HR-related/specific courses: MA in Human Resources Development and Consulting, full-time; MA in Human Resources and Knowledge Management, full-time; networked MA in Management Learning and Leadership, a two-year, part-time programme that uses a virtual learning environment as one of its key features and is specifically designed for experienced HR professionals, seeking to connect and engage with the latest ideas on managing learning in today’s complex organisations. Additionally, full-time and Executive MBAs which are renowned for soft and process skill and specialist postgraduate HRM and HRD courses (full and part-time) are available.
Founded: Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) provided some of the university’s founding departments in 1964, when it was known as the School of Management and Organisational Studies. It was re-structured and rebranded in the 1980s.
College CV: Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has led the field in management research and education for over a decade. LUMS is one of only two schools to consistently gain the top research rating (the RAE) awarded by the UK government. This research excellence provides the intellectual capital necessary to deliver innovative management and leadership development programs. Lancaster recently added to its capability with a new £10m Leadership Centre, a facility that cements Lancaster’s growing reputation as the premier institution for learning and development in the UK. In 2003 LUMS received full EQUIS accreditation for meeting the international standards of excellence established by the European Foundation for Management Development. EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment and accreditation of business schools.
Star HR academics: Prof Frank Blackler, director of the NHS Senior Chief Executive Programme, run in collaboration with the King’s Fund; Professor John Burgoyne, author of the Learning Company, who recently returned from a two-year secondment at the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership (CEML); Professor Mark Easterby-Smith, co-author of best-selling Management Research, who has an international reputation in organisational learning; and Professor Vivien Hodgson, one of Europe’s leading experts on networked learning.
Entry: Applicants for masters’ courses are required to hold a good first degree, though this may be waived for those with extensive work experience at a managerial or professional level.
Alumni: Judith Evans, formerly HR director of Sainsbury’s; Brian Liversidge, chief executive of Brathay Hall Trust; and David Megginson, Professor of HRD at Sheffield Business School. There is an active alumni network.