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Lecturer honoured for exceptional service


A University of Wolverhampton lecturer has been honoured for her exceptional service by a leading professional body.

Dr Jan Firth received an award from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for 20 years of outstanding service.

The award recognises Jan’s contribution to human resources and people development for two decades as a centre co-ordinator and leader for the CIPD, the independent body for Human Resources (HR) professionals.

Jan, who is the Head of the Department of HR and Leadership, said: “I am delighted to receive the award – 20 years has gone very quickly! When I reflect on my career I have always striven to make an important contribution to the CIPD, both in terms of people management and development.

“What has been interesting is how the profession has changed and developed over the last 20 years, and how our courses are now more practitioner focussed to reflect the changing nature of the workplace. Digital technology is having a major impact on HR and our revalidated courses will reflect this development.

“My favourite memories are numerous  including the research conferences I’ve attended and the people I’ve met and the hard working professional staff I have managed over the last 19 years at the University.”

Director of the University of Wolverhampton Business School, Professor Clare Schofield, said: “We are proud and delighted that Jan has received recognition from the CIPD for her outstanding service over two decades to this very prestigious professional organisation. Through Jan’s leadership, the University of Wolverhampton Business School has remained at the forefront of teaching and research in HR and Leadership and it is superb for her contribution to be acknowledged in this way.”

Jan joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2001 as a Senior Lecturer in HR, having already worked in higher education and private business. She then became Head of Curriculum for HR before becoming Head of the Department for HRM and Leadership

She has also been an external examiner for the CIPD HR courses at Plymouth University, Gloucester University and Glasgow Caledonian and will soon also be involved at Birmingham City University.

Her research focuses on knowledge transfer through HR development and leadership.

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Date Issued: Friday, 21 June 2019

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