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Annual Conference 2018

We are delighted to announce that the NASMA Annual Conference 2018 will be held at Conference Aston, Birmingham on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June 2018.  A map and directions can be viewed here.

Following on from last year's hugely successful conference, we are proud to announce that the theme for this year's event is:  The Student Experience; Money, Mental Health and Wellbeing.  As always, feedback has been carefully considered and we have worked hard to reflect your comments both in the style and format of our new 2-day Conference.  There are still a range of diverse, engaging and professional workshops on offer, as well as some interesting keynote sessions and our annual Gala Dinner and Money Advice Awards Presentations.  We hope that Conference 2018 will provide an ideal opportunity for you to update your skills and knowledge, network, share good practice with other sector professionals and ultimately be a hugely beneficial and enjoyable experience.  The full Conference brochure is available here.

Workshop info can be found here and we suggest that you use this as a guide when making your workshop choices.  Once you have decided on the workshops you want to take, you can book via our online booking form.  All workshops will be allocated on a first-booked first-served basis.  Please be aware that some sessions carry a limited number of spaces so we strongly urge you to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  It will not be possible for us to provide additional sessions of the most popular workshops.  Information on delegate fees, including the range of packages available can be found at the bottom of this page.

For each workshop, please indicate your first and second choice and we will do our best to allocate you to the sessions you have selected.

Monday 25th June 2018

08:30-10:00     Registration and Refreshments

10:00-10:15     Welcome by Stephen McCartney, NASMA Chair

10:15-11:00     Keynote Plenary - Guest Keynote Speakers

11:00-11:30     Refreshments

11:30-12:15     AGM

12:15-13:15     Lunch

13:15-14:45     Workshop 1

  • New Adviser Toolkit & Intro to NASMA
  • Beyond DSA
  • Good Practice in Hardship Funds
  • Poverty Commission - Taking the Report Forward
  • Getting the Best from Your Teams
  • Casework Panel, Reflections on Last Year

14:45-15:30     Refreshments and Networking

15:30-17:00     Workshop 2

  • Student Finance Essentials
  • Students and PIP - The Gateway Benefit
  • Non-standard Approach to Hardship Funds
  • Taking a Holistic Approach to Alleviating Money Stress
  • Is our Service Compliant?
  • Developing a Fin Cap Module: preparation, delivery and engagement     

17:00-19:30     Free time

19:30-20:00     Drinks Reception

20:00-24:00     Gala Dinner, Awards Presentation, Evening Entertainment

Tuesday 26th June 2018

09:30-10:30     Cross Nations Plenary and NHS Bursaries Update

10:30-11:15     Refreshments and Marketplace

11:15-12:45     Workshop 3

  • Immigration for Non-Immigration Advisers
  • The Student Debt Burden & Supporting Wellbeing
  • NHSBSA Learning Support Fund
  • Launching the Fin Cap Toolkit for Money Advisers
  • Migrant Workers

12:45:13:30     Lunch and Marketplace

13:30:15:00     Workshop 4

  • Challenging Student Finance Decisions around Lawful Residence
  • Whistle-Stop Tour of Universal Credit
  • Problem Gaming & Gambling Issues
  • Contributing to Financial Capability Research for Beginners
  • Estrangement and Independence

15:00-15:15     Refreshments

15:15-16:15     Final Plenary - Panel of Experts from the Money Advice Sector

16:30               Conference close and departure.

Delegate Fee Structure and Conference Packages   




Full 2-day Conference Rate

(Includes accommodation on Monday night, all meals including the Gala Dinner and entertainment)



2-day Day Delegate Rate

(Includes all meals, except the Gala Dinner and does not include accommodation)



1-day Day Delegate Rate

(Includes all meals, except the Gala Dinner and does not include accommodation.  The rate is the same for Monday or Tuesday)



Gala Dinner (Includes Evening Entertainment)



Extra Night B&B (Sunday or Tuesday)




Updated:  May 2018