School of People and Culture

Learn the true value of people in organisations globally

About the school
The School of People and Culture incorporates Arden University’s degree courses in human resource management. Supporting your career development in an engaging and exciting academic environment, we provide you with up to date skills development that moves away from the traditional focus of ‘humans as resources’ and brings a fresh focus on the industry - with an emphasis on the value of people.
Today’s changing terms of employment and organisational commitments to equality and responsibility have created the need for professionals that are familiar with the concepts of corporate purpose, organisational culture and behaviours and added value. As a future people professional, you’ll need the skills necessary for navigating this increasingly complex and challenging world of work.
Our academic team will help you develop these skills, as well as fostering your development of knowledge in the areas of people analytics and digital transformation, giving you the abilities needed to create responsible organisations through diverse and inclusive workforces, while supporting wellbeing and aligning successful employees and ethical business strategy.
People and Culture in numbers
student satisfaction
lecturers CIPD qualified
100% of our lecturers are CIPD qualified..
of careers transformed
100% of our assessments are informed by leading employers.
global study locations
CIPD members
150,000 professional members of the CIPD worldwide.
Alumni are proud to be Arden graduates
of your final grades will be exam based
0% of your final grades will be exam based. That’s right – you won’t have to sit exams on our courses.

Faculty staff

Dr Kay Maddox-Daines

With a background in organisational development and professional education, Kay has worked across both the public and private sectors, with organisations of all sizes in a variety of Leadership and Advisory roles. Kay has experience in managing cultural change programmes, designing and delivering leadership and management development programmes, accrediting courses to professional awarding body standards, creating employee engagement and well-being programmes, improving corporate communication and designing and delivering effective coaching and mentoring programmes. Previously Director of Academic Development for Acacia Learning Ltd and Programme Director for people management programmes at the University of Suffolk, Kay enjoys connecting academia with leaders and managers working in industry. 
Kay is an external examiner for human resource management programmes at the American University in Greece and Leeds Beckett University in the UK.  As a Registered Career Development Professional (RCDP) with the UK Career Development Institute, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a qualified Executive Career Coach, Kay is passionate about practice-based teaching and learning. Kay’s recent research focuses on managing people through crisis and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people professionals. In her spare time Kay is a Non-Executive Director for The Sigma Trust and a Member of the CIPD branch committee in Essex.

Dr Kay Maddox-Daines
Head of School of People and Culture

Accrediting bodies and industry partners

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional body which sets the industry standards for human resource management and people development.
Business Graduates Association (BGA)
Business Graduates Association (BGA)
Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning.