What Matters to Us Conference

What Matters to Us Conference

Dundee and Angus College (Gardyne Campus), Gardyne Rd, , Dundee, DD5 1NY

Event Begins Friday, March 20, 2020 10:00 am and finishes at 3:00 pm in Dundee

This conference is free to attend. However, student travel costs should be covered by colleges.

What to Expect from the What Matters to Us Conference

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'What Matters to Us' is a national conference for final year HN students destined for a career in social care and early years and for staff in these subject areas.

This event will provide opportunities for you to hear from inspiring speakers and take part in topical workshops at this key point in students’ transition. The conference has an eye to the future, with key themes around person-centred and person-led care, and this year there will also be a focus on human rights as an underpinning to this.

The day will provide inspiration from service users and carers on their hopes for the future of care and support. There will also be opportunities to come together with peers, on exciting workshop topics, and take part in discussions. Over lunch there will be a marketplace of stalls, supporting your career development, and allowing you to grab some useful materials!

The conference is a partnership between Iriss, the Scottish Social Services Council, College Development Network, Early Years Scotland, the ALLIANCE, University of the West of Scotland and representatives from the college sector, including our host for the day, Dundee and Angus College

Participants will be able to apply for a SSSC Open Badge in recognition of their attendance and learning from the day. This can also be used by staff for CPD/post-registration training and learning requirements.

Booking and Travel

Further details on how to book will be provided shortly!
This is a free conference. However, we expect student travel costs be covered colleges. We encourage you to take public transport where practical.
The campus is a short taxi ride from Dundee Railway Station and there is also on campus parking. For colleges using buses to bring groups of students to the conference, we will organise a parking area, further details will be added shortly together with details of the programme.


We are very excited to have Ryan McCuaig and Donald MacCaskill confirmed as our keynotes.
  • Ryan is an activist, speaker, social commentator, trainee lawyer and care experienced. He is Chair of Who Cares? Scotland, a leading charity supporting care experienced people to have their voice heard
  • Donald Macaskill is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the voice of the independent social care sector in Scotland, and a vocal champion of human rights in the sector.
We look forward to sharing the full programme with you in due course.

Please be aware that our booking Terms and Conditions have changed. To view our updated Terms and Conditions please click here.


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