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Allison Abbott


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Lecturer in Human Resource Management

I commenced my lecturing career at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland after qualifying as a teacher in 2012. I returned to the North East when offered a post as HR Lecturer at Sunderland Business School in 2016.

Prior to working in Higher Education, I enjoyed a 27 year career as a practising HR manager, gaining wide experience mainly in the Public Sector.

My last post was HR manager for a Fire and Rescue Service in the North East. As a member of the Senior Management Team there, heading a team of HR professionals, time was largely spent working on corporate issues, employee relations, employee well-being, regional and national initiatives to promote a career in the fire service to women, recruitment and promotion assessment centres and advising managers. Prior to this, I gained experience with probation services, county council departments, another fire service and a spell in the retail sector.  

I am a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Higher Education Academy with qualifications from Teesside, Northumbria and Keele universities in HR, Business Management, Coaching and Employee Relations.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching is primarily based within the HRM postgraduate and undergraduate subject discipline. I am Module Leader for:
  • UGB162 Introduction to HRM and Talent Development (Business Management degree courses)
  • UGB351 Contemporary Employee Relations (HRM/Business Management degree courses) running on campus and in a number of partner universities around the world
  • UGB251 The Employment Cycle (HRM/Business Management degree courses) running on campus and in a number of partner universities around the world
  • PGBM148 The Employment Relationship (MSC HRM)   
  • PGBM02 Managing and Leading People (MBA) running on campus and in a number of partner universities around the world

I also supervise dissertations on the following modules:

Research interests for potential research students

My interests are focused around the employment relationship.

Research

My interests are focused around aspects of the employment relationship and the need to prepare HR managers to tackle the more contentious areas of their role.  I have a particular interest in the subject of redundancy.

In both teaching and research, I am especially concerned with identifying the reality of the HR role and developing the skills necessary for successful professional practitioners.

  • Employee relations

I have experience of teaching overseas in collaboration with Hoschule Hannover University as part of the teaching team delivering an annual student International Cultural Management Programme in Germany.

Following the development of an innovative teaching tool, I presented the concept and student perceptions of its effectiveness in their learning at two university conferences.

  • Abbott, A. and Stevenson, A., (2015) Enhancing employability through development and application of skills: The Loch View Hotel. Lots to Learn: Sharing Learning Experiences Conference Presentation, Robert Gordon University.
  • Stevenson, A. and Abbott, A., (2014) Enhancing employability through development and application of skills: The 'pop-up' organisation. Innovate to Stimulate Conference Presentation, Robert Gordon University.

Last updated 18 February 2020

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