Join our host of experts at the CIPD Student Conference Midlands 2019.

Aimed at both part-time and full-time students of HR and L&D, the CIPD Midlands Student Conference 2019 will be an opportunity for students to come together, hear from experienced professionals, and build their confidence and capabilities to drive better work and working lives.

Join us for a mix of interactive, practical and theory-based sessions. Learn more on how to build your confidence and resilience, focusing on your own personality, the importance of mental health and how to be more resilient. Whether you’re looking to start your career or progress to more senior roles, this conference is designed to guide and inspire you to make your next step in the people profession.

Day 1
09 Mar 2019
09:00 - 09:30

Registration and networking coffee

Opening address – the future of the profession

David D’Souza, Membership Director, CIPD This session will cover: the knowledge and behaviour required to champion better work and working lives support you to make confident choices and develop throughout your career
David Dsouza
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David D’Souza, CIPD

Keynote: grasping the nettle – making inclusive leadership and management our business

This session will cover: inclusive leadership – travellers in a complex world? irresponsible leaders? relevance, disruption and enhancement Speaker: Professor Kiran Trehan, Department of Management, Director of External Engagement, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, University of Birmingham.
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Kiran Trehan, University of Birmingham
11:00 - 11:30

Morning coffee break and networking

Breakout sessions – click here to choose session

Delegates will have the choice to pick between two sessions: A1: Progressing your career: finding the right fit – looking for a new role in HR or L&D This session will cover: how to approach the local HR and L&D job market to find the role that best suits you understand the selection process and requirements of different roles to identify your best fit Sarah Tegerdine, Head of L&D, Bauer Media Sarah Barnes, HR Director, Bauer Media Andrea Vogel, Head of People and Achievement, War Child A2: Knowledge transfer: practical session – performance management – an employment law perspective This...
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Sarah Barnes, Bauer Media
Sarah Tegerdine, Bauer Media123
Sarah Tegerdine, Bauer Media
Alan Dark, The Employment Solicitor123
Alan Dark, The Employment Solicitor
Andrea Vogel, Warchild123
Andrea Vogel, Warchild
12:20 - 13:20

Networking lunch

Breakout sessions – click here to choose session

Delegates will have the choice to pick between two sessions: B1: Progressing your career: interactive session – moving up the career ladder – progressing to more senior roles This session will cover: how to build the knowledge, skills and expertise required to progress to senior roles vertical and lateral moves, what works best and in which situation tips on using social media to keep ahead of the curve Philip Cullen, Director, Developing Managers Ltd, Lecturer, University of Birmingham & Henley Business School B2: Knowledge transfer: practical session – engaging employees and enabling voice This session will cover: practical strategies on...
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Siobhan Sheridan, UK Ministry of Defence123
Siobhan Sheridan, UK Ministry of Defence
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Philip Cullen
14:10 - 14:20

Room change

Breakout sessions – click here to choose session

Delegates will have the choice to pick between two sessions: C1: Progressing your career: interactive session – developing confidence and self resilience as an HR professional This session will cover: developing your personal capability to match your professional development the importance of resilience and mental health Ian Pettigrew, Director and Coach, Kingfisher Coaching C2: Knowledge transfer: interactive session – enabling a learning organisation This session will cover: how to foster a culture of continuous learning within the organisations increasing learner engagement and communicating the value of your offer Clare MacColl, Organisational Development Consultant, Revision
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Clare MacColl, ReVision
Ian Pettigrew, Kingfisher Coaching123
Ian Pettigrew, Kingfisher Coaching
15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon coffee break and networking

Shaping your career in HR

Natalie Ellis, HR Consultant, AHR Consultants This session will cover: how to build a strong and effective HR career, despite the hurdles! The importance of staying relevant  
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Natalie Ellis, AHR Consultants

Interactive panel discussion – the journey to senior HR Professional

This session will cover: How did senior professionals start and develop their careers and what tips can they give ambitious students and more junior HR and L&D practitioners? There will be no set agenda in this panel – you’ll be able to ask your own questions via our app and vote the questions that you want to the panel to address. Panellists: Natalie Ellis, HR Consultant, AHR Consultants Philip Cullen, MBA Lecturer, Consultant, Writer and Executive Coach Ian Pettigrew, Director and Coach, Kingfisher Coaching Jo MacPhail, HR Director, CrossCountry Train San Johal, Executive Director of HR & OD, Highways England...
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San Johal, Highways England
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Jo MacPhail, CrossCountry Trains
Eleanor Lloyd Jones, CIPD123
Eleanor Lloyd Jones, CIPD
Philip Cullen, Executive Coach123
Philip Cullen, Executive Coach
Ian Pettigrew, Kingfisher Coaching123
Ian Pettigrew, Kingfisher Coaching
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Natalie Ellis, AHR Consultants