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IWP Conference 2014 – business keynote announcement and submission reminder

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Institute of Work Psychology International Conference 2014
on Work, Wellbeing and Performance

Sheffield, UK | 24th-26th June, 2014

The IWP International Conference 2014 is delighted to announce its business keynote speaker, Salem Samhoud.

A successful entrepreneur, Salem is the founder of &samhoud – a consultancy with offices in The Netherlands and Spain. Salem Samhoud has consulted a large number of prominent companies and organisations, including the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Municipality of Barcelona and the Dutch National Railways.

Pre-conference workshops

As in previous years, we will host a series of workshops on the first day, before the main conference proceedings begin on Tuesday evening.

There will be workshops designed for organisations and practitioners, sharing the latest thought leadership and insight from work psychology research. If you are interested in particular topics or have specific suggestions for workshops, please email us. For our academic delegates, we will again be running our popular statistical training and postgraduate and early-career events.

The programme for the workshops will be posted on our website shortly.

Reminder: Submit your paper or symposium

Deadline for submissions is very close!

We invite high quality submissions in all areas of work, applied social, organisational, industrial, occupational and vocational psychology and in the related fields of organisational behaviour and human resource management. Submissions to the scholarly programme can be for paper presentations, poster presentations, or symposia.

The deadline is Friday, 15th November 2013. You can find the full submission guidelines on our website at

About the Conference

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Work Psychology, Sheffield University Management School, and will take place in Sheffield, UK on the 24th-26th June 2014.

The conference will feature four internationally recognised keynote speakers:

  • Professor Eduardo Salas (University of Central Florida)
  • Professor Michael Frese (National University of Singapore & Leuphana University of Lüneburg)
  • Professor Susan Murphy (University of Edinburgh).
  • Salem Samhoud (&samhoud)

For more information about the conference, please visit our website at

We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield in 2014!

See clearly with Professor Michelle Ryan’s research into the Glass Cliff at SUMS

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Professor Michelle Ryan is a highly-regarded figure in the world of social and organisational psychology.Ryan Michelle

Her research into the ‘Glass Cliff’ concept led to international press coverage and inclusion in numerous significant and influential research journals. As such, Sheffield University Management School and the Institute of Work Psychology are delighted that Prof Ryan will be visiting the school on 20 November, to deliver a seminar concerning her research.

Titled ‘Uncovering the Glass Cliff: Examining the Precariousness of Women’s leadership Positions’, Prof Ryan will discuss and examine what happens when women (and other minority groups) take on leadership roles. Extending the metaphor of the Glass Ceiling, the Glass Cliff describes the phenomenon whereby individuals belonging to particular groups are more likely to be found in leadership positions that are associated with a greater risk of failure and criticism.

This seminar is of interest to academics and students from many disciplines, ranging from organisational psychology, to women’s issues and sociology. You are able to book a place for the event on our Management Gateway:

Following in the footsteps of Professor Sabine Sonnentag, who discussed proactive work behaviour at the school in October, Prof Ryan’s visit underpins Sheffield University Management School’s high-standard of distinguished academic speakers attending this year’s programme of research seminars.

Michelle Ryan is Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Exeter

To book onto the event, click here.

Management Alumna Makes First Female President of the HK Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Susanna Chiu is the first woman in almost 40 years to secure the senior position of president of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA).
Management Alumna Susanna Chiu

Delighted with winning the election, Susanna, director of Li & Fung Development (China) says that more women are now entering the accountancy profession and taking on senior positions such as partners or directors of  companies.

Set up in 1973, the HKICPA issues accounting standards and regulates the city’s 35,000 accountants: a regulatory body as well as a membership body.

Looking forward to the challenges ahead, Susanna’s role will continue to play an important part in the regulatory field and she will also work with the government and other parties on the reform proposal.

Susanna graduated with a BA in Economics in 1982 (when Economics was part of the Management School) and went on to work at Grant Thornton accountancy firm in Sheffield. Having moved back to HK over 20 years ago, Susanna has worked in several positions related to China until joining Li & Fung Development (China) as a director in 2006.

Most recently, Susanna was awarded a ‘Medal of Honour’ by the HKSAR Government for her contribution to the community as well as achievement in the accountancy profession.

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UK’s shadow economy is booming

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


A study by a free-market thinktank, the Institute for Economic Affairs, estimates that paid work not declared to the taxman was worth 10% of national income in 2012, half the level in Italy, Greece and Spain.

The report published on Tuesday 4 June by economists Professor Colin Williams  (Sheffield University Management School) and Friedrich Schneider found that the UK’s shadow economy was smaller than the 13.4% average for the 34 developed nations in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.   The report has generated a great deal of media interest.  Find out more at:
Or listen to the BBC podcast at:

‘Unique’ LSCM programme is accredited by Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Following on from a visit by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) to Sheffield University Management School in March, we are pleased to announce that the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme has been granted retrospective accreditation by the body from September 2011.

Described as ‘unique and stand out’, the programme was praised for its focus on logistics and supply chain management compared to other universities, by the external CIPS expert who has observed various programmes across the United Kingdom.

The accreditation provides students with an important professional and employment advantage. After completing three years work experience in purchasing and supply management post qualification, students from the programme will receive chartered status.

For more information go to

Dr Tim Vorley receives Senate Award for Excellence

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Congratulations to Dr Tim Vorley of Sheffield University Management School who has just received a Senate Award for Excellence.  Only 12 Senate Awards were made across the University in total.  Tim is one of only two academics in the university to receive an Early Career Senate Award this year which is a mark of excellence in teaching and learning.

Management School alumnus and Residential Mentor rewarded for engagement work in the student community

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Management School was delighted to hear of Richard Bruce’s commendation for his role as Residential Mentor in winning this year’s ACS People´s Award for Services to the Student Community.Richard-Bruce.2

The Management School was delighted to hear of Richard Bruce’s commendation for his role as Residential Mentor in winning this year’s ACS People´s Award for Services to the Student Community.This annual event recognises staff from the University’s Accommodation & Commercial Services department who go the extra mile in their roles to help customers and colleagues.

Management School Alumnus (MBA 1991) and Advanced Visiting Fellow, Richard has recently taken up the challenge of becoming a Residential Mentor to 155 families and couples living in University accommodation.On receiving his award, Richard commented: “I feel greatly honoured to be given this award, particularly as the role is such an intrinsically rewarding one anyway. I’m able to help student families and couples with a wide range of issues, from visa problems, schooling for their children and Council Tax to helping them overcome cultural differences and adapt to living in the UK.”

The new role of Residential Mentor for couples and families was created within the Accommodation & Commercial Services department this year as a result of feedback indicating that more could be done to further engage with this particular group of residents.

Pat McGrath, Director of Accommodation & Commercial Services said: “Richard has done a fantastic job of supporting the couples and families who live in our accommodation. He really goes out of his way to look after the residents and resolve any issues they might have. He’s been an invaluable addition to the Resident Support team and I’m thrilled that we were able to recognise his commitment with the Services to the Student Community Award.”

The role of a Residential Mentor involves the organisation of three activities throughout the year designed to reach out and engage with residents. Last term, Richard arranged for a coach trip to Derbyshire which was a great success in bringing the families’ community together.

Pat continued: “Although Richard is only required to organise three activities per year, his dedication to his residents and his job has seen him organise regular events and activities to engage with the couples and families and develop a real sense of community.”

Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, attended the ceremony held on 1st March and presented awards to deserving staff from the departments of Accommodation & Commercial Services and Finance.

You can find out more about the Accommodation & Commercial Services at .

Leading organisational psychology expert Professor Cary Cooper shares insight into the wellbeing agenda

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013


The Management School was delighted to host Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, Cary Cooper, CBE at the University here in Sheffield on the 1st of May to share his expertise on the wellbeing agenda.

Professor Cooper is the author and editor of more than 125 books and is one of Britain’s most quoted business gurus.

This special lecture explored the  wellbeing agenda including new pressures that are emerging on people at work during the current times. Professor Cooper also discussed the costs of stress at work and the strategies for dealing with these issues.

The event was well attended and gave interesting topics for discussion amongst staff and students from the Management School and the faculty.

More about Professor Cary Cooper:
As well as Professor at Lancaster University, he is a founding President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only 5 UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management,  President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and President of RELATE.

Professor Cooper was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor  (with Professor Chris Argyris of Harvard Business School and Professor Bill Starbuck of New York University as Associate Editors) of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management.

He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health research and wellbeing, was Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010) and is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences (comprising 43 learned societies in the social sciences and over 87,000members). In 2001 he was awarded the CBE by the Queen for his contributions to organisational health and safety.

Forgemasters’ chief shortlisted for entrepreneur of the year award

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Sheffield Forgemasters’ International’s chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, has been short-listed for accountants and business advisers Ernst & Young’s coveted Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Dr Honeyman is one of 10 Yorkshire entrepreneurs, vying with 32 others from across the North of England at the regional finals in Manchester in June.

He has received a series of business awards since he led Forgemasters’ successful fight for survival after its American parent group hit financial problems

After Kansas-based Atchison Casting Corporation filed for bankruptcy, Dr Honeyman kept its Sheffield arm operating, going on to head a management buy-out which protected employees’ pensions and laid the foundations for the historic company’s renaissance as a world leading producer of giant steel castings and forgings.

Just over two years ago, he was named winner of the inaugural Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Award and its Global Director of the Year Award.

Earlier this year, Dr Honeyman was appointed an Honorary Professor in strategic management and Sheffield University Management School.


Article published in The Star 29/04/2013:

Satisfied students rank University’s Students’ Union best in the UK

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been voted the best in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

Results published today (Thursday 25 April 2013) rank the University of Sheffield third out of 102 institutions and the first in the Yorkshire and Humber region for the best all-round student experience.

More than 14,000 students from universities across the country took part in the survey, which assesses 21 different attributes of their institutions including teaching, good community atmosphere, good support and extra-curricular activities.

As well as scoring highly for good accommodation and high quality facilities, the University outshone other institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge, with the highest score for social life and the Students’ Union.

Students’ Union President Abdi Suleiman, said: “It is genuinely terrific to know how well regarded our Students’ Union is. Being ranked first for satisfaction when the Union is currently undergoing a major investment project and some of our facilities are not functioning as normal is phenomenal.

“This just goes to show that once the project is completed we will indisputably have the best Students’ Union in the country.

“Students here benefit from the best of many things – Sheffield is the best city to live in, the University has enthusiastic and world-renowned researchers and academics and this satisfaction survey shows we have the best social life and Students’ Union as well!”

Topping the Times Higher Student Experience Survey is the latest in a number of accolades for the Students’ Union after coming first in the Student Barometer in March for the second year running and being crowned number one in the UK by the National Student Survey 2012.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We are delighted to be ranked so highly for student experience. Choosing to go to a particular university is more than an investment in a future career. It also provides you with a life changing opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop socially and academically. Our excellent student facilities are home to a vibrant community and provide a student experience that is enriching. We believe university life at Sheffield inspires students for the rest of their lives and we are delighted that our students agree.”