EDR Event: Thursday 20 September 2018

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A national event entitled, “Collaboration – New Practices for a Changing World”, took place at the Bonar Hall, Park Place, University of Dundee on Thursday 20 September 2018, to mark the tenth anniversary of the foundation of Early Dispute Resolution (edr), at the University. This approach was pioneered at the University  (https://www.dundee.ac.uk/edr refers) and information on the EDR process is available from this brief online quiz (see: http://www.marshallacm.co.uk/DemoCourses/DisputeResolution/player.html [requires Flash Player]).

Attendance at this event was restricted to 100 participants to enable a meaningful and interactive collaborative event.


The event is being run in partnership with Scottish Mediation (https://www.scottishmediation.org.uk/) and we are grateful for support sponsorship from Blackadders, Solicitors and Thorntons, Solicitors.

Problems increasingly require solutions which cross borders between organisations and professional practices. At the event we aim to:

  • examine long-held assumptions about the best ways of successfully overcoming obstacles to progress
  • challenge and explore the practical value of collaboration, mediation and engagement in a changing world of constraint and demand
  • discuss what impact new practices and mediation skills use can really have in shaping the future and
  • question and debate the impact of these new practices on individuals’ working lives

Please book a place at the event by visiting this link and for further details please contact Dr Eric Monaghan e.d.monaghan@dundee.ac.uk.

Outline of the day-to explore if and how mediation skills and practice interact with and impact on multi-disciplinary and multi -agency working and on individuals involved and to challenge current assumptions.

9.30 Coffee and registration in the Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee (University of Dundee campus map link: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/campusmap/}

10.00 Welcome Intro to the day on the theme of collaborative working

10.15 Keynote and questions to follow: Ewan Aitken, CEO of Cyrenians and a former Convener of Education and Leader of Edinburgh City Council and COSLA 

11.00-12noon Workshops 1 of 4 morning choice:

1 collaborations in practice with different value-based organisations

2 changes from 10 years ago and aspirations 10 years on

3 competition and collaboration

4 collaboration with constrained funding

12noon Feedback on themes 

12.30 Buffet Lunch in the Bonar Hall

1.30 Keynote and questions to follow: Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, Principal of Newham College, Cambridge and past President of the Royal College of Physicians

2.15-3.15 Workshops 1 of 4 afternoon choice: as shown above

3.15   Coffee and Feedback on themes

3.45 Panel on transformation theme chaired by Professor Karl Leydecker, Vice Principal (Learning & Teaching), University of Dundee, Rosemary Agnew, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Graham Boyack, Director of the Scottish Mediation Network,  and Jenny Miller, CEO, PAMIS.

4.30 Close by Professor Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee

5.00 Drinks Reception at the Dalhousie Building Foyer Area, University of Dundee

6.00 Reception and Dinner in the Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee

You can visit the event blog to add your thoughts about the day.

The questionnaire used to develop the programme for the day is available here for information.