AMOSSHE membership

AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation, is a professional membership association. 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 higher education (HE) students.

As an AMOSSHE member you can make the most of our supportive membership network and share valuable expertise with other Student Services professionals across the UK, in your region, and around the world. You can also benefit from our continuing professional development events, member briefings and policy input, as well as project work to develop materials for more effective practice.

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Who can join AMOSSHE?

AMOSSHE membership is open to organisations that either provide services for HE students, or work to enable student success, and also individuals who are working or studying in the sector. Most AMOSSHE member organisations are UK-based, but membership is also available for international HE providers.

If you're employed by an organisation that's already an AMOSSHE member, you can join as an additional member for that organisation.

AMOSSHE expects all members to adhere to our values, and conduct themselves with appropriate etiquette when engaging with other members. Find out more: AMOSSHE member etiquette and expectations.

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How much does membership cost?

AMOSSHE membership lasts for an academic year (1 September to 31 August). You can only pay for one year at a time.

The cost of joining AMOSSHE depends on the membership category applicable to your organisation or role. See the description of each membership category for the latest rates. AMOSSHE reviews the membership rates each academic year.

You don't need to pay VAT for AMOSSHE membership.

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Student Services in most UK higher education providers already take advantage of AMOSSHE's membership benefits. You should be part of the community.

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Membership facts

93% of UK HE providers are AMOSSHE members

170 member organisations

639 named members

UK providers with >50% HE provision

Join AMOSSHE if your organisation is a UK-based HE provider, and at least 50% of your student population studies HE. 

Membership is tiered depending on how many full-time equivalent (FTE) HE students your organisation has. Here's how the membership is tiered:

FTE HE students Membership tier Number of named members
One to 10,000 Tier 1 Lead + 1 named core member
10,000 to 20,000 Tier 2 Lead + 2 named core members
Over 20,000 Tier 3 Lead + 3 named core members

Membership includes:

  • One named lead member who represents your organisation for membership votes, and usually manages the membership for your organisation. Lead members should be staff in leadership roles in Student Services.
  • At least one named core member in addition to the lead member. Named core members get all the benefits of AMOSSHE membership as part of their organisation's core membership cost, except that they can't take part in membership votes.
  • Any number of additional named members, for an extra cost per individual. These memberships are invoiced directly to the individual member. They get all the benefits of AMOSSHE membership, except that they can't take part in membership votes. Additional members may include staff outside of the Student Services department, but they must be associated with a member organisation. There’s a discount for four or more additional members.

Once you've applied, our Vice Chair (Operations) considers your application, and AMOSSHE will advise you of the outcome within four weeks of receiving it.

Rates

Here are the 2017/18 rates for UK providers with >50% HE provision:

 Tier 1 - £610 

 Tier 2 - £761 

 Tier 3 - £913 

Additional members:

 First 3 - £90 each 

 Subsequent - £50 each 

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UK providers with <50% HE provision

Join AMOSSHE if your organisation is a UK-based education provider offering some HE courses, which account for less than 50% of the courses on offer.

Membership includes:

  • One named lead member who represents your organisation for membership votes, and usually manages the membership for your organisation. Lead members should be staff in leadership roles in Student Services.
  • Any number of additional named members, for an extra cost per individual. These memberships are invoiced directly to the individual member. They get all the benefits of AMOSSHE membership, except that they can't take part in membership votes. Additional members may include staff outside of the Student Services department, but they must be associated with a member organisation. There’s a discount for four or more additional members.

Once you've applied, our Vice Chair (Operations) considers your application, and AMOSSHE will advise you of the outcome within four weeks of receiving it.

Rates

Here's the 2017/18 rate for UK providers with <50% HE provision:

 £550 

Additional members:

 First 3 - £90 each 

 Subsequent - £50 each 

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International HE providers

Join AMOSSHE if your organisation is an HE provider or similar body 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.

Membership includes:

  • One named lead member who represents your organisation and usually manages the membership for your organisation. Lead members should be staff in leadership roles in Student Services.
  • Any number of additional named members, for an extra cost per individual. These memberships are invoiced directly to the individual member. Additional members may include staff outside of the Student Services department, but they must be associated with a member organisation. There’s a discount for four or more additional members.

Once you've applied, our Vice Chair (Operations) considers your application, and AMOSSHE will advise you of the outcome within four weeks of receiving it. Some member benefits aren’t available for international members. For more information, see What are the benefits of AMOSSHE membership?

Rates

Here's the 2017/18 rate for international HE providers:

 £459 

Additional members:

 First 3 - £90 each 

 Subsequent - £50 each 

Please contact us for conversion rates.

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Non-profit organisations

Join AMOSSHE if your organisation is a non-profit or charitable status organisation in the HE and/or student support sectors. Membership is open to those working in your organisation who are responsible for enabling student success, in line with AMOSSHE's aims and purpose.

Membership includes:

  • One named lead member who represents your organisation and usually manages the membership for your organisation.
  • Any number of additional named members, for an extra cost per individual. These memberships are invoiced directly to the individual member. There’s a discount for four or more additional members.

When applying to become a non-profit member you’ll need to provide information to help AMOSSHE ensure that membership is appropriate for your role, and the AMOSSHE Business Ethics Committee will determine whether membership for your organisation is consistent with AMOSSHE's values and aims.

Some member benefits aren’t available for non-profit members. For more information, see What are the benefits of AMOSSHE membership?

Rates

Here's the 2017/18 rate for non-profit organisations:

 £700 

Additional members:

 First 3 - £90 each 

 Subsequent - £50 each 

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Student Services staff at corporate organisations

Join AMOSSHE if you work for a corporate organisation from the HE sector and you’re responsible for the direct delivery of services to students (for example student accommodation staff, non-medical helpers). AMOSSHE membership will enable you to continue to develop and improve your services to students, in line with AMOSSHE's aims and purpose.

Membership includes:

  • One named lead member who represents your organisation and usually manages the membership for your organisation.
  • Any number of additional named members, for an extra cost per individual. These memberships are invoiced directly to the individual member. There’s a discount for four or more additional members.

When applying to become a corporate member you’ll need to provide information to help AMOSSHE ensure that membership is appropriate for your role, and the AMOSSHE Business Ethics Committee will determine whether membership for your organisation is consistent with AMOSSHE's values and aims.

Some member benefits aren’t available for corporate members. For more information, see What are the benefits of AMOSSHE membership?

Rates

Here's the 2017/18 rate for corporate organisations:

 £1,200 

Additional members:

 First 3 - £90 each 

 Subsequent - £50 each 

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Individuals (HE consultants / researchers)

Join AMOSSHE as an individual member if you’re a freelance consultant working in the HE sector, or you’re a professional undertaking research into Student Services. As an AMOSSHE member you can use our network and resources to stay up to date with developments in the sector and emerging good practice.

When applying to become an individual member you’ll need to provide information to help AMOSSHE ensure that membership is appropriate for you. The AMOSSHE Business Ethics Committee will determine whether your membership is consistent with AMOSSHE's values and aims. If you’re engaged in a long-term contract with a member organisation (outside of a general consultancy contract) you can apply to become an additional member for that organisation instead.

Some member benefits aren’t available for individual members. For more information, see What are the benefits of AMOSSHE membership?

Rates

Here's the 2017/18 rate for individual members:

 £300 

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Students studying in the Student Services sector

Join AMOSSHE as a student member if you’re taking an HE course with a substantial connection in its curriculum to Student Services (for example, a postgraduate degree in Student Affairs or HE management) at an AMOSSHE member institution. As an AMOSSHE member you can use our network and resources to benefit from the expertise of the sector for your research.

Before approving your student membership, AMOSSHE will need to confirm that your course is consistent with our aims as an association. Contact AMOSSHE to find out if your course is approved.

When applying to become a student member you’ll need to provide evidence from your course provider of your status as a currently enrolled student on the relevant course. If your application is successful, AMOSSHE will notify the lead member of your HE institution as a courtesy.

Some member benefits aren’t available for student members. For more information, see What are the benefits of AMOSSHE membership?

Rates

Here's the 2017/18 rate for student members:

 £50 

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What are the benefits of AMOSSHE membership?

AMOSSHE membership includes a range of exclusive benefits. Access to these depends on your membership category, as follows:

Member benefit  UK provider 
>50% HE
UK provider 
<50% HE
International
Non-profit
Corporate Individual Student
Access to member network (including Jiscmail)
Sector updates
Event discounts
Member resources
Student Services benchmarking
Research funding  
   
National / regional group meetings          
International exchanges
 
   
Ability to become an Executive Committee member / vote in elections          

Networking

AMOSSHE's members include the most experienced Student Services leaders 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.

Exclusive resources

AMOSSHE members share resources and expertise every day, and as a member you can access our knowledge archive, including Student Services policies, job descriptions, summaries of topical discussions, and event resources.

AMOSSHE also funds member-led projects to support professional practice or developments in Student Services. These projects result in research, recommendations, toolkits, guidance and other resources.

National and regional groups

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 Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and five regional groups for England: East Anglia, midlands, north, London and the south east, and south west.

Sector updates

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 bulletins, including updates on AMOSSHE national and Executive activity, policy news, events and continuing professional development (CPD).

  • Access to the members' resources of this website, including shared policies and job descriptions, sector research, and AMOSSHE project reports and tools.

Sector research

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.

International exchange programme

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 leaders. This is an excellent way of finding out more about international practices, and new ways of working. 

AMOSSHE also has conference delegate exchange arrangements with professional sector bodies in Australia and Canada.

Professional development events

AMOSSHE offers several professional development 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.

If you work for an AMOSSHE member organisation and you want to attend one or more of our events, it's cost effective to become an additional member, because the cost of membership is soon offset by the event discounts. AMOSSHE also supports several external events, and in doing so secures discounts for AMOSSHE members to attend.

Research funding

Each year AMOSSHE commissions a range of small projects from member organisations in order to share innovative research, expertise and best practice across the Student Services sector, and enable continuing development and improvement. The research insights, recommendations and outputs from these projects benefit all members.

AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation is a UK non-profit professional association. Company registration number 4778650.
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