The PrOPEL Hub is a partnership of 7 UK universities and the CIPD, funded by the ESRC. The partner institutions are:

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is known as ‘the place of useful learning’ and prides itself on its engagement with business, government and civil society. It is currently the Times Higher UK University of the Year.  Strathclyde Business School is home to three research centres who are partners in the PrOPEL Hub: the Scottish Centre for Employment Research, the Fraser of Allander Institute and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.



The CIPD is the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, we’ve been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.  We’re the career partner of choice for more than 150,000 members around the world. We’re the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and our independent research and insights make us trusted advisers to governments and employers

Aston University - partners

Aston University

Aston University is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston Business School is home to three centres linked to the PrOPEL Hub: the Aston Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), the Aston Centre for Growth and the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).

The University of Sheffield - Partners

The University Of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is a Russell Group institution that offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University works together with businesses to inform public policy and shape local and national economies. Sheffield University Management School is known for generating socially impactful research, promoting socially-responsible work practices, and is home to the Centre for Decent Work which is a PrOPEL Hub partner.

Ulster University - Partners

Ulster University

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Renowned for its world-class teaching, Ulster aims to transform lives, stretch minds and develop the skills required by a growing economy. Ulster University Business School hosts several research centres including the Economic Policy Centre (EPC), Food and Drink Business Development Centre, Food and Consumer Testing Suite (FACTS) Centre which focus on producing applied research in important regional industries such as Agri-food as well as providing vital commentary on regional and global economic activity.

University of East Anglia - Partners

University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia is a research-led university, it is a member of the Civic Universities and the Aurora networks. The PrOPEL Hub partners at Norwich Business School at UEA led the work and learning evidence programme for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.  They are currently working with RAND Europe as part of an ESRC funded project to develop a strong evidence base to support organisational practitioners in the design, implementation and management of workplace health and wellbeing practices.

University of Nottingham - Partners

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham provides an exceptional research-led education (TEF Gold) and unrivalled global reach through its three campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. Its academics have received Nobel Prizes in economics, medicine and chemistry. Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) is an international leader in finance and management education and a pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. Its School of Economics is consistently placed in the world’s top 40 economics departments and at 5th in the UK with world leading expertise on international trade and economic policy.

WISERD - Partners
Cardiff University - Partners

Cardiff University

The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) is a national, interdisciplinary, social science research institute. Designated by the Welsh Government as a national research centre, WISERD is a collaborative venture between the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea.  PrOPEL Hub in Wales is hosted by WISERD at Cardiff University, based within the School of Social Sciences and supported by its links with Cardiff Business School.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is a major research-led university operating in an international context. The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and consistently ranked one of the top 100 of the world’s universities. Research excellence within disciplines and interdisciplinary teams are at the heart of the university’s strategy and are helping Glasgow to address global challenges.