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HR leader to appear before Glyndŵr business students


One of the most respected voices in HR will appear before Glyndŵr University business students in the New Year.

Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is to speak at the Wrexham institution on January 22.

The event will take place in the Catrin Finch Centre and is titled Megatrends: What does the changing economy mean for managing people in organisations?

Mark was among the headliners at the recent CIPD conference in Manchester, attended by first year students on the university’s new MA HRM (Human Resource Management) programme.

Led by Carrie Foster - author, consultant and the programme leader - the group witnessed Beatson’s damning indictment of the current employment landscape.

At the conference, he argued real wages will remain depressed and the cost of living crisis “isn’t a pre-election frenzy” before expressing concern that lack of productivity growth is responsible for these underlying ‘megatrends’ in the UK economy.

Students Jacqueline Cumming, Sarah Walters and Sarah Mazarrella said the conference “added value” to the course and provided them with “hugely relevant” knowledge that will enhance learning.

They also enjoyed a Q&A session with Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, covering topics from the living wage to immigration.

“Finding out more about HRM (Human Resource Management) is important but coupling this with learning to be effective practitioners is a big part of what I want to achieve through study,” said Sarah Walters.

“Being able to go as a group really enhanced our learning experience and put our study into context. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at big events, particularly as I am fairly new to HR but it was very reassuring that I did not feel out of my depth.”

Jacqueline added: “The lectures were totally relevant to HR management and business techniques which covered topics ranging from people who are takers in life and people who are givers, to communication skills and business plans.

“There was also a really interesting question and answer session which included Peter Cheese. Coupling this with Carrie’s lectures – bolstered by her energy and enthusiasm – makes the course really interesting and worthwhile.”

The CIPD is the HR professional body in the UK and its annual conference is attended by over 6,000 delegates.

Carrie was delighted the students gained so much from the event and is looking forward to welcoming Mark in January.

“It was inspiring for us to hear from Mark Beatson at the conference as he is one of the most respected people in this field,” said Carrie.

“He was joined on stage by Catherine Taylor from Mercedes Benz UK, who explained that the integration of HR strategy with business strategy can have real impact on business results - Mercedes Benz has not missed a monthly sales target for three years.”

Carrie added: “Literacy and numeracy is stagnating in the UK in international benchmark test, meaning we are falling behind in skills.

“This sparked a debate among the students regarding the education system and fitness for purpose, alongside the issues raised in the panel discussion regarding Future Challenges around the need for an industry strategy in the UK and the role organisation need to play in delivering strategic investment in people skills.

“It got the students thinking about the future and the impact the skills crisis is going to be having on their businesses, and connects back to the topics we have covered in class about the importance of vertical and horizontal integration of HR strategies.”

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