Human Resource Management (HRM)

Department of Business Management

Contact: Dr Morag McLean T: +44 (0)141 331 8431 E:

Our team focuses on the most dynamic organisational resource in business success and transformation – people.

The effective management of people in work is central to our HRM teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities. The challenging international economic and social contexts of contemporary workplaces create HRM priorities in organisations of all types in:

  • managing optimal performance
  • proactively managing talent and diversity
  • driving change and leadership
  • balancing employment relationships
  • personal and professional development

GCU has been providing high quality HRM education and professional development for over 40 years. We are the second largest HRM provider in Scotland (HESA 2014)* and was the first UK institute to receive triple recognition for its globally relevant suite of HRM programmes with professional accreditation from the CIPD, CMI and curriculum alignment recognition by SHRM.

Our staff have substantial practical experience from across the private, public and not-for -profit sectors and are predominately Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and also Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). We were awarded the first Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in HRM on strategic HRM in a growing international business. *HESA 2014

Areas of excellence:

  • coaching and mentoring
  • competencies for international leaders
  • leadership development
  • conflict management and mediation
  • employee engagement
  • employability skills
  • talent management
  • diversity management
  • Generation Y careers
  • high performance working
  • personnel security

Courses to consider



Flexible Awards

Our bespoke programmes have flexible exit awards at postgraduate certificate and diploma level, and many modules can be delivered as stand-alone, and also as on-site accredited training for maximum student and client flexibility. 

Academic Staff

Senior Lecturer

Kellock Hay specialises in personal and professional development, organisational behaviour and culture/change management and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Psychology Society.

Teaching Fellow

Macfarlane is involved in academic management, academic standards, quality assurance, scholarship & pedagogical effectiveness across the university, including a period as Acting Director of the PgC in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.

Assistant Head of Department, Business Management

Morag McLean is Subject Group Leader and Senior Lecturer in human resource management (HRM) with an Arts and Social Studies first degree and an MSc in Human Resource Management.

Senior Lecturer

Dr Sockalingam's expertise & research centre on contemporary organisational change - particularly transformational & dynamic capability building change, people dynamics & processes for learning, absorptive capacity, knowledge creation & innovation.