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Meet the NASMA Board

 

Kellie McAlonan, NASMA Chair

I have been working in Student Services at the University of the West of Scotland since 2008. Initially joining the team as a Student Support Adviser, I moved on to become the Student Funding Team Leader and have been in this role for over 10 years. Since taking on this role the team has developed significantly to become a proactive service for students, with the development of financial capability skills being a core strategy in our service delivery.

I have been on the NASMA Board since 2017 in the role of Scotland Policy Rep and have thoroughly enjoyed this experience. During this time I represented NASMA on the Scottish Government Project Board that has delivered the new Student Information Scotland resource, designed to be an initial and comprehensive resource for all types of students embarking on study, and includes a financial capability focus.

Through this role I have also worked closely with SAAS, developing a working relationship that features NASMA as a partner in operational and strategic discussions, and representing the views of Scottish members.

I look forward to continuing to be part of the NASMA Board, this time in the position of Chair, and look forward to working with the Board, NASMA Office, Committees and wider membership to support our members.

Vice-Chair Governance & Operations, Jude Cringle

Jude CringleI am an experienced Student Welfare Adviser and have been at Middlesex University since 2001.  Before that I spent three and a half years as a Student Adviser at Newham College FE.  In my current role I provide 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.  The advice is delivered through one-to-one casework, student workshops and targeted events.  My wealth of experience in the sector has allowed me to develop my knowledge based skills as well as practical skills and I hope to bring these to the Board. 

 

Vice-Chair Finance, to be confirmed

 

Emma-Jane Quirke, England Policy

 Hi, I’m Emma–Jane Quirke. I’ve been a member of NASMA for about 15 years. I have been regional chair for the North East Region for about 5 years. NASMA has been invaluable to me as a support network and I am delighted to be part of the Board now. I have worked at Leeds Trinity University since 2005 as a Student Adviser, providing general welfare advice to students but mainly focusing on Money Advice. I also manage the university hardship funds. One of the main parts of my role is helping applicants and students with their student finance applications, eligibility queries and delayed funding problems so I hope I am well placed to be a point of liaison for NASMA with the SLC on student finance matters.

 

Judith McMeekin, Northern Ireland Policy

 I have been working in the Student Wellbeing team at Ulster University from September 2014, initially as a Student Wellbeing Assistant, before moving into the role of Student Money Coordinator in October 2015.  From my commencement in this role, we have designed and implemented an online financial support application process that allows students to submit and track applications throughout the academic year, from the comfort of their own home.

This new way of working aided us in our goal of developing an holistic approach, ensuring that not only did our students receive financial support where required, but offering support and guidance (from funding your studies to money management), seamless referrals into other areas of our wellbeing team, signposting to external support agencies and providing proactive support in increasing student’s financially capability further, with the roll-out of our ‘Mind Your Money’ workshops in 2017. 

Our team of two became three in 2019 and we have continued to expand on our supportand guidance to students, with a renewed focus on our social media streams.Throughout my time at Ulster, I have developed strong working relationships with various external agencies, charities and regional organisations, such as local SFNI offices and FE colleges. My downtime has changed recently since completing my part-time degree. I can now focus on completing Netflix. 

 

Scotland Policy - Pamela Lockhart 

My name is Pamela Lockhart and I am the Student Funding Adviser at the University of Dundee. I joined Student Services 14 years ago. Prior to moving into the Student Funding Unit in July 2019, I was the Receptionist in Disability Services.

In my current role, I offer one to one support, advice, and guidance to current and prospective students. I do this on a range of funding issues including funding entitlement, withdrawals and ‘Plus One’ queries. I make recommendations to the Panel for Financial Aid and can influence awards made by it.  I liaise with SAAS on a regular basis to gather information or to follow up queries from students and staff. During my time here at the University, I have built up a strong support network to whom I can refer students should they require specialist support.

Someone once told me that ‘NASMA membership is what you make of it’ - which is certainly true. Being part of the NASMA community is a great place for connecting with other like-minded professionals in order to share knowledge and to network. Since becoming the Scottish Policy Representative in November last year I have embraced the new challenge which has taken me out of my comfort zone. Through NASMA I have been involved in the Student Hardship Taskforce run by the Scottish Government and was interviewed live on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Money Box’ – something I never imagined I would ever do. [Interesting fact: I have recently started to learn to play the piano but luckily for my husband and 7-year-old daughter there is a volume button on the keyboard!].

 

Board Vacancies:

There are currently 4 vacant positions on the NASMA Board.  If you are interested in any of these roles please do not hesitate to contact the NASMA office at:  office@nasma.org.uk

 

  • Vice-Chair Training & Development
  • Wales Policy
  • Financial Capability Champion
  • Campaigns Coordinator

 

 

Last Updated: January 2022