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Congress FAQs

Below you can find answers to questions you may have around Congress 2022.

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RCN Congress is the UK’s largest nursing event! It’s an opportunity for our members to take part in debates, influence the work of the College, attend learning events and wellbeing sessions and visit our exhibition.

Congress 2022 is open to all RCN members.

Congress is free to all RCN members.

In 2022, Congress will take place from Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 June at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow. The business agenda (debates) and Learning and Wellbeing Programme will run from Monday – Thursday and the exhibition will run from Monday – Wednesday.

Due to venue availability, we have to book Congress three years in advance. At that point, the long Jubilee weekend had not been planned and Congress was scheduled for the weekend after the Spring Bank Holiday. However, when the change of Bank Holiday dates was announced, it was unfortunately too late to change our dates and/or venue.

Yes, you can register as a Digital viewer and watch the Main Hall debates and Learning and Wellbeing sessions live, as they happen. All sessions will also be available to watch at a later date on the RCN website.

If you have registered for Congress but can no longer attend, please cancel your booking.

No, Congress is an in-person event. However, you will be able to view the debates online through our online Events platform.

Meet the agenda committee.

If you would like to view any of the online Congress educational events which took place in September 2021, please follow the link below as the recordings are available to view on demand.

Please visit our governance pages for Regulations, and Policies and Processes

Yes, please see the list below:

Harper Memorial Baptist Church (0.6 miles from SEC)   
60 Craigiehall Street
Glasgow G51 1EU
Church of Scotland (0.6 miles from SEC)
Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church
13 Kelvinhaugh Street
Glasgow, G3 8NU

Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha (0.7 miles from SEC)
138 Berkeley Street
Glasgow G3 7HY                                                                                

St Patrick Roman Catholic Church (0.8 miles from SEC)
137 William Street
Glasgow G3 8UR
Hindu Mandir (0.9 miles from SEC)
1 Lane Belle Place
Glasgow G3 7LH                                                                                

Synagogue, Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre (1.4 miles from SEC)
129 Hill Street
Glasgow G3 6UB                                                                                

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Luke (2 mile from SEC)                                                  
27 Dundonald Road
Dowanhill G12 9LL
Glasgow Central Mosque (2.3 miles from SEC)
1 Mosque Avenue
Gorbals G5 9TA                                                                                  

Due to COVID-19, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) did not go ahead with Congress in 2020. 

Instead the Agenda Committee  selected a number of the debates and events which had already been selected for the 2020 Congress programme and which took place online throughout the rest of the year. Find out more about our #RCN2020 programme of events and debates.

We have partnered up with the Glasgow Convention Bureau to offer hotels at reduced rates. The deadline for booking rooms is 22 April 2022, six weeks prior to the start of Congress. However, if hotels have availability and there is demand, the booking site may remain available until 20 May, two weeks prior to the start of Congress. More information is available here.

Glasgow is a vibrant, colourful, cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage.  

It’s known for being one of the friendliest cities in Europe, and from the fabulous eateries and bars to the inspiring museums and Science Centre you’ll get a warm welcome wherever you decide to go.  

Alongside some of the best culture, shopping and entertainment in the UK, the city boasts acres of public green space. Weather permitting, a picnic in a park or a walk around the beautiful gardens and glass houses are lovely ways to spend an afternoon.  

The West End of the city has an enticing range of restaurants to choose from, filling the street from Dunbarton Road at Finnieston, all the way up to Byres Rd.  
For the best steak, The Butchershop Bar & Grill is a must. You’ll find it at the bottom of Kelvin Way, within walking distance of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.  
If you’re after some good wholesome Scottish food, Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery is renowned for its Scottish culinary cuisine. 
Popular with students, locals and visitors, you may even see a celebrity or two in Ubiquitous Chip along the quaintly cobblestoned Ashton Lane. 
You won’t do much better than the Bag o’ Nails for good old pub grub and entertainment. 
The Òran Mór whisky bar was converted from an old church and looks spectacular inside and out. Great food with a vast selection of whiskies and some fantastic pies. 
Glasgow Science Centre is great fun for all, situated on the banks of the Clyde, and home to the IMAX Cinema and star-gazing Planetarium. 
Most Glaswegians are happy to share a joke, but to see the professionals at work, a visit to The Stand Comedy Club is a must, and it’s open seven nights a week.  

The Burrell Collection is one of the greatest art collections ever amassed by a single person and consists of more than 9,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of history. 
Part of the University of Glasgow, The Hunterian Museum is host to an array of exhibits and is well worth a visit.  
There are many theatres, concert halls and venues in the city. Among the most popular are The Kings Theatre and the Pavilion Theatre, the Armadillo Concert Hall and The Hydro. Near, far, wherever you are, it’s worth checking what’s on and booking early if you want to catch a show during your time here. 
And if you want to cram everything Glasgow has to show off into a single excursion, try the Hop On & Off Tour Bus – a great way to experience the city and all its attractions.  
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy this great city of Glasgow and all it has to offer. 

Haste ye back. 


Page last updated - 26/05/2022