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    • 19 May 2021
    • 09:30 - 13:30 (UTC+01:00)
    • Online
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    Self-care in Student ServicesSelf-care in Student Services: looking after yourself and your teams

    We all know that working in Student Services can be challenging at the best of times, with stressful situations to manage and workloads that can often feel overwhelming. The changing contexts brought about by the pandemic have only piled on the pressure. With our focus on the wellbeing and welfare of students, it’s easy to downplay or neglect our own self-care. It’s hard to support ourselves when trying to support others – but we’ve got to walk the walk as well as talk the talk! This practical workshop for Student Services leaders in higher education provides ideas, techniques and perspectives to help you support your own mental health and wellbeing at work, as well as that of your colleagues.

    Join us to explore how you can support yourself and your colleagues when managing stressful situations directly (handling difficult people or traumatic situations, pressure to perform or deliver, disrupted work-life balance) and also when encountering other people's stress and distress. Take part in activities designed to develop your approach to self-care, and learn ways to ensure that your teams are as well considered and supported as your students. Discover for yourself how creativity can enhance your wellbeing, and share your experiences and ideas with peers in a supportive, positive space.

    Location, time and price

    This event takes place online on Wednesday 19 May 2021 from 09:30 to 13:30 (BST).

    Here are the delegate prices:

    • AMOSSHE named member - £59 (log in to access this rate)
    • Non-member (other employees of an AMOSSHE member organisation, individuals, not-for-profit and corporate organisations, higher education providers not associated with AMOSSHE) - £99

    You don’t need to pay VAT for AMOSSHE events. Before you book to attend, please read our revised booking terms and conditions.

    AMOSSHE will make every effort to ensure that you are charged the correct booking rate. However, please note that the onus is on you to provide the correct information and choose the correct rate applicable to you. AMOSSHE welcomes payment online by credit or debit card, or by bank transfer or cheque. If you choose to pay online but then decide to pay by a different method, please email info@amosshe.org.uk for help.

    Programme and speakers

    This event features practical, interactive workshops with networking discussion. Come prepared to get involved!

    Time  Session 
    09:30 Welcome and context
    Fay Sherrington (AMOSSHE Vice Chair and Director of Student Services, Edge Hill University) and Claire Slater (Director of Student Life and Wellbeing, University of Bristol) outline the context for the event.
    09:35

    How are you?
    This is an opportunity to take stock of your current state of mind with regard to your work, your colleagues, your students and your own wellbeing. Share your views anonymously to get a sense of how your situations compare with your peers.

    09:45 Coping and connecting (with self) during the pandemic: the importance of looking after yourself when supporting others
    The current pandemic and life events have changed the way in which we work and support students. This includes working from our own personal spaces, often in our own homes. Holding personal, sensitive and challenging conversations in these spaces can feel intrusive and isolating at the best of times, but it’s been even harder during the last year. Our usual support structures are often absent, such as a colleague at the next desk, or a walk to and from work – all of which will have had some impact on our own wellbeing. This workshop, led by Bernie Ryan (Director of Training, LimeCulture) invites you to consider the significant impact that these issues have had personally and professionally, and look to begin to restore some sense of wellbeing, including practical considerations and suggestions.
    10:45 Break.
    11:00 Creative wellbeing exercise
    Paula Winzar (Outreach and Partnerships Associate) and Kate McBarron (Lead Tutor) from WriteWell introduce you to a creative online learning community that aims to boost mental health, resilience and happiness through creative writing. Find out how creative writing might be useful for colleagues and students, and then take part in a quick creative warmup to help foster your positivity, lower your stress and leave you feeling refreshed.
    11:15 Supporting your colleagues
    As a Student Services leader you are invested in the wellbeing of your staff and colleagues as well as students. A team that feels supported by their manager is more likely to be productive and effective. This practical workshop equips you with a range of practical approaches to create a supportive climate for your colleagues, support workplace mental health, and confidently lead positive conversations about our colleagues’ own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of students.
    12:15 Break.
    12:30 Challenges and ideas discussion
    This session is a structured discussion about the challenges you’ve faced that impact your wellbeing, and good ideas you’ve had for supporting yourself and others. Review how you felt at the start of the day, share your thoughts with others and learn from your peers in a supportive, positive space.
    13:00 Building resilience through creativity
    In this practical workshop Kate McBarron (Lead Tutor) and Paula Winzar (Outreach and Partnerships Associate) from WriteWell explore how to use writing as a tool to boost your resilience levels. Take part in the first stages of a writing activity that examines the topic of resilience and offers you a range of tools that you can use in your daily life. Then find out how to continue the exercise in your own time, discover more resources, and consider how to use creative writing to enhance wellbeing for your colleagues and students.
    13:30 Finish.

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    • 14 July 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 16 July 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online
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    AMOSSHE National Conference 2021AMOSSHE National Conference 2021

    AMOSSHE The Student Services Organisation is dedicated to the professional development of Student Services leaders in UK higher education. In the 2020/21 academic year Student Services and sector colleagues have responded to unprecedented challenges with energy, creativity and commitment. Supporting and enhancing the student experience is the key driver of all this hard work, and AMOSSHE’s role is to support and enhance the professional excellence of this mission. The AMOSSHE National Conference 2021 is an opportunity to reflect on this year’s good practice, establish strategic connections, and take our achievements forward.

    The conference is an inspirational, collaborative space for Student Services leaders to share expertise and good practice, develop strategy and skills, and build professional networks. The key themes for this conference are reflections, connections and ambitions:

    • Reflections – let’s take time to review what has taken place in higher education during the year, including our understanding of the student experience, and how different kinds of students have been impacted in new and unexpected ways. Let’s evaluate and appreciate the innovative work that Student Services teams have undertaken, adapting quickly and flexibly to the demands created by the pandemic and emerging sector issues.
    • Connections – the impact of the pandemic, as well as social movements such as campaigns to tackle racism, inequality and sexual harassment, have emphasised the importance of collaboration and networks. It’s vital to ensure that our students and colleagues are connected and meaningfully engaged. Let’s identify how Student Services can work with colleagues and communities within and outside higher education through co-creation, evidence-based understanding and action learning.
    • Ambitions – let’s look forward to the future of Student Services, drawing on all we’ve learned and the connections we’ve made. What are our strategic ambitions as Student Services leaders? How can we leverage the high-profile attention on our work this year to establish innovative approaches and responsive services that enhance and develop students? Let’s consider how we further establish ourselves as positive, proactive leaders, developing skills and finding solutions.

    Call for session proposals

    Take part in the AMOSSHE National Conference 2021! We want your proposals for informative and stimulating workshops or presentations that will engage delegates and contribute to everyone’s understanding and professional development. Find out more.

    Location, time and price

    The conference takes place from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 July 2021. Sessions take place during the day in the British Summer Time (BST) time zone.

    The conference takes place online to enable participation from across the UK, as well as drawing on expertise from around the world.

    Here are the delegate prices:

    • AMOSSHE named member - £185 (log in to access this rate)
    • Non-member (other employees of an AMOSSHE member organisation, individuals, not-for-profit and corporate organisations, higher education providers not associated with AMOSSHE) - £225

    You don’t need to pay VAT for AMOSSHE events. Before you book to attend, please read our revised booking terms and conditions.

    AMOSSHE will make every effort to ensure that you are charged the correct booking rate. However, please note that the onus is on you to provide the correct information and choose the correct rate applicable to you. AMOSSHE welcomes payment online by credit or debit card, or by bank transfer or cheque. If you choose to pay online but then decide to pay by a different method, please email info@amosshe.org.uk for help.

    You'll receive recordings of the event sessions afterwards, as well as any presentations or resources. The recordings won't include discussion sessions, workshops, ‘Chatham House rule’ sections or presentation sessions that speakers prefer not to share in this way.

    Your data

    AMOSSHE handles your personal data according to our privacy policy. We won't share your personal data with speakers, session leaders or sponsors, unless you consent to this on the form when you register.

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Past events

21 April 2021 Creating an anti-racist culture (full conference)
21 April 2021 Creating an anti-racist culture (pre-conference only)
10 March 2021 Rethinking disability services for a post-pandemic world
22 January 2021 Digital poverty in the context of Student Services
04 December 2020 Intersectionality and Student Services
18 November 2020 More with less?
17 November 2020 AMOSSHE South West meeting
06 November 2020 AMOSSHE Wales meeting
14 October 2020 Student mental health
03 September 2020 Personal Academic Tutoring and Student Services
10 July 2020 Humour as a thinking skill
10 July 2020 Poppy’s wild week
09 July 2020 AMOSSHE gala quiz
09 July 2020 Intersectional approaches to target mental health support for students
09 July 2020 Enhancing financial capabilities on campus
09 July 2020 Student Services through another lens
08 July 2020 Supporting estranged students
08 July 2020 Helping socially isolated students to make social connections
07 July 2020 Student Services in purpose-built student accommodation
07 July 2020 Responsible drinking on campus
06 July 2020 Trying to create happiness in the workplace
06 July 2020 Inspiration, design and excellence
06 July 2020 AMOSSHE National Conference 2020
23 June 2020 Consumer law implications of COVID-19
16 June 2020 Consent is everything
04 June 2020 Degrees of sanity
05 May 2020 What's the future for Student Services information?
08 April 2020 Managing your Student Services team remotely
14 February 2020 Mental health and wellbeing
24 January 2020 AMOSSHE Midlands non-leads meeting
06 December 2019 Student centre vs students at the centre
01 November 2019 Safeguarding and duty of care
03 July 2019 AMOSSHE National Conference 2019
12 April 2019 Welcome to planet Student Services
22 March 2019 Shaping the story
08 February 2019 Data-driven, technology-enabled services for students
07 December 2018 Safeguarding vs duty of care
09 November 2018 Positive approaches for growth and success
04 July 2018 Shaping Futures
18 May 2018 Resilience in higher education
04 May 2018 “My” Student Services
20 April 2018 Influence and impact
02 March 2018 “My” Student Services
09 February 2018 Building belonging
08 December 2017 Universal design for learning
17 November 2017 Dealing with student mental health crises
05 July 2017 360 degree thinking
22 May 2017 Tackling gender-based violence
12 May 2017 Lead on
27 April 2017 Understanding cultural differences
23 March 2017 Supporting trans students
17 February 2017 Engaging communities
25 November 2016 Tackling gender-based violence

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