Dr Samantha Evans takes Centre Stage at Kent HR Conference

Director of Studies for Kent Business School’s popular MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) programme was presenting on her social class research project entitled ‘Talent Management and Inequality: The Trouble with Social Class.’

Dr Evans’ research looks at how social class differences lead to (dis)advantage in the workplace. Her presentation shared the results of a survey which measured social class from objective (tangible) & subjective (how people feel about their social class/ rate their social class). The survey found that social class does play a role in career development, opportunities and feelings of well-being in the workplace.

Dr Evans was invited by Jackie Fotheringham at Kent Innovation and Enterprise to be a guest speaker at the event which was attended by over 70 people. Held at Darwin Conference Suites at the University’s Canterbury campus, the agenda included presentations from academics from the University and representatives from some of Kent’s most well respected companies.

Over the course of the day delegates saw inspiring presentations from eight speakers from Sleeping Giant Media, People Face2Face, JW Training, Kent Business School, AXA UK,School of Psychology, and Caliper UK. Presentations ranged from practical sessions on unconscious bias and mentoring talent, to talks on employee wellbeing and best practice.

After her presentation Dr Evans said: “Presenting my research to the HR practitioner community is a wonderful opportunity to engage with those who can actually make a difference to addressing the challenges associated with social class in the workplace.”

The conference was opened by Carole Barron, Director of Innovation and Enterprise, and Emma Austen, Resourcing Manager at AXA PPP Healthcare who kindly sponsored the event. AXA ran a competition for students on Kent Business School MSc HRM Programme to win tickets to attend the conference. Two students were awarded tickets and greatly benefited from being able to attend.

Congratulations to Samantha Evans from all at Kent Business School.

Kent Business School’s MSc Human Resource Management programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional institute for HRM and HR development, to its Advanced Level Standards. Find out more about the MSc Human Resource Management programme at Kent Business School.

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