CPD Conference Scotland 2023

CPD Conference Scotland 2023, 10 March, 9.40 am - 4.10 pm

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The CPD Conference Scotland is an annual collaborative conference brought to you in partnership by the Career Development Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, University of the West of Scotland, and Skills Development Scotland.

This year’s online event takes place on 10 March 2023 from 9.40 am - 4.10 pm, on our events platform Hopin.

The theme of this year's conference is 'Career coaching' and we have a range of expert keynote speakers and workshop presenters lined up to explore key topics and issues within the sector. 

The event builds on and amalgamates the CDI Student Conference Scotland and the UWS/ENU/SDS Research Symposium and offers a broad CPD opportunity for select practitioners in the sector in Scotland.

The event is free for QCD students, selected SDS staff and CDI members in Scotland.

Please note: If you are fully qualified and work for Skills Development Scotland please check with your employer before booking.


Keynote speakers  
  • Fiona Christie, Manchester Metropolitan University - Reflections on decent work and career guidance. This talk will explore the UN Sustainable Development Goal ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’ for careers practitioners 
  • Graeme Smith and Georgina Southern, Skills Development Scotland - Understanding young people’s career ambitions and influences. This session will outline an approach to gather quantitative and qualitative evidence from young people and under-represented groups
  • Rosie Alexander, University of the West of Scotland - Rural career guidance: What can a rural perspective teach us about career guidance practice? This session is on how can careers practitioners work effectively with people in rural areas
  • Liane Hambly, Liane Hambly Associates –  Recalibrating career development. This presentation will explore the impact of career conversations on well-being and share practical tools and techniques which career practitioners use with clients and customers to strengthen self-confidence and courage
  • Dr Julia Yates, City University London - How do practitioners put career theory into practice? This session will address the value that career development theories can add to our work, and share some practical examples that show how practitioners can use them in their one-to-one and group work


  • Gendered information landscapes and their impact on young people's career choice - Maria Cecil, research studentEdinburgh Napier University
  • Artificial intelligence in careers work - Marianne Wilson, research student, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Critical pedagogy in group career coaching - Susan MeldrumEdinburgh Napier University
  • What makes a good model? Pete Robertson, Edinburgh Napier University and Julia Yates, City University London


  • Full and part-time students undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma In Career Guidance and Development /Qualification in Career. Development at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of the West of Scotland
  • Selected staff from Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
  • Invitees from across the sector in Scotland

There are a maximum of 80 places for this event.



The event is free for QCD students, select SDS staff and CDI members in Scotland. Please note: If you are fully qualified and work for Skills Development Scotland please check with your employer before booking.