldridge, L. (2016) ‘The conflicting demands of the UK Government on older women’s careers’, at Work, Employment & Society Conference, at Leeds University Business School, Leeds, 8th September.
Oldridge, L. (2016) ‘Caring about women’s careers: an examination of the impact of informal caring responsibilities for dependent adults on mid-life women’s career experiences and development’, at British Universities Industrial Relations Association 66th Annual Conference, at The Carriageworks, Leeds, 30th June.
Oldridge, L. (2016) ‘Caring about women’s careers: an examination of the impact of informal caring responsibilities for dependent adults on mid-life women’s career experiences and development’, at Sheffield Hallam University PhD Conference, at Sheffield Hallam University, 24th June.
Oldridge, L. (2016) ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’, at Great Ideas for Student Employability 2 Conference, at De Montfort University, 8th June.
Oldridge, L. (2015) ‘Caring or Career: the impact of informal care on mid-life women’s careers’, at British Universities Industrial Relations Association 65th Annual Conference, at De Montfort University, 25th June.
Louise can offer comment on women’s careers and the interaction of caring and work.