Winter conference 2018: call for posters

Building belonging: the role and impact of residences on student success is the theme of the AMOSSHE winter conference 2018. The event explores how Student Services and colleagues can develop engaging, supportive residential environments that encourage a sense of belonging and contribute to student success.

We're trying something new at this conference: we want to create a space for you to showcase your good practice, innovative ideas, and success stories. You can take part by presenting a poster that summarises your work and achievements.

We want your proposals for posters that give an insight into how you've developed engaging, supportive residential environments that foster student success in higher education.

Please submit your poster proposals by 17:00 on Thursday 14 December 2017.

Find out more:

Find out more about the conference here: Building belonging.

AMOSSHE winter conference


You must submit your poster proposal no later than 17:00 on Thursday 14 December 2017

About the conference

The AMOSSHE winter conference attracts over a hundred delegates each year from all over the UK, to share expertise on a specific theme related to the work of Student Services in higher education. Building belonging: the role and impact of residences on student success invites you to build your expertise through three key perspectives, focusing on students who live in university accommodation:

  • Induction and transition – building engagement and a sense of belonging at key transitions in residences.
  • Creating safe, supportive living environments that enhance the residential experience and foster student success.
  • Crisis management – dealing with challenges and crises in residences to ensure that the whole community is supported.

The conference takes place on Friday 9 February 2018 in Bristol, England. Find out more here: Building belonging.


About the posters

All selected posters will be on display throughout the conference, so that attendees can absorb them in their own time and way.

The conference agenda will also include time for you to discuss your poster with colleagues, answer questions and exchange ideas.

Your poster should summarise your work in an area that aligns to the conference theme. For example, your poster might present an overview of: 

  • Residence life strategies or initiatives
  • Residence support models
  • Engagement programmes or activities
  • Approaches to induction or transition
  • Recent or ongoing project work
  • Collaborative working with Students’ Unions, other student groups, or third parties

Posters should include: 

  • An overview or outline
  • Key objectives or intentions
  • Methods or approaches to solve problems / implement new systems
  • Outcomes / findings / impact on student success
  • Recommendations / ideas for others to try

You can use text, pictures, charts, maps or any other materials to make your poster as engaging as possible.


Who can submit a proposal?

AMOSSHE welcomes poster 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 poster proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate.


Why should I present a poster?

Presenting a poster at our conference is a good way to showcase your ideas and achievements, get feedback on your work, develop your professional confidence and standing, and start new discussions.

Summarising your approaches, practice, or research as a poster is a wonderful opportunity to engage with appreciative colleagues in your sector. You can explain succinctly on a one-to-one basis what you've accomplished and how you’re progressing, and receive detailed feedback.


Can I get help with my poster idea?

If you have an idea for a poster, but you’re not sure whether it will be suitable, please get in touch! Email the AMOSSHE National Office team at for help and advice.


How do I submit a proposal?

If you want to present a poster at the conference, please submit a proposal that outlines what your poster will be about. Please include the following:

  • A short title for your poster.
  • Your name, job title, organisation, email address and phone number.
  • The same contact details for anyone else who will attend the conference and present the poster with you.
  • A summary of no more than 500 words, which gives a clear idea of the topics and content that your poster will feature.

You don’t need to create the poster itself at this stage. 

Please send your proposal to Benjamin at by 17:00 on Thursday 14 December 2017.

You can submit as many poster proposals for consideration as you like.

The winter conference team will consider all the proposals, and choose which to accept for display at the conference. AMOSSHE will give you feedback about your proposals in week commencing 1 January 2018.


How does AMOSSHE decide which proposals to accept?

The winter conference team will carefully consider all poster proposals, and choose the successful proposals by asking the following questions:

  • Is the poster idea engaging, informative, inspiring?
  • Is the topic relevant to Student Services professionals?
  • Does the poster engage with the conference themes?

Your poster proposal should answer these questions satisfactorily.


What happens if my proposal is accepted?

If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be asked to do the following:

  • Register as a delegate to attend the conference. Any co-presenters must register too.
  • Create your poster. This should be roughly A2 (42 cm by 60 cm) or A1 (60 cm x 85 cm) size. Your poster can be printed or a collage. You will be responsible for providing all the display materials, plus any handouts.
  • Take a photo of your completed poster and email it to Benjamin at no later than 17:00 on Monday 5 February 2018.
  • Bring your poster, plus any accompanying materials, to the conference at 09:30 on 9 February 2017, so that the team can display your poster.
  • During the allocated times specified in the conference agenda, you and/or your co-presenter must remain by your poster to answer questions and with engage attendees.


If I present a poster, can I claim for my expenses?

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


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