At the end of the conference, we will award the following prizes: 

  • Professor Ian Beardwell Prize: We will present a £1,000 award for the Professor Ian Beardwell Prize for the best applied research paper. Eligible papers are those based on a paper previously presented at ARC (any year) that have been published in the last calendar year. As for the conference papers, our judging criteria are: (a) relevance to the contemporary world of work, employment and people management; (b) appropriate and robust methods; (c) contribution to knowledge and understanding of the field; (d) clear practical implications of the research; and (e) written clearly in plain language. Please submit your entry to with the subject ‘ARC Ian Beardwell Prize’.

  • Poster prize: We will present poster prize of £500 for the best poster presentation, judged on the day.

We provide the following publishing opportunities associated with ARC: 

  • Publication of submissions: we will publish successful submissions in conference proceedings shortly before the conference.

  • CIPD papers. Short 2-3,000 word papers summarising the research and drawing out implications for practitioner or policy audiences. These papers will be published by the CIPD online and open access and we will promote them to raise the profile of your research among practitioners.

  • Journal papers. Full papers will be considered for fast-tracked peer review by our partner journals. Where papers are not invited to peer review, a journal editor will provide informal feedback to help you develop the paper, without this constituting a desk rejection from the journal. Our partner journals are: 

    • Human Resource Development International (HRDI)
    • Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ)
    • International Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM)
    • Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance (JOEPP)