We are the AUA, the Association of University Administrators.
If you work, or aspire to work in higher education administration or management, we are your professional association. Our membership promise is simple – yet powerful. We’re committed to connecting and developing every professional within our network. We’ll support you on your professional journey by providing opportunities to enhance and progress your career in HE.
Who we are and what we do
The AUA is the professional association for higher education administrators and managers. As well as being a representative voice for HE professionals within our sector, we’re here to support and guide you, our members, as you define and develop your career ambitions.
Think of us as an extension to your professional network. By connecting with like-minded individuals you can look beyond your current role and institution and become part of the wider sector. Through these connections you can share learning, encourage best practice and, importantly, help give our sector, your profession and you as an individual added credibility.
Our approach is simple – yet powerful. We’re committed to uniting and developing every professional within our network. That’s what makes us unique. In fact, we can sum up the AUA in one simple sentence:
Connecting and developing higher education professionals.
Our vision is to develop and serve the talent and ambition of higher education professionals to assist the advancement of the sector.
Our charitable objective is to advance, and assist in the advancement of education by fostering sound methods of leadership, management and administration in further and higher education by education, training and other means.
We will achieve this through a strategy of Growth through Relevance and Engagement.
Our aims are to:
- Enrich the experience of AUA membership by continuing to grow the professional development opportunities for members and others in the sector (growth)
- Be a representative voice for University professional services staff within the HE Sector (relevance)
- Be a partner of choice across the HE Sector (engagement)
Our priorities are to:
- Build high performing local, regional and thematic networks extending our reach into FE and alternative providers
- Develop AUA consultancy, building on the progress of the revitalised CPD Framework and Mark of Excellence
- Deliver high impact events, research and publications that address fundamental issues about the professionalisation of HE
- Develop our suite of accreditation and qualifications, including building on the success of the PgCert
- Continue to focus on strong strategically aligned partnerships
We will achieve this on a foundation of:
- An appropriately resourced AUA Office
- Effective leadership, governance and management
- A strong virtual presence and focused position in the sector
- Reliable and efficient delivery of all AUA activity and commitments
- Impactful strategic partnerships
- Sound financial management
Our measures of success will be:
- Improvement in membership recruitment, retention, engagement and satisfaction
- Achievement of our commitments to our members and to our partners
- Increased visibility, engagement and trusted and positive reputation of AUA in the national arena
- An annual financial surplus that maintains reserves levels
The AUA exists to advance and promote the professional recognition and development of all who work in professional services roles in higher education, and to be an authoritative advocate and champion for the sector.
AUA members are individually and collectively committed to:
- the continuous development of their own and others’ professional knowledge, skills and practices;
- actively championing equality of educational and professional opportunity;
- the advancement of higher education through the robust application of professional knowledge, skills and practices;
- the highest standards of fair, ethical and transparent professional behaviour.
Our values underpin the nine professional behaviours of the AUA CPD Framework.
Our equality statement
All members are also expected to follow our equality statement.
“AUA is committed to celebrating diversity and ensuring equality of access for all its staff and members. The Association ensures that its policies, services, publications and practices reflect this commitment.
AUA contributes to the development of a positive culture throughout the sector through its Values statement, and expect all its members to demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity in the provision of professional services within their own organisations”.
Our history and the AUA today
The world was a very different place in 1961. JFK was sworn in as US President, Barack Obama was born, the Berlin Wall was constructed and the Meeting of University Academic Administrators (MUASS) was launched at the University of Manchester.
In 1965, when the mini-skirt made its first outing, membership of MUASS stood at 120. By the time Dr Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant, in 1967, MUASS membership had risen to 473, representing 73 institutions.
In the same year that the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community, 1973, MUASS made way for CUA, the Conference of University Administrators. Fast forward twenty years and while the Maastricht Treaty was opening doors to one union, we were busy with our own. In 1993 CUA and APA (Association of Polytechnic Administrators) merged to become the Association of University Administrators, the AUA.
The AUA has come a long way since. We’ve experienced some challenging times and seen incredible change. Higher education has moved on and developments in our sector continue to take us to new and uncharted places.
|Kathy MurrayHead of AUA Office|
|Kathy leads the operations of the AUA Office and contributes and supports the AUA Board of Trustees on the Association’s long-term strategies and plans.|
|Mairi Palmer Head of Finance||Bethany HawarthFinance Assistant|
|Mairi looks after all things financial for the AUA and the other sector associations that we provide support for.||Beth supports Mairi in all areas of finances for AUA and other sector associations.|
|Amanda Shilton GodwinHead of Professional Development|
|Amanda heads up all things professional and developmental, including content for conferences and seminars, the AUA CPD Framework and the Mark of Excellence. She also manages the PgCert team.|
|Jane ReidProject Officer: Professional Development||Fiona Ramsay PgCert Programme Administrator|
|Jane manages our PgCert in HE Administration, Management and Leadership programme, including making strategic decisions on how the PgCert is developed for the future.||Fiona supports our PgCert programme and is the point of contact for existing and prospective participants.|
|Kimberley MellorCommunications Officer||Matthew MaloneyProject Officer: Membership & Networks|
|Kim looks after our publications and is the guardian of our brand. She also coordinates the sponsorship and exhibitions for the events and conferences we run.||Matthew is responsible for all activity relating to our members, as well as the support and coordination of our network volunteers|
|Ric CarrEvents Officer||Chloe DuxburyEvents Assistant|
|Ric makes the events and conferences we run happen. He is everything logistics and provides the reality check. In addition Ric project manages events for our external partners.||Chloe provides a range of event-related and governance support to AUA’s third party clients|
|Hannah WyndhamEvents Assistant||Graham HollandWeb Development Officer|
|Hannah in on placement with the AUA. She is at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Events Management.||Graham oversees our website and social media presence. He also supports and maintains websites for our external partners.|
We are open Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 16:00.
Association of University Administrators, Sackville Street Building, The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester, M60 1QD
(Postcode for visitors M1 3BU)
Tel: 44+(0)161 275 2063