Research Conference for Careers Practitioners

Research Conference 2021

Demystifying Research – Encouraging Curiosity

A one-day, online conference for career development practitioners 

Thursday 25 February 2021

The CDI is pleased to be working with research partner iCeGS at the University of Derby and AGCAS to present this one-day research conference.

It has been designed as an introduction to research and research approaches, but also as a platform for UK and international practitioners undertaking research to tell us how they have gone about it and what they have found out. Come and hear about innovative approaches to gathering, analysing and presenting data. 

Booking is now live!

Delegate information guide 


With a strong focus on practitioner research, the morning session will include a keynote showcasing one practitioner’s research journey and two panels. The panel sessions, UK and international, will comprise three practitioners presenting their research, with discussions led by the chair of the panel.

The practical emphasis of the conference will continue in the afternoon with a series of optional seminars, under the heading of Introduction to…. Delegates will be able to choose two sessions from a total list of six. The topics we are planning to cover include:

  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Constructing online surveys
  • Doing a literature review
  • How to do action research
  • Sources of funding
  • The digital researcher

Draft programme 

bjgcSupported by the Brisitsh Journal of Guidacne and Counselling

09.30 Platform opens for early networking and posters to view

10.00 Welcome and introductions 

10.10 Keynote 1: A practitioner's journey - Dr Nalayini Thambar, Director of Careers and Employability, University of Nottingham and Quality Director, AGCAS

10.30 UK panel, chaired by Nicki Moore

  • Mark Fox, NE LEP
  • Hannah Pinches, Careers Wales
  • Emma Bolger, University of the West of Scotland
  • Denise Taylor, Chief Inspiration Officer with Amazing People

11.30 Break and posters to view

11.45 International panel, chaired by Dr Siobhan Neary

  • Iben Treebak, Pharmadanmark, Denmark

  • Petra Rosie, University of South Eastern Norway, Norway

  • Dr Lucy Hearne, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

12.45 Lunch break and posters to view

  1.15 Seminar 1 – Introduction to…. X 3

  2.05 Seminar 2 - Introduction to…. X 3

  2.55 Break

  3.00 Keynote 2: The importance of practitioner research - Jenny Bimrose, Professor Emeritus

   3.15 Summary and what next

   3.30 Finish

Poster session - please join in

Career practitioners engaged in research of any type are invited to present a poster at the practitioner researcher conference. There are many benefits for a researcher in doing this:

  • Tell people about your research
  • Gain interest and feedback
  • Engage in useful discussion and maybe collaboration
  • Share your findings and prepare for wider dissemination

You can be at any stage of the research process, so your poster might cover anything from early plans for the methodology or literature review, right through to findings and analysis of a near-complete research project. The aim is to inform and inspire other potential practitioner researchers. The poster session will take place between 12.45 and 1.15 pm in the programme; you will need to be available at this time to engage with conference delegates and discuss the research described in your poster.

Preparing your poster

We have prepared this guide to help you create your poster. Don't worry if presenting a poster as part of an online conference is new to you. We will be providing a training session on using the digital platform the week before the conference. 

Your poster should be submitted on Google Slides by Monday 15 February with the following additional information

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Title of research (Max 70 characters)
  • Brief description of research (Max 60 words)
  • Links to website / social media
  • Any downloadable links you would like to include.

Booking your place

Members: £20 + VAT; Non Members £35 + VAT; Student members free

(Members of AGCAS can attend at the CDI Member rate.)

Book here