Oxford Brookes Business School

6th Annual Postgraduate Oxford Brookes and CIPD HR Research Conference

Friday, 30 November 2018

Annual Postgraduate CIPD HR

The Business School was delighted to host the 6th Annual Postgraduate Oxford Brookes and CIPD HR Research Conference in November 2018. This event celebrated not only the quality of our graduating students' research but also the ongoing close collaboration between the Business School and the Oxford CIPD Branch.

Organised by HR Subject Co-ordinator, Dr Jonathan Louw, the  opening presentation  highlighted the intersection of HR Development and Coaching and Mentoring agendas in the form of a presentation by Dr Sally Bonneywell and Dr Judie Gannon on the topic ‘Simultaneous individual and group coaching - a powerful development mechanism for women in a multinational organisation’.

 Following the opening presentation, a varied group of graduating students outlined their research questions, methodologies and findings to an audience consisting of current postgraduate HR students, staff and local CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) members. Topics covered ranged from nursing retention in the NHS to the turnover intentions of millennials, via a fascinating exploration of dyslexia in the workplace.

 Following the event, Dr Nicolette Michels, Postgraduate Director of Studies, commented that "It was heartwarming to see so many talented and enthusiastic past and present HRM students and local CIPD members joined by staff to showcase and share their research projects and expertise across HRM and Coaching and Mentoring. This annual conference without doubt supports our student experience, research, alumni relations and external networks - it is also so enriching and supportive for the current students who are about to embark on their dissertations. It also provides  alumni a chance and reason to remain connected, and strengthens our external links to CPD partners who see what expertise we can offer. "

Opening Speaker Profiles

Sally Bonneywell is founder and CEO of Bonneywell Development Ltd. Formerly, Sally was vice-president for coaching at pharmaceutical multinational GSK. She completed her doctorate in coaching and mentoring with the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies (ICCaMs) at Oxford Brookes Business School in 2016. Judie Gannon teaches and researches within ICCaMs and the PG HRM programmes, supervises doctoral students across the business school, and has played a lead role in establishing mentoring schemes both at university level and within Oxford School of Hospitality Management (the BACCHUS scheme).