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Student Money Advice Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce the Winners of the NASMA Student Money Advice Awards 2018

The awards were open to all advisers and fund administrators registered as a 2017-18 NASMA member and working to support further and higher education students in the UK.   The awards have been presented annually since 2012 to raise awareness of, and to promote the fantastic work that NASMA members do.  There were seven award categories and the winners were selected by a Panel of Judges made up of experts within the student money advice sector.  The results were announced at our Annual Conference Gala Dinner in June. 

NASMA Award Winners 2018 and Judges' comments:

Student Money Adviser of the Year – John Tate, Leeds Beckett University

Judges' comments:  “John is clearly well-regarded by students, he delivers workshops for particularly disadvantaged groups and targets support to where it is needed most.  He is committed to partnership working within and beyond the institution, contributing to money advice not only in his institution – a very worthy candidate.”

Fund/Bursary Administrator of the Year – Sam Wainwright, Leeds Beckett University

Judges' comments: “Sam has led change in his institution, partnerships well with other departments and is dedicated to the role and to finding ways of supporting those students with additional needs.”

Best Partnership Award - University of Plymouth Student Funding Unit and UPSU Advice Team

Judges' comments:  "A solid partnership in every sense of the word.  Excellent work with the university’s wellbeing team as financial issues and mental health issues are very often connected.  They used innovative means of engaging students through surveys, competitions and workshops.”

Innovative Activity Award – Swansea University

Judges' comments: "Wow! What a fantastic project with positive outcomes for financial capability and student life skills but also going full circle to contribute towards engagement between ‘town and gown’.  An interesting initiative that others could learn from.”

Financial Capability Engagement Award – University of the West of England

Judges' comments: "A sustainable way of delivering critical skills and knowledge.  Really impressed with the programme and the vast range of topics covered, as well as the increase in student numbers and the flexibility of the team to reflect and consider continuous improvement of their course.  Well done.”

Region of the Year – North East Region

Judges' comments: "The fantastic work that this region carries out is commendable - from the extensive range of speakers and training at regional meetings, to assisting with the consultation process.  The many initiatives and success stories from across the region include: Northumbria University’s on-line application process for Hardship Funds; Leeds Beckett’s summer workshops for single parents and York University’s live chat facility, to name a few. They have been pipped at the post several times in previous years, so we are delighted to announce them as worthy winners of this year’s Region of the Year.”

NEW for 2018 - NASMA Chair’s Award - Lynne Condell, Liverpool John Moores University

A new award introduced and awarded by Stephen McCartney, NASMA Chair.  The award this year was given ‘in recognition of continued outstanding contribution to NASMA’ and we are delighted to announce that the winner of this prestigous award is:  Lynne Condell, Liverpool John Moores University.  Stephen said:  “Lynne is a valuable member of NASMA and the T&D Committee, she has helped to organize conference and regularly delivers NASMA training events up and down the country.  She contributes to consultations, represents NASMA at external stakeholder meetings and has been an incredible support to me in my first year as NASMA Chair.”

Many congratulations to all our 2018 award winners and nominees.



Updated August, 2018