Reaching out

Bulletin-summer-2017-coverThe UK higher education sector is rapidly changing, and student needs and challenges are changing too. That’s why AMOSSHE is broadening the opportunities for people to join our network and contribute to good practice enabling student success. In our summer bulletin, find out about our new 2017/18 membership categories, part of our strategy to reach out and develop the expertise of our network.

AMOSSHE strives to bring the sector together to collaborate and celebrate success. Most recently our national conference, 360 degree thinking, saw hundreds of Student Services leaders and sector experts gathering in the Brighton sunshine for three days of insight and inspiration. The bulletin features a roundup of the conference, with photos of our successful event.

Also, find out about the new Student Services projects that AMOSSHE is funding in collaboration with Unite Students to explore how to develop student resilience in accommodation settings.

Read the bulletin online here: Summer bulletin 2017.

Inspiration and success

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Ben Smith

360 degree thinking, the AMOSSHE national conference 2017, was an opportunity for reflection and insight as well as sharing strategy and good practice. Enabling student success is at the heart of the Student Services mission, and sometimes it’s important to remind ourselves of what success really means – what it’s like to overcome barriers and gain a sense of personal achievement in spite of the odds.

That’s why it was so refreshing to hear from the inspirational Ben Smith as our final keynote speaker. Ben described how his ambitions as a runner helped him to overcome health challenges and find the strength to respect himself as a person, and reach out to help and inspire others in turn.

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Photography by Stephen Lawrence (@sidzey)

Celebrating success – especially when that success is founded on supporting and enabling others – is always important. At our Gala Ball delegates tried their luck at our casino (fun money only!) and found out who won our best tweet, best picture and table picture quizzes. But winners or losers, everyone took the opportunity to enjoy themselves!

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Best tweet winner Rotimi Akinsete

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Winning table quiz representative Jess Walmsley

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Best picture winner Victoria Jackson (right) with conference leads Nicole Redman and Chris Shelley

Leadership and development from a 360 degree perspective

IMG_1955AMOSSHE was delighted to welcome Wes Streeting MP as the keynote speaker for day two of 360 degree thinking, our national conference 2017. It was refreshing and inspiring for delegates to hear a politician speaking with real understanding of, and interest in, the higher education sector.

The day was crammed with informative and thought-provoking sessions, led by AMOSSHE members and sector stakeholders. But there was time for relaxation and celebration too. A running group headed off for a refreshing dash along the seafront, the giant Jenga saw some action in the 360 degree hub, and after all that delegates toasted their achievements at our Gala Ball.

Photography by Stephen Lawrence (@sidzey)