National conference 2017: call for session proposals

360 degree thinking: leadership / collaboration / innovation is the AMOSSHE national conference 2017. The conference takes a 360 degree approach to Student Services, taking in perspectives from all angles to drive student success – encompassing inspiring leadership, effective collaboration and innovative practice.

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 Wednesday 15 February 2017.

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Find out more about the conference here: 360 degree thinking.

360 degree thinking - AMOSSHE conference 2017


You must submit your session proposal no later than 17:00 on Wednesday 15 February 2017

About the conference

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, over 240 delegates attended our national conference, representing 118 organisations. For 2017 we’re planning a similar scale event, honed to the needs and interests of Student Services professionals.

360 degree thinking aims to consider the holistic, global student experience, and how Student Services can foster academic and personal success through:
  • Inspiring leadership strategies that enable every student to succeed in their own way, to the best of their abilities.
  • Effective strategic collaboration with students, institutional colleagues and external stakeholders to develop understanding, promote inclusion and create opportunities.
  • Innovative practice to engage and support students to be rounded individuals with wide-ranging potential and horizons.

The conference team are looking for session proposals that align to one of these themes. 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 5 July and Friday 7 July 2017 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in Brighton, England. Find out more here: 360 degree thinking.


About the conference sessions

360 degree thinking: leadership / collaboration / innovation 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 themes of leadership / collaboration / innovation.

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 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 members and non-profits

AMOSSHE welcomes session proposals from AMOSSHE named members, colleagues at AMOSSHE member organisations, other higher or further education providers, not-for-profit education sector organisations, and individuals with expertise to contribute.

Corporate organisations

AMOSSHE also welcomes session proposals from corporate, for-profit organisations, including AMOSSHE annual and conference supporters. For corporate and for-profit organisations, AMOSSHE charges £650+VAT for each accepted session proposal. If your corporate proposal is accepted, AMOSSHE will send you can invoice and agreement contract.


Why should I submit a proposal?

360 degree thinking 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!

The 360 degree thinking Executive conference leads Nicole Redman (Director of Student Support, University of East London), Chris Shelley (Director of Student Services, King’s College London) and Helen McNeely (Head of Student Affairs, Queen’s University Belfast) are happy to discuss your ideas and help you. Please email to contact them.


How do I submit a proposal?

You can submit a proposal as follows:

  1. Download this form: session proposal form (docx 469 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 Wednesday 15 February 2017.

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 Wednesday 1 March 2017.


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 360 degree thinking 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 Wednesday 1 March 2017. If you’re successful, the 360 degree thinking 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.

For corporate and for-profit organisations only, AMOSSHE charges £650+VAT for each accepted session proposal. If your proposal is accepted, AMOSSHE will send you can invoice and agreement contract.


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 360 degree thinking: leadership / collaboration / innovation and submitting a session proposal, please contact us or look here: 360 degree thinking.


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