AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation, is the professional association for Student Services in UK higher education. As a member you can make the most of AMOSSHE’s supportive membership network and share valuable expertise with other Student Services professionals both nationally and in your region. You can also benefit from our continuing professional development events, membership briefings and policy input, as well as project work to develop materials for more effective practice.
Guided by its members, AMOSSHE takes the lead in addressing challenges and equipping Student Services professionals for success in both your personal development and the context of your organisation, to deliver the very best service for students.
If your organisation is based outside the UK, as an international member of AMOSSHE you can contribute to the expertise of our professional association, and in turn benefit from AMOSSHE’s resources, which include tools and research useful to Student Services departments around the world.
What does AMOSSHE membership include?
AMOSSHE membership includes access to:
- Networking with Student Services professionals and peer support
- National and regional groups
- Tailored sector news and opportunities
- Policy briefings and summaries
- Exclusive research about UK Student Services
- Projects to support the Student Services sector
- Professional training events at discounted rates
- Annual conference discounts
- International exchange programme
- Opportunities to influence UK higher education policy
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AMOSSHE's members include the most experienced Student Services professionals in the country, dealing with real and demanding challenges every day. As a member, you become part of a supportive community, helping each other out and promoting good practice.
Members share their experience, knowledge and advice through exclusive Jiscmail email lists, to connect with peers both nationally and regionally. Networking through AMOSSHE brings you real, practical benefits in a reliable, secure and trustworthy environment.
AMOSSHE members meet in their nations and regions to discuss themes affecting them, network with colleagues and provide local peer support. Usually, one named AMOSSHE member from each higher education provider represents their organisation at the regional group.
AMOSSHE national and regional groups are:
- Northern Ireland
- England - East Anglia
- England - midlands
- England - north
- England - London and the south east
- England - south west
AMOSSHE provides its members with news and information that's tailored to the interests of Student Services professionals. As a member you get:
- Weekly updates about policy developments, sector news, projects, events, jobs and funding opportunities.
- Quarterly members bulletins, including updates on AMOSSHE national and
Executive activity, policy news, events and continuing professional
- Access to the members' section of this website, which contains exclusive resources such as shared policies and job descriptions, sector research and AMOSSHE project reports and tools.
As well as this, AMOSSHE's Twitter profile @amosshe_uk alerts members to current trends in the sector, reports immediately on AMOSSHE events, and is the first place to hear about member offers.
AMOSSHE issues briefings about major policy publications, allowing members to stay up to date with legislation and policy development without having to carry out intense and time consuming research themselves. These briefings provide a short overview of the detailed document, including a summary and discussion of the key issues that might impact on Student Services’ work. AMOSSHE publishes these as soon as possible after full policy announcements or documents are issued.
AMOSSHE members contribute to an annual Student Services benchmarking survey to help the community maintain a broad understanding of higher education Student Services across the UK. AMOSSHE issues a report of the survey findings to its members, commenting on major trends across the sector.
The survey provides valuable information about the scale and scope of Student Services in UK higher education. Members can use the data for benchmarking and comparing. As a national organisation, the survey enables AMOSSHE to present a clear and accurate picture of Student Services in policy debates.
AMOSSHE undertakes projects to support professional practice or developments in Student Services. These projects result in research, recommendations, toolkits, guidance and other resources. Find out more about our recent project work.
AMOSSHE offers at least three one day training events each year. Members can attend at a discounted rate, which makes these events a cost effective way to maintain your continuing professional development (CPD).
There are two main types of event:
- Large networking conferences taking a strategic overview or discussing hot topics selected from member suggestions and horizon scanning to prepare you for the future.
- Small practical workshops involving detailed case study work or focussed discussion groups.
AMOSSHE also supports several external events, and in doing so secures discounts for AMOSSHE members to attend. Find out about our events.
Every summer AMOSSHE hosts a national conference for members, colleagues from the sector and associated organisations. The conference ties together the themes and activities of the previous year, and makes a major contribution to our members' continuing professional development (CPD). It's an invaluable opportunity for Student Services professionals to meet their colleagues from across the UK and abroad in order to network, learn more about the sector and enhance their professional training.
AMOSSHE members can attend the annual conference for a significantly lower rate than for non-members.
AMOSSHE hosts a bi-annual exchange programme with the US student affairs organisation, NASPA. Up to five AMOSSHE delegates visit a selection of universities or colleges in one or more US states, then two years later a similar number of AMOSSHE member institutions host visits from US student affairs managers. This is an excellent way of finding out more about international practices, and new ways of working.
AMOSSHE is exploring other international options, including closer liaison with the International Student Affairs Association, IASAS. AMOSSHE is also developing links with, amongst others, professional sector bodies and colleges in Australia, Canada and China.
The AMOSSHE Executive and National Office are in regular contact with AMOSSHE members, and active in national debates, consultations and policy discussions.
All AMOSSHE members get discounted rates to attend AMOSSHE events. If you work for an AMOSSHE member organisation and you want to attend one or more of our events, it's more cost effective to become an additional member, because the cost of membership is soon offset by the event discounts. This is especially true for our national conference.
The majority of higher education Student Services departments in the UK already take advantage of all these benefits - you and your organisation ought to be part of the community. Join now.