CIPD Manchester Student Conference - 18 March 2017, Manchester

Join us at the CIPD Manchester 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 Northern Area Partnership Student Conference for a thought-provoking and inspirational day packed with practical learning and networking. Whether you are studying a CIPD qualification at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level, the conference programme has been designed 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.

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: Dean Royles, Executive Director of HR and OD, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
09:45 - The Future of Work: Skills, automation and people
The world of work is changing rapidly and the role of HR is too. This session will look at how digitalisation and automation may fundamentally change the HR profession over coming years and where the opportunity will remain for HR to make an integral difference to business performance and people’s lives. A lightning fast tour of a potential future, we’ll finish with a focus on the big questions facing HR and employers over the coming years.

Speaker: David D’Souza, Head of London & Branch Engagement, CIPD
10:20 - 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, Perry explains the key skills and capabilities needed to remain agile in the workplace.

Speaker: Perry Timms, Founder & Chief Energy Officer, PTHR (People and Transformational HR Ltd)
10:50 - Networking Coffee Break
11:10 - Breakout Session 1

Session 1A - 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: Andrew Uttley, Associate, Employment, Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Session 1B - Trends in Performance Management
The way organisations do performance management is changing, with many questioning the effectiveness of annual appraisals and moving towards continuous feedback conversations. But what can we replace appraisals with? In this session will look at what organisations are doing and how they are driving engagement and performance.

Speaker: Ryan Cheyne, People Director,
11:50 - Room Change
12:00 - Breakout Session 2

Session 2A - Progressing your Career in HR and L&D - case study
Developing your career requires time and effort – while some skills and knowledge come with experience, others need to be built. This session will give you an overview on what skills and capabilities are required for senior HR and L&D roles, and some good tips on how to build them.

Speaker: Alan Price, CEO, Croner Group Limited, FCIPD

Session 2B - Social media and employee engagement
Social media continues to rise, and presents those of us who work in HR with opportunities and challenges. It has the potential to impact much of HR work, from recruitment to internal communication to how we lead engage with the people that work for us. Join Gemma for an overview of why it is crucial that HR professionals are social.

Speaker: Gemma Dale, HR Director, Tunstall Healthcare (Writer, speaker and blogger on work, HR and social media, FCIPD)
12:40 - Networking Lunch
Featuring CPD Hub in the exhibition area – where you can find out more about CIPD and your continuous professional development.
13:30 - Breakout Sessions 3

Session 3A - Ethical decision making and its implications for HR
How does HR shift from helping managers to do things right, to helping them do the right things? As our profession evolves from one built on policies, procedures and compliance, what should our role be in challenging and enabling complex ethical decision making in organisations? In this workshop we will explore current thinking in this area, discuss some case studies and examples, and finish by talking through what we can do in our own practice to make a difference.

Speaker: David Jackson, Assistant Director, HR Strategic Planning, Manchester Metropolitan University

Session 3B - People Analytics – Data and People Insights
Data can really help HR to get reliable people insights and better strategic decisions. But how does it work in practice, and how do we become good at it? This session will give you an overview of the process, from data collection to predictions, and good tips for you to build your data skills and capabilities.

Speakers: Edward Houghton, Research Advisor, Human Capital and Metrics, CIPD
Luke Fisher, Founder and CEO, ThanksBox

14:20 - Room Change
14:30 - Wellbeing
This interactive session will draw on CIPD’s latest research on employee well-being to examine what a healthy workplace looks like. After considering the current and future challenges for workplace well-being, you will be invited to consider the CIPD’s well-being framework and the vital role of HR professionals within this. Hear also from Lind’t how they developed their healthy agenda.
Speakers: Louisa Baczor, Research Associate, CIPD
Jenny Lawrence, HR Director, Lind’t
15:10 - Networking coffee break
15:30 - 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.

1. Jenny Lawrence, HR Director, Lind’t
2. Dean Royles, Executive Director of HR and OD, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
3. Gemma Dale, HR Director, Tunstall Healthcare
4. Ryan Cheyne, People Directors,
Chair: Perry Timms, Founder & Chief Energy Officer, PTHR (People and Transformational HR Ltd)
16:10 - Chair’s Closing Remarks and Insights from the Audience
16:30 - Networking Drinks - tbc

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When and where?

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly Plaza, Portland St, Manchester, M1 4PH 

Saturday 18 March 2017 09:00- 16:40

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