About us

We’re 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 AUA 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 history

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 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’.

Our vision is to develop and support 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

AUA values

AUA members are committed to:

  • Advancing education for public benefit through sharing professional knowledge and practice
  • Developing our own and others’ professional practice
  • Actively championing a professional culture of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Working to 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 Murray MAUA
Director of Operations
Kathy leads the operations of the AUA and contributes and supports the Board of Trustees to develop the Association’s strategies and plans. You can find Kathy on email.



Finance Team

Anna Green MAUA
Head of Finance

Anna looks after all things financial for the AUA and the other sector associations that we provide support for and is a member of the senior management team. You can find Anna on email.


Laila Berraies MAUA
Finance Officer
Laila supports Anna in all areas of finance for the AUA and other sector associations.



Professional Development Team

Jo Forsyth MAUA
Professional Development
Jo works on professional development; from one day workshops to conference content. She also supports organisations working with the AUA CPD Framework or working towards the Mark of Excellence. You can find Jo on: LinkedIn | Email


Jane Reid MAUA
Project Officer (Professional Development)
Jane manages our Postgraduate Certificate in HE Administration, Management and Leadership, including making strategic decisions on how the PgCert is developed for the future.


Fiona Ramsay MAUA
PgCert Programme Administrator
Fiona supports our PgCert programme and is the point of contact for existing and prospective students.


Membership and Networks Team

Matt Maloney MAUA
Member Engagement Manager
Matt is responsible for all activity relating to our members, as well as the support and coordination of our network volunteers.


Jordan Paterson MAUA
Administration Assistant
Jordan 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 Carr MAUA
Events Manager
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 Duxbury MAUA
Events Coordinator
Chloe provides a range of event-related and governance support for all of the AUA events, as well as the events of our partners. Chloe also coordinates sponsorship and manages the exhibitions at our events. You can find Chloe on: LinkedIn | Email


Marketing and Communications Team 

Laura Harper MAUA
Marketing and Communications Officer
Laura coordinates the production of our publications and is editorial assistant for both the Perspectives and Newslink editorial boards.  She is the first point of contact for blogs, career stories, Good Practice Guides and articles. If you would like to write something for the AUA, you can contact Laura here: Email 



Mary Curnock Cook OBE
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
Chris Ince FAUA
Secretary and Registrar,
London Metropolitan University
AUA Vice Chair
Kathryn Fowler FAUA
Business Development and Operational Manager, University of Aberdeenk.m.fowler@abdn.ac.uk
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 FAUADepartment Manager,
University of York
Sara Corcoran MAUADirector of Humans Resources,
University of Suffolk
Mark Crittenden MAUAHead of Student Centres,
University of Greenwich
Sue MacGregor MAUAHead of Registry Services and Governance,
The University of Gloucestershire
Stephen McAuliffe MAUAAcademic Registrar,
University of Birmingham
Nicola Owen FAUAChief Administrative Officer,
Lancaster University
Vikki Goddard FAUADirector of Faculty Operations, University of ManchesterVikki.goddard@manchester.ac.uk
Dr. Andrew West FAUAStrategic Adviser to the AUAandrewwest@gmx.co.uk
AUA Lay Trustee
Tim Walker
Chief Executive and Registrar General Osteopathic Council tjvwalker@gmail.com

Contact us

We’re open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Call us: 44+(0)161 275 2063

You can find us on: Email | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Address: Association of University Administrators, Sackville Street Building, The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WE

If you’d like to send us mail, please use M13 9PL as the postcode.

We welcome all feedback as we use this to help us continually improve the service we provide you.  We want to hear from you when we have done something well and more importantly when we have missed the mark or caused any inconvenience.  If you have a complaint or commendation to share with us please contact us.