Portrait of Dr Frances McGregor Dr Frances McGregor

f.l.mcgregor@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472557


Position: Senior Lecturer in HR Management, Department of Management
Qualifications: Doctor of Business Administration, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Master of Arts Degree in HR Management, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), CIPD Professional Development Scheme, Certificate in Mediation, Certificate in Mentoring

Frances joined the Business School in 2013 moving from senior operational and strategic HR roles within the police forces of Yorkshire and the Humber. As Regional HR Business Partner, Frances set HR strategy and delivery to help forces meet the challenges of the Comprehensive Spending Review; managing different stakeholder and staff representative group demands to ensure effective and efficient service in collaborative partnership working. Frances has a wealth of HR management and trade union experience; she previously worked in the banking sector with HR and their recognised staff representative bodies.

In her role as Chair of West Yorkshire Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Branch, Frances plays a key role in the professionalism and development of members locally and nationally through her role on the CIPD Council.

Research and Scholarship

Frances' current research interests include most things HR, with a keen interest in workplace harmony, dignity, bullying and harassment as well as addressing emerging concerns around mental well-being and ill health, the Big Society volunteering agenda and apprenticeships.

Working with school and academy partners, Frances is developing strategies to maximise future career choices and employability options for students as they complete their studies.

Frances undertook a research project for her doctoral study which explored the lived experiences and implications for organisations of staff who are accused of being a workplace bully. This qualitative research was approached through a classical grounded theory methodology and interviewed eight participants who had each been the subject of an allegation they were a workplace bully. Research projects into workplace bullying and harassment are of particular interest.  Frances is a member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying & Harassment and presented her doctoral research at the conference in Auckland in April 2016.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


McGregor, F (2016) ‘Who is... Dr Frances McGregor? The International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, December 2016 Newsletter.IAWBH Newsletter , 8 (4), pp. 26-29.

McGregor, F (2016) ‘Everything you need to know about workplace bullyingThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


McGregor, F (2015) ‘The next step: We help you to help your careerPeople Management , p. 49. ISSN 1358-6297

McGregor, F (2015) ‘Bullying - The Perspective of the Accused’. In: The Handbook of Dealing with Workplace Bullying. Farnham, Surrey: Gower Publishing Limited. pp. 177-195. ISBN 9781472455178

McGregor, F (2015) When Is a Bully Not a Bully? A Critical Grounded Theory Approach to Understanding the Lived Experience and Organisational Implications of Being Accused of Being a Workplace Bully Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Having undertaken the role of geographical chair of the Huddersfield CIPD Group from 2008 to 2011, Frances was elected Chair, West Yorkshire CIPD Branch; this is an elected, honorary, ambassadorial and voluntary role.

Frances furthers the work of the CIPD locally with the Steps Ahead Mentoring Scheme, Inspiring the Future and through a programme of continual professional development events held locally. The West Yorkshire CIPD Branch offers mentoring, coaching, upgrading support as well as regular popular HR themed events for members throughout the county. Nationally, Frances is a member of the CIPD Council, influencing debate and direction of the Institute. http://www.cipd.co.uk/branch/wyork It was for this work that Frances was awarded the CIPD PACE (Purposeful, Agile, Collaborative and Expert) Award for best Council Representative. http://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2014/july/hrmsuccessforthebusinessschool.php

Frances was awarded the Val Miller Memorial Prize for best overall achievement in MA Human Resource Management on completion of her Master of Arts in 2007. Frances was awarded two Police Commendations for HR provision and police officer talent development.

Frances is External Examiner for the University of Sunderland and Liverpool John Moores University.

Research Degree Supervision

Frances supervises a wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the areas of general, strategic and international HR management and development. Frances’ own doctoral study took a classical grounded theory approach and she offers supervision and mentoring to students undertaking this methodology. Past and present projects include the impact on retention of reward and remuneration packages, agile working, learning and development generational differentials, organisational change within the NHS and new public sector management.

Enterprise Activities

Frances works with many CIPD school partners; speaking at graduations, assemblies, classes and giving 'guru lectures' to business studies and other students. Frances supports students and teachers with employability and other school leaver options, be that further education, employment, etc

Frances' personal and CIPD network has prompted several opportunities for the University of Huddersfield to engage with new schools, champion the facilities on offer on the business school and hold regular continual professional development events here. These events are recognised as being among the most engaging, stimulating and valuable ones available to member of the HR profession.

Administrative Responsibilities

Frances is a member of the University of Huddersfield's Extenuating Circumstances Panel which considers requests for support from students who have been affected by personal or medical issues during a significant assessment, exam or study period.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Course Leader – Master Human Resource Management (MHRM) Integrated Human Resource Management, incorporating BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (CIPD Approved)
  • Course Leader – MSc in Strategic HR Management (CIPD Approved)
  • Module Leader – Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Module Leader – HR Skills for Personal Development and Employability
  • Module Leader – Human Resource Development


Frances works across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with a focus on the development of students on an integrated programme and CIPD membership. Frances' teaching also includes reflective practice, HR skills and professional practice, personal and professional development, organisational change, leading, managing and developing people, organisations and people.

Frances' undergraduate teaching is HR focussed, providing experience led lectures to maximise student's employability and placement options. Frances also delivers management modules to client organisations and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations