Membership

It’s time to get connected. Join the community for HE administration, management and leadership professionals.

Why should I join the AUA?

Joining your professional association makes a statement.  It says you are an engaged HE professional and demonstrates a commitment to your career development. It also does so much for you.  It connects you to a wider community of like minded professionals and opens up opportunities that will broaden, support and encourage your professional interests and development.

Your membership benefits

Networking: Our members are connected.  Through us you can link into a variety of networks at a national and local level and make connections with colleagues working in all areas of HE and at every level of the profession.

Professional recognition: As an AUA member your post-nominal letters demonstrate you are an engaged higher education professional and an active member of the AUA.

Development opportunities:  Professional development comes in many guises at the AUA. As a member you can study for the postgraduate certificate in higher education administration, management and leadership, gain experience by getting involved with the Association as a volunteer or you could find yourself representing the AUA at an international conference supported by a bursary.

Accreditation: Our accreditation scheme provides a clear pathway for you to take your career further and become an Accredited Member or Fellow of the AUA.

Exclusive experiences: Such as the Annual Lecture which is exclusive for our members.  Study tours provide the opportunity for you to connect with colleagues across the globe and experience higher education in another country.

Events and conferences: To support your professional development and practice we provide a series of conferences and events throughout the year on a range of HE topics.

Publications: Perspectives is our quarterly peer-reviewed professional journal that shares ideas to enhance the practical aspects of higher education management and administration and furthers your knowledge and understanding of influences and developments in the sector.  Newslink keeps you updated on what’s happening in the AUA community three times a year, including professional development opportunities, events, sector and colleague news.

An enhanced web experience:  As a member you can unlock the website to access an enhanced site which is personal to you.  You can securely update your membership details, tell us about your interests, make connections and log and record your CPD. (Going live this Autumn)

Discounts: As a member you can take advantage of discounted rates to all of our events, including our flagship Annual Conference and Exhibition.


Tax relief: AUA Membership subscriptions are fully allowable for those employed in the sector as a deduction from taxable income under Section 201 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

This template can be submitted to HMRC if you do not complete a tax return form. If you submit a tax return then your AUA subscriptions can be listed as a tax-deductable expense.

More information on how to claim tax relief on your subscription is available on the HMRC website.

Choosing the right membership

You can join as a full, concessionary or international AUA member.

Full membership is based on three salary bands:

  • Reduced (£22,999 or less) £77 per year (1 month at £5.83 then £5.77 per month)
  • Standard (£23,000 – £45,999) £113 per year (1 month at £8.53 and then £8.47 per month)
  • Senior (£46,000 or more) £148 per year (£11.10 per month)
  • Concessionary (Retired or student membership) £70 per year (£5.25 per month)

Pay by monthly direct debit (UK only) to receive a 10% discount on your subscription.

  • International membership £100 per year

Download our terms and conditions of membership (pdf)