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Leading practioner joins Leeds University Business School

Leading practitioner in employment relations, Ed Sweeney, has been welcomed as a visiting professor at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change at Leeds University Business School.

Professor Ed Sweeney, current Chair of Acas - an organisation which aims to improve working life through better employment relations - joined CERIC in August 2008. His position will be renewable on an annual basis.

Previously, Professor Sweeney held the post of General Secretary of the Banking Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU) before being elected as General Secretary of UNIFI, the financial trade union. Once UNIFI merged with Amicus, Britain's largest private sector union, Professor Sweeney was appointed as Deputy General Secretary.

He previously held the posts of Chair of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) International Development Group, Joint Chair of the TUC/ Department for International Development (DfID) forum, Member of the TUC General Council and TUC Executive Committee, as well as a number of other roles in the sector.

Professor Mark Stuart, Director of CERIC, said: "We are extremely pleased to have Professor Sweeney join CERIC as a visiting professor. He holds an extremely high profile position in the field of employment relations and I'm sure his knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit to everyone involved in the Centre."

Ed Sweeney, Acas Chair, said: "I am delighted to be joining CERIC in such a valuable role. The world of employment relations is constantly evolving and I am looking forward to contributing to the excellent research of the centre and Leeds University."

CERIC is an ambitious research initiative based at Leeds University Business School which draws on the expertise of internationally renowned scholars, and aims to create a vibrant environment for established, doctoral and visiting researchers. Through high quality teaching, research and knowledge transfer, CERIC aims to contribute to national and International debates around the changing dynamics and the future of work, employment and labour markets. The centre is committed to developing new strategic and policy-relevant visions and Professor Sweeney will input to the agenda changing debates the Centre is looking to establish.

Professor Sweeney will deliver the Inaugural Annual CERIC Public Lecture in Employment Relations in early 2009.

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Editors notes

About CERIC
The Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) is an ambitious research initiative based at the University of Leeds, which draws from the expertise of internationally renowned scholars at Leeds University Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The centre aims to create a vibrant research environment incorporating established, doctoral and visiting researchers.

Through high-quality research, teaching and knowledge transfer, the centre aims to contribute to contemporary national and international debates around the changing dynamics and future of work, employment and labour markets.

The centre's research is broadly concerned with examining the modernisation of employment relations, and how processes of organisational restructuring and innovation shape patterns of continuity and change in employment relations. It evaluates the consequences of such change for different stakeholders and is committed to developing new strategic and policy relevant visions.

CERIC has been formally designated by the University of Leeds as one of its peak centres of research excellence.

For further information see http://lubswww2.leeds.ac.uk/CERIC

About Acas:

Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They provide independent advice and guidance, high quality training and work with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.

Employers are also offered more specialised services, including training, workplace projects, conciliation and mediation.

Founded in 1975, Acas has over 30 years' experience of working with people in organisations of every size and type. Although largely funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), Acas is a non-departmental body, governed by an independent Council, which allows them to be independent, impartial and confidential. For further information see www.acas.org.uk

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