Winter conference 2017: call for session proposals

The AMOSSHE Winter Conference 2017 takes place on Friday 17 February 2017 in Manchester. This event for Student Services leaders and practitioners explores the theme ‘Engaging communities’ – how we can engage institutional colleagues and stakeholders to create effective relationships, and how we can create engaging communities for our students that enhance their learning experience and promote retention and success.

Find out more, and book your conference place here: Engaging communities.

We want your proposals for informative and stimulating conference sessions that will engage delegates and contribute to everyone’s understanding and professional development. Find out more:

The deadline to propose a session for the AMOSSHE Winter Conference 2017 has passed (it was no later than 17:00 on Wednesday 9 November 2016). If you're still interested in getting involved with the event, or have any questions, please contact us.

About the conference and sessions

The Winter Conference 2017 will be AMOSSHE’s third winter conference, and the event has grown in size year on year. For 2017 we anticipate that about 150 people will take part, and each delegate will choose the sessions they want to attend. Your session might have up to 60 delegates taking part.

The conference takes place all day on Friday 17 February 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel in Manchester.

The conference theme is ‘Engaging communities’ and your session should address one or both of the strands within this:

  • How Student Services can engage institutional colleagues and stakeholders to create effective relationships.
  • How Student Services can create engaging communities for students that enhance their learning experience and promote retention and success.

Find out more, and book your conference place here: Engaging communities.

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Who can submit a proposal?

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.

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Winter Conference

Find out more

Find more information about the conference and book your place

Engaging communities

Supporters

Engaging communities is kindly supported by:

Hobsons

PCMIS HE (opens in a new window)

Randstad Student Support

Future Finance (opens in a new window)

Blackbullion

Clear Links (opens in a new window)

ORAC (opens in a new window)

Stems by RP (opens in a new window)

Unite Students

Why should I submit a proposal?

AMOSSHE needs the imaginative input of 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 Winter Conference is relevant, useful, and inspiring.

Leading a workshop or presenting 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. You or your colleagues may have undertaken initiatives or research that others can learn from, you may have inspiring success stories to tell, or there may be challenges that you want to explore in a structured way in order to share good practice and develop new strategies.

As another benefit of contributing to the event, one session leader for each accepted proposal can claim a free delegate place at the Winter Conference.

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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, or whether it’s suitable, please get in touch!

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How do I submit a proposal?

You can submit a proposal as follows:

  1. Download this form: 2017 Winter Conference session proposal form (docx 164 KB).
  2. Fill in the form and save it. Details of what you need to include are below.
  3. Email the form to info@amosshe.org.uk.

Please submit your proposal for consideration by 17:00 on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

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 23 November 2016.

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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.

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How does AMOSSHE decide which proposals to accept?

The Winter Conference team (Executive members Jayne Aldridge and Fay Sherrington, with the National Office staff) 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.

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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 23 November 2016. If you’re successful, the 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. The conference team will do their best to accommodate room seating and presenter support requests where possible.

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

AMOSSHE can’t contribute to expenses, but one session leader for each accepted proposal can claim a free delegate place at the Winter Conference.

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