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SCAPP Connect with Coffee

Thursday 28th September 2023  11am – 12pm

Join us for the first meeting of Connect with Coffee after the summer break.

Join us to to share any ideas, thoughts, reflections you have on any aspect of WP or any news you have to share with colleagues. This is an informal networking event  for new and not so new colleagues across the   sector.

Register here  to join us on the 28th.

SCAPP Connect with Coffee

Wednesday 25th October 2023 11am – 12pm

Join us for the second meeting of Connect with Coffee after the summer break.

Join us to to share any ideas, thoughts, reflections you have on any aspect of WP or any news you have to share with colleagues. This is an informal networking event  for new and not so new colleagues across the   sector.

Register here  to join us on the 25th October

SQA Connections Week 2 - 5 October 2023

SQA Connections Week

Following the success of last year’s SQA Connections Week, we will be running the event again from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 October 2023.

The online event offers schools, colleges and employers/training providers the opportunity to learn about qualification updates, get insights into new developments, and develop ideas for the future.

Some sessions will have a subject-specific focus, while others will look at broader topics such as Artificial Intelligence in assessment, understanding NextGen: HN grading for employers and quality assurance.

Delegates will be able to register for as many sessions as they like, and the event can be attended by anyone within a centre.

SQA Connections Week programme (445 KB)

Book your place.

College HE Fairs 2023

An opportunity for college students to discuss their progression and articulation opportunities with University  staff.


Owing to ongoing industrial action, events may be cancelled or postponed so please check individual college websites before attending.

Forth Valley College
Falkirk Campus:  24 October 2023,
Stirling campus: 26 October 2023

Both 10am – 1pm

Fife College
Dunfermline Campus:  31 October 2023
Glenrothes Campus: 1 November 2023
Kirkcaldy Campus: 2 November 2023

All 10 am – 2pm


New College Lanarkshire
Cumbernauld Campus: 24 October 2023
Coatbridge Campus 25 October 2023
Motherwell Campus: 26 October 2023

All 12pm -2.30pm

Glasgow Clyde College
Anniesland Campus: 10 October 2023
Cardonald Campus: 11 October 2023
Langside Campus: 12 October 2023

All 10am – 1pm

City of Glasgow College, City Campus
4 October 2023 – 10am – 2pm

West Lothian College
5 October 2023 11am – 2pm

CDN event - AI in College Education: Policy, Practice and Productivity

Friday 22nd September 2023

Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus


Delve into the future of tertiary education with our latest AI event, ‘AI in College Education: Policy, Practice, and Productivity.’ Taking place on Friday 22 September at Forth Valley College’s Falkirk campus, this one-day in-person summit brings together educators, technologists, and policymakers to discuss the crucial role Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have in reshaping the education landscape.

The day opens with a morning session designed to highlight the current and future impact of AI in the sector. Engage with key experts as they dissect and interpret the shifting contours of education under the influence of advancing technology. Explore, alongside fellow participants, the transformative possibilities that AI holds, whether in terms of personalising education, optimising college operations, or enhancing assessment processes.

In the afternoon, the event will pivot to an in-depth exploration of three major areas: Policy, Practice (with a specific emphasis on assessment), and Productivity.


Register for a place here.

City of Sanctuary AGM and Conference

5th October 9.30 am – 4pm

The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre 40 Bull Street Birmingham B4 6AF

This year’s conference will have a particular focus on how to mobilise our networks to stand up for refugee rights


This is the first year that we are charging for admission to the conference. This fee will cover venue hire and catering costs. Unfortunately, due to our funding deficit, charging for tickets is unavoidable.

We want this event to be inclusive and accessible so if your group is unable to pay the ticket fee, please get in touch with us via

Max 2 tickets per group / organisation. Please contact if you would like to add more tickets and we will add you to a waiting list.


Your ticket may be cancelled if you do not fall into one of the above ticket types.

Voting at the AGM requires registration as a member of City of Sanctuary UK. Please register as a member before the event if you intend to vote:


Register on Eventbrite here.

Access, Lifelong Learning and Education for All - Friday 6th October 2023 13.30 - 17.30

Access, Lifelong Learning and Education for All

Speakers include Professor John McKendrick, Commissioner for Fair Access in Scotland

A half-day symposium will be held on Friday, October 6, at Glasgow Caledonian University to launch a book to commemorate Professor Jim Gallacher, a Glasgow Caledonian professor and former member of the Scottish Funding Council, who died in 2021.

The book – Access, Lifelong Learning and Education for All – was published by Palgrave MacMillan in the Spring and edited by Professor Gareth Parry (University of Sheffield), Professor Mike Osborne (University of Glasgow) and Professor Peter Scott (University College London). The distinguished contributors from around the world including Germany, South Africa, the United States, Canada, India and Ireland explored a number of themes, most of which reflected Jim’s own work. They include alternative pathways into higher education, through further education and community colleges and higher vocational qualifications; adult education in Africa; and community-based adult education.

Speakers and contributors will include Professor John McKendrick, Commissioner for Fair Access in Scotland, Professor Ruth Whittaker (University of Brighton), Paul Little (Principal, City of Glasgow College), Professor Terry Mayes (Glasgow Caledonian University) and the three editors.

The symposium will be held in the Lantern Room within the Annie Lennox Building at Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, and will start at 1.30 and end at 5.30. Refreshments will be served before and afterwards.

We would be delighted if you could join us: Peter Scott, Gareth Parry and Mike Osborne

To register please follow this link. Book Launch to Commemorate Professor Jim Gallacher

There are no costs involved.

SCQF Upcoming Workshops

Please see below for upcoming SCQF Workshops:

My Skills My Future (in-person) – 7 September 10am – 3pm

Preparing a submission for Credit Rating (online) – 12 September 10am – 4pm

Would you Credit It? (in-person) – 19 September 10am – 4pm

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) An Introduction (online) – 27 September 10am – 12:30pm

Credit Rating in Practice for Credit Rating Bodies (online) – 11 October

Recognition of Prior Learning for Employers (online) – 25 October


Read more and book a place on the SCQF Events Website.

Estranged Students Solidarity Week

Date for your Diary: Estranged Students Solidarity Week

27 November – 1 December 2023

More information will be posted here when it is is available