News & Events - Liverpool Business School

November 2013

Businesses and students celebrate 100 years of HR

Liverpool John Moores University’s Business School recently hosted a Centenary Celebration for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which was attended by over 200 people who all enjoyed an evening of interactive workshops and a challenging agenda of talks and discussion.

The event, held throughout LJMU’s new Redmonds Building, home to the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, featured exhibitors from local SMEs to large national organisations, students showing posters of their work and interactive workshops.

Susannah Clements, the Deputy CEO of CIPD was visiting Liverpool for the first time and admired the energy and vibrancy of the student and business population.

During her talk, Susannah commented that “improving working lives was the mission for the CIPD in their centenary year.” Susannah also welcomed the relationship between the academic centres and the HR practitioners coming together to support business growth and professional practice.

Professor Roger Webster, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies reflected on the 40 year relationship LJMU has enjoyed with the CIPD and expressed delight at the number of exhibitors and businesses that contributed to the event.

Speakers during the evening were Ruth Gould, Artistic Director of DaDaFest who guided the participants through an understanding of how those with a disability were disproportionately affected by unemployment in this most recent recession. Ruth offered guidance on how to change perceptions of disability in the workplace, and was joined by Sir Bert Massie CBE who challenged professionals to think differently and creatively about disability and how to engage with and not lose the talent from the disabled community.

Shaun Rafferty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlighted the issues around in-work poverty and the implications for employers, showing how poverty related stress could be more expensive than the cost of paying higher hourly rates. The questions and discussion in this area were lively, with Shaun commenting on the “wonderfully dynamic and capable group of students at LJMU.”

The stalls and exhibition areas were busy all afternoon. Lynn Delaney who attended as an exhibitor from the Health and Safety Executive was particularly impressed by of the 100 year timeline relating to industry safety regulation.

Ray Pendleton, Chief Executive of Thirsty Horses Ltd said, “thanks for such a well-organised and superbly attended event.”

Phil Corfield, Director of Gardner Systems PLC commented: “thanks for organising such a successful event and the opportunity to showcase our company. All of my colleagues were very complimentary and we gained a lot from the day and will support any event you may have in the future.”

Louise Beggan, a BA (Hons) Human Resource

Management graduate now working in HR for the Albert Hall in London commented, “it has been great to return to LJMU, see the new building and catch up but the discussion on in work poverty has really energised me and reminded me of why I wanted to have a career in HR.”

Ruth Gould, Artistic Director DaDaFest, Sean Rafferty, Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Janet Kelly, Chair, Merseyside Branch CIPD,  Debbie Nesbitt, Chair, Liverpool Group CIPD, Susannah Clements, Deputy CEO of CIPD,Maureen Royce, head of HR programmes and Professor Roger Webster, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

The organising team, led by Programme Leader for HRM programmes, Maureen Royce, received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attending CIPD members and business representatives and concluded:

“We wanted to develop an energising and challenging agenda where the issues facing the profession in terms of value and credibility could be openly discussed.”

Maureen continued, “the feedback suggests that we created discussion and debate and we hope to continue to engage with this wider community through events and open evenings throughout the coming year.”

Susannah commented after the event, “I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I found the whole thing very inspiring – some of your young people have such passion and energy.”

For more information about Liverpool Business School’s HRM suite of programmes, visit and search for Human Resource Management.

HR Open Evenings

Liverpool Business School will be holding Open Evenings on the following dates:

  • Monday 17th February 2014
  • Monday 7th April 2014
  • Wednesday 7th May 2014
  • Monday 16th June 2014
  • Tuesday 8th July 2014
  • Thursday 7th August 2014
  • Wednesday 3rd September 2014

The events runs from 4pm – 7pm and will be held on the Ground Floor of the Redmond’s building, Liverpool, L3 5UG.

Applicants can just turn up, they don't need to register in advance. When they arrive there will be a desk and stand next to the coffee shop so students can register on their arrival

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