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Annual Conference 2017

The NASMA 2017 Annual Conference will be held at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate from Monday 26th June to Wednesday 28th June.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Following on from last year’s hugely successful conference, we are proud to announce that the theme for the NASMA Annual Conference 2017 is:  ‘Making a Difference’.  As always, feedback has been taken on board and we have worked hard to reflect your comments in the range of diverse, engaging and professional workshops offered this year.  We hope the NASMA Making a Difference Conference 2017 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.  When you have decided on the workshops you would like to take, you can book your conference place via the online booking form, available here.  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 unlikely that we will be able to provide additional sessions of the popular workshops. 

We are pleased to advise that all conference fees remain the same as last year and there will be no increase to the pricing structure.  Further details, including a range of the delegate options available can be found at the bottom of this page.

Parking – there are a limited number of parking spaces available at the hotel and when these are all taken, further parking will be available at a local multi-storey car-park.  If you require a disabled parking place please email the NASMA office at: office@nasma.org.uk at the time of booking and we will reserve this for you.  There is no charge for parking.

Monday 26th June 2017

10:00-10:50         Registration, Refreshments and Marketplace

10:50-11:00         Welcome by Rob Ellis, NASMA Chair

11:00-12:15         Plenary Session

12:15-13:00         AGM

13:00-14:00         Lunch

14:00-15:30 Workshop 1

  • Introduction to Student Undergraduate Funding Part One (must be taken with Part 2)
  • Improving Your Service
  • Gambling Related Harm Amongst Students
  • Developing A Financial Capability Toolkit
  • Postgraduate Funding
  • Getting Registered with the FCA & Common Implications of CMA for Advisers at HE Providers
  • Transgender, Intersex and Non-Binary Students & Finance – Part 1 (must be taken with Part 2)

15:30-15:50         Refreshments and Marketplace

15:50-17:20 Workshop 2

  • Introduction to Student Undergraduate Funding Part 2 (must be taken with Part 1)
  • Using Insight, Evidence and Data to Improve Financial Capability
  • Drug Use in the UK; Trends, Signs and Tools of Engagement
  • Best Practice in Financial Capability
  • Independence via Estrangement
  • Different Approaches to Debt
  • Transgender, Intersex and Non-Binary Students & Finance – Part 2 (must be taken with Part 1)

17:20-17:35         Marketplace

Tuesday 27th June 2017

9:15-10:15           Plenary Session

10:15-10:35         Refreshments and Marketplace

10:35-12:20 Workshop 3

  • Introduction to Previous Study Rules
  • Project Management
  • Innovative Approaches for Supporting Under-represented Student Groups
  • Getting ready for the media – being interviewed without tears! 
  • NHS Student Services Update 2017
  • Universal Credit
  • HEP Portal Services Best Practice

12:20-13:20         Lunch

13:20-15:20 Workshop 4

  • Student Support Calculations
  • Developing Yourself and Your Team
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Peer Support in Money Advice
  • EEA Migrant Workers; a pragmatic student support perspective
  • Disability Benefits
  • US Loans Part 1 (must be taken with Part 2)

15:20-16:05         Refreshments

16:05-17:35 Workshop 5

  • Introduction to Benefits
  • Coaching Skills
  • Personal Mental Health and How to Stay Healthy
  • Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail – Financial Capability for Non-Traditional Students
  • Hardship Funds Guidance
  • Students and Tax Credits
  • US Loans Part 2 (must be taken with Part 1)

Wednesday 28th June 2017

10:00-11:00 Workshop 6

  • Making Video Resources for your Service
  • Chairing Meetings – Being a Great Chair
  • Finding a Work/Life Balance: practical solutions that work & enable your effectiveness in both domains
  • Resources Swap-Shop
  • Student Contracts & Student Accommodation Contracts:  The Implications of the CMA’s  Sector Guidance on Fees, Charges, Deposits & Refunds – Managing Payments & Refunds Fairly & Lawfully
  • Overpayments – Do we Need a Licence to Advise?
  • Advanced Skills in Advice Part 1 (Must be taken with Part 2 & Part 3)

11:00-11:20         Refreshments and Marketplace

11:20-12:20 Workshop 7

  • Expecting the Unexpected
  • Sharing Best Practice and ensuring quality in email advice
  • The Stand Alone Pledge
  • How to get Involved in NSMW
  • Change of Circumstances – an HEP Perspective
  • Council Tax- current issues, problems and answers – Part 1 (must be taken with Part 2)
  • Advanced Skills in Advice Part 2 (Must be taken with Part 1 & Part 3)

12:20-12:40         Refreshments and Marketplace

12:40-13:40 Workshop 8

  • The New Adviser Toolkit
  • Personal Reflection – an hour of power
  • Establishing & Maintaining Professional Boundaries (and what might happen if you don’t)
  • Student Finance & Part-Time Undergraduates in England
  • Hardship Fund Resources
  • Council Tax- current issues, problems and answers (must be taken with Part 1)
  • Advanced Skills in Advice Part 13 (Must be taken with Part 1 & Part 2)

13:40     Lunch

Conference Fees and Pricing Structure

Full Conference Package - includes 2 nights’ accommodation and all meals (including the Gala Dinner and entertainment).

  • Full conference rate for members         £500
  • Full conference rate for external delegates   £620

Additional accommodation on Sunday 25 June (B&B)   £100

Day Delegate Package (includes lunch, refreshments but NO evening meals or accommodation)

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

Accommodation rate per night (including breakfast)  £100

Monday night dinner and entertainment       £30

Tuesday night Gala Dinner                               £40