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Equality and inclusion were top of the agenda at the latest University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Edinburgh Napier University and Skills Development Scotland Career Guidance Research Symposium.

The event took place at UWS in Paisley on Wednesday (15 March).

The first Keynote, from UWS Lecturer in Career Development Emma Bolger, focussed on equality and inclusion in the work of careers advisers and careers researchers in Scotland.

The second updated delegates on the work of the Improving Gender Balance Scotland project. A partnership project from SDS, the Institute of Physics and Education Scotland, it looks to tackle the unconscious bias that may be influencing subject and career choices in schools.

Workshop sessions looked at the delivery of supported employment models for individuals with mental illness and health and well-being in career guidance.

They also included presentations on the research findings from the UWS-Oxfam Partnership on Decent Work and on the benefits of career practitioner research for the guidance sector.

A discussion panel with Dr. Marjorie McCrory (UWS), Emma Bolger (UWS), Colin Mack (SDS), Dr. Pete Robertson (Napier) also took place.

Emma Bolger said: “The annual symposium is a fantastic opportunity for career guidance and development professionals to come together and talk about how the profession is moving forward.

“Issues of equality and inclusivity run through all that we do in the career guidance and development sectors, it was a great opportunity to find out more about the work going on across the sector.”


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