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April 8 2015

A dynamic new HR qualification has been unveiled by one of the sector’s leading lights.

Glyndŵr University lecturer Carrie Foster, an author, consultant and the Wrexham institution’s MA HRM (Human Resources Management) Programme Leader has revamped the postgraduate course to provide industry professionals with a more flexible and focused offering.

The remodel will support Carrie’s vision to make the university a hub for HR in North Wales and the North West, supported by a regular presence at the UK CIPD conference and with the backing of the HR Directors Regional Forum.

Aimed at HR managers and anyone operating in the HR arena, the Master’s is closely aligned to the UK professional body’s diploma and gives people the opportunity to study individual modules for continuous personal development (CPD).

The MA HRM Programme team are all practitioners themselves, who work in the various specialisms within HRM; they can support students with a real understanding of what it means to be in the job and are up to date in regards to what challenges organisations in a wide range of areas are facing. 

“It is all very well teaching people what HR is about and learning head knowledge but we also want to make sure our students know how to apply that information and develop their skills as practitioners,” said Carrie.

“The course will be delivered through blended and distance learning, with tutorials aimed at challenging students to think about what they have read; there will also be residential weekends with experiential learning workshops designed to build skills and develop self-awareness, visiting speakers sharing experience of HR in practice and application in practice sessions.”

She added: “A new mentoring programme will also be in place to strengthen the support and links between the workplace and studies.

“Students will be asked to nominate a mentor in their workplace who will become part of their programme of study with the development of learning contracts and scheduled sessions, the outcomes of which will form of part of their Continuing Professional Development record.”

“A mentor can inspire, provide connectivity, support the development of emotional intelligence, mental toughness and self-confidence, empathise with the student, having been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, provide credentials that help open doors and give advice as to what it takes to succeed professionally – it’s a natural and welcome addition to the course.”

A former executive coach to CEOs at some of the world’s leading suppliers and manufacturers, the married mum-of-two is working hard to build the University’s reputation as a hub of HR.

“We’ve established links with the new mid and North Wales CIPD branch and the HR Directors’ regional forum,” said Carrie.

“I’m also excited to announce the upcoming visit of CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese, who will be chairing a panel discussion on the future of the sector this summer.”

She added: “We want Glyndŵr University to shine as a beacon for HR; it should be a hub for the industry and be known as the place any HR professional, or anyone wanting to get into this sector, comes to study.

“That’s my mission, and it’s one I’ll be driving forward as the programme develops.”

For information, email c.foster@glyndwr.ac.uk or take a look at our MA Human Resource Management course page.

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