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) will support high-quality research led by early-career academics. It will follow 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.

In this first year of the grant, we focus 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.

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.

The deadline for submissions for this year’s award is now closed. The successful applicants will be announced at the 7th CIPD  Applied Research Conference (ARC) on 27 January 2022. Appropriately this year, ARC will be hosted at Mick’s academic home, the Alliance Manchester Business School. 

More detail on the grant and submission requirements will be published with next year’s call for submissions. If you would like to be notified of this, please email Research at CIPD to join the mailing list for the CIPD Applied Research Conference, where the calls for submissions will be announced.