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NASMA Training & Professional Development Events 2018/19

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for NASMA's training and professional development events.  Please scroll down for further information on each course.  To book a place on any of the courses listed below, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.  

 

Course Title

Date

Location

Booking Status

Introduction to Student Funding

21/2/19

London

Open

Intermediate Student Finance

7/3/19

Liverpool

Open

Universal Credit & Students in Higher Education (in partnership with Disability Rights UK)

14/3/19

London

Open

Universal Credit & Students in Higher Education (in partnership with Disability Rights UK)

28/3/19

Manchester

Open

US Loans

3/4/19

Leeds

Open

Managers' Briefing Day

4/4/19

Leeds

Open

Immigration for Non-Immigration Advisers

9/4/19

Birmingham

Open

Previous Study Rules

13/5/19

Birmingham

Open

General Information

Unless otherwise stated, all NASMA one-day training events start at 10.00am and finish at 4:00 pm.

A minimum number of 10 delegates is required in order for a NASMA training course to run.  Within five days of booking onto a course you will receive confirmation from the NASMA Office that a place has been reserved for you.  This will be followed by confirmation that the course will run and full joining instructions.  If a course is not going to run due to insufficient numbers, you will be contacted by the NASMA Office no later than one week before the event.    Please do not make travel arrangements until it has been confirmed that the course is going ahead.

Rates for NASMA Training Events 2018/19

All NASMA one-day training events will be charged at the following rates:

  • Accredited/Ordinary Members:     £100
  • External Delegates:                          £220

Refreshments will be provided but please note that unless specifically stated, lunch is not provided at NASMA training events.

Introduction to Student Funding:  Thursday 21st February 2019, 10:00-16.00, King's College London (Strand Campus). 

CPD hours gained: 5 hours. 

Course Outline: This course will provide an overview of the key elements of student funding across the 4 nations including eligibility, entitlement, and change of circumstances, the application process, appeals, complaints and repayments.  The session also covers funding available for Teachers, Social Work students and Medics.  This session is a basic overview of a complex student funding system, so issues cannot be covered in depth.

Level:  Aimed at those who are new to Student Funding and those that need a refresher.

Trainers:  Jude Cringle and Julie Roberts:  Jude is currently NASMA's Vice-Chair Governance and Operations and has been an experienced Student Welfare Adviser at Middlesex University since 2001.  Before that she spent three and a half years as a Student Adviser at Newham College FE.  In her current role she provides specialist and confidential advice on a range of topics including: student financial support, money management, social security benefits, tax credits, childcare, housing, basic immigration law and general welfare.  Julie has been a student welfare advisor for almost 20 years, first with Middlesex University and currently with King’s College London.  She provides confidential advice and guidance to students on a range of issues but over the years, has tended to specialise in funding entitlements for Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Nurses and Medics.

To book a place on the above course at King's College London, please click the link at the bottom of this page. 

Intermediate Student Finance, Thursday 7th March 2019, 10:00-16:00, Liverpool John Moores University.  

CPD hours gained: 5 hours.

Course Outline:  This one day course will cover some of the more complex areas of student financial support including:

  • Calculating student finance entitlement including who is in the student's household, whose income counts in the calculation and how to check if calculations are correct
  • Current year income assessments, who is eligible, how to apply for one and what happens in years two and three
  • Independence and estrangement and how to support your students to evidence these for a student finance application

The information will primarily reference the regulations and guidance surrounding students from England.  The course will be delivered via trainer presentation, case studies and discussion so please come prepared to engage with these.

Level:  A general understanding of statutory funding is required to benefit fully from this course.

Trainers:  Lynne Condell MBE and Jo Gibson.  Lynne is the manager of the Monday Advice Team at the Liverpool John Moores University.  From 2008 to 2012 she was the Chair of NASMA and still plays an active role in the student money advice sector.  She represents NASMA on a number of stakeholder liaison 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 is Associate Director, Students Services 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.  Jo has previously worked at the University of Reading and at York St John University.

To book a place on the above course at Liverpool John Moores University, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Universal Credit & Students in Higher Education (London) - in partnership with Disability Rights UK, Thursday 14th March 2019, 10:00-16:00, London Metropolitan University.  

CPD hours gained:  5 hours.

Course Outline:  This training is aimed at university student advisers who need an update on universal credit and how it affects students in higher education. 

The contents includes:

  • Key Features of universal credit
  • Areas of concern / support
  • How disabled students  and student with children can qualif
  • Update on transitional arrangements for disabled students
  • Student Finance - what counts as income 
  • Step by Step UC calculation
  • Resources and contacts

Level:  Aimed at all levels but some knowledge or experience of advising on benefits will help make sense of the changes.

Trainer:  Debbie Witton.  Debbie is a welfare rights expert with over 25 years' experience as a case worker, mental health specialist, supervisor and trainer. For 10 years she contributed to the student section of the Disability Rights Handbook. Debbie regularly runs benefits workshops for NASMA and training for Disability Rights UK. A qualified adult education teacher, Debbie is able to communicate complex social security 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.

To book a place on the above course at London Metropolitan University, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Universal Credit & Students in Higher Education (Manchester) - in partnership with Disability Rights UK, Thursday 28th March 2019, 10:00-16:00, The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University.  

CPD hours gained:  5 hours.

Course Outline:  This training is aimed at university student advisers who need an update on universal credit and how it affects students in higher education. 

The contents includes:

  • Key Features of universal credit
  • Areas of concern / support
  • How disabled students  and student with children can qualif
  • Update on transitional arrangements for disabled students
  • Student Finance - what counts as income 
  • Step by Step UC calculation
  • Resources and contacts

Level:  Aimed at all levels but some knowledge or experience of advising on benefits will help make sense of the changes.

Trainer:  Debbie Witton.  Debbie is a welfare rights expert with over 25 years' experience as a case worker, mental health specialist, supervisor and trainer. For 10 years she contributed to the student section of the Disability Rights Handbook. Debbie regularly runs benefits workshops for NASMA and training for Disability Rights UK. A qualified adult education teacher, Debbie is able to communicate complex social security 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.

To book a place on the above course at The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

US Loans, Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 10:00-16:00, Leeds Beckett University.  

CPD hours gained:  5 hours.

Course Outline:  This session will take you through the basics of administering US Student Loans – from institutional eligibility requirements, policies and procedures, systems and requirements and how to actually assess eligibility and entitlement for loans. We will then cover how you actually schedule disbursements and the timescales involved, look at some of the key resources available to support you and how to successfully pass an audit.

Level:  The session is suitable for those with no prior experience of US Loans as well as those needing a refresher.  Please bring a calculator!

Trainer:  Keith Houghton.  Keith has been Head of Student Life at Kingston University since 2012. His portfolio includes a number of advisory services along with accommodation, fund administration and US Financial Aid. Prior to this he was Head of Student Funding and was NASMA Chair from 2002 – 2006. He has appeared as a panellist on student finance on BBC Radio 4’s Moneybox Live programme and is the author of the 2003 publication Manage your student finances now! He also contributes to the UKCISA Handbook, CPAG Students and Benefits Handbook and CPAG Debt Advice Handbook.

To book a place on the above course at Leeds Beckett University, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Managers' Briefing Day, Thursday 4th April 2019, 10:00-16:00, Leeds Beckett University.  

CPD hours gained:  5 hours.

Course Outline: TBC

Level: Anyone who is an experienced manager, or seeking to go into a manger role.

Trainer:  Will Cooper.  Will has worked as Head of Student Services at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute for the last 3 and a half years.  He has also worked in Welfare Advice teams at Roehampton and Middlesex Universities.  In other professional worlds he has worked as a trainer delivering mental health awareness sessions to frontline staff.  He also works as Head Coach for Imperial College Hockey and as Elite Coach at Reigate Priory Hockey club.  In a previous life he worked in musical theatre and stand-up comedy.

To book a place on the above course at Leeds Beckett University, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Immigration for Non-Immigration Advisers, Tuesday 9th April 2019, 10:00-16:00, Aston University.  

CPD hours gained:  5 hours

Course Outline:  TBC

Level: Experienced case workers looking to expand their knowledge in the more tricky areas of student finance where immigration may be a factor.  Not suitable for beginners.

Trainer:  Gemma Zebedee.  Gemma has worked in the Higher Education sector for almost 18 years across 3 institutions in both students’ Unions and University services.  She has background in legal advice on issues ranging from housing to debt management and has been providing advice and assistance on immigration matters since 2002.  She currently works as part of the visa advice team at Aston University but has previously advised home and EU students on Student Support funding applications. 

To book a place on the above course at Aston University, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Previous Study Rules, Monday 13th May 2019, 10:00-16:00, University of Birmingham.  

CPD hours gained:  5 hours.

Course Outline:  This one day course will cover the principles of the previous study rules and how these are applied.  It will include:-

  • When previous study is counted and when it is disregarded;
  • Which regulations to refer to and how these are applied to applications;
  • How compelling personal reasons and exit qualifications impact on the regulations and subsequent entitlement.

The information will primarily reference the regulations and guidance surrounding students from England.  The course will be delivered via trainer presentation, case studies and discussion so please come prepared to engage with these.

Level:  A general understanding of statutory funding is required to benefit fully from this course.

Trainers:  Lynne Condell MBE and Jo Gibson.  Lynne is the manager of the Monday Advice Team at the Liverpool John Moores University.  From 2008 to 2012 she was the Chair of NASMA and still plays an active role in the student money advice sector.  She represents NASMA on a number of stakeholder liaison 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 is Associate Director, Students Services 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.  Jo has previously worked at the University of Reading and at York St John University.

To book a place on the above course at the University of Birmingham, please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Rates for NASMA Training Events 2018/19

All NASMA one-day training events will be charged at the following rates:

  • Accredited/Ordinary Members:     £100
  • External Delegates:                           £220

To book a place on any of the above NASMA training courses please click here.

 

 

 

Last updated January, 2019