Dr Victoria Wass
I teach Evidence-based Management on the MBA and Executive MBA programmes.
My research interests span labour economics, sociology of work and HRM and include studies of disability at work and the organisation of work in the Police service. Engagement and impact include work as a forensic labour economist in loss of earnings claims (personal injury, clinical negligence and employment discrimination) and membership of the Ogden Working Party.
I provided the evidence and calculations for the COPD Handling Agreement between miners and Department for Trade and Industry 1997–1999 and I am currently providing evidence and calculations in the 'Blacklisting' claims in the construction sector. Together with actuaries from CASS Business School, I developed an alternative model for compensating loss of future earnings which includes the impact of disability on future employment prospects. This model and its associated estimates form the basis for the disability-adjusted multipliers in the Sixth and Seventh Editions of the Ogden Tables.
I have given evidence as an expert witness in the following trials on the indexation of care costs:
- Thompstone v Tameside & Glossop Acute Health Services Trust  EWHC 2904
- Corbett v South Yorkshire SHA 28th March 2007
- Sarwar v Ali and MIB  EWHC 1255
- RH v United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust  EWHC 1441
Judges have said the following:
- The evidence of Dr Wass went in to some detail. She is a labour economist from Cardiff Business School and was in my judgment a most compelling witness. She avoided partisan selection of material and gave straight answers even when they did not suit the claimant’s case. MacKay J in RH v United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust 2007 para 35
- Much of the evidence about the various measures came from Dr Wass. Her evidence was well researched and her answers in oral evidence careful and considered. She was frank and open about the drawbacks of the various measures under discussion. I found her an impressive witness. Swift J Thompstone v Tameside & Glossop Acute Health Services Trust 2006 para 77
Winner Personal Injury Awards 2009 in Independent Expert Category
- PhD (Econ) 1992 University of Wales, Cardiff
- MSc (Econ) 1985 London School of Economics
- BSc (Econ) 1984 University of Wales, Cardiff
- Blackaby D, Felstead A, Jones, M. Makepeace, G, Murphy P (PI) and V Wass (2013) "The Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Inequality and Work Quality" Estimating public private sector differentials using an analysis of secondary data. ESRC Research Award for 18 months starting November 2012. ES/K003283/1
- Turnbull T and V Wass (PI) (2013) "Working Time and Wellbeing in the Police Service: Practical Steps to Monitor, Manage and Balance the Working Hours of the Inspecting Ranks" ESRC Knowledge Exchange for 12 months starting February 2013. ES/K005618/1
- Davies, R. and V. Wass 2010-11 "An anatomy of economic inequality in Wales", Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Turnbull, P. and V. Wass 1992-1993 "Redundancy and re-employment in the docks", ESRC Research Award No. R000233784.
- McNabb, R., V. Wass and R. Lewis 1998-1999 "A comparison of alternative methods for assessing the value of loss of earnings following personal injury" ESRC Research Award No. R000237393.
- Wass, V. 2007-2008 "The pattern and stability of occupational pay 1979-2007" Leverhulme Research Fellowship Research Award No. 0268.
- Disability at work based on analyses of work place Employment Relations Survey 2011
- Organisation of work for Police Inspectors
- Earning anf employment in the construction sector 1975-2015
Victoria has led the following projects
Victoria has contributed to the following projects
PhD supervision research interests
- Earnings determination
- Earnings inequality
- Gender pay gaps
- Disability at work
- Secondary data analyses
CIPD Academic Fellow
British Academy of Management
British Sociological Association