Our free online conference starts next week!

30 June 2020 13:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The AMOSSHE National Conference 2020 starts on Monday 6 July - it's all week, all online, all free, and open to everyone who wants to take part! This is a fantastic professional development opportunity for you, your colleagues, and sector friends, so please share the links widely. All the sessions would have featured in our physical conference if it had gone ahead in Newcastle, so you can access the same quality expertise and resources, but for free and without having to travel!

Here's the programme of sessions. You can register for the ones you want to attend, rather than everything at once.

Monday 6 July

  • 13:30 to 14:45: 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).
  • 15:30 to 16:15: 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.

Tuesday 7 July

  • 10:00 to 10:45: Responsible drinking on campus: the role of Student Services. This free workshop 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.
  • 11:30 to 12:15: Student Services in purpose-built student accommodation: design, delivery and partnership. In this free webinar Donny McCormick (Student Services & Welfare Manager, Unite Students) explore how a private student accommodation Student Services framework can be designed and delivered, through partnership, with the aim of promoting student success.

Wednesday 8 July

  • 14:30 to 15:15: 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 interactive 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.
  • 16:00 to 17:00: 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.

Thursday 9 July

  • 10:00 to 10:45: 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.
  • 11:30 to 12:15: 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.
  • 14:30 to 15:30: 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.
  • 19:30 to 21:30: AMOSSHE gala quiz. This will be 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!

Friday 10 July

  • 13:30 to 14:15: 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!
  • 15:00 to 16:15: 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.

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