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What can we expect to see from the CIPD and Henley Business School in the future?

Hannah Pratt, Centre & Student Partnership Executive.

Henley Business School is a CIPD Approved centre and delivers qualifications which are accredited by the CIPD. We share the values of delivering high quality HR programmes, producing innovative research and developing individuals to reach their potential in a HR career.

Henley Business School has been a CIPD centre since 2012, so in terms of qualification delivery, we are still in the early stages of working together. However, we look forward to continuing to develop this relationship in the future.

I visited Henley Business School last November to deliver a presentation to students on HR programmes as part of the 2014 Enhancement Week. I was really impressed by the engagement of the students on the day – they had some really interesting questions and we had some great conversations about developing a career in HR, and the importance of being a CIPD member for professional development.

CIPD are currently working on developing our international strategy, and it would be great to have input from Henley on what potential resources and services we could develop for international students and alumni in the future.

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Looking ahead to the future…

The world of work is constantly changing, and at the CIPD we are currently focusing on a project called Profession for the Future, looking at how we can ensure that our work remains relevant for the evolving HR profession, including our qualifications and standards.

Profession for the Future (PFF) is about ensuring we continue to fulfil our purpose of championing better work and working lives as the world of work evolves. We'll do this by improving practices in people and organisation development for the benefit of individuals, businesses, economies and society. But, the world of work is diverse and continually evolving, so it's impossible to prescribe exactly what 'better' looks like in different business and international contexts today, let alone in five, ten or twenty years' time. And it's harder still to prescribe exactly what role HR might play in championing better work and working lives in those uncertain contexts.

So, PFF is a CIPD-wide programme of work to define what it really means to champion better work and working lives, and what professionalism in people management and development looks like in various cultural and business contexts.

The world of work is diverse and continually evolving, so it's impossible to prescribe exactly what 'better' looks like in different business and international contexts today.

Hannah Pratt, Centre & Student Partnership Executive.

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