Gary Connor

Senior Lecturer - Human Resource Management

School of Marketing and Management
College of Business and Law

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I worked in the steel industry for over twenty years before starting a career in higher education at Coventry University. I am now a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University and Course Director of the Human Resource Department’s Post-Graduate Master Top-Up programme. My main areas of research are the assessment of students with regard to employability, fairness, and inclusivity. Additionally, I am responsible for the teaching of research methods on HRM/HRD related programmes. Most recently, I achieved the status of senior fellow of the HEA and peer review for BAM, UFHRD, Sage and OUP.


  • Current – Studying PhD – Student Assessment
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, 2008
  • MA HRM – Distinction MA HRM, 2007
  • BA Honours - 1st Class in Business & HRM, 2006

Research interests

My PhD focuses on inclusivity in HE student assessment, with a critical realism underpinning. Areas of focus include the purpose of the business school, the status quo of assessment in Higher Education and the power of the voice to communicate knowledge & understanding, with the sole aim of creating change in how students are assessed in the 21st Century. 

Recent outputs and publications

  • Connor, G., and Morris, A. (2015) Innovation in assessment. Unpublished booklet. Coventry University.
  • Connor, G. (2015) ‘The Student Voice’. in Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice. Ed. by Callahan, J., Stewart, J., Rigg, C., Sambrook, S., and Trehan, K. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Callahan, J., and Connor. G. (2015) ‘The competing interests of paradigm and praxis in critical HRD research: Incorporating quantitative methods to enact critical practice’. in Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development. ed. by Saunders, M., and Tosey, P. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 311-324.
  • Connor, G., McFadden, M., and McLean, I. (2012). ‘Organisational Design’. in Developing People and Organisations. ed. by Stewart, J., and Rogers. P. London: CIPD, 1-35.


  • M08SMM – Research Methods
  • M09SMM – Consultancy Projects
  • M53HRM – Employee Engagement and Relations
  • M59HRM – HR Analytics

Areas of expertise

  • Student Assessment - Inclusivity
  • Research Methods
  • Research Philosophy
  • Research Design
  • Pedagogy
  • Employee Engagement
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