CIPD Scotland Student Conference - 18 February 2017, Glasgow

Join us at the CIPD Scotland Student Conference for a thought-provoking and inspirational day packed with practical learning and networking. 

Tickets start from only £30 +VAT

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Join us at the CIPD Scotland Student Conference for a thought-provoking and inspirational day packed with practical learning and networking. The conference programme has been designed for all HR students, regardless of level, with a choice of sessions to give you excellent opportunities for exploring relevant case studies and career advice.

Five reasons why you should join your local CIPD student event of the year:

1. gain skills and knowledge to help you develop your career in HR or L&D
2. learn from practical case studies on current themes in HR, and discover what future trends might look like
3. get career advice from successful HR leaders who made it to the top, across different business sectors
4. network with local CIPD students and professionals
5. meet CIPD branch reps from your area and learn how you can get involved.
Tickets start from only £30 + VAT and include a full day of practical learning, lunch and refreshments (including evening networking drinks, which are optional to attend). Both full-time and part-time students will benefit equally, and it’s a great opportunity for distance-learning students to meet your virtual classmates.

Book your place early as spaces are limited. Speakers and conference sessions will be confirmed 6 weeks prior to event.


09:00   Registration and Morning Coffee - Pick up your badge, a good coffee and get ready for the day ahead!
09:30   Chair’s Opening Remarks - A welcome from the conference chair, and a few tips on how to make the most of the event app throughout the day. Make sure you bring your smartphones or tablets! Chair: John McGurk,Head of CIPD Scotland, CIPD
09:40   Welcome Address - Peter Cheese, Chief Excecutive, CIPD.
10:00   How can HR become more Evidence-Based?

Over the past 20 years many professions from policy makers to the police have attempted to work in a more evidence-based way.  Essentially this means (see using more and better quality evidence from four sources in their work: professional expertise, stakeholders, the context and academic research.  Evidence-based professionals tend to be critical thinkers, sceptical of fads and fashions, and are very aware of the quantity and quality of evidence for their practices and decisions and therefore tend to be more effective.  HR as a profession has yet to embrace an evidence-based approach.  This presentation will consider what evidence-based HR looks like and some of the barriers to its implementation. 

Speaker: Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology, School of Management, University of Bath
10:35    Diversity and Inclusion 
Standard Life pride themselves on their people.  Hear from Sandy how they ensure diverse and inclusive employment practices to promote social inclusion within their workforce.

Speaker: Sandy Begbie,Chief People Officer, Standard Life

11:05    Networking Coffee Break
11:25    Breakout Session 1 

Session A - Employment Law Update - An overview of the new gender pay gap reporting regulations and a discussion of the impact they are likely to have on driving forward the diversity agenda.

Speaker: Gillian MacLellan, Partner, CMS

Session B - Employee Engagement - Engagement needs to be a fluid process to ensure that the employee experience as a whole is the best it can be.  Hear how Michelin ensure their workforce is engaged, motivated and more productive.

Speaker: Donald MacKenzie, HR and Communications Manager, Michelin

12:05   Room Change
12:15   Breakout Session 2

Session A - HR Career Case Study - An inspiring session with the opportunity to ask questions and understand a practitioner’s journey into HR.

Session B - Driving Organisational Transformation

Change is constant within organisations, and HR is in the best position to drive transformation and ensure positive outcomes for both organisations and employees.  This session will focus on organisational development, from diagnostics to implementation to show you how expert OD professionals deals with the challenges and opportunities.

Speaker: Paul Campbell, Organisational Learning and Development Lead, Scottish Water

12:55   Networking Lunch
Featuring CPD Hub in the exhibition area – where you can find out more about CIPD and your continuous professional development.
13:55   Breakout Session 3 

Session A – The Power of Coaching Conversations - This interactive session will explore the value of using a coaching style in everyday discussions and work situations to promote focus, clarity and fuel action. Participants will take away tools and techniques that can be applied during one to one conversations, meetings and performance reviews.

Speaker: Maria Moreno, Executive Coach and Director, M Potential

Session B – Wellbeing - Making the Business Case for Wellbeing at Work. Wellbeing initiatives are a powerful tool to increase business performance and productivity.  Join this session to hear more about the initiatives that St Andrews are using to help prove the importance of wellbeing in the workplace.

Speakers: Jos Finer, Head of Organisational and Staff Development and Lynn Neville, Staff Developer, University of St Andrews
Chair: Jill Miller, Public Policy Advisor,CIPD

14:35   Room Change
14:45   Future-proofing yourself as an HR and L&D Professional

Being agile in the workplace is relevant now more than ever. The pace of business change is rising exponentially, and as workplace pressures increase, so does the need to be dynamic and responsive for business success. Through a fast-paced ignite session, Steve explains the key skills and capabilities needed to remain agile in the workplace.

Speaker: Steve George, HR Content Manager, CIPD
15:15  Networking coffee break
15:35  Getting to the Top – Interactive Panel Discussion

How did People Directors and Heads of People get to the top? If you could ask for their advice on how to succeed in your career, what would you ask them? This is your chance to ask our senior panel all the questions you never dared asked! You’d be able to send your questions via our event app to shape the conversation the way you like it.

Panellists: Clyde Marwick, Group HRD, Baxters, Sara Copeland, Head of HR, Startline Motor Finance, Tricia Rainey, Cluster Director of HR Scotland and Ireland, Marriott Hotels

16:10   Chair’s Closing Remarks and Insights from the Audience

16:30   Networking Drinks

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