Wednesday 6 March 2024 

This event is delivered in partnership by the Career Development Institute, University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Skills Development Scotland 

Platform: Hopin

Book Now

Why attend?

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. 

2024 Programme overview: 

Join us online for the Scottish Student Conference on the 6 March 2024 - a free virtual event for CDI Student Members. The conference aims to bring together academic communities, practitioners, and students, and provides an opportunity for everyone to network, exchange ideas and promote their research. 

This Student Conference will be of interest to those who are training to become career development professionals. The workshop sessions offer opportunities to learn more about incorporating elements of career management in various roles, and to broaden knowledge by engaging with inspiring student researchers within the field of career development. 

A broad range of expert keynote speakers and workshop presenters explored key topics and issues within the sector. 

Morning Session- Informing and Inspiring your practice

  • 09:45-10.00 Welcome and Conference Information (David Morgan)
  • 10:00-10:45 Keynote 1: Peter Robertson (Napier), Session Chair - Emma Bolger
  • 10:45-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-11:45 Parallel sessions 1

A. UWS Aspire Curriculum - Fiona Gibson and Alex McDonald (UWS) (Session Chair Marjorie McCrory) 

B. Guidance in Groups Project - Susan Meldrum (Napier) (Session Chair Emma Bolger) 

  • 11:45-12:30 Parallel sessions 2 

A. Understanding Articulation Routes - Alison Hillis (UWS) (Session chair Marjorie McCrory) 

B. SCQF Framework – Fiona Garry (SCQF) (Session chair Elsa Olaru) 

  • 12:30-12:45 End of morning session check-in (Elsa Olaru)
  • 12:45-13:30 Lunch & Networking

Afternoon Session: Emerging Research

  • 13:30-14:00 Keynote 2: Emma Hollywood (SDS PhD Programme) (Session Chair Marjorie McCrory)
  •  14:00-15:00 Parallel Sessions 3 Workshops

A. UWS Masters Research Showcase

 (Session Chair Rosie Alexander) 

  1. - Sarah Allbeson 
  2. - Jillian Bain 
  3. - Gemma Witts 

B. PhD Research Showcase 

(Session Chair Emma Bolger) 

  1. -Marianne Wilson
  2. -Grace McLean Barrett (SDS PhD students)
  3. -Rachel Allen and Laura LeBec (UWS PhD students) 
  • 15:00-15:30 Closing remarks (On theme of ‘Career Development in Scotland’) Marjorie McCrory 


  • 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.  

2023 Event resources

View useful documents, speakers' presentations and research posters.

Find out more.

Having any trouble?

Having any trouble?

Do not hesitate to reach out to us anytime.