Association of University Administrators

The Association of University Administrators  is the professional body for higher education administrators and managers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It is an open and accessible body.

The AUA is committed to:

  • the promotion of excellence in higher education management through a professional development scheme, an annual conference, specific training events and publications;
  • the advancement of a code of professional standards through a framework of values and principles which members are expected to follow;
  • the provision of information networks through newsletters, electronic media and personal networking;
  • the development of international links with appropriate organisations and with individuals;
  • the enhancement of the profile of the profession nationally and internationally. 

Benefits of joining AUA 

Training and Development Programmes

A wide range of training eventsare held throughout the UK, including seminars, workshops and conferences . AUA's programme of events is endorsed by the Leadership Foundation.

The AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice

The AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practiceis a portfolio-based scheme validated at 'M' level by the Open University.  All participants complete a one day training event and work with an AUA assigned and trained mentor, who acts as a 'critical friend' providing guidance and support. The full registration period for the programme is three years but it is anticipated that many participants will complete the programme in eighteen months.

Mentoring participants who undergo the Certificate is a great opportunity for people with established careers in HE to take on a valuable and rewarding role in developing other HE professionals. 

Mentorsare provided with initial training and subsequent development days free of charge, and can also take advantage of one year’s free membership of AUA. 

Publications and information services

  • Quarterly journal of the AUA - perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, is the Association’s international refereed journal which acts as a forum for innovative ideas and research.
  • Good Practice Guides offer expert practical advice to help improve your performance. Members receive a free copy of each new title upon publication.
  • Quarterly newsletter newslink keeps members up-to-date with news of professional development opportunities, forthcoming events and activities and news of colleagues.
  • Regular AUA Updates, news and information from the AUA and AUA's partners.
  • AUA-forum, an email list for sharing information and best practice, the LinkedIn network and the message boards on AUA's members' area.

Last Reviewed November 2014

Calendar of Events 

Online Appraisal 


Contact Details

Organisational & Staff Development
1st Floor, Stewart House
32 Russell Square

Tel. (020) 7862 8101/8098/8082

Fax. (020) 7862 8080