It was with great sadness that we heard of the untimely death of Professor Mick Marchington on 24 February 2021. Mick was an esteemed academic in HR and employment relations and a longstanding friend and source of inspiration, expertise and support for many at the CIPD. Over many years, he helped develop CIPD’s professional standards, qualifications and academic membership and was a lead examiner and quality panel chair accrediting CIPD centres. 

He championed research skills as part of professional development, and his learned yet practical writing argued for progressive people management that supports better working lives. Mick’s textbook, HRM at Work has long been a bestseller. His numerous contributions led to him being made a Chartered Companion of the CIPD in 2003 and his friendship with and active commitment to the CIPD continued right up to his death. Mick will be remembered for his insight, gravitas, warmth, humour and undimmed dedication to the HR profession and the world of work.


The CIPD Professor Mick Marchington Applied Research Grant (or Marchington Research Grant for short) aims to support high-quality research led by early-career academics. It follows an annual cycle, with up to three research grants being awarded each year.

Awards will be up to £5,000 maximum per award as standard, with the potential to extend to £8,000 if justified and in an area of particular CIPD interest.

Final research reports will be published on the CIPD website and presented at the CIPD Applied Research Conference (ARC). We also encourage publication in peer-reviewed journals.

In this first year of the grant, we invited submissions on two areas that were of particular interest to Mick:

  • The changing focus and role of HR
  • The role of line managers in HR, L&D and people management practice.

Three recipients of the grant were announced at ARC 2022:

Dr Anastasios Hadjisolomou, University of Strathclyde Business School, for his research into the role of line managers in managing absence.

Dr Emma Hughes, University of Liverpool, Management School, for her research into how front-line managers enact HR practices.

Dr David Cross, University of Southampton Business School, for his research into HR practice on working with the self-employed.

The deadline for submissions for this year’s award is now closed. The next call for submissions will open in Spring 2022. 

If you would like to be notified of this, please email to join the mailing list for the Applied Research Conference.