Human resource management and development students now benefit from affordable CIPD membership

Dr Dave Redfern
Dr Dave Redfern

Developing our students’ employability skills whilst they are studying has always been at the heart of our MSc Human resource management and development as well as the BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management. From June 2014, thanks to our lobbying and actions of the Governing Body of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), all students will be able to benefit from affordable CIPD membership.

The Governing Body met at CIPD HQ in Wimbledon on the 24 April. The main item of business was a restructuring of the fees for membership. At present they are flat rated across each grade of membership. The same fee is paid by Students, Associates, Members and Fellows. It was decided to introduce a graduated scale of fees so as to reduce the burden on students and encourage them to join, and to ask more senior members to cover a higher proportion of the cost.

How can you benefit from student membership of the CIPD?

Being part of the academic team at Salford Business School, I have been championing the CIPD role in teaching on all our Human Resource (HR) focused management courses. I was Chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Manchester Branch from May 2011 to May 2013. It has 5,000 members and puts on approximately 50 events a year for members. I have now been elected onto the governing body of the CIPD. The CIPD has a total of 150,000 members, in the UK and Ireland, and is the second largest body of human resource practitioners in the world.

The introduction of new student fees for CIPD membership means that those who are best able to afford it would pay the most. The voting showed 46 branches in favour and 3 against. I cast the vote of the Branch in favour. A communication programme has been launched to inform members and the details of CIPD membership fees are now available online.

Why join CIPD as a student?

Our undergraduate course in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This means that on successful completion of your degree course, you will receive the award of your undergraduate degree and the CIPD Intermediate Level Certificate.

What are the benefits of being a student member of CIPD? Here is a short interview with Daniel Hewitt – one of the CIPD student members:

CIPD Student member profile – Daniel Hewitt

All students on the Salford Business School’s MSc Advanced Human Resource Management and Development also benefit from CIPD. Our Human Resource Management and Development programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as providing the necessary knowledge to apply for Chartered Membership. This means that on graduation from the Salford Business School you will also receive an Advanced Level Certificate from CIPD.

Full-time Masters students automatically gain entrance to the CIPD National Conference and Exhibition in Manchester – the leading HRM conference in the UK.

Hear from Ekeoma, who is currently studying Human Resource Management and Development at Salford Business School:

Ekeoma MSc Human Resource Management and Development

The CIPD brand has been reviewed

CIPD LogoIt would appear that the name of the CIPD is unlikely to change. Most people would have liked to have seen People substituted for Personnel. A new logo is to be rolled out from July with new branding.

Publications, where practical and possible, will be held back for the new logo and branding. The existing logo is pre-digital, so watch this space!

The 49 CIPD branches are to remain but they will be supported by a regional structure. Arrangements have already started:

  • The Scottish Region was considered a big success and the process won a prize. The Scottish Nationalist Party was very supportive.
  • The London Region, with 8 branches, now has an excellent web site and is moving ahead smoothly.
  • There is to be a new Welsh Region – so Merseyside Branch will no longer include North Wales.
  • The Channel Islands are to become a branch instead of, rather bizarrely, being part of the Central London Branch.
  • The operation in Dublin is being strengthened by recruitment and the Northern Ireland operation seems to have already established a regional set up. Talks have started with branches in the North of England to establish a region for the north.  That process was unopposed from the floor. The way ahead for the rest of England has yet to be established.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more.

Dr Dave Redfern