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NASMA Training Events 2016/17 

The booking form for these events is available HERE.


NASMA Development Day - University of Nottingham

Wednesday 29th November 10:00am - 4:00pm

The booking form for this event is available HERE.

You will have a choice between two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon
Morning Session (10:00am -12:30pm)

Students and Benefits (Universal Credit)

Afternoon Session (1:30pm - 4:00pm)

Previous Study 
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Students & Benefits 

Session Description: This session will focus on Universal Credit but will look at the benefits it replaces as well.

  • An introduction to universal credit and how students are affected What is Universal Credit?
  • How and when will universal credit replace existing benefits?
  • How do students qualify?
  • How is UC is paid?
  • How does UC help pay the rent?
  • How is student income treated
  • Easy Step by step calculation
  • Universal Credit contacts and resource
Trainer:  Debbie Witton

Debbie is a welfare rights expert who has worked in the field since 1990 as a case worker, mental health specialist, supervisor and trainer. For 8 years she worked in partnership with SKILL delivering disability benefits training and for 10 years contributed to the Disability Rights Handbook. She regularly runs benefit workshops for NASMA.  A qualified adult education teacher, Debbie is able to communicate complex legislation through training that is fun, practical and relevant to non-specialists. Debbie is currently a senior welfare rights officer and trainer for Salford Welfare Rights Service.


Session Description: Stand Alone offers support services to prevent estranged adults becoming vulnerable. We talk openly about the experience of family estrangement to help others lead lives that are less isolated. This session will cover the changes to estranged student finance. We will outline the new process, the correct procedure for complex cases and the best ways to help students feel supported through the process. 

Trainer: Susan Mueller

Susan is HE Project Director and is leading Stand Alone's Pledge project to help estranged young people to overcome disadvantage.

Previous Study 

Session Description:  Do you sometimes wonder which previous study will count and how it will impact on funding available? Participants will gain an understanding of the regulations relating to prior study and how to apply them to simple case studies. The session will focus on the regulations for students from England and will be delivered via trainer delivery, discussion and case studies.

Trainers: Lynne Condell MBE - Lynne is the manager of the Money Advice Team at the Liverpool John Moores University. From 2008 to 2012 she was the Chair of the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). She still plays an active role in the student money advice sector and represents NASMA on a number of stakeholder groups including the Student Finance England/Student Finance Wales Operations Group and the Vulnerable Students Stakeholder Group. Lynne has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years and in 2013 was awarded an MBE for her services to Higher Education. Jo Gibson - Jo is Head of Student Information & Advice at Leeds Beckett University. Prior to this, Jo worked for NASMA for three years as Strategy & Development Manager, and served as Training Officer on the NASMA Board from 2007-2010. She continues to represent NASMA nationally on the Money Advice Liaison Group. Jo has previously worked at the University of Reading and at York St John

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Session Description: 

  • The difficulties faced by young asylum seekers and refugees in their educational progression, especially HE
  • Eligibility for student finance and home fee status
  • Legal and policy developments affecting access to HE for young people in the asylum process
  • Alternative educational progression routes and sources of funding
  • Sharing best practice and practical information
  • Objectives of the workshop are to help practitioners:
  • Understand the differences between basic immigration statuses and the difficulties that young asylum seekers and refugees face in accessing HE
  • Be informed about young people’s eligibility for student finance, home fee status, and other forms of support
  • Find out about recent legal and policy developments
  • Share best practice and practical information
  • Grow in ability and confidence to support young asylum seekers and refugees to access HE

Trainer: Emily Bowerman

As part of the senior management team, Emily contributes to the overall direction and running of Refugee Support Network as well as overseeing our higher education programme. Emily is an expert in the field of access to university for refugee and asylum seeking youth, and combines direct support to young people with running training to frontline staff and decision-makers within HE institutions. A co-author of RSN’s research into young Afghans at the end of the asylum process and of a recent study into access to higher education for refugees in low resource environments, Emily has written and spoken widely about issues affecting refugee and asylum-seeking youth at international conferences and in the national press. Emily has over 15 years experience in voluntary sector agencies in the UK and overseas. She is a qualified TEFL teacher and has an MSc in Migration and Development. 

CPD Hours (which can be used towards Accreditation ): 5 hours 
Delegate Rates: Pricing Tier 3 (see below)

Training Event Rates:

Pricing Tier 1

  • Accredited/Ordinary Members: £40
  • Associate Members: £60
  • External Delegates: £100
Pricing Tier 2

  • Accredited/Ordinary Members: £75
  • Associate Members: £100
  • External Delegates: £180
Pricing Tier 3

  • Accredited/Ordinary Members: £100
  • Associate Members: £130
  • External Delegates: £225
Please note that unless specifically stated, lunch is not provided at NASMA training events.


Last updated 5th July 2017