Welcome to our latest update. We have a range of exciting events coming up over the next month or so with some really inspirational speakers. I am delighted to announce that Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science will be providing the keynote address at our forthcoming gender equality conference. There is a real treat for delegates attending the Finance Network Conference, who will hear from polar explorer and motivational speaker Alan Chambers MBE.

I very much hope to welcome you to one of our events. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss our work in more detail: [email protected]

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, College Development Network (CDN)

Minister to speak at gender event  
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science will be delivering a keynote at our gender equality conference on 20 June. The event features a range of other fantastic speakers, including: Eleanor Cannon, newly appointed Chair of Scottish Golf; Talat Yaqoob, Director of Equate; and Kenny Spence from Men into Childcare. 
To book your place email [email protected]
Polar explorer confirmed as guest speaker  
Alan Chambers MBE and polar explorer will be providing an inspirational session at this year's Finance Network Annual Conference - taking place 1 and 2 June at Dunblane Hydro. Sessions will include technical updates, discussion and workshops. Delegates are free to choose whether to attend one or both days, there is a residential option with dinner. 
Book your place.
Developing capacity through mindfulness     
There is a growing interest in the application of mindfulness in the workplace, particularly in relation to reducing stress and enabling resilience. Research has also shown benefits in terms of productivity, relationships, employee engagement and the capacity to deal with demanding workloads.
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Webinar series: technologies to support study skills 
The CDN webinar series offers a flexible way of learning - participants have the option to join the session live or to view recordings after. The next live session will take place on 2 May and takes a look at free, open source technologies to support study skills.
Book your place.  
Weekly round-up of college news   
Every Friday CDN issues an online round-up of what's been happening across the college sector. It's free and very quick and easy to sign up. Do please let us know if there is anything that you would like us to add to the round-up, too.
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