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NASMA Training & Professional Development Events 21/22

We're delighted to announce that our first term's training schedule for the 21/22 membership year is now available and open for bookings!  Due to the continuing uncertaintly surrounding the COVID pandemic, all NASMA training events will continue to be delivered virtually, via our new online training platform.  Please see below for our current events, along with information on fees and the online booking form.  The schedule is updated constantly, so please check back on a regular basis for new topics.

FEES for NASMA training 21/22

Member Rates:

  • £40 (for courses up to 2 hours duration)
  • £60 (for courses of 2-4 hours duration - over one or more days)
  • £80 (whole day events - for courses of more than 4 hours - over one or more days)

External Delegate Rates:

  • £100 (for courses up to 2 hours duration)
  • £120 (for courses of 2-4 hours duration - over one or more days)
  • £150 (whole day events - for courses of more than 4 hours - over one or more days)

Where an event consist of more than one session, you are required to attend all sessions for that course.  

NASMA Online Training Schedule 2021/22

Course Outlines for each event are posted further down this page and information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

Topic

No of Sessions

Date

Time

Fee

Status

Universal Credit for Students

two

21/10/21

11.30-1.00

2.00-3.30

£60 member

£120 external

Closed

Evidencing Independence & Estrangement for Student Finance

one

2/11/21

10.00-12.00

£40 member

£100 external

Open

Residency for Student Funding after BREXIT

two

15/11/21 &

17/11/21

10.00-11.30

10.00-11.30

£60 member

£120 external

Open

Student Support Funding & Tuition fee Assessment

two

29/11/21 &

1/12/21

10.00-11.30

10.00-11.30

£60 member

£120 external

Open

Previous Study Rules

two

TBA

 

 

 

Introduction to Student Funding

 

TBA

 

 

 

General Information
NASMA will continue to provide a range of free regular webinar events for NASMA Members across the 21/22 membership year, which will include the following topics:

  • SFE/SFW Updates (regular events across the year)
  • NHS Funding Update
  • Gambling & Gaming Harm Prevention Training
  • BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later)
  • Higher Education Support Fund Updates
  • SAAS Funding for Advisers outside Scotland

CPD Credits

NASMA awards one CPD credit for each hour of online training you attend and half a credit for each half-hour of training.  If you attend an event that is 90 minutes long you will receive 1.5 hours of CPD credits.  CPD credits apply for both free and fee-paying events. 

NASMA training events are delivered on the Zoom application via our online training platform.  Log-in details and joining instructions will be provided for each event after your place on the course has been confirmed by the NASMA Office.

How to book onto a NASMA training event.

Below you will find further information, including a course outline for each NASMA event.  There is a separate booking form for each course.  To book onto an event, click on the title of the course you wish to attend and a link will open the booking form for that course.  Complete the booking form and press 'submit' to book your place.  You will receive confirmation of your booking within 3 working days of receipt.  You will then receive joining instructions and log-in details to join the event.  If you have not received confirmation from the NASMA Office within 3 working days of submitting your booking, please telephone Catherine Pickles on 07710 418228.

How to book onto NASMA's free webinars - MEMBERS ONLY

All NASMA's free webinars and training events are advertised via the NASMA mail-base.  Our free events are open to all current members.  To book a place, please email the NASMA Office and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • NASMA Membership Number
  • Email address

You will receive confirmation of your booking within three days of receipt followed by joining instructions and webinar log-in details.

Current Events  

Universal Credit for Students 21 October, (2 sessions) 11:30-13:00 & 14:00-15:30

CPD hours gained: 

Overview:  this course covers:

  • The principles of UC
  • The issues for students claiming UC
  • Access to UC for disabled students
  • How to claim UC
  • Grounds for appeal & remedy

Level:  Delegates should have a basic working knowledge of Universal Credit and its foundations within the benefits system.

Trainer: Kate Anstee. Kate is Senior Welfare Rights Officer for a local authority in the North West.  Having worked in the advice sector for a number of years Kate continues to manage a complex case load of benefits appeals and provides representation at First-Tier and Upper-Tier tribunals.  Kate also specialises in Welfare Rights advice within Community Care law.  In addition to this, she is a freelance trainer, campaigner and consultant on welfare reforms, social justice and welfare benefits as well as being a trainee lawyer.  Kate has set up a number of successful campaigns to hold big businesses and corporations to account, and to pursue rights based access to justice. 

Evidencing Independence & Estrangement for Student Finance 2nd November, (1 session) 10:00-12:00

CPD hours gained:  2

Overview - If you ever wonder which students are assessed on parental income and which ones don’t then this session is for you. The session will also look at how to liaise with the independence team in SFE and what evidence students need to provide if they want to be considered independent.

Using a mixture of discussions, case studies and PowerPoint slides we will look at the regulations and how they affect students from England, although the same principles can be used for all other administrations.

Level:  This session is suitable for all.

Trainer:  Lynne Condell.  Lynne has worked in higher education for over 30 years. Until recently she worked as the Manager of the Money Advice team at the Liverpool John Moores University where, in addition to managing the team, she managed the university hardship funds and scholarship schemes. She also managed the support offered to care experienced students and those estranged from their families.

Between 2008 and 2012, Lynne was the elected Chair of the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) and remains an active NASMA member with a particular interest in training and development. 

In 2013 Lynne was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education.

Residency for Student Funding after BREXIT 15th & 17th November, (2 sessions) 10:00-11:30 (both days)

CPD hours gained:  3

Overview:  Residency is one of the most important deciding factors in a student's eligibility for funding but it is often one of the most complicated issues to determine- and that was before BREXIT! This training will look at the differing definitions and applications of the concept of residency within student funding assessments with particular consideration of the new challenges thrown up by the EU settlement scheme and BREXIT funding categories.  

Level:  Participants need a background understanding of student funding eligibility as we will not be breaking down individual funding categories.

Trainer:  Gemma Zebedee.  Gemma has worked in the Higher Education sector for 20 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 and continues to deliver training and consultancy on funding issues in the sector.

Student Support Funding & Tuition fee Assessment 29th November & 1st December (2 sessions) 10:00-11:30 (both days)

CPD hours gained:  3

Overview:  When does a change in circumstances mean a change in Student Funding status? This training will consider what changes constitute an "event" under the regulations and effect a change in status. We will also look at the practical issues surrounding events, demonstrating them and how they differ between for students who started before and after 2021.

Trainer:  Gemma Zebedee.  Gemma has worked in the Higher Education sector for 20 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 and continues to deliver training and consultancy on funding issues in the sector.

 

 

 

Last updated:  October 2021