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We are the organisation for the professional body sector

The Professional Associations Research Network is a non-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, consultancy, networking, events and training.

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  • "Relevant to all professional bodies."

    Rob Strange about our research on governance
    Chief Executive
    Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • "Interesting, relevant and practical."

    Kate Jackson about a PARN conference
    CPD Programme Manager
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • "Useful research which should
    influence strategy."

    Lynn Rawlinson about our CPD research
    Executive Secretary
    Association of University Administrators
  • "Essential networking opportunity."

    Margaret Harris about a PARN conference
    Policy and Information Officer
    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Upcoming Events

We run research based events for staff and volunteers of professional bodies in order to share our findings and good practice among the sector.

PARN holds a conference each Spring and Autumn at Woburn House in London.

Don't forget - all PARN Members are entitled to one free place at either a Conference OR on a Training Course during their membership year!

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Training Courses

All of our one-day Training Courses include presentations, workshops, group work and case studies.

Our courses help participants to better understand key areas of the sector, benchmark and learn from other professional bodies’ best practice and get an overview of the bigger picture of working for a professional body.



We regularly publish our latest research findings in order to promote good practice among professional bodies.

Our books aim to help professional bodies to learn from others in the sector by sharing useful advice, key trends, and case studies.

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Latest News

Newsweek: Twenty-First Century Professionals

27th Mar 2015

This week, we talk to chartered engineer Emily Spearman from the Energy Institute. She talks about the challenge of making renewables competitive so that they...

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New PARN Member: British Institute of Cleaning Science!

26th Mar 2015

We are delighted to announce our newest member, the British Institute of Cleaning Science! The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) is the largest...

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New Social Work Scheme to Encourage Graduates into Profession

23rd Mar 2015

Today, a Teach First-style programme to attract top graduates considering a career change into social work has been launched by the Government. The...

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Newsweek: Twenty-First Century Professionals

20th Mar 2015

This week we return to the Ebola crisis from a different angle. We speak to water & sanitation specialist Cokie van der Velde from Médecins Sans Frontières...

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Professional Bodies Encourage More Decision-Making for Pharmacists

20th Mar 2015

Pharmacists should be able to help treat patients at GP practices across England, according to plans by leading health professionals. After completing extra...

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MRS Delphi Group Launches New Consumer Privacy Report

18th Mar 2015

The MRS Delphi Group, a think tank set up by MRS, has today launched a new report on consumer privacy. The report, 'Private Lives? Putting the consumer at...

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