Swansea Business School lecturer wins 2018 research competition


Congratulations to UWTSD Swansea Business School’s Julie Thomas, who has won a 2018 research competition. A research paper written by Julie, a Lecturer in HRM & Management, which was based on her dissertation for her Master’s degree course, will now be published by Roffey Park and an edited version will also appear in HR Magazine.

The paper is entitled:  ‘The Key to Retaining Talent? Managers need to show they care.’

Julie said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this competition.  I very much hope that HR practitioners and managers will find my research useful, particularly when reviewing their practices and making changes to influence the retention of their staff. Although focused on retaining childcare social workers, my research is applicable generally - first and foremost organisations need to listen to their workforce to establish what they value and need; however, in this fast, complex and ever-changing world we now live in, many employees need the visible and tangible support of their organisations to not only perform effectively but to feel valued and appreciated - in other words managers need to show they care.”

Dr Margaret Inman, Head of UWTSD’s Business School said: “This is a fantastic achievement. We are delighted Julie’s work has been recognised in this way. As a Business School we constantly ensure our staff are in touch with the real world. This is one example where one of our lecturers is adding value to the world of work by addressing pertinent issues through practitioner led research whilst also inspiring our students to do the same.”

Founded in 1946, Roffey Park is a charitable trust which is internationally recognised for developing innovative learning approaches that enable individuals to achieve their full potential both at work and in their wider lives.

Roffey Park’s charitable objectives are:

To conduct promote and support for the benefit of the public research into questions affecting the health and welfare of all those engaged in industry, commerce and the public services and particularly into questions concerning the relations between management and employees and into the application of the Social Sciences to such questions and to publish the results of such research.

To advance education by providing training and discussion courses in all or any aspects of the science of personnel management for managers, administrators and supervisors and others having similar responsibilities.

Julie’s research paper will be published in the autumn.

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