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Conference Exhibition & Sponsorship

Training and Development: Lunchtime Sessions

By gemmacampuslife 01 Dec 2018

These sessions will be held on Tuesday 9th April from 11:30am...


Licensed to Let – update on HMO and other types of licence.
Hilary Crook
Hatch Legal
Red 4

The law on mandatory licensing of HMOs changed in October 2018. The change already affects some landlords, but will have a widespread impact on the student accommodation sector for the 2019/20 letting cycle.

Licensing is now compulsory for all HMOs housing 5 or more people, and there are new licence conditions relating to minimum room sizes. It has become simpler for local authorities to designate areas under their control as areas of additional licensing (which affects HMOs housing fewer than 5 people) or special licensing (which affects properties other than HMOs. The fees for licensing properties in these areas can run into thousands of pounds.

This session will explain how the law has changed, and how it will impact accommodation providers, with examples of real-life situations and how they were resolved.


3 minutes to Save a Life - Democratising Suicide Prevention combining compassion with governance.
Clare Dickens,
Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Mental Health and Nursing Studies.
Blue 4

3 minutes to save a life and Connecting with People, is founded on the premise that suicide is preventable and the philosophy places compassion, empathy and collaboration at the heart of every encounter with a person at risk of suicide. The program provides training in the use of a compassionate, person-centred approach, and offers a standardised and non-stigmatising language which fosters greater understanding and consistency when speaking to and responding to people at risk of suicide.

Key consideration in effective suicide prevention is having effective systems to support students at times of distress, thoughts of self-harm or suicide, or if they have self-harmed. It is designed to tackle unconscious barriers to identification and intervention of people at risk of suicide such as fear, stigma, personal experiences of suicidal distress or suicide loss, lack of time (real or perceived), lack of personal agency and the sense that suicide is inevitable. The training was designed take participants on an emotional and experiential journey in addition to improving the knowledge, skills and confidence of people who come into contact with others at risk of suicide. 


Students and Drugs
Liam Watson,
Yellow 4

This session will examine the changing nature of students drug use. 


What Nest? How to Stay Relevant in a Digital World.
Mike Ritchie & Hannah Davies
Pink 4

An interactive session uncovering the digital tools that we think will get your messages across to students – both now and in the future. After sharing our secrets we will release our group of every-demanding students, then work together to develop some innovative concepts to keep them engaged. A fun session guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing and not leave you feeling deflated.


Residential Life: Community focused work in the ‘Rainy City’
Adam Rothwell
Manchester Metropolitan University
Orange 4

This session will present a case study of the Residential Life team at Manchester Metropolitan University, which was created in 2014. Within the past four years, the team has grown and in collaboration with the wider Student Living department, created an award-winning environment for residents living on campus.

We will highlight three key areas of the community the team is mindful of and working within, and offers a positive but honest reflection of achievements, challenges and the journey ahead. The interactive group work aims to help attendees reflect on their own community-based work, identify new opportunities and network with others.