Students, Money and Mental Health

NSMW 2016 (8-12 February)

Students, Money and Mental Health

Please find below a link to an information pack to help NASMA members run this theme in their institutions. The pack is also designed for supporters of NSMW16 to understand all about NASMA’s NSMW campaign and how they can be involved in helping promote NASMA’s key messages about financial capability.

 NSMW16 Info Pack

The following information leaflets have also been created for NASMA members and supporters to use to help promote any activity they undertake during NSMW16.

The documents have been designed to help members with their NSMW activity and members and supporters are welcome to take any elements of these resources that will be of help to them.

NASMA members are still actively encouraged to the share of ideas and events via the mailbase to help inspire all members about what they can do to take part in NSMW16. While we understand that the engagement of institutions varies, NASMA still supports the value of any contribution you can make to NSMW16 and promoting financial capability to your students.

NSMW Survey

In line with NSMW16’s theme, NASMA launched a survey to find out about students and their relationship with money and mental health and how the two are often closely linked.  It also asked students to provide their top tips on managing money and their mental health.

The full results from the survey can be found here:    NSMW16 Survey Results

NSMW17 and beyond

Since NSMW began in 2011 it has officially taken place in February each year. The NSMW15 survey also informed us that 81% of respondents took part in NSMW during the official week.

Following feedback from members, and a proposal from a committee member, the Committee and Board have agreed that for the foreseeable future NSMW will take place in the 2nd week of February every year.

For NSMW17 this means the dates will be Monday 6th February – Friday 10th February 2017.

We also acknowledge the importance of institutions still being able to take part during times that best suit them. While the setting of ongoing dates will help give a clear focus for activity and embed NSMW further into the academic year, activity by members at times suitable to them is still encouraged and supported.

A Year In Industry can be a good ‘kick start’ for a brilliant career in STEM

A good degree is not sufficient by itself to gain good graduate employment.  Employers are looking for transferable skills and prefer work experience – probably not top of the agenda for most 17/21-year-old students who are still trying to decide on their career paths!
EDT, a not for profit organisation, offers through YINI a high value, low risk option, as students do not have to defer their University place unless they accept an offer with YINI, and the registration is free.
A 9/12-month placement could provide some of the structure that admission tutors look for in personal statements and still allow time to travel. Last year nearly 600 students were given this invaluable start to their careers.
Probably a YINI will appeal to students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Physics, but it may also be of interest to many others.  I am attaching a brief synopsis of some local openings, but there are many more, both regionally and nationally.
Here are a couple of testimonies of YINI Alumni:
“This year has been the most challenging and one of the best experiences of my life. Totally worthwhile. I have learnt so much!!” Tamaryn Johns, AstraZeneca
 “This has been a massive step in my personal development and will be the foundation for my degree and my future career. This has been extremely valuable in terms of both general and specific work experiences. I had no idea I would gain so much when I embarked on this venture.” Sascha Kellert, Serco Group Ltd
Please find below a poster of our current vacancies for a Summer 2016 start – please advertise these to your students in a prominent place. If you or any of your students would like to find out more, we would like to hear from you.  More details can be found on our website or information can be requested from Kerrie on 0161 278 2577 or from

Are you interested in a career in Journalism?

News Associates are running a series of free, hands-on workshops in their Manchester office in December (Saturday 12th and Monday 21st). It would be an excellent opportunity for students to get some experience on their CVs and UCAS forms.

The sessions are very practical and great fun, and provide a chance to sample life as a working multimedia journalist including:

  • – A breaking news exercise where they simulate a newsroom and get you to produce a mock article for the BBC website.
  • – A broadcast session where you get to present a news bulletin to camera.

For further details, please email or see Mrs Gillibrand


Hear from current students, industry professionals and tutors. To book a place or for more information on this course, email: or call 0161 886 7000

A new accounting and financial services academy sponsored by the Sale & Altrincham Chamber of Commerce gives you the chance to gain all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to achieve in this
Study full time on the internationally recognised and
respected AAT course and benefit from:
> Your very own mentor from the professional sector
> Work experience placement
> Expert tuition and guidance from tutors who are experienced       accountants
> Visiting speakers from industry
> A fast-track to a career in Accounting without university loans


My name is Ankush Vij. I am a former student mouth-clip-art-opened-mouth-with-teeth-Download-Royalty-free-Vector-File-EPS-1403of the boys school. I currently study dentistry at King’s College London and a friend of mine has recently interviewed the head of admissions for the dental institute- it’s the first time he has ever agreed to discuss getting into dental school.
The information is contained in the link below and has some very useful information with regards to UKCAT and upcoming interviews with the MMI system.

Would you kindly share this with your students: Dr Lyndon Cabot: Getting into dental school (King’s College London)




We’re delighted to launch a free, online course that is suitable for students in Year 12 or Year 13, who want to develop their understanding of criminology, criminal law or the police service.

The multi-disciplinary course is led by Dr Matthew Bacon from the University of Sheffield, with contributions from the police service, probation officers, and criminal lawyers. Topics covered will include: crime and criminal justice; policing; victims and victim support; restorative justice; prisons and places of confinement; community sanctions and measures; and desistance. Completing a course, such as this one, provides excellent material and information that students can use in their UCAS personal statement and when they are invited to interviews at university or for work experience placements.

The course is flexible and can fit around other study and work commitments. Students may choose to study only some of the course materials whilst those who complete the whole course (3 hours per week for 7 weeks) can buy a ‘Statement of Participation’.

We welcome your support in sharing information about this course with your students. For more details about the course content and to watch the introductory video, please visit or download the attached two-page pdf.



Interested in a Career as a Lawyer?

Aspiring Lawyers’ Conference at The King’s School, Chester, Friday 6th November, 4.15pm – 6pm

King’s School  would like to invite any students from Y10 to Y13  who are considering Law as a possible career.

Aspiring Lawyers will be an interactive event, with a short series of talks, and more importantly an informal forum where students can meet practising lawyers from all kinds of different areas, get informal advice, make contacts and potentially arrange visits or work experience.

The event is free of charge, and students can sign up online via the link:


KAPLAN Apprenticeships


Combine paid work experience with study towards a relevant qualification in accounting and financial services with qualifications including CIMA, AAT, ICAEW and the Chartered Insurance Institute. Businesses are recruiting throughout the UK.

A Kaplan Internship is an alternative route into a new career path that doesn’t rely on previous academic qualifications and combines formal study with employability skills with up to 6 weeks work experience in a business.


Liverpool University – Career in Orthoptics


Many students will not be aware of what a career in Orthoptics entails. Apart from being a satisfying career, financially it can also be rewarding:

Want a good salary on graduation?

A news article from the Liverpool Echo shows that Orthoptists are among the best paid graduates in the UK

YouTube video – As not many people know what a student orthoptist does, our student ambassadors have created this YouTube video showing a day in their life




Post-18 Options and Careers at AGGS