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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
Sam Bayley
Timetabling Manager,
University of York
Mark Crittenden MAUAStudent Centre Coordinator,
University of Greenwich
Sue MacGregor MAUAHead of Registry Services & 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
Academic Registrar,
Regent’s College London
Hayley Simpson MAUASenior International Recruitment Manager,
Royal Holloway, University of London
Dawn Turpin
Head of Governance,
The Open University
Dr Andrew West MAUAUniversity Secretary,
The University of Sheffield

Honorary President

AUA Honorary President, Professor Ruth Farwell

Professor Ruth Farwell is a mathematician by background. Following a succession of senior posts at the University of Brighton she was Pro Vice Chancellor at London South Bank University. In early 2015 Ruth retired as Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University. Ruth is a serving executive member of the HE representative body, GuildHE and a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. She is member of the London Mathematical Society and the Higher Education Academy.

“It is a great pleasure to be Honorary President for the AUA. The AUA is a well-established, exciting and dynamic organisation which encourages its members to strive for excellence and to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. When I describe the importance of staff networking with colleagues and sharing good practice, then I don’t just think of academics. These principles are important for all staff in universities and the AUA plays an important role in delivering them.”
Professor Ruth Farwell

Call for nominations for Honorary President of the AUA

In accordance with our Constitution we are now inviting nominations for the role of President to hold office from 01 August 2017 to 31 July 2019.

All members of the AUA can make a nomination, do you know of someone from within the sector who you think could support us in this role?

The President contributes by:

  • Representing the AUA throughout the sector and acting as a key spokesperson on its behalf
  • Actively participating in the life of the AUA, including at our Annual Lecture and Annual Conference
  • Liaising with the Chair and Officers of the Association to provide strategic input and an independent point of view

The fine print – Appointment procedure

  1. A nomination form (found below) must be completed by 17:00 on 31 May 2017
  2. All members of the Association are eligible to nominate individuals for the role of President but may not nominate themselves
  3. Nominees are not required to be members of the Association at the point of nomination
  4. The consent of nominees is not required at the point of nomination and they should not normally be notified that they have been nominated
  5. In order to be considered as a candidate for the office of President, an individual must be nominated by at least two eligible members
  6. Nominations should be accompanied by a summary of the nominee’s major achievements and their suitability for the office of President
  7. The Secretary is responsible for reviewing nominations and determining those to be considered as candidates.  Nominations which do not meet the requirements of this clause or are received after the due date will be invalid
  8. The Board, or a committee of the Board established for the purpose, will consider all candidates.   Its proceedings in this regard are confidential
  9. The Board will decide which of the candidates, if any, should be invited to become President and its decision is final.
  10. If no suitable candidates are forthcoming or, if those candidates deemed suitable decline the Board’s invitation to become President, the Board will determine the procedure for filling the vacancy


AUA President nomination form

  • Call for nominations for the role of President

    We, the undersigned, hereby propose and second the following person for appointment as AUA President.
  • Proposers

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