Working with Employers

Professional development on the MA Human Resource Management

A group of Masters students pictured in the Business School
Case study: Company visit to Peninsula Business Services

As a HRM student, you'll have a range of opportunities to develop practical awareness of how HR teams operate within different organisations.

This will include guest lectures and workshops with leading HR professionals, the chance to work on live projects, plus students often have the chance to take part in company visits.

Students smiling with a member of staff from Peninsula Business Services

Three students were recently selected to visit global HR and employment law specialists, Peninsula Business Services, at their offices in the North of England.

Susan Olekaibe, Shipra Vashisth and Darius Patel each had the opportunity to work-shadow a team of professionals through their day-to-day tasks. They also met with recent graduates who are now employed on Peninsula’s graduate programme.

Susan explains, “We had an exquisite experience at Peninsula Business Services, and received a great reception from Bertrand and his team. We were astonished by some of the discoveries we made about the organisation and what they do. The HR operations we observed were focused on employment law and industrial relations”.

Shipra added, “It was an eye-opening experience. We were introduced to the legal side of HR - the company deals with clients, giving them advice based on grievance cases.

We overheard the calls of many clients and discovered how a simple case of misconduct could turn into a high-risk case. The graduate team also joined us for lunch where they shared their experience of the graduate programme. 

The team at Peninsula were really co-operative. Despite their busy schedules they were able to give us great advice. The day was very enjoyable and we had a great time.”

Case study: The Honeywell Challenge

As part of the MA Human Resource Management students have the opportunity to work closely with businesses through a range of live projects and challenges.

Global Fortune 100 firm Honeywell recently set a live challenge with a brief to consider a proposed expansion strategy to a new country. Acting as teams of analysts with a group of peers from the course, students considered the associated HR commercial challenges of the venture. The teams with the most successful proposals were then invited to present their advice to a senior panel of representatives from the firm.

Dana Fletcher

Dana Fletcher, a member of the team who won the challenge (pictured), explains her experience:

"Our submission was an analysis of the HR specific challenges and opportunities Honeywell would face when looking to increase their presence in a foreign country. We identified the significance of combining commercial awareness, HR theory and the organisation’s needs, in approaching a real-world case. We also recognised the value of teamwork in accomplishing a shared goal.

This experience has been really beneficial in helping me explore and identify my professional interests and strengths as well as areas of improvement. This self-awareness will be useful in future job-searches, interviews and professional roles."

The winning team were awarded a rare opportunity to visit the Honeywell HR team at their offices in Leicester, UK. This was a chance to learn more about the realities of working in HR for a global organisation. Yao Chen was also on the team and found the visit to be a valuable experience. She explains:

"My favourite part of the visit was the meeting we had with the Honeywell HR team in the afternoon. They shared case studies and explained how they managed HR issues in the company. For me personally, it widened my horizons to be exposed to a real HR environment. The professional way they acted while dealing with some of their challenges has made me more confident about being an excellent HR in the future."