We do not run any events in August, so it is a useful time of year to take stock and prepare for what is upcoming in a busy final third of the year. The obvious centerpiece of the between now and the end of the year is the Annual Conference, which returns to Brighton between the 9th to 11th November. Our 3 pre-conference training courses are already being booked up, which considering the diversity (Implementing GCLP, An Introduction to GDP and Vendor and Sponsor Cooperation in Clinical Trials), isn’t surprising. A discount is available for anyone who also attends the conference, so bear that in mind if you can take the opportunity to join us early. The conference itself is shaping up very well. We are excited to have 2 high quality Keynote speakers in John Oakland and Lord Robert Winston, who will bookend 2 and a half days of quality conversation about a wide variety of topics. In addition, we will be welcoming over 25 exhibitors, as well as displaying a multitude of topical posters from our committees and individuals. I really enjoyed the conference being held in Brighton two years ago, and am looking forward to a new venue as well as hopefully having a little bit of time to take in some of the fantastic restaurants and attractions (especially the new British Airways i360, which is adjacent to the Hilton Metropole). The early bird rate finishes in 2 weeks so if you are looking to attend and save a little bit of money while doing so, book now.
As part of my role, I am always looking to try new ways of enhancing our learning products. I was therefore extremely happy to receive an invitation to join the Tutors of our Advanced Auditing Skills: Audit Analysis and Reporting course in Cambridge last week, to shoot some footage for use on a course in the future. This is a great step forward in using technology to enhance our offerings, and I hope it the first of many opportunities to use my skills in this area.
We have 3 Regional Forums between now and the end of the year, in 3 different countries – Belgium, USA and back in the UK for the North of England. Follow the links for full information. Our Course programme is also very busy between now and the end of the year with 16 courses between September and November. Delegate feedback for the year so far has been excellent, and this bodes well for our transition on the vast majority of our courses to electronic material. This enables us to electronically send delegates the material beforehand for them to either print, or keep on a device of their choosing. We will be reviewing how this is administrated in the near future and will look to make any necessary changes to give the best service we can to our delegates.
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