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CIPD Scotland Student Conference 2018 - Empowering the Next Generation of H...

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University of Strathclyde

The Technology and Innovation Centre

99 George Street


G1 1RD

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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 £35 + 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 the 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!

John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland, CIPD

09:35 The Future of Work and the HR Profession

Demographics and technology trends are changing work and working lives, and the pace of change is a challenge for every organisation wherever you are based. What does the future of work look like, and how will HR need to adapt to constantly changing needs?

  • As people professionals, should we be worried or excited about the future of work?
  • How HR and the people profession can prepare for a period of disruption and opportunity, and help shape a future of work that is human.
  • What are organisations doing to become fit for the future when it comes to their culture and structure?

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD.

10:15 Talent management and succession planning as tools to maintain an organisation's competitive edge.

Organisations operating in a global environment need to consider how they will identify, recruit, deploy and develop talent as part of their overall people management strategy. By managing talent strategically, organisations can build a high-performance workplace, encourage a learning organisation, add value to their branding agenda, and contribute to diversity management. In other words, build a talent strategy fit to meet future challenges and opportunities.

Rosemary McGinness, Chief People Officer, Weir Group

11:05 Networking Coffee Break

11:30 Breakout Session 1A - Mental Health at work is a top priority - the miracle is happening

This interactive session will focus on how to make the mental health culture of a workplace the envy of all....focussing on

  • why striving to achieve a mentally healthy workplace makes business, legal and moral sense
  • how to create an empathetic culture from the top down
  • what develops the confidence to have a supportive conversation

Amy McDonald, Headtorch

11:30 Breakout Session 1B - The Smartphone: The cause of workplace distraction or a key to workplace development?

Originally the mobile phone was just used to make calls but the progression to it becoming a powerful "pocket computer" has opened up a breadth of uses that have transformed our lives. But if the smartphone can also create new opportunities for learning and professional development......and it does! This session explores 10 ways in which the smartphone can facilitate learning and some of the personal and organisational implications in maximising these opportunities.

Andy Lancaster, CIPD Head of L&D

12:15 Room Change

12.25 Powering up the Value of People: How SSE measures the return on human capital

Most organisations claim people are their most important asset yet few organisations globally attempt to quantify their value. SSE leads the way in human capital reporting to understand the significance of its employees to the business and how it can most effectively manage and grow this asset over time; highlighting the positive economic return of investing in employees for both the employees, the company and society as a whole.

This session outlines SSE’s journey to date in human capital reporting as part of a wider responsible, open and inclusive employer strategy.

John Stewart, Head of HR, SSE

13:10 Networking Lunch

Featuring CPD Hub in the exhibition area – where you can find out more about CIPD and your continuous professional development.

14:00 Breakout 2A - What does it mean to be an HR professional, and why is this important for the future world of work?

As the experts on people and organisations, the HR profession needs to play an active role in challenging unethical behaviour to help build sustainable organisations for the future. While HR tend to see their role as ethical stewards, they do not always enact that role in the organisation. How does HR compare to other professions in dealing with conflicting shareholder interests? How can we empower HR professionals to uphold strong ethical standards?

Louise Bazcor, CIPD Researcher

14:00 Breakout Session 2B, How to manage your personal brand and professional development to increase your chance of success in HR.

Developing yourself and your career requires some thought, time and effort - from the very start to the end of your career. This session explores different approaches to building your own personal brand and networks and how to make the most of learning opportunities available as an HR professional, particularly when transitioning across organisations, sectors and roles within different cultures, structure and working practices.

Garry Dickson, RBS

14:45 Room Change

14:55 People and Transformational HR: Changing the World of Work one step at a time

In our increasingly fast and competitive world, HR professionals are uniquely placed to prepare an organisation for lasting success.

Perry puts transformational HR in context, exploring what has and hasn't worked. He sets out a vision of what HR can be, providing examples of and lessons from HR thought leaders who have begun to transform their workplaces. In a session packed with practical examples and case studies, as well as tools, models and advice for HR professionals aspiring to become more finely-tuned, responsive, forward- thinking and impact-led.

Perry Timms, Chief Energy Officer of PTHR

15:40 Advancing your Career in HR: Interactive panel discussion

If you could ask a senior HR professional 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 ask!


Victoria Rogers, Head of HR, West Dunbartonshire Council

Garry Dickson, People Research and Strategy Lead, RBS

16:25 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Insights from the Audience

John McGurk, CIPD Scotland and NI's Head of Insight and Engagement

16:30 Networking Drinks

Cancellations and Refunds Policy

If you are unable to attend an event please give at least 30 working days notice and we will be happy to refund 100% of your booking fee or book you on to a subsequent event to the same value. Cancellations received after this time will be non-transferable and non-refundable.

Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

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