On 21 November, Professor Linda Dickens, of Warwick Business School, received her MBE from Prince Charles at a Buckingham Palace Investiture. The MBE was conferred on her in the Queen's Jubilee Honours List for 'services to employment relations'.
Linda says "I was pleased to see my subject area, as well as my contribution to it, being recognised in this way. The current emphasis on evidence-based policy-making highlights the importance of the impartial, rigorous approach to research which Warwick's Industrial Relations Research Unit has adopted since its inception".
Linda has been a member of IRRU for many years, and has published extensively in the areas of legal regulation of employment; employee representation; dispute settlement processes and mechanisms, and equal employment opportunity.
She is Director of Warwick's renowned specialist masters programmes in industrial relations, and teaches industrial relations and human resource management also on MBA and undergraduate programmes. Professor Dickens is a disputes arbitrator and mediator for the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service, an appointment held since the late 1980s. She was appointed Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee in 1994, a post she still holds. Linda Dickens served as Vice Chair of the Industrial Law Society (1992 - 1995) and President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (1998-2001). She is currently on the Executive Committee of the International Industrial Relations Association, run under the auspices of the ILO. During her long service at Warwick, she has held visiting appointments at Universities in Australia and in the USA.