A message from the chair
Dear NASMA members
Welcome to a new academic year, and welcome to our new look newsletter – we hope you find it informative and a helpful means of locating information on the NASMA website.
We have already had a busy year in terms of new staffing arrangements. Danielle Thornton is our full-time Administrator/Events Co-ordinator, and Angela Greenbank is our part-time Administrator. Danielle and Angela have contributed some great ideas, and we hope you will join us in welcoming them to NASMA. We are currently recruiting for the vacant role of Strategy & Development Manager, and interviews are due to take place in the middle of October.
This year sees us launching our accredited membership scheme. The priorities around recruitment of staff have, unfortunately, resulted in a delay in releasing our 13/14 training plan, but we will be announcing this soon via the mailbase – so please keep a look out for announcements. Planning for APDE 2014 is also underway. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the accreditation materials already published on the website so you can begin to plan your professional development opportunities over the next year.
NASMA have teamed up with the NUS in launching an e-petition for monthly payments of student finance. We have long been campaigning for a change in the way funding is paid to students, and with the Student Loans Company re-designing its systems for 2015/16, we feel the time is right for this issue to be brought to the fore. The petition is now live and available on our website – we will need 100,000 signatures to bring this matter before parliament: please ensure you promote the campaign to students and colleagues (and anyone else who’ll support it).
Financial Capability Project Bid
We’ve also been busy placing a bid to secure funding for a major project to promote financial capability. The emphasis is on supporting students’ financial skills during their study and towards the start of their career, so that graduates are better placed to manage their financial affairs. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed our bid will be successful – we’ll let you know in due course.
Policy and Resources
We remain active in maintaining links with national policy makers and stakeholder events, and in the review and creation of new resources on the website – so please remember to check it regularly. We are also working in partnership with the Money Advice Service to develop new resources – some of which may be used to support National Student Money Week. If you have any ideas, or resources you have already developed and happy to share, please let us know.
I’d like to personally wish you all well in what will no doubt be another busy year in the world of student money advice, and look forward to seeing lively debate on the mailbase in the coming weeks.