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Association of University Administrators (AUA)

The Association of University Administrators (AUA) is the professional association for higher education administration and management staff and exists to advance and promote the professional recognition and development of all who work in professional services roles in higher education.

The AUA also aims to be an authoritative advocate and champion for the sector, and its members. AUA members are individually and collectively committed to:

  • the continuous development of their own and others' professional knowledge, skills and practices;
  • the advancement of higher education through the robust application of professional knowledge, skills and practices;
  • actively championing equality of educational and professional opportunity; and
  • the highest standards of fair, ethical, legal and transparent professional behaviour.

Why become a member of the AUA?

AUA Membership offers colleagues the opportunity to gain an understanding of the key issues and new ideas in HE management, both nationally and internationally. Networking opportunities will ensure that you are never isolated from your colleagues and can share information and expertise. The AUA can also give you the opportunity to influence key issues and ideas within the sector and raise the profile of your profession. Importantly, the AUA can support your career development with the CPD Framework, Accreditation Scheme, structured personal development plans and a wealth of other tools and resources.

As a member you have the opportunity to study the AUA’s Postgraduate Certificate in HE Administration, Management and Leadership; attend the Annual Conference and Exhibition and Annual Lecture; receive regular publications, newsletters and e-bulletins and the opportunity to apply for travel awards and/or the study tool. You are also supported by an exclusive online member's area and via Regional and Themed Networks.

Anyone, at any stage of their career, is welcome to join. The AUA offers opportunities for both those new to the higher education sector, and others who are more familiar with its context and values. Membership of the AUA is dependent upon how much you earn, making it as accessible as possible.

If you are interested in joining the AUA please contact your Branch Advocates on for more information, or join online directly via the AUA website.