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SCAPP Connect with Coffee Events

Grab a cuppa and catch up with colleagues old and new for the second of our Connect with Coffee events of the new session.

Whether you can join from your organisational or home office, these are designed to enable staff to meet, share news, catch up with colleagues you might not have seen in a while or meet new colleagues you have joined the sector.


Thursday 15th December 2022  11am – 12pm

To register for the December Event click here

As it is close to Christmas, bring your festive or seasonal backdrop and your New Year wish for Widening Participation.

City of Sanctuary and SCAPP Morning Meetup

Join SCAPP and City of Sanctuary for an informal meeting over coffee on Monday 12th December 11am – 12pm on Zoom.

This will be an opportunity to connect informally with practitioners across the university, college and charity/voluntary sector who support learners from refugee, asylum seeking and migrant communities.

There will be no set agenda, however there will be breakout groups to support conversations around:

  • Projects and practice sharing
  • Resources and useful information
  • Tips
  • Networking and connecting

Bring your updates, ideas, questions and feel free to bring your coffee and biscuits too! And help us plan future sessions which will be meaningful and helpful for you.

Register here to attend

Upcoming research seminar - Research on the experiences of estranged students in Scotland

In March 2022, the Scottish Government commissioned ScotCen Social Research to undertake research on the experiences of estranged students in Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE) in Scotland.

The research findings and associated literature review were published by the Scottish Government on the 1 November 2022, and can be accessed at the following links:

Research report – Estranged students in Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE) – experiences: research – (

Literature review –  Estranged students in Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE) – experiences: literature review – (


Upcoming research seminar – Scottish Government Advanced Learning and Skills Analysis (ALSA), in collaboration with the research team at ScotCen, will be holding an online MS Teams seminar on Monday 5 December 2.00-3.30pm. This will provide an opportunity for those with an interest in the research to find out more about the findings and hear directly about the research from ScotCen. If this is of interest to you, please hold the date in your diaries and contact Julie Carr in Scottish Government ALSA for an invite (email:

Universities of Sanctuary Annual Conference Conference

Thursday 19th January 2023

University of Edinburgh Edinburgh

Deadline for registrations – Monday 5th December

The Universities of Sanctuary annual conference is a gathering of sanctuary scholars, university staff, academics, researchers, student volunteers and City of Sanctuary members. This year the organisers are very grateful to The University of Edinburgh for hosting. This will be a day-long in person (not hybrid) event.

Taking place the day after the UNHCR UK Higher Education Refugee Forum in Edinburgh, this conference will be an opportunity for members of the Universities of Sanctuary network and others interested refugees’ access to HE to connect with colleagues, share practice and discuss current issues with their peers.

To register your place, please click here.

Working Together: Young Carers in Education Conference

3rd March 2023

Queen Margaret University. Edinburgh


Practitioners are invited to attend the first Young Carers in Education Conference.

The conference is open to anyone with an interest in working with young carers; schools, FE/HE, social work and third-sector organisations.

This conference is an opportunity to network and hear from experts about the most up-to-date research on young carers. Also, to have time to ask questions, listen to peers talk about their experiences in supporting young carers in their schools, mind map ideas and work together to continue creating an educational experience for young carers which places them at the heart of their education and supports them within their caring role.

To book your free ticket please click here.

Please see further details on the conference flyer here.

7th International Biennial Access, Participation and Success Conference

April 26th & 27th 2023 (online) – Save the date

The Open University

The Open University are very pleased to invite you to ‘Save the Date’ and submit an abstract(s) for presentation at their 7th International Biennial Access, Participation and Success Conference taking place Online on 26th and 27th April 2023.  Full details and links to the abstracts submission form and the conference website are provided below.

Save the Date poster

Call for Papers giving additional abstracts information for anyone needing to view in an Accessible format.

Please feel free to share this with colleagues who might not be on our current distribution lists.

Stand Alone Events

Stand Alone are hosting the following Online Conferences relevant to working with Estranged Students in Higher Education:

‘It’s Not Just About Finance’ – 7 December 2022 10am – 3pm
We are in the midst of a cost of living crisis which is massively challenging to HE students, and especially those estranged from parents. And increased financial hardship can exacerbate emotional vulnerability so this conference will look at how universities can respond to estranged students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing needs and help them successfully navigate the demands of higher education in these difficult times.

Register on Eventbrite

‘Moving on’ – 28 March 2023 10am – 3pm
What do estranged students need in order to successfully graduate and move on into employment and what are universities are already doing that works? Which departments should be working with you – like careers and employability services, finance, accommodation? How can universities  collaborate with employers to open up opportunities to estranged students and graduates or themselves be ‘estrangement-aware‘ employers?
Registration details to follow.


Upcoming SCQF Workshops

2023 SCQF online workshop dates:
Thursday 19th January 2023 – Preparing a submission for Credit Rating (Online)
Thursday 26th January 2023 – SCQF for Careers Information and Guidance Staff (Online)
Thursday 2th February 2023 – My Skills My Future (Online or in-person tbc)
Thursday 9th February 2023 – Would You Credit It (Online or in-person tbc)
Tuesday 21st February 2023 – Credit Rating In Practice for Credit Rating Bodies (Online)
Tuesday 28th February 2023 – Recognition of Prior Learning for Employers (Online)

For further information about these and other workshops and resources please see the SCQF website.