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February 2020 Acting Director’s Update

February 2020 Acting Director’s Update

February 24, 2020

If this newsletter has somewhat of a different flavor it’s because for the first time, it has a different author! Professor Paul Clark is on sabbatical until the summer, taking some very well-deserved time away the office to concentrate on his research. The School wishes him well in these endeavors as they take him on his travels around the globe.

In the meantime, it’s business as usual in Happy Valley. I’m happy to report that the growth in our undergraduate majors continues at a steady rate. We expect that this will continue especially with the change in name of our major to “Labor and Human Resources” as we reported in a previous newsletter. This means the many students who are interested in pursuing an education in human resource management are now able to more readily find us. We already have students committed to the new LHR major which is wonderful news.

As you will read in the news items below, the School continues its wide and varied activities. Among these, we have opportunities for students ranging from student organization events through study abroad, internship, and embedded programs; and from awards for our top achievers in the classroom and beyond, through assistantships to support the costs of study.

One activity that we are very proud of is the Gully Development Program. This program is designed to provide extremely valuable developmental feedback to our residential graduate students on their professional skills, alongside what they learn in the classroom, to ensure that they are in the best position possible to excel in the workplace when they graduate.

Many of these activities are supported by your very generous donations – thank you so much for your gifts! Alumni contributions help provide our students with amazing opportunities. If you are interested in donating to our program, please see the end of this newsletter.  If you would like to donate your time to help our students or get involved with our School’s Alumni Board, please email me at

You can read our full newsletter here.

~ Dr. Elaine Farndale,
Acting Director, School of Labor and Employment Relations

February 17, 2020

February 2020 Acting Director’s Update