27th March 2006

 

HR GRADUATES GET A HEAD START

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The University of Lincoln has been selected to take part in an initiative being trialled by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which will allow students to graduate with chartered status.

 

Up until now students who gained a degree in Human Resource Management or masters in Human Resource Management/Human Recourse Development were also awarded Graduate Membership of the CIPD.

 

However the CIPD does not consider a student 'fully' qualified until they have achieved individual chartered status.

 

To acquire this after graduation they had to apply directly to the institute or a visit to a regional panel.

 

As part of the pilot scheme the University of Lincoln has been awarded a licence to allow four lecturers to review applications from students and recommend upgrades where appropriate.

 

Jill Collinson, course leader at the university’s Hull Centre for Management Development, explains: “In effect this will be of significant benefit to our students who will now, assuming they meet the CIPD's criteria, be able to miss out the 'graduate CIPD' grade altogether and achieve individual chartered status as they leave the university.

 

“Having individual chartered status will be a fantastic kick-start to their career. The service is to be offered at no cost to them so I expect there will be significant interest!”

 

University staff who have been awarded licences are Jill Collinson (MSc HRM course leader in Hull), Jennifer Johnson (MSc HRM course leader in Lincoln), Kate Plumb (CIPD programmes leader) and Mo Grimble (undergraduate HRM course leader).

 

The courses are taught at the university’s Hull Centre for Management Development and the Brayford Pool Campus in Lincoln. The university’s BA (Hons) Human Resource Management is one of only ten such degrees in the UK which is fully accredited by the CIPD.

 

Photo 1 From left to right: Jill Collinson, Mo Grimble, Kate Plumb, Claire Cook from the CIPD and Jennifer Johnson

 

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Kate Strawson Press Officer (01522) 886244.

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