University Forum for Human Resource Development Conference 2019



Nottingham Business School, the Department of Human Resource Management, and the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice, are delighted to invite you to attend the UFHRD2019 annual international conference. The conference is supported by the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD).

This event will offer you the opportunity to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with the scope to advance further HRD thinking and practices and, together, celebrate the achievement of the HRD community across the globe. You will also be able to evaluate the digital revolution towards organisational learning and how organisations prepare themselves to address future HRD needs. In the current socio-economic conditions, HRD can shape future practices including innovation, change and performance, thereby providing a great platform to debate the role of HRD in relation to quality of jobs, engagement, diversity, leadership, talent, learning and new technologies.

The conference will take place in Nottingham; home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and a city with dynamic culture, rich history and sporting glory. You will have the opportunity to trace the footsteps of Robin Hood and discuss how his influence can shape the future of any organisation through learning, progressive change and justice.

We look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham in June 2019.



24th - 26th June 2019



Who Should Attend


Academics, Doctoral Students and HR Practitioners 


Benefits of Attendance

You will engage in a number of celebratory events, professional workshops, networking activities, plenary sessions and much more. Our scope is to enable all delegates to discuss options and strategies around the HRD and the impact of learning in establishing effective organisations in the future.



Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University


Paper Submission Details

Call for contributions to the Anniversary conference is now open. Do not miss the opportunity to share your work with active living researchers and professionals from around the world.

A diverse range of HRD, management, training and development themes aim to enable all participants to join an invigorating and thought-provoking dialogue around the HRD field, and the impact of learning in establishing effective organisations in the future. Academics, researchers and scholar-practitioners are invited to contribute papers to one of the following streams:
1. Leadership Management and Talent Development
2. Coaching and mentoring
3. Global, comparative and cross cultural dimensions of HRD
4. Employee engagement
5. Diversity and equality issues in HRD
6. Workplace learning, training and development
7. Strategic capabilities and HRD
8. HRD in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
9. Critical Approaches to HRD
10. Practitioner Research - Learning and Teaching Research
11. Justice, trust and the ethical dimensions of HRD

Deadline for final abstract submission is Sunday 13 January 2019.

For more information about the conference theme and submission process, please click on our website: 



Keynote Speakers 

Dr Fang Lee Cooke

Dr Fang Lee Cooke (PhD, University of Manchester, UK) is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Asia Studies at Monash Business School, Monash University. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Previously, she was a full professor (since 2005) at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests are in the area of employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing, Chinese outward FDI and HRM, employment of Chinese migrants, and HRM in the care sector. Fang is the author of HRM, Work and Employment in China (Routledge, 2005), Competition, Strategy and Management in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Human Resource Management in China: New Trends and Practices (Routledge, 2012). Fang has also published over 90 journal articles and 60 plus book chapters. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Human Resource management; Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources and Associate editor of Human Resource Management; International Business Review; Gender, Work, and Organization; and Asian Business and Management;Senior Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Management; and Regional Editor of Gender in Management: An International Journal. Fang’s recent research projects include: Chinese firms in Africa and their employment/HRM practices and labour relations; employee resilience, HRM practices and engagement in the finance sector in the Asian region; the evolution of industrial relations and implications for foreign firms in South Asia; organizational practices and management models in the care sector; and HRM in the care sector, including healthcare, aged care and disability care.

Dr Julie Gedro

Dr Julie Gedro is Associate Dean and Professor of Business at SUNY Empire State College. Dr. Gedro's research and teaching focuses on human resource management and development, and in particular, talent and career development, leadership, and critical and social justice and HRD. She has designed and developed coursework that embraces a variety of teaching and learning modalities including online and blended models and is the co-designer and coordinator of Empire State College's first undergraduate certificate in Business and Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Gedro's work has been recognised at Empire State College with the Jane Altes Prize for Outstanding Community Service and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Her work on identity and career development was recognised with the Academy of Human Resource Management's Cutting Edge Award. She is the Series Editor of Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma. Dr. Gedro serves as President of the Academy for Human Resource Development.

Professor David Asch

Professor David Asch was at De Montfort University in Leicester for nine years, initially as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and then as Deputy Vice Chancellor where he had responsibility for the University’s planning and resources and all five Faculties. Prior to this he was Professor of Management and Dean at the Open University Business School, Europe’s largest business school. He was a member of the first EQUIS Accreditation Board.

David has written over 50 articles and books on strategy, management and change. He has been a Special Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on human resource development and civil service reform, and an advisor to the World Bank on developing distance learning in developing countries. David has been a consultant/advisor to directors and senior management teams at a number of leading international firms including Allianz Insurance, BAA, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu/ICL, KPMG, Oracle, 3M, Reckitt Benckiser, The SAS Institute, and Xerox.

In September 2014 David joined EFMD Quality Services as an Associate Director.

Professor James (Jim) McGoldrick

Professor Jim McGoldrick was appointed as Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council in August 2013. He was Chairman of the Fife NHS Board and Vice Chair of the Fife Community Planning Partnership Board until the end of April 2013. He has also served as a Member on the NHS National Services Scotland board and Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. He was the Vice Principal of the University of Abertay and Professor of Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School. He is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (previously serving as Vice President) and retains an active academic interest in strategic Human Resource Development (HRD). He is a leadership and management consultant in health and higher education and a Key Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.



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University Forum for Human Resource Development



Nottingham Trent University's city centre location means many of the UK’s biggest and most well-known hotel chains are within easy walking distance of the centre, providing accommodation choices to suit all requirements and budgets. For those who prefer to stay outside of the busy city centre, there are also a wide variety of rural retreats to choose from.
Accommodation is not included in the fee and delegates are required to book their own accommodation, allowing the freedom to choose from a range of hotels across the city, to meet your needs, preferences and budget.
Visit Nottinghamshire has secured preferential rates with local hotels and accommodation for delegates attending the conference. Please visit home to secure a hotel room.


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Event Price

Early bird registration (to 26 January 2019): £320
Full Delegate Fee: (after 26 January 2019): £395
Day Delegate fee: £120

Gala dinner additional tickets: £70

Professional Development workshops (only): £50


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24th June 2019   to   26th June 2019
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