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Connect with Coffee


Connect with Coffee Thursday 27th June 2024, 11am – 12pm

Join us for the fifth and final Connect with Coffee before we take a break over the summer.

This will be a chance to share your reflections on the academic year so far, share your holiday plans and any news that you have for colleagues.

This is an informal networking event  for new and not so new colleagues across the  sector.



Register here to join us on 27th June

UCAS Train the Trainer

Register your interest in the UCAS Train the Trainer events.

As part of the Fair Access programme, UCAS are expanding the training and support we can offer organisations delivering outreach activity to students. Their ‘Train the Trainer’ is designed to be very practical, delivered in a way that delegates can pass on the information, skills and knowledge. It includes operational UCAS training, resources and tools you can use in student facing sessions, as well as data insights about underrepresented groups in higher education.

Register your interest here.

Fair Access Expo - RCS

Community and Applied Arts Practice Friday 7th June 10am – 3.30 pm

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are offering a free practical all-day event for young people aged 16+ who want to explore the range of jobs in community arts. No experience is required. Workshops include:

Come and Make Music Led by beatboxer, actor and youth worker Bigg Taj

Come and Make Theatre – Led by Mahri Reilly (freelance theatre maker, worked at Scottish Youth Theatre, Traverse Creative Engagement Producer and now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Come and Get Moving – Led by choreographer, performer and teacher Salma Faraji

Come and Tell a Story – Led by Tawona Sithole (poet, storyteller and musician) and Andi Stevens (Head of Creative Learning Mull Theatre)

Individuals can book themselves on OR a small group can be booked by teachers / arts leaders.


Please register via Eventbrite, where you can sign up as a young person to attend, or as a teacher to book for a group of pupils.


You can find more information on Eventbrite, and places are strictly limited, so sign up today!


European Access Network Conference, in collaboration with SCAPP

11-12 June 2024 – Abertay University, Dundee

New Beginnings for European Access – Designing Equity, Transitions and Student Success, and is focused on preparation, diversity and partnerships.

The Conference Programme is now live!

Registrations for the Conference close on 31 May.

SCAPP have secured a 20% discount for Paid SCAPP Members to attend the conference. Please note there are a limited number of tickets available on the 2-day delegate rate, and this discount is available on a first-come-first served basis. Once this discounted ticket allocation is exhausted, the standard rates will apply.

Conference fees include a delegate pack, attendance at all of the day sessions (for the day/s of the booking), refreshments, lunch and the evening activity (Welcome Reception on Tuesday or end of Conference Celebration on the Wednesday).

Book your place at the EAN Conference, here.
Please note that all delegates must be registered individually, and Abertay University can only accept card payment.

Read all details about the conference at
Please contact with any questions.

University Open Days 2024

HELOA Scotland have compiled a full list of Open Days for Scottish Universities in 2024.
You can view this 2024 Open Day calendar here.

There is also a list of contacts for teachers, and advising staff, here.

Refugee Festival Scotland 2024

Refugee Festival Scotland 2024 will run from 14th-23rd June!  The theme for this new festival edition is RISE.  

Thousands of people arrive in Scotland every year after being forced to abandon their homes and flee to safety. We see individuals rise every day to build new lives and pursue new livelihoods, despite facing many challenges and deep uncertainty. Packed with unique events and exceptional talent, the festival honours the resilience and courage of New Scots and celebrates a vision for a Scotland where everyone can blossom and has equal opportunity to thrive.   

This festival coincides with Refugee Week 2024, which runs 17th – 23rd June and has the theme ‘Our Home’. You can read about Refugee Week here.

Read more about Refugee Festival Scotland here.

SCQF Upcoming Workshops

Please see below for upcoming SCQF Workshops:

My Skills, My Future In-person Workshop – 30 May

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

SCQF School Ambassador Programme


The SCQF School Ambassador programme offers schools the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the SCQF and the wider ways in which it supports learners such as recognising wider achievement, developing Senior Phase learning pathways in line with the Developing the Young Workforce strategy and giving equality between vocational and academic qualifications.

There are already 50 schools involved and SCQF are keen to include more schools to participate.

Benefits include:

  • Free training with school staff to raise awareness of the SCQF and the School Ambassador programme
  • Access to a set of practical resources to help deliver in house training for pupils, parents and staff. As with many great Ambassador programmes, Pupil Ambassadors are the key. We’ll give you the tools to deliver training sessions with them so they can help raise awareness and use their creativity to engage parents and their peers.
  • Essential resources to help everyone involved in the school community understand the SCQF and how it can be used to develop learner pathways.
  • Share ideas and best practice with over 200+ schools in Scotland covering subject pathways, understanding qualifications and recognising personal achievement.
  • Regular support and engagement and showcasing of what’s working well with your school.
  • Attend SCQF best practice events and projects.
  • Progress through SCQF  recognition programme, showcasing the great work you’re doing but also get the recognition you deserve!
  • Take part in SCQF competitions through our social media.

Colleagues are asked to share information about this scheme amongst their networks


See SCQF  School Ambassador Programme for more info