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Annual Conference 2019

The NASMA Annual Conference 2019 will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June 2019. 

Following on from last year's hugely successful conference, we are proud to announce that the theme for this year's event is:  'It's Complicated'.  As always, feedback has been carefully considered and we have worked hard to reflect your comments both in the style and format of the 2-day Conference.  There are 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 Celebration.  We hope that Conference 2019 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 highly beneficial and enjoyable experience.

Workshop information 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 conference 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.  The deadline for booking onto Conference19 is Monday 17th June 2019.

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 24th June 2019

08:30-10:00     Registration and Refreshments

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

10:10-10:55     Keynote Plenary - Guest Keynote Speakers

11:00-12:00     Workshop 1

  • Universal Credit for Beginners
  • Introduction to PIP
  • HEBSS Portal Services Best Practice
  • MAS Project Toolkit
  • Peer Support in Money Advice

12:00-12:45     AGM

12:45-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:00     Workshop 2

  • Challenging PIP Decisions
  • Universal Credit/Disabilities/ESA - Part One (must be taken with part two)
  • Good Practice in Hardship Funds
  • Developing a Financial Capability Module - preparation, delivery & engagement
  • Evidencing Service Impact

15:00-15:30     Refreshments and Networking

15:30-17:15     Workshop 3

  • Student Finance Essentials
  • Universal Credit: the big calculation - Part Two (must be taken with part one)
  • Hardship Funds & Financial Capability
  • Transgender Awareness
  • Creating Happiness in the Workplace

19:30-20:00     Drinks Reception

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

Tuesday 25th June 2019

09:30-11:00     Workshop 4

  • Residence Conditions for Student Finance
  • Why Don't Home & International Students Integrate?
  • Establishing & Maintaining Professional Boundaries
  • Supporting Students with Addictions
  • Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

11:00-11.20     Refreshments and Networking

11:20-12:20     Finance Regulations - Cross Nations Plenary & NHS Bursaries Update

12:20-13:00     Lunch

13:00 - 14:45   Workshop 5

  • Challenging Lawful Residency
  • NSMW19 - What Worked. 
  • Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Students and Mental Health
  • NHS - Policy and Learner Support Fund Updates

14:45- 15:00    Refreshments and Networking

15:00-16:00     Final Plenary - Q&A with Panel of Experts

16:00                Conference close and departure.

Delegate Fee Structure and Conference Packages 2019     

The deadline for all bookings is Monday 17th June 2019.                                     

Type of Package



Full 2 day Conference Rate

(includes accommodation on Monday night, all meals and the  Gala Dinner and evening entertainment)



2 day Delegate Rate

(includes refreshments and lunch but not breakfast or the Gala Dinner and does not include accommodation)



1 day Delegate Rate

(includes refreshments and lunch but not breakfast or the Gala Dinner and does not include accommodation.  The rate is the same for Monday or Tuesday)



Conference Gala Dinner (includes evening entertainment)



Extra night B&B (Sunday or Tuesday)











Update:  May 2019