University Forum for Human Resource Development
The University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) is a non-profit making partnership. It seeks to create, develop and inform leading-edge HRD theories and practices through an international network of universities, individuals and organisations that promote, or seek to engage in, cooperative research initiatives, professionally-focused qualifications and consultancy interventions. It was founded in the 1980’s around a voluntary network of universities in response to UK government initiatives within the higher education and professional sectors. The network expanded to mainland Europe and played a part in developing European initiatives in the early 90’s. (A more detailed history can be found in an article about the Forum published in New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, volume 23, number 1.) The Forum works in close partnership with other bodies, such as AHRD and the European Foundation for HRD (based in Brussels) in support of this mission
The Forum predominantly comprises University membership, mainly from across Europe and the US, and thereby offers a think-tank on HRD concerns, and a voice on national policies. Membership is also open to like-minded individuals, who play an important role in developing the Forum. Activities of the Forum revolve around its three committees: Research Activities; Programme and Qualifications Activities, and; Practitioner and Organisation Activities. The Forum’s Council meets three times a year, and a workshop or seminar is normally held on the following day.
The Forum sponsors and hosts an annual European conference on HRD research and practice in partnership with AHRD. Regular events are held across Europe, and the Forum provides small research honoraria, and fosters research-based and professional networking and collaboration. It fosters research publications and instigated and sponsors the journal ‘Human Resource Development International’ which it makes available to members. Details of membership and benefits can be found in the brochure and on the web site at www.ufhrd.co.uk.