Personnel Today unveils the Henley Management College HR bursary competition winner

Personnel Today and Henley Management College have awarded Rachel Oliver, a partner at HR consultancy People Mechanics, an £18,000 bursary to study for a new HR qualification.

Oliver won our competition for a place on Henley’s new MSc in Advanced HR Management, which starts in September.

She was chosen from six shortlisted candidates who attended a selection day at Henley last week. They all applied for the bursary by submitting an essay on the topic: ‘What are the key skills for the HR practitioner of the future?’

Ken Bull, programme leader for the course, said: “[Oliver’s] essay was well presented and offered a good structure. It was easy to read and digest.”

Oliver wrote: “HR practitioners of the future need to develop their skills to survive. Their role will change as businesses change. Operational activities are being devolved to managers, and outsourcing activities will require the HR practitioner to find a new role that adds value. Complacency is not an option the personnel manager that did the ‘hiring and firing’ will soon become extinct.”

Read Oliver’s essay and those of the four runners-up

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