The AMOSSHE National Conference brings together a wealth of experience and expertise (over 300 Student Services and sector leaders from 150 higher education providers and sector organisations), which makes it the ideal forum to explore key themes for Student Services in higher education.
The conference takes place between Wednesday 8 July and Friday 10 July 2020 at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Find out more here: AMOSSHE National Conference 2020.
The conference team is looking for inspiring sessions that contribute expertise, share ideas and stimulate discussion. For example, you and 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.
All the sessions must address topics of interest to Student Services professionals, and we especially welcome proposals for sessions that explore:
There are two session formats that you can propose:
The conference team will do their best to accommodate room seating and presenter support requests where possible. Each session leader and co-presenter must register as a conference delegate for at least the day on which their session takes place. Please consider whether the number of co-presenters is appropriate for your session. For example, if your session is a presentation, three or more presenters might feel disjointed.
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, each session leader and co-presenter must register as a conference delegate for at least the day on which their session takes place.
The AMOSSHE National Conference 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 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 Student Services professionals, being part of the AMOSSHE National Conference programme is a prestigious professional development opportunity. You can raise your personal profile, draw attention to your work, benefit from peer perspectives, and develop new networks of colleagues with similar interests and areas of expertise.
For corporate organisations, you're more likely to create effective and meaningful relationships with AMOSSHE members by using case studies to evidence the impact your product or service has made on the work of Student Services and the student experience. We advise avoiding a hard sell approach, as this is unlikely to engage delegates at an AMOSSHE conference. You might also consider becoming a conference sponsor, which gives you the opportunity to lead a 30 minute presentation as part of the conference programme. Find out more about National Conference sponsorship.
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 themes – please get in touch! Email the AMOSSHE National Office team at firstname.lastname@example.org for help and advice.
You can submit a proposal as follows:
Please submit your proposal for consideration by 17:00 on Monday 24 February 2020.
AMOSSHE will give you feedback about your proposals no later than week commencing 16 March 2020.
You can submit as many session proposals for consideration as you like. For each one, please submit a separate form.
The conference team will carefully consider all session proposals, and choose the successful proposals by asking the following questions:
Your session proposal should answer these questions satisfactorily.
The AMOSSHE National Office team will let you know whether your proposal is successful no later than week commencing 16 March 2020.
If your session proposal is accepted, each session leader and co-presenter must register as a conference delegate for at least the day on which their session takes place. AMOSSHE will register the session leader and co-presenters as delegates as soon as booking opens, to ensure that you get the best rates.
Unfortunately, AMOSSHE can’t contribute to your expenses (for example, travel, accommodation).
The conference 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.