University of Wales, Newport

HR specific/related courses MSc Human Resource Management, part-time, one-year, taken over two block study days and via online learning (see below); CIPD Professional Development Scheme, part-time, three years, which leads to graduate membership of the CIPD and successful candidates are also awarded a University of Wales Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. UWN also undertakes training for business.

Founded The university’s history stretches back to 1841, when it began life as the Mechanics Institute. It evolved into a technical college and, in 1975, merged to become Gwent College of Higher Education. It formally changed to a university in 1996 and became a full constituent member of the University of Wales in 2004.

University CV Based on two campuses in Newport and nearby Caerleon in South Wales (both are close to the M4), which have a combined student population of 9,000. Good research grades in 2001 helped put Newport in the top half of the THES Supplement’s tables for research and it was the highest new university in the league table. In a recent audit carried out on behalf of the Knowledge Exploitation Fund (KEF), it was rated number one in Wales for enterprise education. Newport scored 28 out of 30, giving it the highest ranking out of 36 further and higher education institutions in Wales. The University of Wales, Newport Business School is one of the largest providers of business and management education in Wales and in the first survey of organisations that have trained or educated their staff at the university, 98 per cent were satisfied with the service they received. The University of Wales, Newport has a long history of providing management education and in particular the various schemes of professional accreditation approved by the CIPD.  Courses leading to membership have run for over twenty five years and the University is proud of the part it has played in assisting students to achieve their professional qualifications.  Many of thes alumni now operate at director level and send their own junior colleagues to the University of Wales, Newport.

Entry For the MSc, entrants must have graduate (or full) membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, or its equivalent. They will normally be expected to have several years’ HR experience at middle/senior level.  For the PDS, a degree or higher qualification (a Masters or NVQ level 5 in a business related area may be given direct entry into the Year 2,  a business/management degree may give direct entry to Year 2 following successful completion of Centre Advanced Standing examination (CASE)),   A candidate holding a Certificate in Personnel Practice may also be admitted after appropriate counselling – this also applies to candidates under 25.

Star HR academics Caryn Elizabeth Cook, Chartered FCIPD whose specialist area is employment relations, Robert Lawson, Chartered FCIPD specialising in People Resourcing and Laurence Talbot, MCIPD in Learning and Development.

Alumni There is an active alumni network.

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