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: January 15th - Dilemmas in the HR Practices of Family Firms - Dr James Cunningham

Aberdeen: February 19th - CIPD North Scotland and Islands Branch - Employee Engagement

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

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

Aberdeenshire: March 19th -  CIPD North Scotland and Islands Branch - Art of Employee Value Proposition

Dumfries: January 22nd - CIPD West of Scotland - Building Resilience and Mental Toughness

Dundee: January 22ndCIPD Scotland - Founders 4 Schools Launch Event

Edinburgh: January 22nd - CIPD South East Scotland Branch - Bite-size Learning that's just in time

Edinburgh: January 23rd - CIPD Scotland - Founders 4 Schools Launch Event

Edinburgh: January 23rd - An Introduction to Unconscious Bias & Bias Testing

Edinburgh: January 24th - CIPD South East Scotland Branch - Employment Law and Inclusion

Edinburgh: January 25th - Developing Dignity At Work Policies

Edinburgh: February 20th - CIPD South East Scotland Branch - True Stories - Personal perspectives on developing your talents

Edinburgh: February 26th - The Gender Pay Gap - where are we now?

Edinburgh: March 12th - DisruptHR Edinburgh #1

Edinburgh: April 5th - GDPR Practitioner Training

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

Edinburgh: October 3rd - The Talent Gathering 2019

Galashiels: February 27th - UK Working Lives: Job Design and the nature of work and Social support and cohesion

Glasgow: January 23rd - Employers’ Question Time

Glasgow: March 8th - Unconscious Bias

Glasgow: March 13th - DisruptHR Glasgow #2

Inverness: January 21st - CIPD North Scotland And Islands Branch - HR's Role in Supporting Strategic Change

Inverness: March 20thCIPD North Scotland and Islands Branch - Building Your HR Toolbox

Inverness: June 12th - CIPD North Scotland And Islands Branch - Annual Meeting - Inverness sub-branch

Perth: February 19th - CIPD Mid Scotland Branch - L&D Event - Facilitation Skills

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L&D and HR Events Wales


Aberystwyth: February 11th - CIPD Mid Wales - Is it just kidding; just joking, or just workplace harassment in disguise

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

Cardiff: January 11th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Cardiff: January 31st - CIPD South East Wales - Maximising your mental muscle

Cardiff: February 20th - CIPD Wales - Banter or harassment? Performance management or bullying

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

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

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: February 21st - CIPD Wales - West Wales Roadshow

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

Colwyn Bay: January 9th - CIPD North Wales - Leadership, values and culture

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

Llandrindod Wells: January 22nd - CIPD Mid Wales - Trust: the foundation of engaged teamwork

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

Swansea: January 16th - CIPD South West Wales - Tactics for termination             

Swansea: February 8th - Introduction to Employment Law for HR Managers

Swansea: March 13th - CIPD South West Wales - Employment law update

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

Welshpool: March 20th - CIPD Mid Wales - The light at the end of the tunnel is...

Wrexham: February 7th - CIPD North Wales - We need to talk about annual appraisals

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: January 22nd - Mock Employment Tribunal

Belfast: March 7th - #truBELFAST - The recruitment unconference

Belfast: May 16th - CIPD NI Awards

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L&D and HR Events North of England


Altrincham: January 15th - FREE HR & Employment Law Essentials

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

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

Bradford: February 5th - CIPD West Yorkshire - How to Sleep Smarter

Blackburn: January 15th - FREE HR & Payroll Workshop

Bolden: January 31st - Absence Management in the Workplace

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

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

Eaglescliffe: January 16th - CIPD Tees Valley - Sleeping Well and Inner Calm

Handbridge: March 6th - CIPD - Negotiate your way through conflict

Handbridge: June 12th - HR Walking Evening

Harrowgate: February 27th - Supporting Bereaved Staff in the Workplace

Huddersfield: January 11th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Hull: January 23rd - CIPD Humber Branch Networking and Mentoring Launch Evening

Hull: February 6th - CIPD Humber - Employee Engagement - what's in it for me?

Kendal: January 31st - CIPD Cumbria - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum - Kendal

Leeds: January 17th - HR Roundtable - The Circle

Leeds: February 28th - GDPR Practitioner Training  

Liverpool: January 22nd - Neuro Diversity - Practical Examples, Considerations & Case Studies

Liverpool: February 5th - Implementing a Successful and Holistic CSR Strategy

Liverpool: February 26th - CIPD Merseyside - Unlocking Stress Success with Sue Evans, Fast Pathways

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: January 22nd - CIPD Manchester Annual Employment Law Masterclass 2019

Manchester: January 23rd - The North West Regional Skills Agenda: Solving the Productivity Puzzle

Manchester: February 7th - CIPD Manchester - Mock Employment Tribunal with Mills & Reeve

Manchester: February 13th - Making Social Media Work for you and your HR Business

Manchester: March 7th - HR Breakfast Club

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

Manchester: April 8th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Manchester: June 6th - HR Breakfast Club

Manchester: September 5th - HR Breakfast Club

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

Penrith: January 17th - CIPD Cumbria - Employee Engagement: Making the world a better place to work

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

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

Saint Helens: February 12th - CIPD Merseyside - Building Resilience in the workplace

Stockton on Tees: January 21st - CIPD Independent Professionals Group – HR & Org Development

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

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

Wakefield: January 31st - Shaping HR Event

Wallasey: April 11th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Warrington: January 30th - CIPD - Up-skilling our practitioners to manage absence

Warrington: March 13th - CIPD Student Support Workshop

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

Windermere: February 13th - CIPD Cumbria - Wellbeing, Resilience and Performance

Workington: January 24th - CIPD Cumbria - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum

York: January 16th - Hidden Disabilities & Neurodiversity in the Workplace

York: February 6th - Autism and more - an HR guide for Neurodiversity

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L&D and HR Events Midlands


Birmingham: January 9th - CIPD Birmingham - HR Essentials I - Managing Performance

Birmingham: January 14th - CIPD Independents and Self-Employed Group - New Year, New Business, New You

Birmingham: January 16th - CIPD Birmingham - Introducing the new Profession Map

Birmingham: January 24th - CIPD Birmingham - Productive Conflict

Birmingham: January 29th - Pay Trends Roadshow 2019 | Birmingham

Birmingham: January 29th - Do You Care? Retaining Staff Who Juggle Caring Responsibilities

Birmingham: February 5th - HRD Summit

Birmingham: February 12th - Brexit - nearly there, key considerations for HR professionals

Birmingham: March 9th - CIPD Student Conference Midlands

Coventry: February 7thCIPD - Introducing the new CIPD Profession Map

Erewash: January 9th - Employment Law: Essentials for Charity & Not for Profit SME's

Kettering: January 29th - Brexit for Employers Seminar

Kettering: April 23rd - Employment Law Seminar 2019

Kettering: June 18th - Absence Management Seminar

Kings Lynn: February 8th - HR Forum - Talent Management

Leicester: March 18th - CIPD Leicestershire - Managing the Menopause in the Workplace

Lichfield: January 30th - Employment law update and the Urban myths of employment law

Lichfield: March 20th - CIPD Employment Law Update & HR Roundtable

Northampton: January 24th - HR Meetup | New Year Wellbeing with Your People Potential

Northampton: February 6th - CIPD Northamptonshire Branch Conference - What is Good Work?

Northampton: February 20th - CIPD Northamptonshire - Coaching Supervision Group

Nottingham: February 26th - How to Recruit Successfully and Grow Your Business

Peterborough: April 4th - DisruptHR Peterborough #1

Peterborough: March 6th - Visionary HR: The Art Of Human Resourcefulness

Redditch: January 29th - Mental Health for HR Workshop

Shrewsbury: February 7th - CIPD Employment Law Special Interests Group

Shrewsbury: May 16th - CIPD Annual Meeting and Employment Law Update

Stratford-upon-Avon: January 7th - CIPD asSIGnations meeting - Self Employed Special Interest Group

Telford: January 15th - CIPD - The Science of Human Behaviour

Telford: March 13th - CIPD Flexible Working Related Seminar

Telford: April 4th - Employee Experience Expo UK

Warwick: January 23rd - CIPD Employment Law Workshop - Harassment in the Workplace

Wolverhampton: January 17th - Candidate Experience Workshop

Wolverhampton: March 28th - CIPD Employment Law Event

Worcester: February 19th - CIPD Coaching Group - Action Learning

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

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L&D and HR Events South & East of England


Basingstoke: February 5th - Happy Healthy Conflict: Basingstoke Group

Basingstoke: March 20th - CIPD Employment Law Seminar

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

Bath: April 9th - CIPD - Share and Play by Independent Practitioners Group

Bournemouth: January 9th - CIPD - Why Organisation Design Doesn't Work

Bracknell: March 11th - Brexit - Where are we now? Deal or no deal?

Brighton: January 17th - HR Digital Media - Restructuring & Changing Contractual Terms

Brighton: January 24thHR Matters - Restructuring & Changing Contractual Terms

Brighton: January 28th - CIPD Sussex - Upgrading Your Membership

Brighton: March 27th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Bristol: February 5th - Hot Topics in Employment Law by Burges Salmon LLP

Bristol: February 26th - DisruptHR Bristol #1

Cambridge: January 30th - HR Meetup | New Year Wellbeing with Your People Potential

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

Dorking: March 20th - CIPD Surrey and North Hampshire - When induction isn't enough!

Eastbourne: March 18th - CIPD Mock Employment Tribunal

Farnborough: February 12th - CIPD Professional standards framework

Farrington Gurney: January 29th - Recruit Train & Retain HR Workshop

Gerrards Cross: March 11th - CIPD Chiltern - Future of Talent Mapping

Gloucester: January 10th - CIPD Membership Upgrading

Gloucester: February 25th - Tools to Resolve Workplace Issues: Facilitated Discussions, Mediation and the Law

Guildford: January 16th - HR Leadership skills - why every HR professional needs to develop them

Guildford: February 2nd - MyHR Career

Guildford: February 6th - Preparing for an ET - by avoiding them in the first place

Guildford: March 7th - CIPD Morning Club - Employment law update

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

Hatfield: January 9th - CIPD Independent Consultants Group

Hatfield: January 26th - CIPD Annual Employment Law Update

Hatfield: March 2ndArtificial Intelligence and HR - an Open Space event

Hatfield: March 13th - Making the Leap: Becoming an Independent HR Consultant

Hastings: February 27th - CIPD Sussex -  East Coast Networking

High Wycombe: February 13th - CIPD Chiltern - Apprenticeships

Longthorns: May 22nd - Natural HR Conference 

Maidstone: January 30th - A Guide to CIPD Membership and Upgrading

Norwich: January 23rd - Ashtons HR Consulting - Difficult Conversations and Managing Personalities

Oxford: January 16th - How to coach leaders from fear to confidence: A 3-step process

Oxford: February 5th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Reading: January 15th - 7th Annual Employment Law Breakfast Briefing

Reading: January 15th - GDPR Practitioner Training

Reading: January 17th - HR Essentials: Managing within the Law

Reading: February 7th - CIPD Employment law update - breakfast briefing

Reading: February 14th - Employment Law Seminar

Reading: March 6th - Approaching the taboo - beyond the tick box

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

Reading: October 15th - Mock Employment Tribunal

Redhill: January 17th - CIPD Employment law update for 2019

Portsmouth: January 17th - CIPD - Employment Law Update with Blake Morgan

Portsmouth: February 27th - CIPD - James Potter The LinkedIn Man

Salisbury: January 10th - CIPD - Adult Mental Health First Aid Awareness

Sevenoaks: January 17th - Business Psychology in the Workplace

Slough: January 23rd - CIPD Chiltern - How to nudge decisions

Southend-on-Sea: January 17th - CIPD Essex - A problem shared!

Southampton: January 16th - HR Masterclass

Southampton: February 6th - How ‘digital’ will revolutionise L&D

Southampton: March 13th - CIPD - Employment Law Update ‐ Brexit

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

Southwick: February 12th - CIPD Sussex Independents Forum

Taunton: January 18th - CIPD Challenges Facing IPG Members by Independent Practitioners Group

Walton on Thames: January 24th - Recruitment in a digital age

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

Woking: January 9th - CIPD Mentors summit

Woking: January 9th - Cybersecurity - people are your biggest risk

Worthing: March 13th - Learning and Development - Effective Facilitation of Webinars

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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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