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Dr David Beale





Following a change of direction in his career, David Beale has been studying and working in the higher education sector since 1996, in which year he was awarded a doctoral studentship at Manchester School of Management, UMIST. His PhD - awarded ‘without correction’ in 2000 - looked at public sector new management initiatives and workplace trade union responses through a comparative study of UK postal services, the fire service, further education colleges and Inland Revenue. In 1998-99 he was employed as a research associate at UMIST, working on a project related to his doctoral studies and financed through an ESRC grant of £43,000 that was awarded to Professor John Goodman. In September 1999 he took up a full-time lecturing post in Human Resource Management at Staffordshire University, but returned to UMIST in September 2001 as a Lecturer in Employment Studies (his current post). In September 2006 he was appointed as Programme Director for the School’s MSc in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

Prior to 1996, he spent four years as a business studies lecturer in a further education college, ten years as a trade union education tutor (working mainly on TUC education courses) and five years as a tutor-organiser for an adult basic education programme for unemployed people. In the context of his trade union education work, he wrote 'Driven By Nissan? A Critical Guide to New Management Techniques' (Lawrecne and Wishart, 1994). He has considerable experience as a workplace trade union representative and union branch officer, as well as in wider labour movement organisations and campaigns. David gained qualified teacher status through a Certificate in Education awarded in 1973, completed a B.Ed.(Hons) in 1974 (2:1), and was awarded an M.A. in Industrial Relations at Warwick University in 1981.

He has a strong interest and engagement in industrial relations practice, as demonstrated by his on-going trade union activity. He is currently Communications Officer for the University of Manchester Branch of the University and College Union - the biggest UCU branch in the country with over 2,300 members - and a union branch executive member, national conference delegate and Manchester Trades Union Council delegate. He is also a council member of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society and member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.