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If not, get a taste of what the AUA has to offer!

The AUA has 3 upcoming sessions that are free and open to both AUA members and non-members. These sessions will offer a small insight into the breadth and depth of the AUA’s expertise, along with the sector as a whole.

Read more about each session and book on below!

Vikki Goddard Career Story
Presented by the AUA’s Heriot-Watt University branch

The AUA’s Heriot-Watt University branch is delighted to present this talk by AUA Chair Vikki Goddard. Vikki’s talk will cover her career journey to becoming the AUA Chair/HE Consultant via the Universities of Liverpool, Salford and Manchester.

The event is open to all professional services colleagues. It will give you the opportunity to discover more about the AUA and see if you could benefit from being a member.

Wednesday 1 February

13:00 – 14:00

LGBTQ+ History Month Session: From the Closet to Pride

LGBT History Month is marked across the UK throughout February as an opportunity to connect and reflect on the past and present of the LGBT Community, celebrate LGBT culture and progress towards equality over time, and to explore what the lessons of history can teach us for the future. In this session Ian will reflect on his own experiences and journey as Gay Man in UK Universities as a “closeted” student to be an “out” gay member of staff. The session will include a variety of activities and discussion groups around the themes of inclusion and support networks.

This workshop is relevant to a variety of professionals across the sector including those who are new to sector, general administration, mid-level management and senior management.

By the end of this session, delegates will be able to:

• Develop an awareness of the discrimination and challenges experienced by the LGBT+ community.
• How to be a better LGBT+ ally by embedding inclusivity into your work and daily life
• How to develop/sustain a LGBT+ staff network in your organization.

Tuesday 7 February

13:00 – 14:30

Coffee break catch-up: What does student experience mean to you?
Student Experience and Engagement network

Join us for another of our AUA Student Experience and Engagement Coffee-break catch-ups. These are completely informal opportunities for you to take a break from your day job and have some productive chats with others who work in similar roles to yourself. You might have lots to contribute on a particular topic… or just want to come along, ask questions and learn about something that can help give you a wider perspective on the student experience.

The next coffee break will focus on asking the question: What does student experience mean to you? – giving us all a chance to share more about how student experience work is structured within our own roles and institutions – exploring the depth and breadth of this area of work. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and sharing best practice.

Thursday 9 February

15:00 – 16:00

Gender in academic and semi-academic circles

In this session, Gali (She/Her) will talk frankly about her lived experience working as a trans woman and discuss gender in academic and semi-academic circles. Gali’s talk will be followed by a Q&A, providing a non-judgmental environment for participants to have an open discussion about the issues explored. 

This session aims to increase confidence and familiarity around trans identities, which can be applied to your work when creating a positive experience for trans students and staff in higher education. 

This workshop is relevant to a variety of professionals across the sector, including those who are new to the sector, general administration, mid-level management and senior management.

Thursday 16 February

12:00 – 13:30