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 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.

Our purpose and values

Our vision is to develop and serve the talent and ambition of higher education professionals to assist the advancement of the sector.

We will achieve this through a strategy of Growth through Relevance and Engagement.

Our aims are to:

  1. Enrich the experience of AUA membership by continuing to grow the professional development opportunities for members and others in the sector (growth)
  2. Be a representative voice for university professional services staff within the HE Sector (relevance)
  3. Be a partner of choice across the HE Sector (engagement)

Our priorities are to:

  1. Build high performing local, regional and thematic networks extending our reach into FE and alternative providers
  2. Develop AUA consultancy, building on the progress of the revitalised CPD Framework and Mark of Excellence
  3. Deliver high impact events, research and publications that address fundamental issues about the professionalisation of HE
  4. Develop our suite of accreditation and qualifications, including building on the success of the PgCert
  5. Continue to focus on strong strategically aligned partnerships

Our values 

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 people

kathy-murrayKathy Murray
Head of AUA Office
Kathy leads on communications and oversees the operations of the AUA Office, she contributes and supports the AUA Board of Trustees on the Association’s long-term strategies and plans.
Finance Team
mairi palmerAnna Green
Head of Finance
Anna looks after all things financial for the AUA and the other sector associations that we provide support for.
Laila BerraiesLaila Berraies
Finance Assistant
Laila supports Anna in all areas of finance for the AUA and other sector associations.
Professional Development Team
Amanda Shilton GodwinAmanda Shilton Godwin
Head 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 ReidJane Reid
Project Officer (Professional Development)
Fiona RamsayFiona 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.
Membership and Networks Team
Matt MaloneyMatt Maloney
Project Officer: Membership & Networks
Jordan Paterson
Administration Assistant
Matt is responsible for all activity relating to our members, as well as the support and coordination of our network volunteersJordan takes care of the administration that supports our members and volunteers. If you call the AUA office, or email our main enquires inbox, you will probably be assisted by Jordan.
Events Team
Ric CarrRic Carr
Events Officer
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 DuxburyChloe Duxbury
Events Assistant
Chloe provides a range of event-related and governance support to AUA’s third party clients.
Communications Team
Kim MellorKimberley Mellor
Communications Officer
Monica Mihai
Digital Marketing Officer
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. Monica is responsible for developing our digital marketing strategy. She oversees our social media presence, website and e-mail marketing campaigns.

Honorary President

Mary Curnock Cook is an independent educationalist, with expertise in participation and progression in the different stages of education, and with a particular focus on those who are disadvantaged in education.

From 2010 to 2017, Mary was Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS, overseeing a transformation of the organisation’s operations, communications and data services.  Prior to 2010, she was Director of Qualifications and Skills and the QCDA.  Earlier in her career she held a number of senior executive and non-executive posts in private, public and not-for-profit organisations in the biotechnology, food, hospitality and education sectors. She is Chair of Governors at Kensington and Chelsea College, Chair of the Trustees of the Access Project and a Trustee at the National Star College.  She Chairs the Local Governing Body at Swindon Academy.

Mary is also a strategy advisor to the University of Buckingham. Mary has an MSc from London Business School.  She was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to training in the hospitality industry, and is an honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London.


We’re governed by a constitution and a Board of Trustees who are responsible for leading and executing our overall vision and direction adopted by the Association at our Annual General Meetings.  All funds of the AUA are used to improve and enhance the profession and the individuals working within it.

The AUA is a charity registered in England and Wales (1030024) and in Scotland (SC037890).  We are also a limited company, AUA Enterprises Ltd, registered in England and Wales (07814323).

Board of Trustees

AUA Chair
Kathy Fowler
College Registrar,
University of Aberdeen
AUA Vice Chair
Chris Ince
Committee Secretary,
SOAS, University of London
Board of Studies Chair
Amanda Oliver FAUA
Director of College Operations,
Brunel University
John Baker MAUACorporate and Business Planning Manager, London South Bank Universityj.baker@lsbu.ac.uk
Sam Bayley
Timetabling Manager,
University of York
Sara Corcoran MAUADirector of Humans Resources,
University of Suffolk
Mark Crittenden MAUAStudent Centre Coordinator,
University of Greenwich
Sue MacGregor MAUAHead of Registry Services and Governance,
The University of Gloucestershire
Stephen McAuliffe MAUAAcademic Registrar,
University of Birmingham
Nicola Owen
Chief Administrative Officer,
Lancaster University
Joanne Payne
Head of Professional Services, Finance,
University of Southampton
Dr Steven Quigley
Regent’s University London


We are open Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 16:00.

Tel: 44+(0)161 275 2063    Email: aua@aua.ac.uk    Tweet: @The_AUA

Association of University Administrators, Sackville Street Building, The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester, M13 9PL. (Postcode for visitors M1 3BU)