Mr Roger Walden

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Position: Lecturer in Employment Law
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Having gained an LLB from Leicester University and an MA in Industrial Relations at Warwick, Roger Walden began his academic career as a tutor in law back at Leicester in 1983/84. He then spent a short time at what is now the University of Westminster (formerly the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL)), researching into the resolution of industrial disputes in the national health service, before obtaining a lectureship in law at the University of Sussex. After three years at Sussex, he returned to PCL as senior lecturer in law responsible for co-ordinating law teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. In 1989, he left full-time academia to pursue a mixture of freelance training and lecturing on employment law and health and safety-related issues and (what was initially) a part-time appointment as a researcher and writer on the fortnightly journal of record, Industrial Relations Law Bulletin (IRLB), which he eventually co-edited from 1998 until joining UMIST in September 2001. Together with former work colleagues, Roger is involved in an ongoing consultancy project designing and advising on the implementation of employee representation and consultation structures and procedures for the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. He is a member of the Industrial Law Society.

Research Interests

Roger has researched and written extensively in many areas of employment law and health and safety (including over 80 articles and in excess of 200 casenotes), but has developed particular interests in freedom of association and trade union rights, union recognition, third-party (eg customer/client) violence towards workers, the legal aspects of stress at work, whistleblowing and transfers of undertakings. He has recently been researching into the legal regulation of working time, contributing a section on this issue to a significant new text, A Charter of Workers' Rights (published by the Institute of Employment Rights, 2002), and preparing chapters on both this issue and the law relating to trade unions and collective bargaining for a forthcoming loose-leaf employment law manual to be published by the CIPD. He is also co-authoring a conference paper/article on employee involvement and status in the enterprise in company law and employment law with colleague, Lilian Miles. His immediate research priorities thereafter include revisiting and updating material on the legal aspects of bullying and violence at work, and looking at the use made by employers of 'in-house' staff associations as part of a strategy to head off statutory recognition claims by independent trade unions.

Additional Information

Roger is module co-ordinator and main lecturer on the School's first year Law in a Management Context and third year Employment Law courses. He contributes substantially to the teaching of the Employment Law module on the postgraduate MSc in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, and supervises dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Further contributions are made to the Price Waterhouse Cooper postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources run by the School, as well as a tailored course on "Law for Eng D Students". Together with colleagues in the Employment Relations Group, he is currently involved in the design and writing of a new Comparative Industrial Relations module. Roger also teaches on a long-running postgraduate Certificate in Employment Law course accredited by Middlesex University.

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  • Walden, R. M. (2014). Vicarious Liability for Intentional and Wrongful Acts by Employees: The Case of Vaickuviene - Highlighting Lacunae in the 'Close Connection' Test. Business Law Review, 35(6), 207-2010. . Publication link: 2fa3f7c9-cd44-4115-b330-4f8f96046644


  • Walden, R. M. (2013). Employment Law Briefing: Controversial new fees, revised tribunal rules and lower cap for most on unfair dismissal compensation. Business Law Review. . Publication link: 5f6632a6-4456-4626-9742-2a44b0f70e94
  • Walden, R. M. (2013). Striking a Balance or Emasculation? A Critical Assessment of the Current State and Trajectory of UK Labour and Employment Law. Equality & Diversity three years into the coalition, Fairness at Work Research Centre, Manchester Business School, .. Publication link: 400d6185-03bb-4e96-a452-5cd2392c45cc
  • Walden, R. M. (2013). Employer Civil Liability forWork-related Psychiatric Injury:Juggling Established Principles and ‘New’ Risks. Business Law Review, 34(3), 84-94. . Publication link: e9b5cfbc-0097-4f84-ad3d-4c22f579e979


  • Walden, R. M. (2012). ‘A longitudinal analysis of how first level Employment Tribunals in the UK understand and mediate bullying and harassment issues - some [very!] preliminary observations’. In host publication.. Publication link: e5bbac54-adcc-4c03-8d0c-894e40c55ca2
  • Walden, R. M., & Lerouge, L. (Ed.) (2012). "La responsabilité de l'employeur pour les dommages psychiatriques dus au travail au Royaume-Uni.: Etude de la jurisprudence autour de la problématique de l’adaptation des principes établis aux "nouveaux" risques" . In Analyse jurisprudentielle comparée des risques psychosociaux en Europe (Droit communautaire, Allemagne, Belgique, Espagne, France, Italie, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suède),. (pp. 175-200). Paris, 2012,: L'Harmattan,. . Publication link: fedf4e29-92a5-43e1-926a-aa345954db92


  • Walden, R. M. (2008). The Changing Institutional Face of British Employment Relations edited by Linda Dickens & Alan C Neal. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46(2), 371-373. . Publication link: 9544125b-e5ec-4162-bf22-bc817834fb43


  • Walden, R. M., Hoel, H., & McDonald, K. (2006). An analysis of how first level Employment Tribunals in the UK understand and mediate bullying and harassment issues. In host publication.. Publication link: 14b68b01-10a1-4e1a-b7b6-42c8e31617a7


  • Walden, R. M. (2004). Legal Regulation of Working Time in the UK: a study in reluctant implementation and limited utility? In host publication.. Publication link: 190b255e-4176-43bb-87e1-d57822819226
  • Walden, R. M., & Hoel, H. (2004). A Preliminary Analysis of How Bullying and Harassment Issues are Filtered Through the Constructs of UK Law. In International Conference on Bullying and Harassment.. Publication link: 7233c5ce-76c0-4b29-98ff-dfbfbb5d2cfa


  • Walden, R. M., & Miles, L. T. (2003). Recognising Employee Interests: harmonising the law and regulating the approach of companies toward employees. In host publication.. Publication link: 9feef637-cd91-474a-bbde-50c92aa8fbb5



  • Walden, R. M. (2001). The ACAS Arbitration Scheme for unfair dismissal (2): remedies and challenges. Industrial Relations Law Bulletin. . Publication link: c77d1bbb-761a-4ed4-afa0-6dbe7c4a45e5
  • Walden, R. M. (2001). The ACAS Arbitration Scheme for unfair dismissal (1): reinventing the wheel. Industrial Relations Law Bulletin. . Publication link: 9f1ca79f-811e-48e5-b295-ca965d312b02