2018 Social programme

UKCISA's annual conference always features a range of optional social events to allow for networking and building friendships within the sector. Read about the activities we featured in 2018 below:

Choir practice and performance


 Delegates who enjoy singing are invited to join the UKCISA conference choir. The choir will rehearse with a professional choirmaster three - four times (Wed, Thurs and Fri) during the conference and perform at the closing plenary on Friday 29 June.  

Please indicate when you book if you would like to join the choir.  We very much look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday 27 June

 #ChangingLivesForGood 50th anniversary evening reception, 7.30 - 9.30pm


We will be welcomed by Prof Peter Mathieson, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh to the beautiful Playfair library. Delegates will have the chance to relax and network in fabulous surroundings. Drinks and light food will be served.  The reception is included in the conference fee but you will be asked to confirm if you wish to attend when you book your place.

Thursday 28 June

Self directed activities

If you don't fancy a dance why not take a swim or go for a walk.

Holyrood Park

You can find maps and self-directed walks on the Historic Scotland website:


Arthur’s Seat

You would need a couple of hours to enjoy a leisurely climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat but there is a shorter steep climb which you can do from the conference centre but there are rocks at the top and it is the most difficult way to reach the top.  For this reason this is only for those of you who have a good head for heights and are fit. You will need good walking shoes and walking gear – even in summer it can be very windy and cold.

UKCISA are not guiding the walk and so this is not a formal part of the conference and so take no responsibility for climbers.

You can find more details online:



Royal Commonwealth Pool

This is open from 5.30am so you have plenty of time to go for a swim before breakfast.



17:00 - 18:00  Highland Hustle

De-stress after the conference sessions and get energised in preparation for the ceilidh with Scotland's version of Zumba inspired by Scottish Highland Dancing! The class will be held at the conference centre and led by a professional teacher.  This is an opportunity to experience something truly unique.

Find out more at Highland Hustle

#ChangingLivesForGood 50th anniversary conference reception and dinner, 7 - 9.30pm


A drinks reception in the ballroom followed by dinner at the fabulous Assembly Rooms in the centre of Edinburgh.  Dinner will be followed by a ceilidh and disco. The ballroom will be available after dinner for delegates who prefer a quieter space to relax and network. The conference dinner is included in the conference fee but you will be asked to confirm if you wish to attend when you book your place.

Friday 29 June

Yoga with Alison Barty, 7 - 8am

Early morning yoga with experienced yoga teacher Alison Barty.  You will be asked to confirm if you wish to attend when you book your place.  Places will be available on a first come first served basis on the morning.