Portrait of  Liz Rivers Liz Rivers

e.e.rivers@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471328


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, Chartered FCIPD, PGCHE (distinction), FHEA, PG Dip Research (distinction)

Liz joined The University of Huddersfield in April 2014 and is a Senior Lecturer in HRM/D. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Liz has considerable experience of working in HR, in both Senior HR Business Partner generalist roles and also Learning & Development policy roles, having worked for 17 years in the Retail Industry. She first graduated from the University of Hull (Business Studies and French) and subsequently joined Tesco’s graduate scheme. She was appointed to various operational roles in stores, culminating in a Head Office post as Project Manager responsible for the rollout of Change Management projects across 800 stores during a period of significant culture change for Tesco.

Following achievement of her MA in HRM from the Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz continued to work in HR roles in Retail, including leading the HR Shared Services team and HR Business Partner to Head Office support functions at Woolworths.

Before joining the University of Huddersfield, Liz worked for Asda where she joined as HR Business Partner for Retail Operations and Property teams and latterly led the Learning & Development team, responsible for the development of 170,000 colleagues across Asda. In this role, Liz led the UK stream of a global Walmart project to provide industry-leading development for the Buying Teams. She also launched a People Academy within the HR Function, which included a CIPD qualification for Store HR Managers, an HR Business Partner upskilling programme and an online Academy resource, in addition to the implementation of a learning management system and online e-learning programmes for Head Office and Logistics Managers as part of the Asda Training Academy.

Qualifications and Professional Membership

  • BA (Hons) Business Studies and French
  • MA Human Resource Management
  • Fellow HEA
  • Chartered FCIPD


Liz is an accredited practitioner in Strengthscope, a strengths-based leadership assessment and development tool and an accredited personal coach

Research and Scholarship

Liz is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Bath School of Management exploring how HR practitioners experience emotions in their working lives. She is interested in participatory visual research methods and narrative methodologies.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Rivers, L. and Cockman, R. (2017) ‘Cinderella's magic "bubble of happiness": Taming destructive leadership tasks through storytelling.’. In: 22nd Organisational Storytelling Seminar, 8th June 2017, University of Portsmouth

Swailes, S., Handley, J. and Rivers, L. (2017) ‘Talent management : critical perspectives’. In: Human Resource Management: A Global and Critical Perspective. : Palgrave. pp. 279-297. ISBN 978-1137521620


Rivers, L (2016) ‘Here’s what it’s like to work at a company that goes into administrationThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


Rivers, L., Carmichael, J., Tomkinson, E. and Greggains, M. (2015) Managing change – can HR software help? Leeds, UK: Cascade HR Ltd.


Research Degree Supervision

Liz supervises dissertations for both undergraduate and Master’s students covering a broad range of HR and business management topics.

Enterprise Activities

Liz has delivered courses for HR Professionals at Royal Mail and Zarafa Holdings focusing on Change Management.


Administrative Responsibilities

Liz is a member of School Board where she represents the Department of Management.

Teaching and Professional Activities


  • Course Leader PG Diploma in HRM/HRD & Year 1 tutor
  • Module Leader HR in Context/HRM in a Global Context – PG Diploma HRM & MSc Strategic HRM
  • Module Leader Resourcing and Talent Management - PG Diploma HRM & MSc Strategic HRM
  • Module Leader – People Resourcing in Context – BA Business Management (Top up)
  • Module tutor – Employment Relations – Hong Kong Management Association
  • Module tutor – Management Skills for Personal Development and Employability – BA Business Management
  • Module tutor – Managing People in Organisations – MSc Business



  • Module Leader – Managing Employment Relations, Employment Relations, Continuous Professional Development
  • Module tutor – Managing Planned Change