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BUIRA 2017: The Changing Face of Industrial Relations: New Borders, New Frontiers

28th - 30th June 2017

Conference timetable now available.

The theme of BUIRA 2017 is the Changing Face of Industrial Relations: New Borders, New Frontiers. The conference will take place a little over a year after a referendum which resulted in a narrow vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (EU). Therefore it will provide an ideal opportunity for participants not only to explore and discuss the future of industrial relations in the UK outside of the EU, but also to consider the portents for industrial relations in Europe and around the world in general. New borders may be springing up, and existing borders hardening, but the frontiers of industrial relations continue to be pushed back, and extended, in some notable ways.

28th June to 30th June 2017

4th BUIRA PhD Symposium

4th BUIRA PhD Symposium

10th November to 11th November 2016

BUIRA 2016: Employment relations towards 2020 and beyond: reflection, prospects and opportunities

BUIRA 2016 Conference Details: 29th June to 1st July 2016
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference in Leeds
Registration for the conference is now open via  the website

Note, you need to be a member in order to attend and present at the conference. We have now automated the BUIRA membership system and this is also now on-line on the website.

As we are currently switching over to this membership system you will be required to pay your annual membership (£40 full, or £20 PhD or associate member e.g. practitioner or trade unionist) alongside your conference registration. After this payment, your membership will automatically be deducted on an annual basis (unless you cancel it). Please, though, make sure you cancel your annual standing order - unless, of course, you want to make an annual donation to BUIRA, which would be very welcome.

Membership fees £40 (£40 full, or £20 PhD or associate member e.g. practitioner or trade unionist)
Conference fees (including all meals):
Full members:  £350
Honorary members: £240
Doctoral members: £150

The conference will take place at the The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD. This is right in the City Centre and a 10-minute walk from Leeds railway station.

We are also holding a pre-conference workshop on 'Understanding power and strategy for effective organizing' led by Dr Jane McAlevey who is well-known in the American labor movement as the hard-charging organizer who racked up a string of victories at a time when union leaders said winning wasn't possible. See details attached. This will be on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 10am-5.30pm at University of Leeds

Attendance fees for this event (includes lunch & refreshments) £20
NOTE: places are limited. You must register and pay in advance. Details can be found at the conference tab above

Leeds has a wealth of hotels catering for all budgets ranges. *We strongly recommend early booking of hotel accommodation and the best rates are only available well in advance. Some suggested hotels for the BUIRA conference are listed below:

/Park Plaza (****)/, Boar Lane City Square, Leeds - located next to Leeds train station. Price range £100 per night +

/Radisson Blu Hotel (****)/, 1 The light, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds. Located in the Light complex, Price range £120 per night +

/Quebecs (****)/, 9 Quebec Street, Leeds, located next to Leeds train station. Price range £80 per night +.

/Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre/(***), Kirkstall Road, Leeds. 0.5 miles from train station. Price range £100 per night +

/Hotel IBIS Leeds City Centre/(**), 23 Marlborough Street, Leeds. A0.75k walk from city centre. Price range £60 per night

Novotel Leeds City Centre (***), 4 Whitehall Quay, Leeds. Located very close to Leeds Train station. Price range: circa £100 per night

Roomzz Leeds City centre. 10 Swinegate, Leeds LS1 4AG
City Centre, Roomzzz City offers luxury apartments with free WiFi. £89 per night.

Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre - Armouries (***),Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LE. From £42 per night.

We have arranged dinners for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The first evening will be at the Leeds city centre Aagrah

And the official conference dinner will be at the Lakeside Cafe Roundhay Park on Thursday evening. Transport will be provided to and from the conference venue to the Park.

29th June to 1st July 2016

Understanding Power and Strategy for Effective Organizing

Jane McAlevey is well-known in the American labor movement as the hard-charging organizer who racked up a string of victories at a time when union leaders said winning wasn’t possible.

In her book Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) Jane argues that labor can be revived, but only if the movement acknowledges its mistakes and fully commits to deep organizing, participatory education, militancy, and an approach to workers and their communities that more resembles the campaigns of the 1930s.

In short, she advocates whole worker organising through social movement unionism.

Attendance fees (includes lunch & refreshments) £20.

28th June to 28th June 2016

Critical Friendship in Employment Relations Research

  • This year BUIRA organises a pre-conference PhD session, which will take place in Leeds 28th-29th, June 2016 (a day prior to the BUIRA Annual Conference). The session is an exercise in critical friendship where all participants circulate a piece of written work three weeks before the session. This is a unique opportunity to get to know fellow PhD students, exercise critical thinking and receive constructive feedback to your ideas.
  • The deadline for submission of written work is FRIDAY 3rd JUNE 2016.

    Please submit via e-mail:

    The session will be led by Professor Melanie Simms (University of Leicester), Editor in Chief ‘Work Employment and Society’.

28th June to 29th June 2016