Welcome to NAMSS Annual Conference 2018



19 - 20 March, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

NAMSS (National Association for Managers of Student Services), established in 1987 as a registered charity with the Charity Commission, operates as a non profit organisation to provide support and professional development for Managers of Services who support learners in education and training.

Every March NAMSS hosts a National Conference for all members designed to promote the sharing of contemporary practice. This two-day annual event gives like minded professionals the chance to meet in a chosen city and network with over 140 managers and support staff.

NAMSS’ National Conference 2018 will once more be a fabulous two-day event. The Conference, sponsored by eSafe, will cover many aspects of student services including guest speakers and workshops covering Transgender in FE, Mental Health, SEND/Supported Internships, IAG/Matrix, Drugs/Substance Misuse, Gangs, Enrichment/Tutorials, Inspecting PDBW, Prevent and Learner Voice. Our marketplace at Conference will include a wide range of exhibitors offering services and innovative solutions to support your day-to-day operations. Guest speakers include Nick Linford, founder of Lsect, Andy Cope, from the Art of Brilliance and Dickon Bevington, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at the Anna Freud Centre.

Our AGM is also scheduled for the Tuesday 20 March at 9.15am, this is open to all members. Non members can book onto the NAMSS Annual Conference but do not benefit from the reduced membership ticket prices.

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At a Glance

Features of the NAMSS Annual Conference 2018

Two Day Programme

A two day hosted annual event with a programme packed full of practical workshop options and time to meet other delegates.


This is where student services managers meet: In addition to lunch and coffee/tea breaks, there is a Gala dinner - including our Awards, (supported by sponsorship from eSafe) and Competition winners and Live Band.

Speakers - Monday

Opening the conference on Monday will be Nick Linford, founder of Lsect, who will give a 'State of the Nation' presentation. Nick will be followed by Andy Cope, Professional trainer, qualified teacher, author and ‘Dr of Happiness’.

Speakers - Tuesday

On Tuesday Dickon Bevington, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at the Anna Freud Centre will be giving a presentation on the adolescent brain.

Speaker Presentations

NAMSS members can also access our archive of Speaker Presentations from past NAMSS Conferences.


Running over the two day event, you can choose which workshops you would like to attend from a list of varied topics all relevant to student services.


Exhibitors are still being finalised but those secured to date include e-Safe, EMSI, Active Informatics, DfE Educate Against Hate, Mental Health Foundation England, Papyrus, Prevent and Prospect Consultants.

Early Bird

Book early to secure the best rates. Limited spaces are available, bookings must be made and paid for by 19 January, 2018 latest or you will be invoiced for the full amount.

Discounted Hotel Rates

If you would like to travel on Sunday evening and stay at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham you will be able to add this additional night to your conference booking. Hyatt Regency Birmingham website.

Complimentary WiFi

Complimentary WiFi is available at the hotel for NAMSS conference attendees.

Conference Dinner

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks, Gala Dinner and Live Band on the Monday evening. We will also be presenting our NAMSS awards to staff (supported by sponsorship from eSafe) and announcing the winners of the student Film Competition.


Non members can book onto the Annual Conference but do not benefit from the NAMSS reduced membership fees. Become a member of NAMSS and SAVE up to £300 on your Annual Conference ticket price.