AMOSSHE National Conference 2020

  • 06 July 2020
  • 10 July 2020
  • Zoom

AMOSSHE National ConferenceAMOSSHE National Conference 2020

The AMOSSHE National Conference 2020 is the UK’s foremost opportunity for Student Services leaders to share expertise and good practice, develop strategy and skills, and build professional networks.

To replace the AMOSSHE National Conference that would have taken place in Newcastle upon Tyne, we’re hosting a variety of free online sessions instead. Across the week you can take part in webinars, virtual discussions, social events and more, led by AMOSSHE members and sector organisations.

AMOSSHE members can find the event resources here:

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The key themes for this conference are inspiration, design and excellence:

  • Inspiration - inspiring colleagues to do their very best, creating open, supportive environments for both staff and students to pursue an inspirational journey, and developing narratives that inspire and influence.
  • Design - creating innovative initiatives, projects and approaches to Student Services design, using evidence to identify needs or gaps, and evaluating to demonstrate real impact.
  • Excellence - imagining the future we want to move to, the creative steps to get there, and identifying what excellence in Student Services really means.

Here's the programme of free online events:

Inspiration, design and excellence: Student Services and Student Affairs

Our opening keynote session explores the key themes of inspiration, design and excellence in UK Student Services and US Student Affairs. Speakers include Jayne Aldridge (Chair, AMOSSHE The Student Services Organisation) and Dr Kevin Kruger (President, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).

This free webinar takes place on Monday 6 July 2020 from 13:30 to 14:45 (BST).

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Trying to create happiness in the workplace

In this free webinar for Student Services leaders Will Cooper (Head of Student Services, BIMM Institute) suggests simple, easy and cheap opportunities to change the working lives of the people who work in your teams.

This free webinar takes place on Monday 6 July 2020 from 15:30 to 16:15 (BST).

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Responsible drinking on campus: the role of Student Services

This free webinar led by Tracy Lumb (Senior Project Manager - Alcohol Impact, Students Organising for Sustainability) explores what role Student Services have to play in embedding social norms of responsible drinking on our campuses, changing attitudes towards alcohol, and building healthier, safer, more productive student communities.

This free webinar takes place on Tuesday 7 July 2020 from 10:00 to 10:45 (BST).

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Student Services in purpose-built student accommodation: design, delivery and partnership

In this free webinar Donny McCormick (Student Services & Welfare Manager, Unite Students) explores how a private student accommodation Student Services framework can be designed and delivered, through partnership, with the aim of promoting student success.

This free webinar takes place on Tuesday 7 July 2020 from 11:30 to 12:15 (BST).

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The AMOSSHE Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the annual opportunity for members of AMOSSHE The Student Services Organisation to engage with the development and direction of their professional association. Eligible members have the opportunity to vote on motions proposed by the Executive Committee.

This free event for AMOSSHE members takes place on Wednesday 8 July 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 (BST).

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Helping socially isolated students to make social connections

Research shows that being involved and socially connected can improve mental health and quality of life. In this free webinar Dr Jonny Lovell (Constantine College Manager, University of York) presents the results of research conducted in 2019 aimed at reducing social isolation among the student population.

This free webinar takes place on Wednesday 8 July 2020 from 14:30 to 15:15 (BST).

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Supporting estranged students: online discussion

This free interactive discussion is an opportunity to look ahead to the new academic year with estranged students in mind. Susan Mueller (Higher Education Director, Stand Alone) leads a structured discussion about the unique challenges these students face, and what we can do as Student Services leaders to support and engage them.

This free event for AMOSSHE members takes place on Wednesday 8 July 2020 from 16:00 to 17:00 (BST).

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Student Services through another lens: reflections on our AMOSSHE study tour to Michigan USA

This free webinar gives you a meaningful insight into the 2019 AMOSSHE / NASPA study tour to the USA. Intrepid AMOSSHE members Ian Munton (Director of Library and Student Services, Staffordshire University), Stephen White (Project and Policy Support Officer, Brunel University London) and Amy Close (Head of Advice and Money, Cardiff University) share their experiences, from application through to the impact the experience has had on them since returning to the UK.

This free webinar takes place on Thursday 9 July 2020 from 10:00 to 10:45 (BST).

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Enhancing financial capabilities on campus: two case studies

This free webinar provides two case studies showing different ways to increase financial capability support, including streamlining funding applications and breaking down silos to make things work better. Danielle Coe (Head of Customer Success, Blackbullion) leads a discussion about how to identify challenges at your university and develop the next steps to make a change.

This free webinar takes place on Thursday 9 July 2020 from 11:30 to 12:15 (BST).

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Intersectional approaches to target mental health support for students: online discussion

In this free interactive discussion session Emma Douthwaite (Safeguarding and Welfare Manager, Office for Students) provides an overview of the Office for Students’ regulatory approach in advancing equality of opportunity in relation to student mental health. Then you can take part in a workshop about intersectional approaches to supporting student mental health, focusing on the links between ethnicity and mental health.

This free online discussion takes place on Thursday 9 July 2020 from 14:30 to 15:30 (BST).

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AMOSSHE gala quiz

This is an evening of structured fun and an opportunity to network with your sector colleagues and friends. We may all be logging on from home, but it’s still a chance to dress up, have a few laughs, and win some prizes!

This free online event takes place on Thursday 9 July 2020 from 19:30 to 21:30 (BST).

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Poppy’s wild week

In a bid to understand fully the off-campus student experience, hear how Poppy Humphrey (Off Campus Student Affairs Officer, Manchester Student Homes) headed back to live with a group of students... for a whole week!

This free webinar takes place on Friday 10 July 2020 from 13:30 to 14:15 (BST).

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Humour as a thinking skill

Our final keynote session draws on the expertise of Laughology to reveal that humour is a cognitive skill that is learnt and can be enhanced and utilised.

This free webinar takes place on Friday 10 July 2020 from 15:00 to 16:15 (BST).

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The AMOSSHE National Conference 2020 is brought to you by:

AMOSSHE sponsors

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