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School of Business and Management

Professor Mike Noon


Professor of Human Resource Management; Dean for School of Business and Management

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2709
Room Number: Room 4.22b, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus




Mike Noon is Dean of the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London, and Professor of Human Resource Management. 

As Dean, he is accountable for the academic and financial performance of the School. He leads development and implementation of the School’s strategy and its contribution to meeting the strategic aims of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and of Queen Mary University of London.

He is supported by a talented Executive Committee consisting of three Associate Deans, five Heads of Department and the School Manager (who leads the School’s professional services team). 

He has been a full time academic since 1989, previously holding academic management, research and teaching positions at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, Lancaster University and Cardiff Business School. He has a BA from Sheffield University, and a MSc and PhD from Imperial College London.


While he is Dean of the School of Business and Management, Mike’s teaching is restricted to giving guest lectures, so he will not be running a module in the current year.


Mike Noon is Professor of Human Resource Management and has 30 years’ experience of teaching at all levels, from first year undergraduates to executive MBAs. He has published two successful teaching resources for students. The first is a textbook called The Realities of Work – now in its 4th edition – with Paul Blyton and Kevin Morrell and published by Palgrave. The second is a reference book called A Dictionary of Human Resource Management, which is co-authored with Ed Heery, published by Oxford University Press and, in its second edition, is available free of charge as an online to all QMUL students (accessed via the library).



Research Interests:

Mike Noon’s research focuses on workplace equality and diversity, including employee experiences, management initiatives, and local and national policy. His approach, reflected in his publications, critically questions what might be considered ‘mainstream’ approaches to the challenges of equality and he advocates taking a more progressive stance.

Mike's research explores the effects of contemporary management practices on the work of employees. His main research interest is equality, diversity and discrimination, particularly in relation to ethnic minorities. In earlier work he explored the disadvantages faced by ethnic minorities in gaining access to work and training, then broadened the scope to examine the effects of gender, ethnicity, disability and age on the work experiences of UK employees using large scale survey data.

In recent work he has returned to studying the experiences of discrimination for employees through case studies and interviews. In one project, this has included exploring the organisational barriers, obstacles and prejudice experienced by low paid workers struggling to progress to better jobs. In another project it has led to examining inter-managerial tension as senior executives attempt to drive forward inclusion initiatives.      

His work also explores the theoretical and conceptual underpinning of equality policy. His approach challenges the assumptions behind mainstream equal opportunity policies in organisations and he argues for the pursuit of more progressive approaches. He has been invited to present his ideas to various equality policy forums including the Government Equality Office, the Higher Education Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE), the Metropolitan Police Service, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Cabinet Office.

As well as having research findings reported in the national media, he has published widely in leading academic journals, has co-edited two research books, and co-authored two successful textbooks.

Centre and Group Membership:



Selected journal articles 

  • Noon, M and Ogbonna, E. (2020) Controlling management to deliver diversity and inclusion: Prospects and limits. Human Resource Management Journal. 2020: pp1–20.
  • Netto G, Noon M, Hudson M, Kamenou-Aigbekaen N, Sosenko F. (2020) Intersectionality, identity work and migrant progression from low-paid work: A critical realist approach. Gender, Work and Organisation, 2020; pp 1–20.
  • Noon, M. (2018). Pointless Diversity Training: Unconscious Bias, New Racism and Agency. Work, Employment and Society, 32 (1), pp.198-209.
  • Hudson, M., Netto, G., Noon, M., Sosenko, F., de Lima, P. and Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N. (2017). Ethnicity and low wage traps: favouritism, homosocial reproduction and economic marginalization. Work, Employment and Society, 31 (6), pp.992-1009.
  • Oswick, C. and Noon, M. (2014) ‘Discourses of diversity, equality and inclusion: trenchant formulations or transient fashions?’, British Journal of Management, 25 (1), 23-39.
  • Noon, M., Healy, G., Forson, C. and Oikelome, F. (2013) ‘The equality effects of the “hyper-formalisation” of selection’, British Journal of Management, 24 (3): 333-346.
  • Noon, M. (2012) ‘Simply the best? The case for using threshold selection in hiring decisions’, Human Resource Management Journal, 22 (1): 76-88.
  • Noon, M (2010) The shackled runner: time to rethink positive discrimination? Work, Employment and Society, 24(4).


Selected books

  • Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell, K. (2013) The Realities of Work (fourth edition) Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Healy, G., Kirton, G. and Noon, M. (eds) (2010) Equality, inequalities and diversity - contemporary challenges and strategies. Basingstoke, Palgrave
  • Heery, E. and Noon, M. (2010) A Dictionary of Human Resource Management, (second edition) Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Current Doctoral Students:

1st Supervisor

  • Samuel Asante-Nnuro, 'An investigation into the difficulties facing black soldiers in the British army with emphasis on racism and discrimination'


2nd Supervisor

  • Subin Hachhethu,  ‘Human resource analytics and human resource legitimacy’

PhD Supervision Completions:

  • Pedro Trespaderne, 'Self-employment among Migrants and the Social, Cultural and Economic changes in the neighbourhood of San Francisco in Bilbao (Spain).' Awarded 2020.
  • Nadia Ahmed, 'Is the Ivory Tower wheelchair accessible? What are the barriers and enablers to the employment of disabled academics and what theoretical frameworks can be adopted to understand them?' Awarded 2020. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in the School of Business and Management, QMUL.
  • Emily Yarrow, 'What is the impact of national research evaluation exercises on women’s academic careers in the UK? A case study of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.' Awarded 2016. She is now a Lecturer in Organisation Studies and HRM at Portsmouth University Business School.
  • Simon Roberts, 'Exploring how gay men manage their gay identity in the workplace.' Awarded 2014. He is now a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organisation Studies at Bournemouth University

Public Engagement

He has been invited to present his ideas to various equality policy forums including the Government Equality Office, the Higher Education Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE), the Metropolitan Police Service, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Cabinet Office.

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