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Annual Conference 2016

The 2016 Annual Conference will be held at The St. John's Hotel, Solihull from Monday 27th-Wednesday 29th June.

Following on from last year’s hugely successful conference, and the theme of NASMA Working for You, we are proud to announce that the theme for the NASMA Annual Conference 2016 is ‘NASMA Working As One’.   As always, feedback has been carefully considered and we have worked hard to reflect this in the wide range of diverse, engaging and professional workshops offered this year.  We hope The NASMA Working As One Conference 2016 will provide a perfect 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 comprehensive Workshop Descriptions booklet can be found here.   We suggest that you download this document and use it as a guide when making your workshop choices.  It also gives information on the suitability and ‘level’ of workshops, along with Trainer Profiles for each session. Once you have decided on the workshops you would like to take, they can be booked via the online booking form.  All workshops will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please be aware that some sessions carry a limited number of places, so we strongly urge you to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  It is highly unlikely that we will be able to provide additional sessions of popular workshops.  Information on conference fees, including the range of delegate options 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 ensure that you get the sessions you want. 

Monday 27 June 2016

10:00-11:00         Registration, Refreshments and Marketplace

11:00-11:15         Welcome by Rob Ellis, NASMA Chair

11:15-12:00         Cross-Nations Plenary

12:00-13:00         Lunch

13:00-14:00         AGM

14:00-14:15         Refreshments and Marketplace

14:15-15:45 – Workshop 1

  • Dealing with Bailiffs        
  • Access to HE – Young Asylum Seekers & Refugees – Part 1 (must be taken with part 2)
  • Hardship Funds
  • Major Council Tax Developments in 2016  – Part 1 (must be taken with part 2)
  • Using Management Information with your Service
  • Introduction to Student Undergraduate Funding – Part 1 (must be taken with part 2)
  • Domestic Violence & Young People

15:45-16:15         Networking and Marketplace

16:15-17:15 – Workshop 2

  • Introducing the Standard Financial Statement
  • Access to HE - Young Asylum Seekers & Refugees – Part 2 (must be taken with part 1)
  • Financial Support for Students from the Republic of Ireland
  • Major Council Tax Developments in 2016 - Part 2 (must be taken with part 1)
  • Trusts and Funds
  • Introduction to Student Undergraduate Funding Part 2 (must be taken with part 1)
  • Supporting Student Mental Health

17:15-18:00 – Regional ‘Meet and Greet’

19:30     Evening Dinner and Entertainment

Tuesday 28 June 2016

9:00-10:00           Keynote Session

10:00-10:45         Networking and Marketplace

10:45-12:30         Workshop 3

  • Introduction to Benefits for Students
  • Student Support Calculations 2016
  • Project Management
  • Square Peg Debts – getting your priorities right
  • Learning from Failure Demand - Part 1 (must be taken with Parts 2 and 3)
  • EEA Migrant Workers:  a pragmatic student support perspective
  • NHS Student Bursaries and Social Work Bursaries

12:30-13:30         Lunch

13:30-15:00         Workshop 4

  • Students and Benefits – Advanced
  • Calculating Supplementary Grants
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • An Introduction to FE Funding: How to Support Foundation Students in times of Financial Change
  • Learning from Failure Demand Part 2 (must be taken with parts 1 and 3)
  • Fitness to Study Policy
  • Supporting Vulnerable Students (Background & Policy)

15:00-15:30         Networking and Marketplace

15:30-17:00         Workshop 5

  • Students and Tax Credits
  • Introduction to Previous Study Rules
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Advanced Learner Loans - The Growing Landscape of Loans in FE
  • Learning from Failure Demand Part 3 (must be taken with parts 1 and 2)
  • Interactive Engagement with Students
  • Good Practice in Supporting Vulnerable Students

19:00     Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation

Wednesday 29 June, 2016

10:00-10:15         Closing Remarks and Farewell by Rob Ellis, NASMA Chair

10:15-10:45         Networking and Marketplace

10:45-12:15         Workshop 6

  • Disability Benefits – Overview
  • Disability – What you Need to Know
  • Planning Effective Campaigns
  • Vulnerability & Debt
  • Preparing for Change – The Disabled Students Allowance
  • Delivering Money Advice by Email
  • Estrangement and Independence (Finances)

12:15-13:15         Lunch

13:15-14:45         Workshop 7

  • Disability Benefits – Challenging Decisions/Appeals
  • Postgraduate Funding
  • Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail – Financial Capability for Non-Traditional Students
  • The Potential Impact of Substance Use on Finances, Today & Future Earning Potential
  • Let’s see Ourselves as Others See Us – Letting Students Manage our Expectations
  • Delivering Money Advice by Phone
  • A Taste of Mindfulness

Price structure 

  • Full Conference Rate for members:                          £500
  • Full Conference external rate:                                   £615      

The full rate includes 2 nights’ accommodation and all meals (including Gala Dinner and entertainment).

  • Day delegate rate for members:                                £120
  • Day delegate rate for externals:                                 £180

The day delegate rate includes lunch, tea & coffee but not evening meals or accommodation.

Additional accommodation (B&B) on Sunday 26th June:   £100