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Lavinia Boyce


BA (OU) (1989); MSSc (QUB) (1992); BSc (Hons) (OU) (1996); Diploma in HR Management (QUB) (2003); PhD (QUB) (2010).

Queen’s University provided me with the opportunity to learn new skills and enhanced my knowledge.  My Queen’s degree equipped me with the confidence and expertise that I would not have had otherwise. My career became specialised in late 2002 which allowed me to develop my professionalism as an HR Manager.  It was my education at Queen’s that allowed me to pursue this career path.

My Queen’s degrees have provided me with the confidence to gain vast experience in the public sector and in particular human resources management and leadership.  I was nominated by my line management for various specialised training because of my Queen’s qualifications. I was trained as an internal verifier for the Police Service and the NPIA.  I have been responsible for assessing probationer Sergeants and Inspectors’ portfolios before they are confirmed in the rank.  I have been involved in assessing the PIP level 1 element of the student probationer portfolios before they can be confirmed in the rank of Constable.  This also applies to level 2 PIP for officers joining CID.  This process took place throughout each year but the work is done in batches of 20 portfolios.

I am a member of the British Academy of Management since 2004.  I was the part-time doctoral representative on the BAM Council for 4 years.  I have taken workshops for the UK doctoral students at the BAM Doctoral Symposium and at a Performance Management Seminar at Chester University Business School in March 2010.  I facilitated a doctoral workshop at the BAM Doctoral Symposium at Brighton University Business School in 2009, Sheffield University Business School in September 2010 and again at Aston University Business School in September 2011. I chaired a session in the Performance Management Track at the BAM Conference held at Aston University on 15 September 2011.

I was promoted twice within 13 months.  I was awarded a local Recognition Certificate for good performance in April 2010 because I save the organisation £20k in the delivery of a training course. In November 2010 I was awarded a PSNI Recognition Certificate because I had carried out research in the organisation and for being award the PhD at the QUB December graduation

I would highly recommend the Queen’s University Management School to all students considering a career in management, finance, economics or information. As a Teaching Assistant in HRM and OB I would encourage prospective students to seriously consider applying for the degrees at Queen’s. The Queen’s experience for me was unique, I owe a great deal to the University for equipping me with the appropriate skills and knowledge that I required to progress in my career as a civil servant.  I wouldn’t have been able to work at the senior level I did without my Queen’s degrees.  My employer recognised my Queen’s degrees and rewarded me for my achievement.

School attended: Down High School, Downpatrick"