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Reunion to mark 65 years of HR and Personnel Management at Middlesex

Hundreds of graduates and staff expected to attend milestone celebrations on 14 March

Alumni reunion MiddlesexOn 14 March 2015 more than 200 alumni and academics from the Business School will come together to mark 65 years of Human Resource and Personnel Management programmes at Middlesex University.

The day will begin with afternoon tea and campus tours to acquaint the attendees with the University's new facilities and will end with a drinks reception and dinner in the Rickett Quadrangle.

Since it began pioneering human resources programmes in the early 50s, the Business School has taught hundreds of students who have gone on to enjoy highly successful careers in HR. Those attending the reunion will include HR directors and managing directors, many of whom work for major organisations such as Microsoft, the NHS and Barclays.

Among them is freelance HR consultant and former HR director Bob Ferneyhough, who credits Middlesex with helping him onto the career ladder.

"One of the really good things about Middlesex was the industry links," he said.

"The close links meant that I was really prepared for job interviews, and I was given excellent careers advice from tutors as well, which really helped me get placements and my first job."

HR Director Kim Gieske is another Business School alumna with happy memories of her time at Middlesex.

"I had an amazing lecturer in Anna Kyprianou," said Kim.

"She made HR really interesting […] and gave us the confidence to stand up and present with authority and prepared me really well for […] the workplace."

Former HRM lecturer Anna, who is now Dean of the Business School, said she is proud of the achievements of Kim, Bob and the other HRM alumni.

"We've had many hugely talented and hardworking alumni study with us over the past 65 years," she said.

"The reunion is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their achievements, as well as those of our dedicated academics and researchers. The Business School has pioneered the way HR is taught and forged fantastic industry and professional links with the likes of the CIPD over the past 65 years and we will continue to strive to give our students the best possible preparation for all stages of their careers."

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