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UFHRD 2016 Conference

Important Dates and Deadlines

Full papers to be submitted by
Friday, 1st April 2016

Paper submission opens
7th September 2015

Paper Submissions (updated 4th April 2016)

Submission Process for UFHRD 2016

Guidance on Final Paper Submission:

  • Refereed Papers -  6-8000 words maximum –
  • Working papers - 4000 words maximum

The paper should state the aims and objectives of the study; clear discussion on the research design and methodological approach taken; summary of the findings, limitations of the study and implications for future practice; whether there are practical or social implications and the originality/value of the study

Format of the Paper

  • Title Page – Arial 14 point font
  • Abstract - 250 word (max);
  • Keywords (between 3-6 keywords)
  • Use 1.5 spacing  and Arial 12 point font;
  • Margin size (left, right top and bottom) of 2.5cm;
  • Justify each paragraph fully;
  • Use only three levels of heading and use the numbering convention as follows: 1. Heading; 1.1 Heading; 1.1.1 Heading; Italic is accepted as well as bulleted or numbered lists.
  • Figures and tables should be placed as close to their reference point in the text as possible;
  • All figures and tables must have titles and be referenced from within the text;
  • Avoid colour diagrams, as the proceedings will be printed in black and white.
  • Images must be inserted as picture files (gif, jpg, bmp, pct, png, psd). You may be asked to supply the pictures as separate files;
  • References should follow the Harvard style of referencing.

Submission date for papers: Friday 8th April 2016

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To submit your Full paper:

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  3. Go onto your paper (top left hand corner of screen).
  4. Once in, look over to the top right hand corner and Click on 'upload new version'. Then attach document.
  5. Then click on 'submit a new version'

UFHRD 2016 is using EasyChair conference system.

Registration and Fees


Please note: Early Bird Registration deadline has been extended to Monday, 29th February 2016


Early Bird rate


Early Bird Registration deadline
has been extended to Monday, 29th February 2016

Full rate


6th May 2016

Daily rate


6th May 2016

PhD Rate (core conference only)


6th May 2016

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About Us

Conference Host

Manchester Metropolitain University Business School

About Us

MMU and HRD Research

The Centre for People and Performance

The Centre for People and Performance conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations.

Our team of highly skilled award winning researchers work at the cutting edge of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour.  They combine academic expertise with practitioner experience in a commercial environment to deliver effective and pragmatic, tailor-made solutions.

In addition to our core team we also have over 20 PhD students researching in the field of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Visit the Centre for People and Performance’s website

Conference Venue Information

Conference Host

Manchester Metropolitain University Business School

Venue Information


Manchester, the UK's 3rd largest and 3rd most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, after London and Edinburgh, has roots in ancient history is now wonderfully cosmopolitan with its own unique character. Manchester is the birthplace of the industrial revolution, free trade, the computer and the women's suffrage. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began to write the Communist Manifesto at Chetham Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

The city has transformed itself from an industrial city dependent on manufacturing to a thriving, modern, knowledge-based city amongst the top ten of European locations for education, science, business and leisure. Manchester is one of the UK's most diverse and multicultural cities. It is home to an influential music scene, a thriving cultural setting and two world-class football teams. With its welcoming attitude, varied tourist attractions, quality shopping and legendary nightlife, Manchester can offer delegates a vast choice of excursions, partner programmes and pre and post conference tours.

For more information on Manchester please see;  twitter @visit_mcr;

For a map and list of restaurants and bars in Central Manchester please see….

Manchester Restaurant List (Adobe Acrobat)

Map -Bars and Restaurants (Adobe Acrobat)

As a vibrant modern city, Manchester offers easy reach from within the UK and abroad, with one of the largest airports connecting to all major European cities and beyond. Direct train run every 5 to 10 minutes between the airport and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations. The train journey takes about 15 minutes. Furthermore, Manchester offers convenient and fast train connections to all major UK cities and is well connected to the motorway network.

(see Directions and Maps and

Moreover, excellent transport links, whether by train, coach or car, offer delegates and their guests a wide choice of day excursions, such as Liverpool, Chester, York, the seaside, the Peak District, the Lake District, North Wales and beyond.

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The conference venue, conference hotels and the gala dinner at the Town Hall are all located centrally and are all within short walking distance from each other. They are all within easy and convenient reach from Manchester Airport, the main train stations (Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations) and by car.

See Directions and Maps:

The conference is hosted at the new multi-award winning MMU Business School Building.  Designed by recognised sustainable architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, it has been constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainable development currently achievable.

A number of 4*, 3* and budget hotels within close vicinity to the conference venue have been reserved for delegates at special rates

See the Manchester section for more information and links:

Manchester offers easy reach from within the UK and abroad, with one of the largest airports connecting to all major European cities and beyond. Direct train run every 5 to 10 minutes between the airport and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations. The train journey takes about 15 minutes. Furthermore, Manchester offers convenient and fast train connections to all major UK cities and is well connected to the motorway network.

See Directions and Maps:

The convenient location of the conference venue and conference hotels also means that delegates and their guests are within close vicinity to major tourist attractions, shopping, culture, arts and sporting attractions, as well as a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife. Moreover, the close vicinity to the trains stations offers delegates and their guests a wide choice of day excursions, such as Liverpool, York, Chester, the seaside, country estates and parks (e.g. Lyme Park, Tatton Park), the Peak District, the Lake District, North Wales and beyond

See the Manchester section for more information and links:

The brand-new and centrally located conference venue, nearby hotels with special rates reserved for delegates, the close proximity of the gala dinner venue, together with the convenient transport links to and from Manchester, means that delegates and their guests can enjoy a compact and relaxed conference.

Conference Venue:

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints Campus
Oxford Road
M15 6BH
United Kingdom

Venue for Conference Dinner - Manchester Town Hall

Town Hall

The conference dinner will take place in Manchester Town Hall.  You will have an opportunity to sign up for a tour of the building before the dinner starts If you arrive early. The Town Hall in Albert Square is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Regarded as one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most important Grade 1 listed buildings in England. The building was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse and was completed in 1877. It contains many grand ceremonial rooms, such as the Great Hall, which is decorated with murals by Ford Madox Brown that illustrate the history of the city. –

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Directions and Maps

Manchester Campus - how to find us

Directions by air

Serving over 200 international destinations, Manchester Airport is less than 10 miles away from MMU Business School. Express rail services from the Airport to Manchester city centre run at least every 30 minutes, and the Airport train station is accessible from all terminals. Taxis are available to hire from Terminal 1 with a journey time of around 25 minutes. 

A new direct line on the Metrolink tram network, joining Manchester Airport with Manchester city centre, is also set to open in late 2014. More information about this new development can be found here

Directions to MMU Business School from Manchester city centre rail and train stations, and by bus and car, are available at Here, follow directions for 'south of Manchester' (M56) if you are planning to travel from Manchester Airport to MMU Business School by car.

Postal Address:

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints Campus
Oxford Road
Manchester, M15 6BH
United Kingdom

Manchester - City centre car parks

Manchester Car Parks



Conference Chair and Organising Committee


Dr Linda P Alker


Dr Linda P Alker
Telephone: 0161 247 6090
(from outside of UK – 0044-161-247-6090)


  • Professor Carol Atkinson
  • Dr Marilena Antoniadou
  • Dr Andrew Rowe
  • Dr Mark Crowder
  • Mr Gary Lindsay
  • Ms Laura Jack

UFHRD Committee

Conference Team

Dr Linda Alker, Conference Chair

Principal Lecturer in Department of Management, PhD, MSc, UMIST, Academic member of UFHRD, Academic member of CIPD and Fellow of Higher Education Academy, responsible for Post Graduate Leadership and Management development programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Research interest, Leadership, Diversity and Change Management.

Dr Marilena Antoniadou, Deputy Conference Chair

Senior Lecturer in Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Marilena holds a degree in communications and mass media from the University of Athens, a MA in Public Relations and a Masters of Research from the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a Chartered academic member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests cover the areas of discrete emotions, organisational phenomenology and student experience in Higher Education.

Dr Andrew Rowe, Associate Conference Chair

Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Previously a research fellow from Cranfield School of Management with a PhD from the University of Essex, with a practitioner background in insurance industry. Research interests revolve around learning, from executive remuneration and expatriation, currently involved with behavioural science and its contribution to understanding pay and reward that incentivises the right behaviours in individuals and organizations.

Zeyad Abualhamel, Associate Conference Chair

Associate Fellow Lecturer in Marketing, Operations and Digital Business at Manchester Metropolitan University. Research interests cover HRM, Organizational Behaviour, Leadership studies.  Currently in the writing up stage of his PhD on the impact of leadership style and productive energy on employee job satisfaction in the context of Higher Educational Institutions in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Mark Crowder, Associate Conference Chair

Senior Lecturer in Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Mark joined MMU in September 2013, having previously taught at the University of Chester. He has more than 20 years' management experience in both public and private sectors, and studied at LJMU and the University of Liverpool before gaining his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Chester. In addition to his role at MMU, Mark is also a school governor and is an external examiner at the University of South Wales. He is a Member of ILM and UFHRD, and a Fellow of HEA and CMI.

Contact Us

Contact:Dr Linda Alker



Twitter: @UFHRD2016


International Advisory Board

Professor Sharon Mavin, Chair UFHRD,
Director of Roehampton Business School,
University of Roehampton, London

Professor Jim Stewart, Executive Secretary UFHRD,
Professor of Human Resource Development,
University of Coventry, Coventry.

Associate Professor Wendy Ruona, Chair AHRD,
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy
The University of Georgia, College of Education, Georgia, USA.

Mr Bob Morton, MBA, CCIPD, Chairman of CIPD Enterprises Board, Past Chairman IFTDO,
Council Member, University of Bristol

Dr Ronan Carbery, Lecturer in Management,
University of Cork, Ireland

Ms Vanessa Robinson, Head of Research Delivery,
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)


Call For Papers | Streams and Stream Leaders

Call For Papers

“Leadership, Diversity and Changing Practices in HRD in a Global Context”

The 17th International conference on Human Resource Development, Research and Practice across Europe will be in Manchester in 2016, and welcomes papers covering the above themes which advance our knowledge and understanding of HRD which are so relevant to the global  workplace of the 21st century.  As in previous years, it is hoped that the conference will encompass all aspects of Human Resource Development, not only on the theme of the conference but also on wider agendas.  Papers are welcome in all the key areas of Human Resource Development as follows:

  • Leadership Management and Talent Development
  • Coaching and Executive Development
  • Global, comparative and cross cultural dimensions of HRD
  • Employee Engagement
  • Diversity Issues and Career Development 
  • Workplace Learning Training and Development
  • Scholarly Practitioner Research
  • Learning and Teaching and HRD
  • Critical Approaches to HRD

Please note: Paper submissions open on the 7th September, 2015


The Conference welcome submissions across the following streams:

  • Leadership, Management and Talent Development
  • Global, Comparative and Cross Cultural Dimension of HRD
  • Employee Engagement
  • Diversity Issues in HRD
  • Workplace Learning Training and Development
  • Scholarly Practitioner Research
  • Learning and Teaching and HRD
  • Critical Approaches to HRD

Stream Leaders

Leadership, Management and Talent Development
Dr Carole Elliott and Laylah Pyke

Global, Comparative and Cross Cultural Dimension of HRD
Professor Paul Iles and Dr Crystal Zhang

Employee Engagement
Dr Julia Claxton

Diversity Issues in HRD
Professor Sharon Mavin and Dr Nicola Patterson

Workplace Learning Training and Development
Professor Eduardo Tome

Scholarly Practitioner Research
Dr Aileen Lawless, Dr Clare Rigg, Professor Jeff Gold and Dr Valerie Anderson

Learning and Teaching and HRD
Dr Rick Holden, Vivienne Griggs and Dr Mark Loon

Critical Approaches to HRD
Professor Jim Stewart and Professor Sally Sambrook

Coaching and Executive Development
Jane Turner, Jo James and Ruth Leggett

Stream: Leadership, Management and Talent Development
Stream Leaders - Dr Carole Elliott and Laylah Pyke

Stream Description:

There has been much discussion since the 1980s regarding the role of management and leadership development courses and programmes (Day, 2000; Gill, 2006; Edwards et al, 2013), including the suggestion that they are a source of competitive advantage (McCall, 1998; Vicere and Fulmer, 1998).  More recently, the use of the terms talent management and talent development by HRD practitioners reflects calls from the HR profession to present the business case for a strategic approach to the recruitment and retention of key employees in the organisation.  Recent studies of leadership development and learning explore its experiential nature (Stead and Elliott, 2009; Waldman et al., 2006) and examine the development of leadership practice from a relational, social and situated perspective (Cunliffe, 2009; Kempster and Stewart, 2010; Parker, 2004).

Nevertheless, there are limited examples of research that engage with issues of diversity and changing practices in relation to leadership, management and talent development.  Swan et al (2009) for example argue that whilst there are a number of feminists writing in the field of management and leadership learning, feminist and critical race theories remain marginalized within HRD. Williams and Mavin (2012) remind us too that disability, and disabled people’s voices, have been relatively silent in studies of organisations more broadly. 

This stream therefore particularly welcomes theoretical and empirical papers that seek to engage in debates and discussion regarding ways in which leadership, management and talent development seek to engage with issues of diversity and changing practices in HRD. 


Dr Carole Elliott

Carole is senior lecturer in Management at Durham University Business School. She is Principal Investigator of the ESRC Seminar Series ‘Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders’. Her research interests include management and leadership learning, with a primary focus on the critical examination of women’s leadership and women’s leadership learning. 

She is a visiting scholar at George Washington University, Washington DC and is the editor-in-chief of Human Resource Development International.

Laylah Pyke

Laylah is a lecturer in People Management at Salford University and teaches leadership, management and talent development to MSc students. Laylah's research interests lie in the emerging field of critical leadership studies. Her PhD applies Pierre Bourdieu's theories to representations of leadership/ leadership learning within the cultural sector.

Stream: Global, Comparative and Cross Cultural Dimension of HRD
Stream Leaders: Professor Paul Iles and Dr Crystal Zhang

Stream Description:

We welcome conceptual and/or empirical papers on the global, comparative and cross-cultural HRD contributing to definitions, models and concepts relating to different organisations, sectors, professions, communities etc., through multiple levels of analysis (individual, team, organizational and national).  Innovative and cross-disciplinary research are particularly encouraged.  Finally, we also strongly encourage practitioner contributions and case studies of good practice.

Topics in this stream may include but not limited to:

  • Global Dimension;
  • HRD dynamics in MNCs such as Talent Management;
  • HRD diffusion (learning and knowledge transfer, organizational development and change) between headquarters and subsidiaries;
  • HRD’s role in MNCs;
  • Boundary-less or global careers (expatriates, self-initiated expatriates, talent mobility etc.);
  • Intercultural competence and skills formation;
  • Global leadership and mind-set;
  • Comparative Dimension;
  • Convergence & divergence at national and firm level HRD policies and practices;
  • Methodological advancement in studying comparative HRD;
  • Developed and emerging economies;
  • Cross-cultural dimension;
  • HRD and acculturation;
  • HRD and national culture;
  • Values, religious and ethical conflicts;
  • Cross-cultural team working including global virtual teams.


Professor Paul Iles

Paul Iles is a Professor of Leadership and HRM at Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University.  Paul is a chartered psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. He has a particular interest in leadership development, international HRM and talent management, and has published a number of articles on these issues in recent years in leading refereed journals.

Recent Publications:

Iles PA & Zhang C (2012) International HRM: A cross-cultural and comparative approach London: CIPD
Guo K, Iles PA & Yolles M (2011) Understanding Organizational Fitness: the case of China Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing

Dr Crystal Zhang

Crystal is a Principal Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour (OB) at Coventry University. She has designed and delivered seminars and workshops at the executive level for both public and private sectors in different countries such as the UK, Greece, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Mauritius, Namibia and Nigeria. Her current research interests are on cross-cultural learning and development, career development for self-initiated expatriates and talent management, and she has published in the area of learning theories and practice, cross-cultural HRD, graduate employment, global leadership and managing HR in India and China. Crystal is the co-editor and author of a CIPD book on 'International Human Resource Management: A Cross-cultural and Comparative Approach' and has chaired Cross Cultural Perspectives of HRM track for Euro Med conference and acted as reviewers for a number of publishers and academic journals.

Stream: Employee Engagement
Stream Leader: Dr Julia Claxton

Stream Description:

Employee engagement as a field is growing in rigour and academic studies and more important than ever for those interested in HRD.  It is a complex construct and there is still much research needed which contributes to understanding more about how employee engagement links with:

  • performance management
  • motivation
  • involvement
  • commitment
  • organisational citizenship
  • organisational behaviours
  • learning
  • management development
  • culture
  • intercultural competence
  • social responsibility
  • innovation

Measuring employee engagement is always a challenge and new approaches to the measurement and evaluation of drivers, outcomes, learning and processes related to employee engagement are needed.

Conceptual models around employee engagement are also still developing and new models with solid data behind them would be welcome.

There is quite a lot of work around how organisations benefit from an engaged workforce but more work is needed around the individual experience of engagement and papers around this and the factors that relate such as family life, stress management, diversity, well-being and community would be particularly welcome.  It is hoped that papers on this theme of the ‘human experience of engagement’ may become a future book.


Dr Julia Claxton is a Principal Lecturer of Research and Organisational Development at Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University).  She teaches and publishes in Employee Engagement and her main passion is in understanding how people identify that they feel valued at work, as this is a key driver to engagement. Other teaching and publications over the past 20 years are around leadership development, managing change, action learning, learning and team coaching.  She supervises PhD and DBA students in a variety of Organisational Development themes.  She currently leads research projects in the NHS on Team Coaching.  She has led a European programme on Leadership and is Chair of The Research Committee for the European Network for Business and Languages and is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Advances in Higher Education.  She introduced the Employee Engagement stream into the UFHRD conference four years ago.

Stream: Diversity Issues in HRD
Stream Leaders: Professor Sharon Mavin and Dr Nicola Patterson

Stream Description:

Understanding issues of diversity in HRD has to date been a much neglected issue. Despite HRD’s intentions to advance human potential in organizations and society, the field has largely (with some notable exceptions) overlooked human differences and their real impact on the lives of employees and their experience within organizations. This stream welcomes contributions, which look at issues such as gender, race, age, sexual orientation, class, religion and disability particularly against the backcloth of the global challenges facing organizations in the next decade. Discussions on the effect of power and privilege are especially welcome as are papers, which seek to embed diversity within HRD strategies in different organizational and country contexts.

We aim to recognise diversity as a core HRD competence and establish diversity as a critical priority for HRD academics and practitioners. In particular, the stream aims to advance understandings of diversity issues in HRD through conceptual research, which critically considers aspects of diversity and empirical studies from qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Practitioner studies, which offer new understandings, are particularly welcome.

There will be opportunities to publish in Gender in Management: An international journal.


Professor Sharon Mavin

Sharon Mavin is Professor of Organisation and HRM, Director at Roehampton Business School UK and Chair of the University Forum for HRD. Sharon’s research interests are gender, identity and emotion work; executive women, careers and leadership. Sharon is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews and co-Editor of Gender in Management: An international journal.

Dr Nicola Patterson

Nicola Patterson is Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management Development at Newcastle Business School, UK. Nicola’s research interests are leadership, gender, entrepreneurship with recent publications in the International Small Business Journal, Gender in Management: An International Journal and European Journal of Training and Development.

Stream: Workplace Learning Training and Development
Stream Leader:  Professor Eduardo Tome

Stream Description:

Workplace Learning Training and Development (WLTD) - In the complex, turbulent and ever changing world of today's organizations, Workplace Learning and Training and Development is necessary, to ensure the survival, competitiveness, employability and profitability of organizations. It is also essential to assure that employees are competent and that they do their jobs well. No one can honestly say that people learn what they need to perform their jobs entirely outside the workplace. Therefore, Workplace Learning, Training, and Development lies in the backbone of advanced societies and prosperous economies and organizations.

In this context we welcome studies in a wide variety of perspectives, such as the following but not exclusively focusing on the following topics:

  • Studies on experiences, actors, and their outcomes.
  • Studies in micro companies, SMEs or large companies as multinationals, even involving the expatriates question,
  • Studies in profit, non-profit or public organizations.
  • Studies describing systems of WL and TD or single company experiences.
  • Studies on clusters.
  • Studies on successes, best practices and failures.
  • National experiences.
  • Qualitative, quantitative or critical studies.
  • Studies on performative, critical or radical perspectives.
  • Studies on participation, investments and returns.
  • Studies on public policies and private contributions to those systems.


Professor Eduardo Tome

Eduardo Tomé made his PhD in Economics in 2001 at the Technical University in Lisbon, with a dissertation on Vocational Training and the European Social Fund. Since then he published 35 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, 24 from SCOPUS, 6 chapters in books and presented 61 papers in International Conferences. He also led the organization of four well-attended international conferences in the intangibles domain, from which resulted 3 special Issues in international journals. His main interests are HRD, Knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital, and sometimes International Economics and Social Policy. He is a member of several Editorial Boards and reviewers boards of SCOPUS Journals. Since 2013, Eduardo is working at Universidade Europeia. From the Laureatte Group in Lisbon, Portugal.

Stream: Scholarly Practitioner Research
Stream Leaders: Dr Aileen Lawless, Dr Clare Rigg, Professor Jeff Gold and Dr Valerie Anderson

Stream Description

In a diverse and applied field such as HRD, it is increasingly important to examine the perceived ‘gap’ between HRD scholarship and HRD practice. This stream celebrates the pursuit of practice-based research and action-orientated learning that focuses on what people do, what they know and how that knowing influences and is influenced by practice.

We invite empirically grounded papers that advance knowledge and assist the development of practice in HRD, which encourage HRD practitioners and academics to gain new insight into their work, and help them improve effectiveness and contribution in varying settings. Contributors are encouraged to seek creative integration of the often-diverse perspectives of thinking and doing, theory and practice. Papers that cross-conventional boundaries of professions, organisations and communities are particularly encouraged.

We welcome doctoral students as well as those collaborating with practitioners involved in action-orientated research projects to share their work in this stream.

As practice-based research and learning are increasingly trans-disciplinary, we anticipate contributions that are drawn from a wide range of contexts.

Publication Opportunities - Papers submitted to this stream may be considered for further development and publication in the journal Action Learning: Research, Practice, and Knowledge Management: Research and Practice.


Dr Aileen Lawless

Aileen is an experienced HRD practitioner and academic. Currently she is employed as a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Business School. Prior to this Aileen worked as a senior HRD practitioner within an international organisation. Her practitioner background has influenced her approach to teaching, consultancy and research and this is reflected in her interest in action methodologies and her position on the Editor Board of the international journal Action Learning: research, practice, and the LJMU Innovations in Practice journal. Her current research explores the problematic relationship between leadership, management, professional learning, education and work. A particular focus of the research is exploring the potential of management education to achieve change in personal, interpersonal and organizational practices. She is a reviewer for several international journals and has gained research funding both as an independent researcher and as a collaborative partner. Her publications are aimed at addressing the theory-practice gap, focusing on the ‘real work’ that is done in organizations. A distinguishing feature of her work is a focus on application and practice, including the active engagement of practitioners. She has a particular interest in supporting Insider Researchers; researchers who undertake research within their own organizational setting.

Dr Clare Rigg

Clare is Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Liverpool Management School. Following an early career in economic development and urban regeneration in Birmingham, England, she developed an interest in collaborative working that was further fostered through encountering action learning as an approach to management development in 1990. Clare is particularly interested in the inter-relationships between multiple levels of learning and change and has researched and written on action learning, critical action learning, collaborative working and organisational development, including four co-authored books Action Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development in Public Services (Routledge, 2006), Critical Human Resource Development: Beyond Orthodoxy (FT Prentice-Hall, 2007), Learning and Talent Development (CIPD, 2011) and Realising Critical Human Resource Development (Cambridge Scholastic, forthcoming 2016).

Professor Jeff Gold

Jeff is Professor of Organisation Learning at Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University and Visiting Professor at Portsmouth University and York St John University. He is a strong advocate of the need for actionable knowledge that is rigorously developed but relevant for practice. He has designed and delivered a wide range of seminars, programmes and workshops on talent management and development, change, strategic learning, management and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on participation and distribution. He is the co-author of The Sage Handbook of Professional Doctorates in Business and Management (with Lisa Anderson, Jim Stewart and Richard Thorpe), CIPD’s Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford) , The Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford), Human Resource Development (with Julie Beardwell, Paul Iles, Rick Holden and Jim Stewart) and Human Resource Management (with John Bratton), both published by Palgrave.

Dr Valerie Anderson

Valerie is Reader in HRD at University of Portsmouth, UK, where she is Director of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Before commencing her academic career, Valerie worked in HRM and HRD in public and private sector organisations. She is a committed ‘researcher-practitioner’ and the author of the CIPD textbook Research Methods in HR. She publishes papers in a range of HRD and HRM peer reviewed journals and is a joint Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development Quarterly. Valerie’s research focuses on learning and development in work organisations, particularly managerial coaching, academic identity and professional development, and organisational issues associated with strategic human resource development. 

Stream: Learning and Teaching and HRD
Stream Leaders: Dr Rick Holden, Vivienne Griggs and Dr Mark Loon

Stream Description:

An interest in teaching and learning is of fundamental importance to the UFHRD. Conceptually, human resource development and learning are in many respects indistinguishable. At its heart HRD is about lifelong learning. The rationale, therefore, for this conference stream is both simple and compelling.  If learning is at the heart of HRD then HRD professionals, we would argue, should be the champions of all things learning within organisational contexts.  Similarly, HRD academics and researchers should be at the vanguard of the identification and dissemination of both leading edge understanding about learning and development and its practice.

Thus, this stream seeks to provide a forum for both research and practice where learning is the focus of attention.  Of course an interest in teaching and learning is multi-disciplinary. In an effort to ensure contributions are not excessively disparate we keep HRD in the stream title to ensure that contributions are working within a broad HRD agenda. We invite empirically grounded papers that address learning in and in relation to the workplace and (research based) practice based reflections.

The following themes are indicative of current research interests in teaching and learning and HRD. It is far from an exhaustive list and thus is presented as a guide only.

  • learning in and through work
  • the formal / informal tension regarding learning
  • the assessment and transfer of learning
  • innovate practice in teaching and learning
  • neuroscience, cognitive science and decision research
  • learning technologies
  • team learning
  • learning and continuous professional development
  • research into practice learning cycles
  • building the capability of the L&D professional
  • the HRD Curriculum

Following on from the last two examples, we particularly welcome contributions, which address the teaching and learning of HRD itself. The equivalent stream at the 2008 (Lille) and 2009 (Northumbria) conferences resulted in a Special Issue of the Journal of European Industrial Training (“Innovative practice in the teaching and Learning of HRD”) edited by the current stream leaders. 

Papers submitted to this stream may be considered for further development and publication in a Special Issue.  Discussions are underway with both the European Journal of Training & Development and Education & Training.

We also note the UFHRD’s Teaching and Learning Resource Bank, which has been created to address the lack of mechanisms for the sharing of good practice and promote excellence in teaching, learning and assessment in HRD. The UFHRD Programme and Qualification Activities Committee awards an annual prize of £500 for the best contribution to the UFHRD Teaching & Learning Resource bank.  It is noteworthy also that the winner of the Alan Moon Prize in 2015 was a paper entitled Developing an Arts Based Curriculum for HRD Practice (Armitage and Keeble Ramsey).


Dr Rick Holden

Rick is a Research Fellow at Liverpool Business School (Liverpool John Moores University). Prior to this, he worked at Leeds Metropolitan University and Cadbury Schweppes where he was Education and Training Manager for the confectionery division of the company.

Current research interests address the teaching and learning of HRD; training and learning transfer and workplace learning more generally. He recently led a British Academy of Management research project exploring the transfer of learning from formal professional / postgraduate management programmes into the workplace. Teaching responsibilities focus upon DBA and PhD supervision.

Recent publications include the textbook Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice, published by Palgrave Macmillan and a Special Issue of the Journal of European Industrial Training titled ‘Innovative practice in the teaching and learning of Human Resource Development’. In 2013 was appointed News Editor for the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO). From 1990 to 2010 Rick was Editor of Education & Training, Emerald’s journal addressing VET and the transition of young people from education into work.

Vivienne Griggs

Vivienne is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. She is Programme Leader for the Postgraduate CIPD Human Resource Management courses. Teaching interests include Learning and Development, Leadership Development and Business Skills.  Areas of expertise and research interests include learning and development, continuous professional development, reflective learning, evaluation/value of learning, knowledge sharing, teaching and learning strategies, HRD in the voluntary sector. Vivienne is a member of the editorial board of Advances in Developing Human Resources. Recent publications include “Professional learning in human resource management: problematising the teaching of reflective practice” published in Studies in Continuing Education, 2015 and the Special Issue of JEIT noted above. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett Vivienne was an HR manager with British Telecom.

Dr Mark Loon

Mark is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester. Prior, he was with the University of Gloucestershire. Mark has also held adjunct positions with Central Queensland University and the University of Newcastle Australia. Prior to joining academia, Mark was a management consultant and had worked with firms such as Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini and KPMG. He has worked in Australia, France, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Malaysia in teaching/ consultancy roles.

His research areas are in higher order thinking, skills, L&D in the context of dynamic capabilities, and leadership development. He has published papers in the Journal of Managerial Psychology, Management Research Review and the International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management. He is currently an Associate Editor with the Journal of Economics and Administrative Sciences (Emerald publishing).

Stream: Critical Approaches to HRD
Stream Leaders: Professor Jim Stewart and Professor Sally Sambrook

Stream Description:

This stream does not take or prescribe a view on the meaning of ‘critical’ in the title. Some distinguish between a capital C associated with Critical Theory (CT) and a lower case c associated with perspectives and critiques other than CT, and then favour one over the other. We will be eclectic in our view of critical. The same will apply to HRD and sites of practice. It is perhaps a matter of debate whether higher education is a site of HRD practice but it is for us and so we are interested in both critical content and critical process as applied to HE pedagogy. This is of course in addition to national systems, communities (geographic, cultural, and professional), organisations and individual/personal contexts of practice. Finally, our eclecticism extends to methodology and methods. And so papers that report, explore, critique the design and conduct of research within critical HRD are welcome. The common themes we wish to encourage in this stream are questioning, challenging and critiquing the conventional, the traditional, and the orthodox wherever they currently dominate, oppress or exclude.


Professor Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart is Professor of HRD at Coventry Business School. He has previously held similar positions at Leeds Business School and Nottingham Business School. Jim is former Chair and current Executive Secretary of the University Forum for HRD and has conducted research funded by UK research councils, UK government departments, the European Union and employers in all sectors of the economy. This work has led to Jim writing and co-editing over 20 books and numerous chapter contributions and journal articles. Many of these have been journal special issues and edited books on CHRD. He also holds several appointed position with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development including Chief Examiner for Learning and Talent Development.

Professor Sally Sambrook

Sally Sambrook is Professor of Human Resource Development, Director of the Centre for Business Research at Bangor Business School and Visiting Professor, Toulouse Business School, France. She joined Bangor University in 1999 as a Project Manager in the Centre for Learning Development, on a research project exploring the quality of computer based learning materials. Sally was appointed as Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) in 2000, and joined the School of Nursing (now Healthcare Sciences) in 2002, where she designed the MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership. Sally was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in 2005 in recognition of her excellence in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience. She returned to the Business School in 2006, as Director of Postgraduate Studies, Business and Management, and then Deputy Head of School 2007-2011. Sally was a founding member of UFHRD and has published widely on HRD and especially on Critical HRD.

Stream: Coaching and Executive Development
Stream Leaders: Jane Turner, Jo James, Ruth Leggett
Stream Description

Leaders increasingly encounter greater levels of scrutiny, ambiguity, conflicting requirements, accelerating rates of change, complexity and politicised environments, amidst expectations to have a more coherent and resilient sense of self alongside an ability to remain true to one’s self and core values at work (Gardner Avolio, Luthans, May and Walumbwa, 2005; Sveningsson and Larson, 2006; Burke, 2002). This bombardment can lead to confusion and despair in relation to whom to be. These multiple and diverse pressures challenge the skills, knowledge and in particular resilience of leaders but more importantly, test the very sense of self, implying that now more than ever, there is a pressing need to support leaders in their developing sense of self, rather than seeking to homogenise, thus creating different and individualised ways of thinking which lead to different ways of behaving.  Against this context, coaching is increasingly seen as a leadership development vehicle and identified as a core strategic development intervention within many organisations; with three quarters of claiming to offer this approach (CIPD, 2015).   This stream welcomes empirically grounded papers that advance knowledge, build theory and contribute to practice development in all aspects of leader (ship) development particularly executive or organisational coaching where coaching has been identified as a core leadership development strategy integrated within the wider streams of HRD scholarship and practice.

Ruth Leggett

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in corporate and executive development at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. With over 20 years’ experience of working as an HRD practitioner in the private and public sector before joining Newcastle Business School in 2007, Ruth is responsible for a number of corporate leadership development programmes.  Ruth works as an executive coach with leaders from across a range of sectors and is involved in the design and delivery of bespoke leadership development interventions. Ruth leads the School’s coaching programme and has interest in working with professional managers; supporting, developing and facilitating effective leadership behaviours.
Ruth has a BSc from Sheffield Hallam University and an MPhil by Research from the University of Surrey, an Advanced Diploma in Coaching and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the HEA and a member of the Association for Coaching.  Ruth’s research focuses on learning and development in work organisations; particularly the promotion of reflective practice in managers and methods of evaluating the impact of learning and development on the individual and the organisation. 

Joanne James

Joanne, is Director of CPD and Collaborative Programmes Newcastle Business School is an experienced leadership development specialist and executive coach.  Working exclusively with senior leaders and their teams Joanne specialises in creating bespoke executive development interventions that make a real difference in the client organisation.  Joanne has a particular interest in enabling leaders to create high performing organisations through authentic leadership, team development and creating a coaching culture.  As a coach, Joanne enables leaders to become more aware of the thinking and behaviours that may get in the way of their impact and performance.  The role often entails supporting the personal, professional and intellectual development of her clients.

Joanne has a Master’s degree in leadership and management and Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA); Academic Associate of CIPD and member of the Association for Coaching.  Joanne’s research interests include leader identity and leader development through developing reflective practice; executive coaching particularly coach development and team coaching.  Joanne’s doctoral study involves utilising autoethnography to explore the practice of team coaching. 
International Journal of Human Resource Development


Get your HRD research and practice internationally recognised !

The International Journal of Human Resource Development Practice, Policy & Research is a new open access, international peer reviewed journal. The aim of the Journal is to bring together international practitioner and academic expertise to promote and support the understanding and practice of Human Resource Development.

The Journal is sponsored by a partnership between the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO).

Full details, notes for contributors etc will be available at the UFHRD Stand at the Conference and are also available on the journal’s dedicated web site at:

Pick up a complimentary copy of Issue 1 at the UFHRD Conference Stand

Publication Opportunities


International Journal of Human Resource Development - Practice, Policy and Research

Get your HRD research and practice internationally recognised !

The International Journal of Human Resource Development Practice, Policy & Research is a new open access, international peer reviewed journal. The aim of the Journal is to bring together international practitioner and academic expertise to promote and support the understanding and practice of Human Resource Development.

The Journal is sponsored by a partnership between the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO).

Full details, notes for contributors etc will be available at the UFHRD Stand at the Conference and are also available on the journal’s dedicated web site at:

Pick up a complimentary copy of Issue 1 at the UFHRD Conference Stand



Information will appear here in due course


Conference Schedule and Proceedings
Conference Timetable
Guidance on Conference Presentations


Download Presentation Guidelines for UFHRD 2016

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Conference Symposia


Symposium on the topic of: workshop on the topic of: Publication Ethics and Plagiarism in HRD

Dr Valerie Anderson, Reader in Human Resource Development at Portsmouth Business School will lead this symposium.  The symposium will provide an ‘open space’ for academics and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise on the topic of publication ethics and plagiarism in the field of HRD. 

Symposium on the topic of: Leaders as Coaches

Helen Smith and Stephanie Sturgess, Senior Lecturers in Leadership Development at Manchester Metropolitan Business School will lead this symposium. The symposium will provide an ‘open space’ approach to explore coaching within the perspective of leadership challenges and approaches; where leaders are required to act as coach and harness all the benefits for individuals and teams in so doing.

There is growing evidence that leaders, including team leaders, are the critical change agents within organisations and that their behaviour as a leader influences the success or failure of their organisation through clear communication, mobilising staff and evaluating situations correctly (Battilana 2010). Competent leaders are known to, settle conflict, improve performance (Cheng 2012); work on a micro and macro level to achieve corporate goals.

Leaders are required to work in increasingly fluid situations (Bushe 2011) managing with multiple stakeholders needs, reduce uncertainty for team members and protect the team from external influences that can diminish focus and prevent the goal achievement. In addition, team leaders are expected to enhance the skills of the team whist delivering the desired organisational outputs.  Indeed, team leaders who can foster harmony and trust are thought to be enablers of performance agendas through alignment of the individuals and the organisation thus providing purpose and knowledge sharing between team members (Cheng 2012). 

This increasing demand upon leader and team leader skills is noted within the HRM review (Budworth 2011) when suggesting that to leverage performance to its best, leaders need to be able to provide ‘a comprehensive feedback mechanism, coaching and goal setting framework’.

This symposium is designed to provide an ‘open space’ approach to explore coaching within these perspective of leadership challenges and approaches; where leaders are required to act as coach and harness all the benefits for individuals and teams in so doing.

This will be a discussion based symposium where we collectively generate the agenda for discussion within the symposium based on your contributions. We then work together to explore these multiple challenges and opportunities.

Helen Smith

Helen Smith

Helen’s leadership career began within the Pharmaceutical sector managing a team of 23 staff. This team ranked (49/50) when Helen was appointed team leader, but within one year, they became The Number 1 team in the UK. This started the journey of fascination for Helen in how to gain best performance from a team. Helen joined MMU in 2015 after fifteen years of advising and working with multiple organisations as a consultant to achieve their number one status. Helen has joined the management team supporting the leadership and coaching programmes

Stephanie Sturges

Stephanie Sturges

Stephanie has more than 25 years' experience working with individuals and teams at all levels within the public, corporate and private sectors.

She is a senior lecturer, an executive coach and a leadership and management development Consultant and MMU, having joined MMU in September 2013. Part of her current activity includes an exciting programme bringing together leadership in Sport and Business.  Prior to joining MMU Stephanie spent three years with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) Business School as part of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit. Here she also provided course leadership for the Coaching and Mentoring MSc and a collaborative leadership across the City Region.


Keynote Speakers

UFHRD 2016 - Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jamie Callahan

JAMIE L. CALLAHAN is Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the School of Education at Drexel University.  She has held multiple leadership positions in the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) to include having served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors. She served as the Editor of Human Resource Development Review, the leading publication for advancing theory within the field of HRD.

Her research agenda has three streams: (1) leadership, (2) sociological explorations of emotions occurring in organizational contexts, and (3) contextual issues confronting organizations, such as organizational learning, organizational culture, and communities of practice. She applies a critical theory perspective to the exploration of these issues.

She has published over 40 refereed journal articles, 5 book chapters, a book, and over 75 refereed conference proceedings articles. Her work has appeared in more than a dozen journals, including Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development International, Human Relations, European Journal of Training & Development, Violence Against Women, and Organization Studies. Her co-edited book is entitled Critical Issues in HRD: A New Agenda for the Twenty-First Century; her forthcoming co-edited book is entitled Realizing Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice.

David Fairhurst

David Fairhurst, Professor, Senior Vice President International Human Resources and Strategy. Known for implementing progressive people practices, David Fairhurst puts a high priority on training, education and leadership development at McDonald’s.

Fairhurst spearheads Human Resources in all international markets and oversees global HR systems, strategy and design. He has held a number of HR leadership positions, including Chief People Officer of Europe and, previously, of Northern Europe. He joined McDonald’s in 2005 as Vice President of People in the United Kingdom, bringing HR experience in a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

Widely respected in the HR field, Fairhurst twice earned the top spot on the Personnel Today Top 40 UK HR ‘Power Players’ list; and for four consecutive years he was voted the UK's ‘Most Influential Practitioner’ by HR Magazine, receiving their lifetime achievement award in 2012. He was the first HR professional to be named Business Communicator of the Year by the UK Institute of Internal Communications.

Fairhurst is a graduate of Lancaster University where he remains a Business School Fellow, and Manchester Metropolitan University, which in 2007 recognised his ongoing contribution as a Visiting Professor with an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Middlesex University Business School. He is also actively involved with a number of professional development organizations in the UK.

Damian Hughes

Professor Damian Hughes is the author of six best-selling books, including Liquid Thinking, Liquid Leadership, How to Change Absolutely Anything and How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson, as well the founder of the LiquidThinker Company which takes the psychological methods used by great achievers and shows, in easy steps, how you can adopt them into your own life and business.

He has worked as a change management consultant and sports psychologist for Sale Sharks, West Bromwich Albion, France Rugby Union and Warrington Wolves, England and GB Rugby League team.

He also runs a Manchester inner-city youth club, Collyhurst and Moston which has helped reduce crime and help many kids find a purpose in their lives from stopping crime to winning Olympic medals. He has also been nominated for the 2007 William Hill Sports book of the year award for Peerless, his biography of boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson. In 2009, he co-authored a critically acclaimed biography of boxing legend, Thomas Hearns in Hitman: the Thomas Hearns Story. In 2013, his latest biography, Marvelous Marvin Hagler became the UK's best selling sports biography.

He was appointed as a Professor of Organisational Psychology and Change for Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2010.

His innovative and exciting approach has been praised by Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Roger Bannister, Tiger Woods, Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Paul Turner

Paul Turner is Professor of Management Practice at Leeds Business School and has held Professorial positions at Universities in Birmingham, Nottingham and Cambridge.

Paul Turner's previous positions include President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Employee Care for the Convergys Corporation of Cincinnati, Group HR Business Director for Lloyds TSB, Vice President of the CIPD, a Director of BT, a Non-Executive Director of Blessing White and OPI and a General Manager for Plessey in both the UK and Asia Pacific.

Paul was leader of Master Classes in the UK and Asia in 2014 and 2015, Chair of the European Human Asset Conferences from 2009 to 2014 and Chair of the European Talent for Tomorrow Conferences. He was a judge on the Middle East and European HR Excellence Awards, as well as the CIPD People Management Awards and a consultant on the CIPD research into Workforce Planning (2010) and Talent Management (2007).

Paul is the author or co- author of Make Your People Before You Make Your Products (Wiley, 2014), Workforce Planning (CIPD, 2010), The Admirable Company (Profile, 2008), Talent (CIPD, 2007), Organisational Communication (CIPD, 2003) and HR Forecasting and Planning (CIPD, 2002). He has written articles for academic and business journals.

Paul has a first degree from the University of East Anglia, a Ph.D from the University of Sheffield and is a Companion of the CIPD.



Doctoral Colloquium

Guidance for Poster Presentations
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Doctoral Colloquium and Poster Presentations

Tuesday 7th June About the event

The UFHRD 2016 Doctoral Colloquium will be held in the Post Graduate Suite in the Faculty of Business and Law and will be facilitated by Professor Carol Atkinson, Associate Dean of Research. The Colloquium will comprise plenary sessions along with methodology clinics, and there will be opportunities to receive impartial expert advice on your research through research conversations or informal conversations over coffee breaks and lunch.  The presentation sessions will be led by senior academics from within the HRM and HRD community. 

Who should attend

The Doctoral Colloquium is open to all Doctoral and Masters Research Students who would like to have the opportunity to network with other research students; and have the opportunity to present an academic poster.

Submission Process for UFHRD 2016 Poster Event

Production of a short abstract – (750-800 words maximum) which needs to cover the following:
  • Title of poster;
  • Topic area to be covered in poster;
  • Research objectives or questions and
  • The key theories or writers in the field of study;
  • The implications for practice.

Submission Date: Midnight - Friday 11th December

Format of posters

  • Each accepted poster presentation will consist of one A1 (A frame size) poster (portrait orientation, as in the attached example).
  • The top of your poster should give the title of your poster and your name, you are free to fill the remainder of your poster as you see fit.
  • An effective poster will help you engage colleagues in conversation and get your main point(s) across to as many people as possible. An example poster is provided at the end of this document.
  • There are numerous websites with hints and tips for preparing a good poster presentation. 

    For example:

UFHRD Doctoral Colloquium

UFHRD Doctoral Colloquium: 7 June 2016

Location:MMU Business School

Chaired by: Prof Carol Atkinson, Associate Dean: Research, Faculty of Business and Law, MMU

Prof Carol Atkinson

Carol is Professor of Human Resource Management, based in MMU’s Centre for People and Performance, and currently holds the role of Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Business and Law. Her research focuses on employment in the small and medium-sized firm (SME) and adult social care sectors together with older workers and older women’s careers. She is currently leading projects on the implications of employment practice for recruitment, retention and care quality in domiciliary care (funded by the Care Council for Wales in conjunction the Welsh Government) and on people management in SMEs (the evaluation of the CIPD/JP Morgan Foundation People Management in SMEs pilot programme).

Time: Details:

Prof Berthold Schoene: Associate Dean: Research, Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, MMU

The Omnitasking Academic: developing an academic research career in the twenty-first century


Prof Cathy Urquhart: Professor of Sustainable and Digital Enterprise, Faculty of Business and Law, MMU

Grounded Theory

12.00-13.00  Networking lunch
13.00-14.00 Expert Panel:  Everything you wanted to know about doctoral research.. But were, until now, afraid to ask

Prof Mark Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, Birmingham Business School

Prof Gill Wright, Faculty Head of Doctoral Programmes, Faculty of Business and Law, MMU

Dr Beverley Metcalfe, Associate Professor in HRD, Global Development Institute, Manchester University

Prof Mark Saunders: Professor of Business Research Methods, Birmingham Business School and Prof Keith Townsend, Griffith Business School, Australia

How many interview participants are sufficient?

15.00-15.30 Break
3 30- 4.30

Prof Irena Grugulis: Professor of Work and Skills, Leeds University Business School

Writing for Publication



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


1. Where do I submit my abstract?

You can submit your abstract via the Easychair link, which is found under the ‘Paper Submission’ tab of our main website (, by the 11th December 2015. Easy chair is free to sign up and will only take a few minutes to create an account.

2. When will I get feedback on my abstract / poster?

We will be aiming to get feedback back to you by Monday 8th February 2016.

3. For PhD students who would like a free place at the conference?

We will be aiming to let you know whether you have been successful by the 8th February 2016

4. When do I need to submit the full paper?

You need to submit your full paper on Friday 25th March 2016

5. What is the word count for the full paper?

The word count will depend on whether your abstract is accepted as a refereed paper or as a working paper! – Please see the word count as follows:

  • Refereed Papers: 6-8000 words maximum
  • Working papers: 4000 words maximum
  • Please see information under paper submission for further details about the layout of the full paper.

6. When does the Early Bird Registration Close?

The Early Bird Registration closes on the 29th February 2016.

7.When does the Registration Desk Close?

The Registration Desk closes on the 6th May 2016.

8. Where do I register for the Conference?

A ‘Register Now’ Tab is found on the main UFHRD 2016 conference page. Directions on how to register and book accommodation can be found by clicking the tab.
Direct link is via here:



Accommodation in Manchester


Visit Manchester is the official accommodation provider for the HRD Research and Practice Across Europe 2016.

All rooms are held on an on-line system, allowing you to book and secure your own accommodation using either pro-forma invoices or credit/debit card. If you require any assistance with your reservation, support is available via the Accommodation Booking Team.

To book accommodation for this event, please use the following link:

Negotiated delegate rates will be available to book until the end of the day on 11th May 2016, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a room. If you require accommodation beyond this date or you have any queries about the website, please contact Visit Manchester.


For all accommodation enquiries please call the Accommodation Booking Team on 0161 238 4514 / 4563 or email:

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