UFHRD Conference 2013

HRD in Turbulent Seas - Continued Global Economic Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities

5th to 7th June 2013
Brighton Business School, University of Brighton


Conference New

A review of the conference can be found on the UFHRD home page. The Alan Moon Prize for best conference paper was awared to Mark Hughes and Stephen Reeve (both from the Brighton Business School, University of Brighton) for their paper "Employee engagement, programmatic change and organizational development: Bermuda Triangle or Golden Triangle?". The UFHRD Teaching and Learning Prize was awarded to Jamie Callahan (Drexal University) for her paper "Learning to become Critical: The Courageous Resistance project".

Pictures of the conference are now available.


Conference Venue

The conference will be taking place in Mithras House, which is located on the University of Brighton's Moulsecoomb campus. This is around half an hour by foot from the centre of Brighton, so buses have been arranged to pick up and drop off delegates. Bus times and pick up points.

Venue address: University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT


Guidelines for presenters

Full guidelines for presenters can be found in the Programmes section. In summary, please bring your presentation on a USB drive. Full papers allow 20 minutes for presentations and 10 minutes Q&A while Working papers allow 10 minutes for presentations and 5 minutes Q&A.


UFHRD Teaching & Learning Prize 2013

The UFHRD Programme and Qualification Activities Committee is delighted to announce the four resources on the shortlist for the T&L prize:

The Teaching & Learning Resource Bank is a web-based facility which exists to support UFHRD members and to promote excellence in the teaching of HRD. Contributions to the Resource Bank can include case studies, designs for teaching and learning activities, reusable materials and more.

The prize will be a cheque for £500 made payable to the winning contributor (or the first named contributor in the case of multiple contributors).


Special Issue Opportunities

Conference Chair, Maura Sheehan, is pleased to announce the opportunity to publish in Special Issues that have been agreed with journals, based on papers presented at the UFHRD conference in Brighton.

All papers submitted to Stream 1 of the conference, as well as relevant papers in other streams, will also be reviewed for publication in the journal Action Learning: Research & Practice.

In addition, best papers from Streams 6, 9, and 10 will have the opportunity to be considered for publication in special issues of Journal of Workplace Learning, Human Resource Management (Warsaw), and European Journal of Training and Development respectively.

The best papers from Stream 14 will also be reviewed for publication in a Special Issue of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET) on Technology Enhanced Learning at Work.

Discussions are ongoing with other journals and we hope to announce additional Special Issues shortly.


We think it is important to examine HRD in the context of continued global economic uncertainty and volatility. The implications of this global economic climate for researchers, practitioners, and both private and public sector organisations will be examined.

The chosen theme, HRD in Turbulent Seas - Continued Global Economic Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities, reflects the location of the conference – Brighton, a popular seaside town - and the anticipation of continued global economic volatility and turbulence. It also reflects the forecasted general global slowdown in growth - including within the BRIC countries and economic stagnation and an increasing probability of a return to recession in key countries such as the US, the UK and Japan.

International Advisory Board


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