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Providing professional training and development to those working within Students Money Advice.

Training & Development

NASMA offers a variety of training and development events throughout the year both regionally and nationally.  Events include formal training by nationally recognised experts which ensures our members are kept up to date with the latest funding changes as they occur, and properly equipped to tackle difficult cases, as well as those issues that they deal with on a day to day basis.

NASMA Mail-base

NASMA members benefit from access to the mail-base 365 days a year. This is a JISCMail forum which provides an opportunity for members to learn from and contribute to an active and thematic dialogue of funding topics.

Regional Meetings

Regional Meetings take place around 3 times per membership year. These meetings provide regional training opportunities and are a platform to share information and best practice. As NASMA is member-led, the agenda and guest speakers are always relevant to members’ needs.

Delivering an effective support network since 1995.

We have members in all four countries in the UK and collectively we are recognised as the leading authority on all matters relating to student advice and funding.

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Join a national community of student advisors

NASMA is the National Association of Student Money Advisers. We have members in all four countries in the UK and collectively we are recognised as the leading authority on all matters relating to student advice and funding.

Kellie McAlonan


Jude Cringle

Vice-Chair Finance

Louise Miles

Vice-Chair Governance & Operations

Shahida Ahmed

Vice-Chair Training & Development

Louise Reid

Financial Capability Champion

Abigail Keay

Campaigns Coordinator

Emma-Jane Quirke

England Policy

Debbie Forsey

Northern Ireland Policy

Pamela Lockhart

Scotland Policy

Einir England

Wales Policy


Why Join NASMA?

NASMA membership provides a community of support. The website contains useful and informative training and development along with a dedicated Members Area containing additional resources and materials.

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Annual Conference

The NASMA Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to network with other NASMA members from across the UK, as well as to attend a programme of high-quality training and development workshops.

Student Money Advice Awards

Our prestigious Student Money Advice Awards are awarded annually at the Gala Dinner that takes place as part of our conference. They provide a great opportunity for members to showcase their hard work, and to share this best practice and success with the sector.

Accreditation and CPD

NASMA operate an accreditation scheme for  members, at no extra cost. There are lots of opportunities to work towards this, such as attendance at Regional Meetings and NASMA training events which contribute to CPD hours. There are also opportunities to join committees and working groups which is an ideal way of gaining additional CPD development.


Through the NASMA Board and experienced NASMA members, we are able to reach key decision makers with the experiences of those working directly with students. Through the strength of the membership and our excellent links we can raise matters of relevance and are often consulted before final decisions are made. This extends beyond student funding, across to debt and welfare benefits and other issues that impact on students.

Learn live, refresh later.

Our courses are live and interactive with real case studies. Following the session, we carefully collate the session information, removing sensitive information, into a summary document so you can check back to refresh your knowledge whenever suits.

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Featured Courses

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DATE: 23/04/24 Nasma Members Only
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FCA Authorisation – What Student Money Advisers need to know

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FCA Authorisation – What Student Money Advisers need to know

Date: 23rd April 2024
Time: 09:30 - 11:00
Location: NASMA Website
Facilitated by: FCA

In this session, Alex MacDermott from the FCA’s Authorisations Division will explain when student money advisers’ employers need to be authorised by the FCA, what this means in practice and benefits this provides to employers and students.

The session will cover:

  • How to work out if you need to be authorised
  • The typical permissions a money adviser would need
  • When permission wouldn’t be needed
  • The benefits of authorisation for you and your students

Alex will also explain the jargon associated with regulation and bust some common myths about FCA permissions.


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DATE: 24/04/24 Nasma Members Only
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Equality Network delivers: LGBT+ awareness session

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Equality Network delivers: LGBT+ awareness session

Date: 24th April 2024
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: NASMA Website
Facilitated by: Equality Network

This LGBT+ awareness session broadly explores LGBT+ terminology and definitions, social attitudes and experiences of discrimination faced by LGBT+ people, followed by LGBT+ equality and inclusion good practice.

The session is delivered as a mixture of PowerPoint presentations, short films and group discussions together with a Q&A.

It is intended to help people gain a greater level of understanding and confidence and be less afraid of getting things wrong when interacting with or supporting LGBT+ people.

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DATE: 10/04/24 Nasma Members Only
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Gaming and Gambling within the LGBTQ+ Community

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Gaming and Gambling within the LGBTQ+ Community

Date: 10th April 2024
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: NASMA Website
Facilitated by: YGAM

This one-hour session will give professionals an overview of some new research which looks at the influences on gaming and gambling harms within LGBTQ+ communities. It will also draw upon findings from Public Health England and include research undertaken by Dr Reece Bush-Evans of Bournemouth University.

By the end of the session, you will:

- Know what is meant by gambling and gambling harm.
- Understand why LGBTQ+ people might game/gamble.
- Understand why LGBTQ+ people are at higher risk of experiencing gambling harm.
- Recognise the relationship between gaming/gambling, mental health, and LGBTQ+ life stressors.
- Know where to access available treatment and support.

Topics covered include:

- Gaming/Gambling harms.
- Research from Bournemouth University.
- Mental health and life stressors within the LGBTQ+ community.
- Influences and advertisement.
- Where to find help/support.