Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning

As a subject, a discipline, HRD has seen a burgeoning literature develop in the last 20 years. Yet, despite this wide-ranging literature on the subject of HRD and its growing prominence as a field of study there is limited published research into the teaching and learning of HRD (Holden & Griggs, 2010, p 706)

An interest in teaching and learning is of fundamental importance to the Forum. Conceptually, human resource development and learning are in many respects indistinguishable. At its heart HRD is about lifelong learning. This part of the web site takes up the challenge both in terms of research and practice.

The HE Academy

The HE Academy in the UK was established in, with a mission is to support the higher education sector in providing the best possible learning experience for all students. The HE Academy provides subject-specific support for enhancing the student learning experience through a nation-wide network of Subject Centres. Until recently a Business Management Accounting and Finance (BMAF) subject group housed an HRD Special Interest Group; with a brief to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of HRD.  Changes are being made to this arrangement and structure and full details of which will be posted here in due course.

UK HRD Programmes

As part of a research project funded by the UFHRD Programme and Qualifications Committee, the research team undertook a mapping of HRD programme provision in UK Higher Education Institutions. An output from the project has been a database of UK based HRD programmes.

Please note that:

  • The listing is of postgraduate (only) programmes in HRD at UK Higher Education Institutions. Entries in bold denote institutions that are current UFHRD members (as reported to UFHRD AGM June 2015).
  • ‘Programmes in HRD’ has been interpreted to include programmes that have HRD in their title; programmes that include HRD components (e.g. pathways or modules); and programmes in the broad field of HRD (such as coaching, leadership, organisation development but not, for example, sports coaching, organisational behaviour or occupation/organisational psychology).
  • Programme information is taken from programme web pages as listed and was correct to the best of our knowledge at 2nd – 6th July 2015. UFHRD accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies in or omissions from this database.
  • Information about CIPD-accredited programmes from non-HEI providers is available from the CIPD’s `Qualification finder’,

The Programme and Qualifications Committee aims to update the database periodically.




Click to access dataset of UK programmes, 2015


T&L Resource Award

The UFHRD Programme and Qualification Activities Committee awards an annual prize of £500 for the best contribution to the UFHRD Teaching & Learning Resource bank. The prize will be a cheque for £500 made payable to the winning contributor (or the first named contributor in the case of multiple contributors).

The Award is open to all i.e non members as well as members of UFHRD. Full details of the prize, criteria, submission procedure is available here: UFHRD T&L Prize 2017 – Click to download 

Recent Award winners:

Winner 2016: Michele Towell, Cheryl Brook, and Sally Rumbles (of Portsmouth University): ‘Developing Coaching Skills and Reflective practice as an HRM/D professional plus additional materials:

Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3; Appendix 4; Appendix 5; and Appendix 6

2nd: Rebecca J Jones & Holly Andrews (University of Worcester): ‘Integrating a career approach within a preparing for placement module in order to enhance student employability

3rd: Jean McCarthy (University of Limerick): ‘Developing L&D competencies: An applied approach

4th:Andrew Armitage (Anglia Ruskin University): ‘Leadership development using the poetic voice of care ethics‘, and

5th: Lynne Booth (Sheffield Hallam University): Career PowerPoint Activity

T&L Resource Bank

The Teaching and Learning Resource Bank has been created to address the lack of mechanisms for the sharing of good practice and promote excellence in TLA in HRD.

Members are particularly encouraged to contribute a resource where none exist thus far. Contributions to the Resource Bank can include case studies, designs for teaching and learning activities, reusable materials and more.

Teaching & Learning Resource Bank – archive


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