Staff Profile: Dr Andrew Hambler

Andrew Hambler

Faculty of Social Sciences


University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS)


Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Employment Law

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323757



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
City Campus North


Andrew is a former HR Consultant who worked for many years for the financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since entering higher education as a senior lecturer in 2004, Andrew has undertaken short term lecturing assignments in several countries and currently manages the Faculty of Social Science’s transnational education programmes in India, Sri Lanka and the UAE.

Andrew’s research interests are focused on religion and law in the workplace and he completed his PhD at Durham University, under the supervision of Prof Ian Leigh, in 2013. His research has been quoted in national reports for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He has written a monograph on the subject of religious expression at work and the law and this was published by Routledge as the first title in a series on law and religion. In 2015, an article by Andrew was one of the five most highly rated by practitioners in the Chartered Management Institute’s Top Management Articles competition. As well as publishing in this field, Andrew has acted as an adviser to religious ethos organisations.

Andrew is also interested in employment law questions more generally and has provided expert comment for the BBC on equal pay issues. As a higher education practitioner as well as researcher, Andrew was successful in his bid for EU Transversal funding in 2011/12 for a teaching and learning project in Eastern Europe. He became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Andrew speaks French at Upper Intermediate level (B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale). For some years, he was a commissioned officer and instructor in the Army and Combined Cadet Forces. Andrew has an amateur interest in English and French late mediæval history and Church history up to the European Reformation.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Law, Durham University: “Legal responses to the individual manifestation and expression of religion in the workplace in England and Wales: a conceptual framework”
  • LLM (Distinction) CPE, University of Wolverhampton
  • LLM (Distinction), Law and Employment Relations, University of Leicester
  • MSc, Human Resource Management, UMIST  (Dissertation with Distinction)
  • PGCE, Post-compulsory Education & Training, University of Huddersfield
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Durham
  • BPS Levels A and B, Psychometric Testing (with MBTI accreditation)

Teaching interests

Employment Law; Employment Relations; Human Resource Management

Corporate and community engagement

  •  HR Consultancy support to a number of SME businesses in the West Midlands and Shropshire through ‘Innovation Voucher’ and ‘Business Assist’ schemes.
  •  KTP recruitment advisor (psychometric testing)
  •  Corporate training delivery onsite to a number of organisations in the West Midlands, including NHS Trusts, large manufacturing companies and third sector organisations
  •  Parent-Governor, Priorslee Primary Academy (2011-2016)

Professional body membership and roles

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Associate Examiner, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Research interests

Andrew’s research interests are focussed on discrimination at work, in particular on the grounds of religion and belief, and the manifestation of religion (in particular conscientious objection and the wearing of religious symbols) in the workplace and other fora. Andrew’s research activity is primarily located within the discipline of law (specifically, English law and European human rights law), but his work, often multidisciplinary in character, also draws heavily on the industrial relations field of study.

PhD supervision

Andrew is a trained research supervisor and examiner and would strongly welcome proposals from potential PhD candidates in the areas of discrimination law, religion in the workplace and religious freedom more generally (from either a legal or an industrial relations perspective).

External academic roles

External Examiner, LLB, BABM, MBA, BPP University

External Examiner, BA in Business Administration (HR modules), Open University/ DEREE (The American College of Greece), Athens

External Examiner, BA Business Management (HR modules), University of Ulster (2012-2016)

External Reviewer, LLB Law and Mandarin, Liverpool University (January 2015)

External Panel Member, Oxford Brookes University/Hong Kong University BA Business Management (April 2014)

Associate Examiner, CIPD National Examinations (Leading and Managing People/Employment Law)

Case Notes contributor, Law and Justice: A Christian Law Journal

Reviewer, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics

Reviewer, Routledge Law and Religion Book Series

Member of the Law and Religion Scholars Network

Member of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Religion and Belief Network

Selected publications


Hambler, Andrew, Religious Expression in the Workplace and the Contested Role of Law (Abdingdon/New York: Routledge, 2015). ISBN: 978-0-415-74662-5 (available from Amazon).

Refereed journal articles

Seifert, Roger and Andrew Hambler, 'Wearing the Turban: The 1967–69 Sikh Bus Drivers’ Dispute in Wolverhampton’ (2016) 37 Historical Studies in Industrial Relations 83

Hambler, Andrew, 'Managing workplace religious expression within the legal constraints' (2016) 38 Employee Relations 406

Leigh, Ian and Andrew Hambler, ‘Religious Symbols, Conscience and the Rights of Others’ (2014) 3 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 2

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Recognising a right to “conscientiously object” for registrars whose religious beliefs are incompatible with their duty to conduct same-sex civil partnerships’ (2012) 7 Religion and Human Rights 157

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Establishing sincerity in religion and belief claims: a question of consistency’ (2011) 13 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 146

Hambler, Andrew, ‘A no-win situation for public officials with faith convictions’ (2010) 12 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 3

Hambler, Andrew, ‘A Private Matter? Evolving approaches to the freedom to manifest religious convictions in the workplace’ (2008) 3 Religion and Human Rights 111

Contributions to edited works

Hambler, Andrew and Ian Leigh, ‘You can’t wear that here!’ in Northover, Alice, The OUPblog Tenth Anniversary Book (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) 99-103

Hambler, Andrew, ‘“We don’t do God” (but maybe we should?): dealing with religious expression in the secular workplace’, Chartered Management Institute, Winning Ideas:  the Management Articles of the Year (February 2015) 14-19; available from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Book reviews

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Book Review: Monarchy, Religion and the State: Civil Religion in the United Kingdom, Australia and the Commonwealth by Norman Bonney’ (2016) 18 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 355

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Book Review: Religious Freedom in the Liberal State by Rex Ahdar and Ian Leigh’ (2015) 28 Studies in Christian Ethics 101

Hambler, Andrew ‘Book Review: Religious Liberty Volume 1 by Douglas Layock’ (2011) 13 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 362

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Book Review: Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace by Lucy Vickers’ (2009) 11 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 220

Conference papers

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Secularism and freedom of expression for employees in the British National Health Service’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Nicosia, 23-24 June 2016

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Managing religious expression at work within the legal constraints of a liberal democracy: a positive approach’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Tel Aviv, 6-8 July 2015

Hambler, Andrew, 'Regulating Religious Speech at Work', Law and Religious Scholars Network Conference, Cardiff, 10 May 2015

Hambler, Andrew, ‘Hypocrites, Homophobes or Conscientious Objectors? Different constructions of claimants who wish to 'opt out' of aspects of their employment on the grounds of religion and belief’, Law and Religious Scholars Network Conference, Cardiff, 17 May 2011

Hambler, Andrew, ‘When Public Reason Fails and Private Consciences are Disregarded: The no-win situation for public officials with faith convictions’, Law and Religious Scholars Network Conference, Cardiff, 5 May 2009