National conference 2018: call for session proposals

Shaping Futures is the AMOSSHE national conference 2018. The conference explores future directions for Student Services in higher education: how we can enable student success by being proactive, collaborative, and far-sighted.

We want your proposals for informative and stimulating workshops or presentations that will engage delegates and contribute to everyone’s understanding and professional development.

Please submit your session proposals by 17:00 on Friday 16 February 2018.

Find out more:

Find out more about the conference here: Shaping Futures.

AMOSSHE national conference 2018


You must submit your session proposal no later than 17:00 on Friday 16 February 2018

About the conference

During the 25 years since AMOSSHE was founded, the Student Services mission has moved to the heart of university life. Key approaches now include considering the whole student experience, anticipating change, and developing inclusive, connected learning communities that enhance as well as support student achievement. Shaping Futures is an opportunity to explore how Student Services can develop influence, innovations and strategies to shape futures.

The AMOSSHE national conference is the largest annual gathering of Student Services leaders in the UK higher education sector, and the keystone of AMOSSHE’s continuing professional development offering. Last year, nearly 280 delegates attended our national conference, representing 126 organisations. For 2018 we’re planning a similar scale event, honed to the needs and interests of Student Services professionals.

The conference team are looking for session proposals that align to our 'Shaping Futures' theme. For example, you or your colleagues may have undertaken initiatives or research that others can learn from; you may have inspiring success stories to tell; you may have worked with other organisations to successfully overcome a challenge or develop new opportunities for enhancing student success; or there may be challenges that you want to explore in a structured way in order to share good practice and develop new strategies.

The conference takes place between Wednesday 4 July and Friday 6 July 2018 at the Hilton Liverpool City Centre hotel in Liverpool, England. Find out more here: Shaping Futures.


About the conference sessions

Shaping Futures will feature both interactive workshops and presentation sessions across the three days of the conference. All the sessions must address topics of interest to Student Services professionals, and align to the conference theme.

There are two session formats that you can propose:

  • Workshops – AMOSSHE particularly welcomes proposals for interactive workshops that encourage delegates to take part in activities, such as group work, contributing ideas, experience and best practice, giving presentations and suchlike. Feedback from our previous conferences shows that workshop sessions are the most popular and useful for delegates. You can choose to lead a workshop session lasting for 60 or 90 minutes. If you begin your workshop with a short presentation, this should take no more than 20 minutes, and the main content should involve audience participation. Workshops could take the form of facilitated discussions and/or case study scenarios.
  • Presentations – You can propose to make a presentation about a subject of interest to Student Services professionals, aligned to the conference theme. Your presentation session should be 60 minutes long, including at least 15 minutes for questions and answers. The presentation should be engaging and informative, preferably with a slideshow that can be distributed to members later.

The conference team will do their best to accommodate room seating and presenter support requests where possible.


Who can submit a proposal?

AMOSSHE welcomes session proposals from organisations and individuals across the higher education sector, including AMOSSHE named members, colleagues at AMOSSHE member organisations, other education providers, and both not-for-profit and corporate organisations.

If your session proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate.


Why should I submit a proposal?

Shaping Futures needs the imaginative input of AMOSSHE members and the broader sector in order to be truly relevant and productive for Student Services professionals. Your participation shapes the agenda and ensures that the AMOSSHE national conference is relevant, useful, and inspiring.

Leading a workshop or presenting your work at our conference is a good way to explore new ideas, get feedback on your work, develop your professional confidence and standing, and start new discussions.

For corporate organisations, please consider that past AMOSSHE delegates have emphasised the importance of creating effective and meaningful relationships with third party providers, and past supporters have reaped the benefits of building trust and working with AMOSSHE members to develop products and strategies. A hard sell approach is unlikely to engage delegates at an AMOSSHE conference, but conversation, listening, and working together are more likely to build successful and productive client relationships.


Can I get help with my proposal idea?

If you have an idea for a session proposal, but you’re not sure how to develop it – for example, whether to make it a workshop or presentation, or how to align it to the conference theme – please get in touch! Email the AMOSSHE National Office team at for help and advice.


How do I submit a proposal?

You can submit a proposal as follows:

  1. Download this form: session proposal form (docx 167 KB).
  2. Fill in the form and save it. Details of what you need to include are below.
  3. Email the form to

Please submit your proposal for consideration by 17:00 on Friday 16 February 2018.

You will need to provide brief statements about:

  • The content of your session.
  • The learning outcomes for those who attend your session.
  • The format of your session.

AMOSSHE will give you feedback about your proposals no later than week commencing 5 March 2018.


How many proposals can I submit?

You can submit as many session proposals for consideration as you like. For each one, please submit a separate form.


How does AMOSSHE decide which proposals to accept?

The Shaping Futures team will carefully consider all session proposals, and choose the successful proposals by asking the following questions:

  • Is the session engaging, informative, inspiring?
  • Is the session relevant to Student Services professionals?
  • Does the session engage with the conference theme?
  • Will the session contribute to members’ continuing professional development?

Your session proposal should answer these questions satisfactorily.


What happens if my proposal is accepted?

The AMOSSHE National Office team will let you know whether your proposal is successful no later than week commencing 5 March 2018. 

If your session proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate. 

The Shaping Futures team will give you feedback about your proposal, and may make suggestions to further enhance the session. We’ll also discuss and agree with you an advance date for you to send a copy of your completed presentation and any other session materials. These materials will be made available in the members’ area of this website following the conference, unless there are particular issues of confidentiality or inaccuracy that would make this inappropriate.


If I lead a session, can I claim for my expenses?

Unfortunately, AMOSSHE can’t contribute to your expenses for this conference.


Where can I find more information?

For more information about Shaping Futures and submitting a session proposal, please contact us or look here: Shaping Futures.


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