Our advisers are very special individuals with an abundance of industry experience and a genuine interest in the development of others. Each one of them works hard to support their CIPD candidates throughout every step of their qualification and the feedback we receive on Coursecheck is testament to the superb advice they provide. Our advisers really do ensure our business retains that personal touch, something we know candidates greatly value. This regular feature publicly recognises their contribution to your CIPD success!

We have asked Harry Barton, our consultant based in South Wales, for his advice to help you gain that all important CIPD qualification along with what he loves most about his job.

Harry’s top tips for CIPD success …
  • Be organised. Planning your time effectively can reduce the stress involved in completing your modules.

  • Don’t worry. Ask for advice. Your advisers are very approachable and can provide advice that will enable you to complete your modules to the standards required.

  • Involve your line managers. They can often provide you with opportunities to progress your CIPD programme.

  • Be nosy about your organisation and learn as much about all its aspects and how they fit together. This will benefit your career and help you with your CIPD studies.

  • Use your time for studying sensibly. Speed up and do more when you have a bit more time, slow down and do less when you are very busy.

  • Reflect on your learning throughout your programme and apply it to your work. This will support your career development.

About Harry

Harry joined Reed Learning with significant management and academic experience having previously held positions as Professor of Human Resource Management and Professional Practice, Head of the Department of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Director of Research at Nottingham Business School. Prior to this he held posts in policy development, research, and management within the Metropolitan Police, Audit Commission and Cardiff Business School.

A published author of national and international publications, Harry’s wider research interests are in the areas of international HRM, public services management, ‘lean’ in public services, police performance management and the future of management education. He has previously served as Chair of the South East Wales Branch of the CIPD and in 2014 was elected as a Council member to the British Academy of Management. The following year, he was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and completed his PhD.

At Reed Learning, Harry primarily supports Level 7 candidates and provides internal quality assurance. He enjoys the flexibility of his role and seeing his candidates progress successfully through their qualification.