Vanessa Oakes

Course Director

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Having spent 15 years as a senior HR Practitioner whilst teaching CIPD professional qualifications part-time, I joined the University permanently to further develop my academic career and to use my knowledge of the context of professional life to give students a better insight into the profession.

Professional memberships and activities

Member CIPD, attendance at quarterly Branch meetings and conferences

Academic qualifications

CIPD L7 PgDIP Staffs Uni
MA Strategic HRM (pending)


I have worked in all aspects of HRM in a range of sectors, my specialist areas are Change Management, Leadership and Management, Employee Engagement and Performance and Reward

Research interests

I am interested in researching topics around employee engagement – how useful surveys and other tools are for identifying this, as well as themes around work-life balance for professionals.


CIPD – Level 3
CIPD – Level 5
CIPD – Level 7
MA HRM – Performance Management. Resourcing Talent
CMDA – Developing Collaborative Relationships, Leading People & Teams
ODMA – Leading and Managing People & Resources, Developing Leadership Skills

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020