Supercharge your career in 2019 with our guide to the best events in HR and L&D. With over 200 events across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, there’s something for everyone.


It’s New Year’s resolution time again, so why not put your career at the top of the list?

Professional HR and L&D events are a great way to give you a boost as they give you the chance to develop your skills and grow your network.

They’re also great fun. You’ll meet like-minded professionals who you can swap stories with and pick up handy tips from.

This year we’re really excited to feature an event that’s co-facilitated by one of our very own students, HR blog superstar Natalie Ellis.

Her Natural HR Conference is all about taking us back to our roots and putting the ‘human’ back in Human Resources. If that wasn’t heartwarming enough, it’s being held at a rescue centre where monkeys are nursed back to health and cared for!

If you know of any events we’ve missed, Tweet us at @ICSLearn and we’ll update the list!

If you're looking for events in London, check out our ultimate list here


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L&D and HR Events Scotland


Aberdeen: April 16th - HR Professionals Network: Career Transitions

Aberdeen: April 18th - HR Practitioner's Group Meeting

Aberdeen: June 12th - CIPD North Scotland and Islands Branch - Aberdeen Annual Meeting

Dumfries: April 3rd - CIPD Employment Law Update

Edinburgh: March 26th - The Power of HR in 2019

Edinburgh: March 28th  - Engaging with Professional Development

Edinburgh: April 4th - Mindfulness In The Workplace Event For Leaders / HR Professionals

Edinburgh: April 5th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Edinburgh: April 23rd - Bite-size Learning that's just in time

Edinburgh: 25th April - CIPD Mock Tribunal

Edinburgh: April 26th - Understanding the Dynamics of Workplace Bullying

Edinburgh: May 7th - Ask the Experts (Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Group)

Edinburgh: May 9th - CIPD Membership Advice Clinic

Edinburgh: May 16th - CIPD Annual Meeting

Edinburgh: June 18th - DisruptHR Edinburgh #2

Edinburgh: October 3rd - The Talent Gathering 2019

Falkirk: April 30th - CIPD Mid Scotland Branch - CPD Clinic

Glasgow: April 3rd - The Ageing Workforce and the Contemporary Workplace

Glasgow: June 19th - DisruptHR Glasgow #3

Inverness: April 25th - CIPD North Scotland And Islands Branch - Annual Meeting - Inverness sub-branch

Kilmarnock: March 26th - Learning for the Future

Selkirk: April 24th - UK Working Lives: Health and Wellbeing and Work-life Balance

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L&D and HR Events Wales


Aberystwyth: May 14th - CIPD Mid Wales - Annual meeting

Cardiff: March 21st - CIPD South East Wales - Winning lessons

Cardiff: April 1st - Brexit Check In: Don't be fooled: Be prepared

Cardiff: April 10th - South Wales HR Forum Presents: My Workforce Is Engaged - So What?

Cardiff: April 17th - CIPD South East Wales - Putting your eggs in one basket

Cardiff: May 16th - CIPD South East Wales annual meeting

Cardiff: May 17th - CIPD South East Wales - Annual meeting

Cardiff: May 17th - CIPD South East Wales / South West Wales - Student awards

Cardiff: May 22nd - CIPD South East Wales - HR Strategy

Carmarthen: April 16th - CIPD Wales - All-Wales coaching network

Carmarthen: June 18th - CIPD Wales - West Wales Roadshow

Colwyn Bay: March 21st - CIPD North Wales - Boring jobs or better work? The choice is ours

Newtown: May 9th - CIPD Mid Wales - Annual meeting

Swansea: May 21st - CIPD South West Wales - Annual meeting

Wrexham: April 11th - CIPD Wales - Re-write the rulebook on workplace conflict

Wrexham: May 10th - CIPD North Wales - Annual meeting

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L&D and HR Events Northern Ireland


Belfast: March 27th - Free HR Seminar

Belfast: April 1st - DisruptHR Belfast

Belfast: April 9th - Breakfast Briefing: Post-Brexit Immigration System

Belfast: April 30th - HR Back to Basics - Disciplinary

Belfast: May 2nd - #truBELFAST - The recruitment unconference

Belfast: May 10th - Employment Law Update

Belfast: May 16th - CIPD NI Awards

Belfast: May 22nd - HR Essentials for Line Managers

Belfast: May 22nd - Powered By Talent Conference 2019

Belfast: May 23rd - HR Back to Basics - Grievance

Belfast: May 30th - HR Fundamentals: Free Breakfast Briefing for SMEs

Belfast: June 20th - HR Back to Basics - Performance Management

Belfast: December 12th - Employment Law Update

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L&D and HR Events North of England


Altrincham: April 12th - The Agile Organisation - Building capabilities for success

Altrincham: May 14th - The Organisational Value of Performance Consulting

Altrincham: August 15th - Introduction to HR

Barrow-in-Furness: April 4th - Developing the HR Business Partner Skillset

Barrow-in-Furness: May 22nd - Attraction and Retention Strategy

Bradford: April 3rd - Managing Investigations

Bradford: April 11th - Connecting HR

Carlisle: March 21st - Brexit in Cumbria, Gains, Losses & Dilemmas #R4B

Carlisle: June 5th - CIPD Cumbria - Mock Employment Tribunal

Chester: June 12th - HR Morning Walk

Chorley: October 30th - HR and Payroll Workshop with Studholme-Bell Limited & Forbes Solicitors

Cockermouth: April 30th - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum West of Cumbria

Darlington: April 24th - The Myths and Realities of Immigration

Durham: April 2nd - CIPD North East Branch Annual Conference 2019

Handbridge: June 12th - HR Walking Evening

Harrogate: April 4th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Harrogate: April 8th - CIPD Self Employed Professionals Group

Hull: March 28th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Hull: April 17th - Britain’s Got Talent? An interactive session on talent management

Kendal: April 25th - Accelerate HR - FREE - HR Forum Kendal Area

Leeds: March 26th - Taking the Grief out of Grievance

Leeds: April 24th - HR Network

Liverpool: March 30th - CIPD North England Student Conference 

Liverpool: April 30th - Here’s Your Contract – “Now I’m Going to Change It!”

Liverpool: May 22nd - CIPD Merseyside - Support, Develop & Inspire

Liverpool: June 25th - CIPD Merseyside - Ability Not Disability with DADA Fest

Manchester: April 2nd - Implementing Well-being that Works: The Evidence

Manchester: April 4th - #truManchester19 - The recruitment unconference

Manchester: April 4th - Skills, Productivity and The Ageing Workforce

Manchester: April 8th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Manchester: April 12th - The Agile Organisation - Building capabilities for success

Manchester: May 8th - Candidate Experience Workshop

Manchester: May 14th - The Organisational Value of Performance Consulting

Manchester: May 16th - Workforce Planning Masterclass

Manchester: May 23rd - Key Contemporary Ethical HR Risks

Manchester: June 6th - HR Breakfast Club

Manchester: September 5th - HR Breakfast Club

Manchester: October 3rd - Manchester In-house Recruitment Conference 2019

Manchester: November 6th - HRAfterparty 06.11.19 - Manchester

Newcastle: March 26th - HR, Marketing and Employer Brand

Newcastle: March 28th - #Connecting HR North East #6

Newcastle: March 28th - TruNewcastle 2019 - The Recruitment UnConference

Newcastle: May 23rd - Employment Law Masterclass

Penrith: May 16th - CIPD Annual Employment Update

Penrith: May 19th - CIPD Cumbria - Annual Employment Law Update

Penrith: June 28th - CIPD Cumbria - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum

Rotherham: May 8th - HR Exchange - Employment Law Update 2019

Rotherham: November 28th - HR Exchange - Employment Status

Sheffield: March 27th - Making the best use of technology & digitalisation in Recruitment

Sheffield: April 17th - HR Network

Skipton: April 9th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Stockton on Tees: April 1st - CIPD Independent Professionals Group – HR & Org Development

Stockton-on-Tees: May 22nd - Managing the Unmanageable

Stockton on Tees: July 22nd - CIPD Independent Professionals Group – HR & Org Development

Sunderland: June 17th - Essential HR Skills

Sunderland: September 25th - Essential HR Skills

Ulverston: July 10th - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum

Wallasey: April 11th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Warrington: May 16th - CIPD - Making the change to Agile working

Wirral: May 8th - Wirral HR Lunch Club

York: May 2nd - How Engaged are your Team?

York: May 23rd - How to manage workplace stress

York: June 6th - DisruptHR York

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L&D and HR Events Midlands


Birmingham: April 3rd - HR Essentials II - Grievance, Disciplinary and Capability

Birmingham: May 8th - HR Essentials III - Negotiation

Birmingham: May 8th - Close Encounters of the Brexit Kind & Employment Law Update

Birmingham: May 14th - Developing a High-Impact People Strategy

Birmingham: May 21st - Employment Law Seminar 2019

Birmingham: June 12th - Supporting employees that are going through a family breakdown

Birmingham: June 27th - Absence Management Seminar

Coventry: March 25th - CIPD Student event: Managing Disciplinary Hearings

Crick: May 8th - Being an Effective Leader

Hinckley: May 22nd - HR: Taking Control of Attraction & Recruitment

Kettering: March 26th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Kettering: April 23rd - Employment Law Seminar 2019

Kettering: June 18th - Absence Management Seminar

Leicester: April 4th - CIPD Employment Law Update - Lunchtime

Leicester: April 4th - CIPD Employment Law Update - Evening

Leicester: May 1st - Positive Ageing and HR Response by Dr Kevin Roe

Leicester: May 14th - Mentoring Network Group: Mentor-Mentee Matching Evening

Lincoln: July 16th - Solution Focused Coaching

Long Eaton: May 2nd - Getting HR Right from Day One

Market Harborough: April 10th - HR Huddle

Northampton: March 28th - Knowledge is contagious…….Pass it on

Northampton: May 13th - Coaching Supervision Group

Nottingham: April 4th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Nottingham: April 11th - DisruptHR Nottingham

Nottingham: May 16th - HR Tech in the Age of Assistance & Branch Annual Meeting

Nottingham: June 12th - CIPD Personal Impact and Confidence Workshop

Peterborough: April 4th - DisruptHR Peterborough #1

Peterborough: April 25th - HR: Connect Over Coffee

Peterborough: April 25th - HR Meetup | Equality & Diversity with Your People Potential

Peterborough: July 3rdVisionary HR (Director/Senior-level HR Masterclass)

Shrewsbury: May 23rd - CIPD Annual Meeting and Employment Law Update

Shrewsbury: June 25th - The ‘How to’ of Employee Engagement

Stoke on Trent: April 11th - Positive HR Forum April Meeting

Stratford-upon-Avon: April 1st - asSIGnations meeting - Self Employed Special Interest Group

Telford: March 26th - Employment Law Update - Spring 2019

Telford: April 4th - Employee Experience Expo UK

Warwick: May 21st - Transformational Leadership in a Disruptive Environment

Wolverhampton: March 25th - Mental Health Awareness Seminar

Wolverhampton: March 28th - CIPD Employment Law Event

Worcester: April 4th - CIPD Hereford and Worcestershire - Productive Conflict

Worcester: May 20th - CIPD Annual Meeting: The Biochemistry of Stress

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L&D and HR Events South & East of England


Avon: April 10th - Employment Breakfast - The Tricky Issues of Redundancy

Basingstoke: May 15th - The influence of unconscious bias in the work environment

Bath: March 28th - Managing People and Productivity

Bath: June 18th - Employment Law Update - Breakfast Seminar by Royds Withy King

Bedford: March 28th - Succession Planning for your own HR Career

Bournemouth: April 12th - CIPD - Gender Intelligence

Bournemouth: May 3rd - How can coaching be of value to your organisation?

Brighton: May 23rd - Self Managing Teams: The Future of Work

Brighton: March 27th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Brighton: March 28th - HR Matters - Maximising Staff Performance

Bristol: March 29th - The future of HR round table

Bristol: April 2nd - Employment Law Update and Mental Health in the Workplace Seminar

Bristol: April 25th - HR Event - Talking anxiety

Bristol: May 1st - DisruptHR Bristol #2

Bristol: May 1st - Free HR Strategic Positioning Event

Bristol: May 9th - Workplace Well-being

Bristol: August 6th - HR Essential Skills

Bristol: November 12th - HR Essential Skills

Cambridge: April 3rd - Neurodiversity at Work

Canterbury: April 3rd - Leading Through Change

Canterbury: April 25th - Employment Law Club

Canterbury: July 25th - Employment Law Club

Canterbury: October 24th - Employment Law Club

Chelmsford: April 30th - HR Development Programme

Chelmsford: May 14th - CIPD Annual Meeting

Chelmsford: May 14th - Psychology at Work

Chichester: March 25th - CIPD Sussex - West Coast Networking

Clevedon: April 4th - Upping your coaching skills

Colchester: April 4th - HR’s role in developing appropriate workplace behaviour

Colchester: May 15th - Personal Learning Networks: An Introduction

Exeter: April 9th - CIPD East Devon and Exeter Employment Law Update

Ferndown: May 15th - CIPD - Mock Tribunal

Gerrards Cross: April 3rd - Measuring Productivity

Gerrards Cross: May 15th - CIPD Branch AGM and Legal Update

Gloucester: March 26th - Death of the appraisal?

Gloucester: April 9th - CIPD Mock Employment Tribunal

Gloucester: May 1st - The Power of Purpose

Guildford: March 27th - Difficult conversations

Guildford: April 25th - HR Disrupters - new ways to approach performance management

Guildford: May 22nd - To Brexit and beyond - HR leadership in an international context

Hastings: May 9th - East Coast Networking

Hatfield: April 1st - The CIPD new Profession Map

Hatfield: May 23rd - Agile HR

Horsham: April 4th - Immigration and the new Settlement Scheme

Horsham: May 30th - CIPD Annual Meeting

Horsham: June 4th - CIPD Upgrading and benefits to members

Horsham: June 10th - Employment Law Update - with Mayo Wynne Baxter

Ipswich: September 10th - HR Heroes - Managing Attendance

Longthorns: May 22nd - Natural HR Conference 

Maidstone: April 30th - CIPD Consultants Forum

Mile End: April 2nd - CIPD Employment Law Update

Newbury: June 5th - Free HR Strategic Positioning Event

Oxford: April 3rd - Employment law changes in 2019

Oxford: May 21st - Happy healthy conflict - having those "difficult" conversations at work

Portsmouth: April 9th - HR UKVI Compliance - Right to Work checks workshop

Portsmouth: April 24th - CIPD - Supporting employees affected by domestic abuse

Reading: April 24th - EVP - in a social media age

Reading: October 15th - Mock Employment Tribunal

Slough: June 11th - Effective Employee Inclusion

Southend-On-Sea: April 15th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Southampton: April 3rd - Supporting Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals in the 21st Century

Southampton: June 12th - CIPD - Getting people from where they are to where they want to be

Swindon: April 2nd - Mental Health Masterclass

Taunton: April 25th - Mock Employment Tribunal by Ashfords Solicitors

Taunton: June 11th - HR Hot Topics

Tetbury: June 18th - Free HR Strategy Event

Tonbridge: March 28th - HR Professionals Lunch

Walton on Thames: April 4th - CIPD Employment Law update

Weston-super-Mare: July 5th - Emerging Themes by Independent Practitioners Group

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Whether it’s due to work, studies, or caring for family, we know it can be hard to find time to attend in-person events.

If you prefer your networking digital, we highly recommend a few enlightening Twitter chats:

  1. #HRHour, run by @HR_Hour at 8pm Thursdays
  2. #LDNights, run by @LnDConnect at 8pm Tuesdays
  3. #LDInsight, run by @LnDConnect at 8am Fridays


It's entirely up to up how you choose to interact with your fellow HR and L&D professionals, but we know one thing's certain - you'll make 2019 the year of your career!


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